Decision Making

SWAT Operator Nearly Shot during Shoot House Training

 
The scenario was set up to keep operators in their line of fire and rely on other operators to do their jobs. My thought was that it would be a situation that would train the subject matter that I wanted trained.

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Search Warrant and Forced Entry on Wrong House

 
Deputies responded to a known drug house. At the house, deputies contacted a known female and arrested her on outstanding arrest warrants. The female is not a CI, but she has given prior credible information that has led to the arrests of other criminals. On this occasion, she again wanted to give info…

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Officer Attempts to Deploy Spike Strips on Three-Lane Interstate

 
A pursuit of a stolen car was traveling N/B on the local interstate. An officer ahead of the pursuit stopped on the inside shoulder, preparing to deploy spike strips as the pursuit neared their location. The suspect, from a distance, observed the officer on the inside shoulder and intentionally steered/veered to the right in an attempt to avoid the spikes.

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Swatting Incident at University

 
A male subject called 911 and said that his “roommate” had a gun and was headed to a named school campus and planned on shooting people. The caller added that his “roommate” was dressed in black. University, city, state and federal law enforcement agencies responded.

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Over Confident during Warrant Arrest of Known Subject

 
I was on duty in my own rural (very rural) neighborhood when I saw a known subject, whom I have dealt with numerous times, who had a warrant and suspended driver’s license. I watched him drive home and pulled him over. He saw me and went into his house. I filled out the citation and knocked on the door. We knew each other by first name—that is how often I have dealt with him.

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Van Nearly Strikes Officer during Nighttime Traffic Stop

 
I conducted a traffic stop for a suspected DUI. As I was interacting with and evaluating the driver early in the contact (and with the driver still in the car), I heard a vehicle approaching from behind.

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Deputy Crashes En Route to Medical Call for Service

 
A medical call went out for a patient experiencing difficulty breathing. In our county, deputies are also the responding paramedics. One paramedic was already on scene. Another deputy/paramedic was en route to the medical call, still responding with lights and sirens.

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Suspended Driver Shoots Officer During Traffic Stop

 
This incident occurred in May 1995 at 0230 in the morning. I received a radio call about a person at a [diner] who refused to pay their bill. Initial contact with the subject suggested he was very timid, and the manager just wanted him to be put out.

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Handcuffed Subject Discards Gun in Police Car

 
My partner and I responded for a “Suspicious Persons” call wherein the anonymous caller described two subjects selling heroin with one subject armed with a gun. Upon our arrival, we located the described subjects and placed them in handcuffs. Immediately after we handcuffed both subjects, relatives and friends exited the residence the subjects were in front of and became verbally hostile towards us.

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Tear Gas Sets Trailer on Fire During SWAT Operation

 
Police were dispatched for a noise complaint in a trailer park. When the responding officers arrived on scene, the subjects ran inside their trailer and locked the door. The officers tried unsuccessfully to convince the subjects to exit the trailer. The officers contacted their sergeant, who then contacted the duty lieutenant. The lieutenant contacted the chief of police, and the two decided to deploy the department’s SWAT team to handle the situation.

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