Decision Making

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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Inmate Attempts to Take Officer’s Gun in Hospital Bathroom

 
In July 2013, at approximately 7:15 am, an inmate was escorted from [Correctional Institution] to [Local Hospital] by two officers for a scheduled clinical appointment. At approximately 11:45 am, the inmate requested to use the restroom. Officer #1 searched the restroom and discovered a cell phone and tobacco product inside. Officer #2 confiscated the items and cleared the restroom for use by the inmate. The inmate again expressed his immediate need to use the restroom throughout the search. Officer #2 escorted the inmate inside the restroom. Once inside, Officer #2 removed the restraints from the inmate, freeing the inmate’s right hand.

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Less Lethal Shotguns Just in Time

 
Officers were dispatched to an unknown situation on a 9-1-1 call. Upon arrival they were confronted by a man with two butcher knives standing on the front porch of a residence. The suspect began to advance on the officers, two of whom had their handguns pointed at the suspect. The third officer deployed a less lethal shotgun, which the department had trained in and issued approximately 2 weeks prior to the incident.

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Nearly Shot Investigating Burglary Alarm

 
Police responded to a burglary alarm at a private residence. Upon arrival, the officer checked the property. A male came to the door and told him the alarm was tripped. When the officer asked him for ID showing proof of residency, the male retreated into the house. A woman then came to the door showing ID. The officer sensed something wasn’t right, and he inquired if everything was OK.

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Crossfire Situation During Officer Involved Shooting

 
Officers responded to a robbery in progress at a drug store. When the officers entered the building, they observed the store staff hiding behind the counters. The officers began to surround the store and establish a perimeter. As the officers in the store approached the rear of the store, the two armed offenders exited through a drive through window.

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Unsafe Arrest Tactics after Noise Complaint

 
In the nighttime hours, an officer was dispatched to a house for a complaint of loud music. (This particular house, known to be a stripper’s house, had a history of noise complaints). When the officer knocks on the door of the house, a repeat offender opens the door and begins cussing at the officer.

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Officer Killed, Ensuing Manhunt with Ill-Established Command and Control

 
[City Police] observed a subject wanted for the murder of a police officer and other serious crimes. Multiple agencies converged on the area, and the suspect opened fire on responding officers.

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