Situational Awareness

Passing Car Crashes into Officer’s Door on Traffic Stop

 
I was conducting a night time traffic stop on the right shoulder of a major divided highway in my jurisdiction. As I prepared to exit my patrol vehicle after finishing the citation, I checked my mirror quickly to make sure there were no cars approaching in the lane next to me (the right lane).

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Suspect Hides and Shoots at Officers Responding to Assault

 
I was dispatched for a suspect reportedly assaulting his neighbor in the driveway of a vacant house. This suspect was known by the department due to many past alcohol and domestic violence related incidents. I had personally arrested this suspect twice on prior cases.

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Missing Information Leads to Identifying Wrong Person as Threat

 
I was out on patrol with my K-9 partner when I was dispatched to a burglary in progress. The dispatcher noted that the reporting party was the next-door neighbor who was watching the house. Upon arrival, I entered the house with my K-9 through the front door that was ajar.

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Officer Shot as Driver Opens Fire during Traffic Stop

 
A patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on a minivan occupied by a male driver and a female passenger. As the officer reached the back of the minivan, the female passenger exited the vehicle from the front passenger seat.

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Always Clear the House

 
An officer was dispatched to a break-in that had already occurred. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the complainant and homeowner and asked if the homeowner had already cleared the house. The homeowner said yes.

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Pickup Truck Crashes into Police at Accident Scene

 
At approximately 0330, two officers were on the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the right side of a highway interchange. While the officers and a Good Samaritan were assisting the involved motorists, one of the officers standing in front of a patrol vehicle noticed a pickup truck heading towards them.

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Police Vehicles Collide at Intersection while Responding to Armed Subject

 
Officers were responding code to assist other officers with an armed subject. Two police vehicles entered a controlled intersection at a high rate of speed, one against the red traffic signal.

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Officer Shot on EMS Call at Transit Center

 
Fire, EMS, and police responded to a medical emergency at a bus terminal around 1730 for a 47-year-old male who was arriving on a bus from out of the area. Initial call notes indicated the man was having a seizure.

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Suicidal Man Approaches Officers with Knife

 
Four officers were standing outside of their patrol vehicles talking after clearing a traffic stop. A suicidal and possibly mentally ill individual approached them on foot and started whispering. One of the officers heard the man saying, “Kill me.”

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Subject Tries to Disarm Unsuspecting Officer at Gas Station

 
Two officers were exiting a gas station convenience store around 0200. While the officers were exiting, Officer #1 held the door open for a male subject who was approaching the door from outside.

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