Situational Awareness

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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Deputy’s Vehicle Hit by Train while Responding to Infant in Distress

 
Two deputies in separate patrol SUVs were running code to an EMS call for an infant having difficulty breathing. On the way to the call, both of the deputies were stopped by a slow-moving freight train crossing the tracks in front of them.

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Drunk Driver Almost Strikes Officer during Traffic Stop

 
An officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for making a left turn on a red light. The vehicles were pulled off to the right shoulder of a 4 lane road, two lanes in either direction. Traffic was light on the road given the time of night.

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