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Warrant Subject Wields Object Resembling a Firearm

Event Summary

Officers observed a subject wanted on a warrant run into a house. The officers responded to a back alley and located the subject running through the backyard. While giving the suspect verbal commands, the suspect reached into his waistband and pulled out a small chrome object with a handle and trigger, resembling a small firearm. (Shown below). The officers were unable to clearly identify the object as a firearm due to its thin barrel. The suspect raised the item into the air and, after several seconds, threw the object at the officers. He was taken into custody and the object was found to be a lockpick mechanism.
 

 

Lessons Learned

  • When pursuing a suspect on foot, anticipate the suspect stopping and confronting you with a weapon. When possible, utilize cover so you are afforded the opportunity to fully assess the threat before acting.
  • Always provide good radio information so that surrounding officers know exactly where you are located and the type of situation you are working.
  • When possible and applicable, ensure that your body worn camera is activated.
Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Nothing. Be observant. Identify your threat. Give clear verbal commands.

 

Full Report

Warrant Subject Wields Object Resembling a Firearm

 

 

Employer Information

 

Type of Law Enforcement Agency: Police Department – City, town, or village

Agency Size: 50 – 99 Sworn Officers

Approximate Population Served: 10,000 – 99,999

Region of Country: West – Pacific

 

Involved Person Information

 

Duty Assignment: Sworn – Patrol

Was the involved person a supervisor? No

Years of Experience: More than 10, but less than 15

Age: 31-34 years old

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Not Hispanic or Latino

Race:

  • White
  • Black or African American

 

Incident Information

 

Type of call/activity officer was responding to or engaged in: Search Warrant

Incident initiated by: Self-initiated/Observed

Classify the incident: Almost resulted in officer injury or fatality

Date of Incident: June 2017

Initial assessment of call:

  • Felt prepared

Dispatch provide accurate incident description? N/A

Number of officers on scene at time of incident: 2

Did the incident involve a pursuit? Yes – Foot Pursuit

Incident Summary:

Officers observed a subject wanted on a warrant run into a house. The officers responded to a back alley and located the subject running through the backyard. While giving the suspect verbal commands, the suspect reached into his waistband and pulled out a small chrome object with a handle and trigger (resembling a small firearm).

The officers were unable to clearly identify the object as a firearm due to its thin barrel. The suspect raised the item into the air and, after several seconds, threw the object at the officers. He was taken into custody and the object was found to be a lockpick mechanism.

 

Environment Factors

 

Did the incident occur indoors or outdoors? Outdoors

What type of location was this? Private Residence or Property

Was the involved officer aware of previous calls or incidents at this location? Yes

Did dispatch provide accurate information on the location? N/A

Lighting conditions at location: Daylight

Was there inclement weather? No

 

Subject Information

 

Number of Subjects Encountered: 1

Did subjects have known criminal history? Yes

Did the subjects have any weapons? No

Were the subjects under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Yes

Did the subject(s) appear to be emotionally disturbed? No

Did the subject(s) resist arrest? No

 

Lessons Learned

 

Type of accident or incident averted:

The subject could have pulled an actual firearm.

Contributing Risk Factors:

  • Subject(s) under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

Contributing Protective Factors:

  • Maintained Situational Awareness

Lessons Learned:

  • When pursuing a suspect on foot, anticipate the suspect stopping and confronting you with a weapon. When possible, utilize cover so you are afforded the opportunity to fully assess the threat before acting.
  • Always provide good radio information so that surrounding officers know exactly where you are located and the type of situation you are working.
  • When possible and applicable, ensure that your body worn camera is activated.

Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Nothing. Be observant. Identify your threat. Give clear verbal commands.



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