Woman with a gun stabs herself in stomach. I heard dispatch sending a few cars to a house where a woman supposedly had a gun, was mentally challenged and had made statements that she was going to shoot herself and "anyone in her way." I volunteered for the call as I heard another officer who was sent had just sat down to eat (he ended up going anyway). When I arrived I took the southwest corner of the house as we all set up a perimeter until a hostage negotiator arrived. When he did, I heard the negotiator telling the Sergeant on scene (via radio) that the female would continue to put the phone down and was "moaning" in the background. After about an hour and a half of negotiations, an anonymous caller called 911 and said she was a friend of the female in the house, and said the female told her she had stabbed herself. At this point, the officers entered the home (as I maintained a perimeter with other officers) and the female was taken into custody. She had in fact stabbed herself in her stomach. When the paramedics carried her to the ambulance, I could see the kitchen knife still lodged in her stomach. She lived and was admitted to the local hospital. No officers were hurt.
Man gets shot approximately 10 feet from me. It's about 2:00 A.M. and my partner and I are working a high crime area. We're parked in an alley waiting for a truck across the street to leave since he wants to play "cat and mouse" (We've been looking for this particular truck for awhile). Since we can't get our cruiser positioned so that "he" can't see us, I decide to get out on foot and "peek" around a wall. Approximately 2 seconds later, I hear about 5 or 6 gunshots...all in a loud and fast rapid motion. My first thought, "I'm getting shot at from the roof of this building," since I don't see anything. I look up and see nothing. I start inching around the wall with my gun out when I see a guy sitting in the driver's seat of a car. There's another guy running toward the car and gets in the back seat. Simultaneously, I see a guy laying on his back about 5 feet from me rolling around...he's just been shot. I start yelling at the guys in the car to put their hands up. They're completely surprised. A few seconds later they take off. I stay with the victim and my partner goes after the car. I ask the guy who shot him and all he can do is moan. I hear my partner advising dispatch the directions of the car. One of the guys throws the gun out of the car and more police join. The car is surrounded and they're arrested. The victim lives after being shot 5 times.
Police chase turns into police shooting. My partner and I hear a pursuit go over the air and we're in the area. We tag along and are the last car in the chase. The vehicle running tried to buy drugs from an officer in a sting and starts running lights and ramming police cars. It eventually turns around on the freeway, loses control and goes off the road (I can't be too specific since this case is still under possible civil-litigation). The driver in the vehicle tries to run myself and another officer over and shots are fired at him. He lives and is arrested.
CPR to infant. While training a new officer I was approached by a woman who was screaming and crying hysterically that her baby wasn't breathing. I advised our dispatch and entered her home. When I found the 7-week old infant, he was lying on his back and looked like he was sleeping. He instantly reminded me of my boy who was about the same age at the time. I did everything I was taught (my A,B,C's of CPR) and didn't stop CPR until the ambulance arrived. He was transported to the hospital where doctors made several attempts to revive him...but no luck. He had passed. After he was pronounced legally dead, I had to stay in the same room with him for about an hour until the detective arrived. It was the first time I ever cried on the job.
Three die in accident. It was about 3:30 A.M. when I heard an officer advise dispatch that she had observed a vehicle pass her at a high rate of speed. When she turned around, the vehicle was no where to be found. She continued up the road wondering where it could have went to. When she found it, she called for "a couple of ambulances and a sergeant." I responded since I was close. When I arrived I saw a vehicle that was missing the whole front end. Everything from the front seat forward was gone and in little pieces everywhere. The driver was still sitting in the front seat and his feet were resting on the ground. A back seat passenger was thrown approximately 80 feet behind the car and was laying in a twisted manner on the cement. The front seat passenger was thrown approximately 40 feet to the side of the car. His right leg was completely severed and was at a different location (I never found it or saw it). All three were killed instantly. The investigation estimated their speed at over 100 mph. When they tried to make a curve, the vehicle struck a tree.
Chase gets ugly. Around 3:00 A.M. one morning, my partner and I see a car stopped in the middle of the road. Two known drug dealers are leaning into the car, see us, and walk away. We stop the car. As we're walking up to the car, it takes off. We go after it and advise dispatch. He's just ran his second red light...we're getting ready to terminate the chase when dispatch tells us that the car was taken in an armed robbery. Now it's almost certain the pursuit wont end. There's no traffic on the road, which is good. During the chase, the guy swerves at a police car, loses control and hits a cement wall head on. I immediately call for an ambulance assuming the guy is seriously injured. The front end of the car is gone. The battery is under the motor hanging by the cables. His front left tire is flat and the car is completely leaning forward. We run to the car and he takes off again. Sparks are flying everywhere. While pursuing him, I see him light up a cigarette, very calmly. He later tries to turn down a side street at about 35 mph...nope. Hits a telephone pole head on. As we're running to the car, I hear loud "bangs" like gunshots, but later learn it was the telephone wires that he damaged. He's arrested.
Traffic stop turns in to foot chase with gun. My partner and I are driving to a call when I see a guy run a red light. The call is to check drug dealers so I decide to stop the car. As I'm approaching the driver's side of the vehicle, the driver gets out, and starts walking backwards as he's looking at me. I tell him to put his hands on the car and he says "Can't do it man." He then takes off on foot. I give chase. While doing so, I'm running with my gun out as I can see he's holding his right front pants pocket which led me to believe he had a gun. I can see that there's definitely something bulky in their that resembles a gun, and I'm not taking any chances. While running right behind him, I've got my gun in my right hand and my radio in my left, telling dispatch "242, foot-chase, Carpenter and 475, northbound through the yards, m/b, red shirt, black pants, about 6' 0", possibly got a gun, he's holding his waistband." This is all said in about 4 seconds. After about two blocks I lose him through the yards but believe that he's hiding out in the area. We set up a perimeter and he's spotted again a few minutes later. I start chasing him through back yards and over fences (Most people grab the fence with their hands, use their momentum and go over the fence. This guy is jumping over the fences without his hands, like a professional runner). Needles to say, he's apprehended. Whatever was in his pocket is now gone. A search of the area recovers nothing. He's arrested and brought to the station where I learn that he's already been arrested three times for carrying a gun.
First night on 3rd shift. I remember my first night working 3rd shift. I was very new, in fact, it was one of the first times they started putting rookies alone with other rookies. I'd been on the job about a year, but I had never worked 3rd shift without a veteran officer. I remember right after getting our car for the night, my partner and I (from my academy) got a call to a local hospital for a shooting. We arrived and apparently a guy was shot at a different location and his friends' had driven him to the hospital. He was shot in the car that was used to drive him their. While looking at the car, I observed about 6 to 7 holes on the passenger side and saw that the back window had been shot out. Upon looking inside the vehicle, I saw brain matter (gray in color) laying on the top of the front passenger seat and other smaller pieces through-out the vehicle and there was blood everywhere. Turned out the guy had got shot in his head, but he was still alive, barely. I don't know the specifics, but was told the bullet went through his right temple and out his left. Detectives treated the incident as a homicide as he was expected to expire. I secured the scene while detectives took pictures, measurements, etc. The guy lived and is walking around today. Talk about luck.
Made the news. For the first time in my career, I was on the news for two whole days (morning, afternoon, and night). This wasn't an extremely scary call, but it changed the way I look at media and law enforcement. It all started one evening around 6:00 P.M. I was training a new female officer who had no more than a month on the job, when I noticed a newer sports' utility van (on a side street) stopped in the middle of the road. The brake lights were activated and I saw a known prostitute walk away from the vehicle (Note: all of the windows were tinted except for the windshield and front doors and I was observing from "behind"). When I turned around to investigate, the van started to leave. While following it, I checked the license plate through our LEIN system and it came back as an "improper plate," meaning, it didn't belong to that vehicle. This especially got my attention, now believing the brand new van was possibly stolen. We attempted to stop the vehicle but it simply continued on. I activated the audio siren a couple of times, but it still continued at a steady pace. Finally, it pulled into their driveway, and a large (approx. 300 lb) female and her daughter (approx. 180 lbs) got out and began screaming at us. Several family members from the house came out and also began yelling at us to get off their property. We were instantly out-numbered. I called for back up as I tried several times to calm the lady down, explaining to her that "her plate didn't go to the vehicle," and if she just "showed me the registration, we would be on our way (anything to calm her down)." Nothing worked. She wouldn't show me her license, nothing. She's screaming at me at the top of her lungs, "F*^k the police! F@#k you pig!," and so on and so on. She then started walking away, telling me "I ain't showing you s#@t," as she now was holding a metal license plate in her hand. After walking with her, still explaining to her that if she didn't stop and show me her license, I was going to arrest her, she continued to walk away. Finally, after telling her several times she was under arrest, I was forced to grab her arm in an attempt to handcuff her. As soon as I did, the fight was on. Her daughter started punching me in the back of my head several times as I'm trying to get mom handcuffed (not an easy task!). As more family members start coming out and screaming at us to leave them alone, I decided to take mom to the ground (as I was taught in the academy) and handcuff her. It worked properly and she was handcuffed. While doing this, I could see my partner fighting with the daughter, who's swinging at her. She's pepper sprayed and handcuffed as other officers are arriving. Both are arrested and put in jail. Now...for two whole days, media paints a picture of police brutality, excessive force and how my partner and I are racists. A local television news crew interviews, literally a known "mental" person (who is known for hating the police), and puts her on the air. Our police department's Internal Affairs launches an investigation and tries to interview as many people on the block who witnessed the incident. It's later revealed that there are tremendous conflictions with statements by the family members and witnesses and that at least one person, who had a clear view of the incident, said "the officer appeared to have done nothing wrong, and even walked with the female as she continued to scream at him." Of course, media didn't put her on the news. Anyway, after all was said and done, it was ruled that I did nothing wrong, if fact, I did everything right. Media never apologized and just proceeded on like nothing ever happened. It amazed me so much how media could paint a picture of something I KNEW was incorrect. It actually took almost a year for me to start "working" again, meaning, I pretty much just answered my calls, nothing else. It opened my eyes on a lot of issues, and believe it has changed me, to a certain extent anyway, in police work.
Arrest turns into fight. We get a call to a house for a domestic where a boyfriend and girlfriend are fighting. We arrive and began talking with both people individually. After talking with both sides and a third party, we determine that we are going to arrest the male for assault and battery. However, it's obvious that this guy is on some type of drug because of the way he's acting. We wait for another officer to arrive and decide to tell him the news. The fight is on; he says "I ain't going to jail" and literally tries to jump off of the porch. I grab him and pull him back and it's now a wrestling match. However, my partner decides to pepper spray the guy but misses and gets me perfectly in the eyes. Since I wear contacts, and having been sprayed before, I knew I had to get them out of my eyes immediately before I could no longer open my eyes. When I let the guy go, I got punched by the idiot, but was forced to retreat to render my eyes. Needles to say, he went to jail and I was out of a pair of contacts.
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Police Opinion - These are old "opinions" that we posted several years ago. Reading back through them has proven interesting, so we figured we'd leave them up.
Police Entertainment - Videos, pictures, and articles that will keep you entertained.
Man Shoots Wife even when Police are present - This police video was caught on the police cruiser's cam and is without question one of the scariest police videos we've seen. Although the video is not very clear, it shows a man willing to anything and everything to shoot his wife with a sawed off shot gun.
Police Driving and Liability - Officers need to be very careful when they speed while en route to calls, normal patrol, etc. even off- duty. The consequences can be severe, costing you your job, criminally charged and sued civilly.
Police Survival: The Right Attitude - As police officers, we are faced with life threatening situations on a daily basis. We go to domestic violence calls, man with a gun calls, fight calls, etc., etc. and it never ends. And over time we tend to get relaxed in how we deal with people (which is a whole different topic). But the point is, we're in a dangerous job.