Thursday, May 29, 2014

Domestic Violence

An officer in New Hampshire was dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute.  He arrived quickly and was invited in by one of the members of the household.  Eight minutes after the call came in, the responding part time officer had been shot to death.

His back up officer from a nearby agency arrived and found his body.  The back up officer ran for his life as the suspect opened fire on him too.  The suspect died in a house fire at the residence.  No other officers were injured and while neighbors said there had been domestic disputes there before, there had been on previous police experience at either the address or with the suspect.

What can we learn from this?  Domestic violence calls are very dangerous.  Whenever possible, you should have two officers respond and the first officer on scene should wait for the second officer to arrive.  Watch the suspects hands.  Don't be afraid to ask the suspect to come outside rather than go inside where they can keep weapons; that's what the SGT Says.

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