Saturday, November 1, 2014


A man with an ax smashed the window of an occupied police car.  The officer exited his car and struggled with the suspect, but the suspect got away.  The officer was injured in the struggle.  This is the second ax attack in recent days, with the other one in New York City.

An ax is a deadly weapon, and could easily kill you.  Even if hit in the vest, I would be concerned the blunt force trauma might be enough to disable you.  Just like other edged weapons, an ax armed suspect should not be allowed to get close to you. 

Situational awareness, even when parked in your patrol car is important.  Be prepared to drive away or exit and respond if you are approached by any suspect.  Even an ax handle is longer and heavier than a police baton and is a dangerous weapon, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

While training a rookie late at night in the "hood", we were stopped in a turn lane and I was explaining to him the benefit of keeping the car in drive and your foot on the brake unless you were going to leave the car. About that time a car drove behind us and fired several rounds at us. I was able to quickly accelerate out of the kill zone (because the car wasn't in park and I was aware of my surroundings). No further lesson was required.

Mike Creek said...

I do that too!