Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Murder Suicide

If a suspect threatens suicide, always take them seriously, even if they don't seem serious.  If you have a suspect in public with a weapon threatening to kill themselves, be aware that they may try to hurt you or others in order to force you to kill them.

Respond as many units as you can get to the scene.  Set up an immediate perimeter around the suspect.  Set up an inner perimeter around the surrounding officers.  You don't want friends and relatives showing up at your back and getting involved without your permission.

Set up an outer perimeter to keep the public out of harms way.  If the suspect is armed with a gun, that could be a large distance.  Too often I see video of large crowds across the street from a man with a gun or knife.  Your goal should be to control and isolate the individual so he can be talked back from the brink; that's what the SGT Says.

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