Saturday, April 4, 2015

Murder Suicide

Naturally when dealing with a murder and a suicidal suspect you want trained professional negotiators to talk to the suspect.  Still, until they arrive, you are it.  The outcome we want is for the suspect to lay down his weapons and surrender peacefully, without hurting himself or anyone else.

Try to establish a rapport and ask him who he is and what he wants.  Tell him who you are and what you are trying to accomplish.  That no one else has to get hurt and that's the outcome you want.  Be realistic and don't promise him a helicopter and a million dollars in five minutes, since you both know that's not going to happen.

Discuss the options for surrender, don't just demand, toss out your gun and come out with your hands up.  We all want that, but that may not be the best way to phrase that option.  Leave your gun in the living room and come outside with your hands visible so we can talk.  Keep your people informed about anything the suspect says he might do that could alarm them, like exit the building.  You don't want a nervous officer to shoot the suspect just as he is giving up; that's what the SGT Says.

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