Sunday, April 5, 2015

Murder Suicide

When dealing with a murder suicide suspect, once you have containment, you may be able to use less lethal weapons to subdue the suspect.  Taser, OC spray, tear gas may all be useful depending on the circumstances.  If you have a suspect threatening deadly force, and you have several officers prepared to respond in kind, it is not unreasonable to attempt to use less lethal weapons if possible. 

Unusual weapons can sometimes be used to gain an advantage.  In some cases a fire hose or water cannon could be used to knock the suspect down from a distance.  Pepper balls, rubber bullets, bean bag shotgun shells and other "riot control" devices may be helpful to distract or knock down a suspect threatening suicide. 

Implementation of these tools may take time, so conversation may be your best method to delay the suspect.  Be sure to keep your other team members updated on the plan, that's what the SGT Says.

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