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Police: NFL star threatened to sexually assault officer’s wife

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:48

By PoliceOne Staff

SUNRISE, Fla. — An NFL star threatened to sexually assault a Florida officer’s wife after being arrested for speeding.

NJ.com reports that New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, 24, was pulled over Friday after driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone for about three-quarters of a mile. Anderson was “all over the roadway” before Officer Jonathan Hennessy finally stopped and arrested the athlete.

When Hennessy tried to put Anderson in his squad car, the wide receiver tensed up and refused to get in. Anderson later told the officer that he was going to find his wife and “f--k her and nut her in the eye” once he was released from jail.

"He continued [to] make other verbal threats towards my family," Hennessy wrote in a police report. "Based on his statements, it was clear that he intended to sexually assault my wife. He also began to brag about how much money he has and how all I was doing was trying to ... 'ruin his fun.'"

This was not the first time Anderson has been arrested. In May, he was arrested at a music festival after pushing an officer during a dispute.

Anderson faces several charges, including felony threatening a public servant or family member.

Read the full police report below:

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LAPD chief announces early retirement

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:14

By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES — The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department abruptly announced his retirement Friday, ending an eight-year tenure as top cop.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, 64, made the announcement during a press conference to discuss the city’s crime trends, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over 40 years has been the honor of a lifetime. Leading the men and women of the #LAPD -my family- has been a privilege I never thought I’d be worthy of. Today, I am announcing my retirement effective June 27th of this year.

— Chief Charlie Beck (@LAPDChiefBeck) January 19, 2018

Beck, who has served with the LAPD for over 40 years, said his retirement will be effective June 27th of this year. Beck said the department is “ready for fresh eyes to take our organization to even higher levels.”

“I plan on working every day until that day as the Chief of the greatest law enforcement agency in the country,” Beck wrote in a tweet. “I believe we are in the right place to support my decision, and give the next generation of LAPD leaders an opportunity to lead.”

Beck rose through the ranks during some of the most notable moments in the LAPD’s history, such as the 1992 L.A. riots and the Rampart corruption scandal.

No official reason has been given for Beck’s retirement. It’s also unclear who will replace him as the city’s next police chief.

BREAKING: LAPD Chief Beck announces his retirement effective in June. pic.twitter.com/UK3NL3PaNa

— mollenbeck (@amollenbeckKFI) January 19, 2018


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Video shows off-duty trooper rescuing woman from burning car

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:31

By PoliceOne Staff

MIAMI — An off-duty trooper sprung into action to rescue a woman whose car was engulfed in flames following a crash.

WSVN reports that Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Yenir Dinaz Bueno was working an off-duty contraction job Nov. 29 when he witnessed the accident. The unconscious woman was trapped inside the passenger seat as her car became engulfed in flames.

The trooper desperately tried to get her out after the passenger door appeared to be jammed. After another trooper used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, the troopers were able to pull the woman out of the burning vehicle.

The woman was badly injured, but she managed to survive.

“You don’t need words. Just look at the video, you’ll see the things that the officers, all of us, we go through on a daily basis,” said FHP Trooper Alvaro Feola. “This is what we do. This is what we go through everyday. You know, we’re police officers 24/7.”


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US marshals’ vehicles get parking tickets at hospital after colleague’s death

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:28

By PoliceOne Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Several U.S. Marshals received tickets while parked outside a hospital where their colleague died.

PennLive reports that several U.S. Marshal vehicles were parked outside a Pennsylvania hospital’s emergency room after Deputy U.S. Marshal Deputy Christopher David Hill was shot while serving a warrant. Hill later died from his injuries at the hospital.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said sometimes this kind of mistake happens when parking enforcement officers don’t recognize unmarked vehicles.

“It will be a straightforward process to have the tickets waived,” he said.

Several US Marshal vehicles parked outside Harrisburg Hospital ER have been ticketed. To whomever did this: they may have a good case to fight it today. @PennLive pic.twitter.com/Oil8rvU8B6

— Joe Elias (@josephmelias) January 18, 2018


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Police credit new tech for helping nab suspected Phoenix serial killer

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:19

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix arrested a man suspected of nine killings in a three-week span, thanks in part to new technology.

CBS News reports that police arrested Cleophus Cooksey in mid-December for the murder of his mother and stepfather. While Cooksey was in jail, detectives were investigating seven other unsolved murders that occurred in the area between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

All of the victims died from gunshot wounds, and all were reportedly traced back to Cooksey thanks to new technology.

Since mid-2017, Phoenix police have been using high-powered in-house technology that allows them to compare bullet casings from multiple crime scenes, according to the Arizona Republic. The tech allows police to immediately share and process ballistics evidence from different crimes scenes within hours instead of weeks.

"It means police can make an arrest and stop a killer before he claims another life," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Our streets are safer today."

The tool examines the microscopic grooves left on casings by the gun that fired them and allows police to compare them with casings found at other crimes scenes. Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said while the technology was important, eyewitnesses, cell phone-tower data and surveillance footage also pointed police to the lone suspect.

Police believe Cooksey may be eventually be linked to more crimes.


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Police: Man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:11

Associated Press

BELFAST, Maine — Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test.

Police in the town of Belfast say they found 27-year-old Brian Fogg in his car, stuck in a ditch last week.

WGME-TV reports police said when they tried to test for his blood-alcohol level, Fogg punched himself in the face, causing himself to bleed. Police tended to his injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the influence, falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief.

Fogg's been released on bail. He has an unpublished number and it wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.


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Ex-officer: Fatal Fla. shooting of motorist was 'classic case of self-defense'

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:17

By Marc Freeman Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The former police officer who shot and killed stranded motorist Corey Jones says it was “a classic case of self-defense” and he shouldn’t be prosecuted any longer.

Lawyers for Nouman Raja on Thursday filed a claim under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, arguing the charges from the shooting Oct. 18, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens should be dismissed because it “was wholly justifiable.”

“Officer Raja faced a man who pointed a gun at him, and did what any citizen is entitled to do: he defended himself,” wrote attorney Richard Lubin.

He asked Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer to hold a hearing where the defense would present evidence to show Raja deserves immunity.

Jones’ family has a pending wrongful death civil lawsuit against Raja, but it’s on hold until the criminal case is over.

Clinton Jones Sr., father of Corey Jones, said Thursday Raja “brought on the confrontation. I don’t understand how it can be self-defense.”

For now, Raja, 40, is facing a trial in April on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence while armed, and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. A grand jury found that his “use of force” was unjustified.

Raja remains on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor — permitted to run some errands and work for a Boynton Beach firm that supplies gear to law enforcement agencies — under a $250,000 bond.

Jones, a 31-year-old Delray Beach housing inspector and a church drummer from west of Lake Worth, was on the way home from a gig with his reggae band when his SUV broke down. He stopped along an Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp at 1:30 a.m.

At the time, Raja was assigned to patrol parking lots in response to a string of late-night vehicle burglaries. Prosecutors say he approached Jones in an unmarked cargo van in plain clothes at about 3:15 a.m. — what they’ve called a “tactically unsound, unsafe and grossly negligent manner.”

Raja’s lawyers claim he identified himself as a cop and Jones jumped out of his SUV and “immediately drew a gun and pointed it at Officer Raja.” Raja ordered Jones to drop the weapon but he did not, wrote Lubin, with attorneys Scott Richardson and Rick King.

Raja, seeing what he thought was a “red laser” from the muzzle of Jones’ licensed .380-caliber handgun, then fired three shots because he feared for his life, the defense claims.

Jones then ran to a grassy area and Raja followed, when “Officer Raja saw a flash and Mr. Jones raise his right arm as if to point the gun again,” Lubin continued.

That prompted Raja to fire three more shots at Jones, according to the defense.

The “stand your ground law,” first enacted in 2005, says someone does not have to retreat and can legally use deadly force if the person reasonably believes doing so is necessary “to prevent imminent death.”

Of the six shots, Jones was hit three times. One of the bullets tore through Jones’ heart and both lungs, fatally wounding him, according to medical examiner findings.

Prosecutors have accused Raja of not telling the truth to investigators about identifying himself as an officer, or what followed. They are leaning on the recording of a phone call between Jones and a roadside assistance operator that captured sounds of the shooting.

Investigators said the recording proves Raja fired the second round of shots even after he had to have realized that Jones had tossed his weapon in the grass near the rear of his SUV.

At least one of the shots was fired as Jones ran, because a bullet struck the back of Jones’ upper right arm, according to a prosecutors’ report.

Raja’s legal team on Thursday contends more recent testimony from the lead investigators proves “the state has no idea how this shooting occurred.”

©2018 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)


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Baltimore police commissioner fired after record year in homicides

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:01

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Following a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after roughly 2 ½ years at the helm, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce violent crime more quickly.

Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with the police department, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately.

"My decision is because I'm inpatient," Pugh said at a news conference at City Hall. "My decision is based on the fact that we need to get these numbers down. ... I'm looking for new and creative, innovative ways to change what we're seeing here every day."

While violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades, Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever — roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

In contrast, New York City had 290 homicides last year, its fewest on record in the modern era for the city of 8.5 million people. Los Angeles, with about 4 million residents, saw 305 homicides last year.

DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, pledged to reduce violent crime in part by putting more uniformed officers on the streets and saturating "hot spots," an effort he said is already underway. Additional uniformed officers began rolling out in waves starting at 9 a.m., he said at the news conference, some heading out to what he described as "problematic businesses."

DeSousa said he had a message for the city's violent repeat offenders, a rotating cast of so-called "trigger pullers" that law enforcers have long said are responsible for an outsized percentage of the city's high crime rates.

"District commanders in all nine districts know who they are and we're coming after them. And I want to let everybody know that it will be done in a constitutional manner," DeSousa said.

He says he's looking forward to the challenge of his new leadership job and will approach his role as a strategic thinker who knows the ins-and-outs of the department's operations as well as law enforcement approaches that have had success in other U.S. cities.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a chess player, and I don't like to be outwitted," he told reporters.

DeSousa has served in just about every police department role over the years and in 2017 was assigned to lead the patrol bureau, the largest in Baltimore's force. His appointment will be made permanent following "appropriate approvals," Pugh's office said.

DeSousa appears to have the strong backing of the City Council and a number of Baltimore's activists. Councilman Brandon Scott said he has received numerous phone messages from community organizers praising the mayor's "great decision."

"Never before did I get text messages from community leaders saying, 'Thank you, this is the right choice,'" he said, describing the three previous times during his career as an elected official that a Baltimore police commissioner was replaced.

Davis, previously chief of police in Maryland's Anne Arundel County and assistant chief in Prince George's County, was sworn in as Baltimore's commissioner in October 2015 after serving on an interim basis for several months. He replaced Anthony Batts, who was fired after homicides spiked following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose fatal spinal cord injury in police custody triggered massive protests that year and the city's worst riots in decades.

Prior to 2015, Baltimore's killings had generally been on the decline.

In a statement, Pugh — who took office as mayor in December 2016 and has said reducing crime is her No. 1 priority while boosting police recruits and improving long-neglected neighborhoods — described Davis as "hardworking."

"I am grateful to Commissioner Davis for all that he has done to implement the initiatives underway to address violent crime at its root causes," she said, referencing a city initiative started in October to chip away at violent crime by focusing attention on five troubled zones.


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Details emerge in fatal shooting of US marshal

PoliceOne - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:34

By Steve Esack The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A gun threat over a double-parked car three months ago.

That, authorities said, sparked a shootout Thursday morning in Harrisburg that left a deputy U.S. marshal dead, a police officer wounded and another hit but unharmed because of his armored vest.

Deputy Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, a married father of two, was shot and killed when he and other members of the marshals’ Fugitive Task Force served an arrest warrant at a home in a city neighborhood, authorities said. Court records say the woman wanted on the warrant pointed a gun at another woman during a parking spat in November.

Authorities said a man shot at officers when they came to arrest the woman at 6:30 a.m., and they returned fire, killing the man.

“Christopher Hill died a hero today,” U.S. Attorney Dave Freed said during a news conference at the federal building in Harrisburg about eight hours after the fatal encounter. “We will honor his memory by standing with his family and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement.”

York police officer Kyle Pitts, a 10-year veteran of the city police department and a member of the task force, was wounded in the shooting in the 1800 block of Mulberry Street, Freed said. A Harrisburg officer was shot in his body armor and was not injured, he added.

Authorities later identified the shooter as Kevin Sturgis, 31, of Philadelphia. He had his own outstanding warrants for skipping a sentencing hearing on a gun charge and failing to appear at a probation violation hearing concerning a past charge of receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a car. Sturgis had nine closed adult criminal cases dating to 2005 and juvenile adjudication for rape.

The woman who was the subject of the warrant was identified as Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, 30. She was sent to Dauphin County jail under $200,000 bail on charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license.

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According to Freed, this is how investigators, so far, believe the shooting unfolded:

Task force officers, armed with the arrest warrant, arrived at the house on Mulberry Street in the Allison Hill neighborhood, 1.5 miles from the state Capitol complex. They knocked, identified themselves and entered through the front door. Pierce and two children then appeared at the top of the steps. She surrendered and was handcuffed.

Then shots rang out from the second floor, hitting Hill and Pitts. The other officers got the wounded out the back door and set up a perimeter while Hill was rushed to a downtown hospital, where he later died.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said during the news conference that an early review indicates the shooting was justifiable self-defense. The shooter started firing first, he said.

Pitts, the York officer, was undergoing surgery and expected to make a full recovery.

Dauphin County Court records show Harrisburg police filed a criminal complaint Dec. 2 for Pierce.

According to that criminal complaint:

On Nov. 25, Harrisburg police officer Rachel James responded to a call at 1837 Mulberry St. A woman told James she asked another woman — later identified as Pierce — to move her double-parked car out of the street. Rather than comply, Pierce pulled a gun from her purse, pointed it at the woman’s head and said, "I'll shoot you," before lowering the gun and then raising it again in a menacing fashion.

The woman took a picture of the double-parked car’s license plate and police tracked the car’s owner to the location of the call, 1837 Mulberry St., but police could not track the owner down. The woman picked Pierce's photo out of a lineup, allowing James to file the warrant.

The task force is composed of federal marshals, local and state police and county sheriffs. It serves federal court warrants and helps track down fugitives.

U.S. Marshal Martin Pane, who heads the services’ central Pennsylvania office, said Hill was one of the best at his job, using knowledge and skills learned as an Army Ranger to perform tactical maneuvers and handle explosives, all while never losing his sense of humor.

“I ask that you keep his wife and two children in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time,” Pane said while fighting back emotions.

“No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty,” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said.

The shooting occurred a block away from where police shot and killed a man last month after he drove around the city shooting at police cars.

A third shooting occurred in the same area in the last four months, said Ron Segrist, 53, who lives on Mulberry Street.

“A nice old guy was shot in the leg,” he said. “It’s just bizarre. So much hate on one block.”

©2018 The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)


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Europol Executive Director receives the Vice Minister of China at Agency’s headquarters

EUROPOL - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:22
Today, Mr Rob Wainwright, the Executive Director of Europol has received the visit of the Chinese Vice Minister for Public Security, Mr Li Wei. The purpose of the visit was to discuss closer international law enforcement cooperation under the strategic agreement signed between Europol and the People's Republic of China in April 2017.
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Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil join forces with Europol in a hit against Iraqi illegal immigration to the EU

EUROPOL - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:23
On 17 January 2018, Europol supported seven mixed teams of Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and Guardia Civil in a successful strike against Iraqi illegal immigration in which six individuals were arrested in Spain. The criminal organisation transferred Iraqi illegal immigrants from their country into the Schengen Zone.
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Fla. troopers to soon begin carrying overdose-reversing drug

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:25

By Ryan Callihan The Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON, Fla. — State troopers are joining the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Florida Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that troopers will begin carrying Naloxone, which is more commonly known as Narcan, its brand name. The drug can reverse the effects of an overdose in seconds.

Troopers in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties will be the first ones issued with the Narcan. FHP says this is due to higher numbers of overdose-related deaths in those areas.

More troopers will be issued with Narcan by the end of February. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes said the move ensures safety for troopers and civilians alike.

“The FHP is part of a concerted, collaborative effort to combat the opioid crisis, which has a far-reaching impact,” she said. “Safety for our troopers and those we serve has been and always will be the department’s number one priority, and it’s critical that our members can safely perform their jobs to help prevent any unnecessary injuries or deaths in our state.”

The Narcan units are expected to help prevent deaths from opioid overdoses and reverse the effects of those who receive accidental contact with drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil that can cause death from minor skin contact.

“With the rise of deaths associated with the use of fentanyl and carfentanil, it is important to have this antidote available to our troopers, who are often the first to arrive on scene on Florida roadways,” said FHP Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding.

©2018 The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Fla.)


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Troopers step in to babysit to help mother in childcare bind

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:25

By PoliceOne Staff

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two North Carolina troopers went above and beyond to help a mother who was in a childcare bind.

KTVU reports that last month, Starbucks shift supervisor Harper Spell received a call from one of her employees, Shantaphae Blakes, who was in tears because she couldn’t find anyone to look after her child while she worked. Spell told her she could bring her daughter, Dilynn, into work and they would figure out a solution to the problem.

That solution came in the form of two state troopers.

Troopers Brad Marshall and Austin White, who are regulars at the coffee shop, looked after Dilynn for an hour while her mother worked. Spell shared the story of the officers’ act of kindness in Facebook post, which has since gone viral.

"Trooper Brad and one of his fellow partners were outstanding in making sure we could still get our job done-and even had a little fun with it,” Spell wrote.

Blakes said she feels blessed for the support she received and is overwhelmed by the attention the story has gotten. She said she has since left Starbucks and found a new job that has made it easier for her to find childcare.

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Officials: Deputy fatally shoots teen who attacked him in Ohio courthouse

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:30

Beth Burger and Jim Woods and John Futty The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chaos unfolded Wednesday afternoon in a hallway outside a Franklin County courtroom, when a scuffle involving a teenage defendant, his family members and a deputy ended in fatal gunfire.

The Franklin County sheriff's office deputy, who was knocked to the ground, fired a single shot, killing 16-year-old Joseph Edward Haynes of the Hilltop.

Haynes was in court on two delinquency cases, both involving guns, Juvenile Court records show. During the hearing, Magistrate Larry Sanchez ordered him placed on electronic monitoring.

"At some point, as the hearing was concluding, there was an altercation involving the deputy and some of the family members," said Franklin County Chief Deputy Rick Minerd, who oversees investigations. "And what we have learned was the deputy was knocked to the ground as part of that altercation where he came under attack ... one shot was fired."

Members of @fop9 say deputy had eight to use deadly force in courthouse shooting, saying he was “under attack.” pic.twitter.com/bihonVs2hu

— Lisa Rantala (@rantalawsyx) January 18, 2018

Minerd said the Franklin County sheriff's office would not immediately identify the deputy, but would do so at a later date.

It's unclear how many people were involved in the scuffle, which broke out at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor of the Downtown county courthouse, which is set aside for Juvenile Court. The shooting took place around the corner from Courtroom 56, where the hearing was held, in a hallway that leads to a door where court officials and attorneys can get to the magistrates' offices.

There was one deputy assigned to the fifth floor at the time, Minerd said.

Haynes' attorney, Jennifer Brisco, said the fray occurred when the deputy threatened to arrest her client, who had become emotional during and after the hearing.

"Joseph was a little out of sorts because of how things went at the hearing," Brisco told The Dispatch. "The officer threatened to lock him up and a scuffle broke out. Joseph was resisting, and that's when there was a scuffle."

She said she backed away as "a bunch of people" tried to break up the struggle, then heard a gunshot.

Haynes was hit by the bullet in the abdomen and rushed to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 p.m. The deputy was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

COURTHOUSE SHOOTING UPDATE: FOP - The deputy involved has been released from the hospital. pic.twitter.com/TgpLRl5YOg

— Dan Pearlman (@danpearlman) January 18, 2018

Brisco didn't see the shooting or Haynes' family members intervening, she said, but did witness Haynes' mother fall into the deputy during the struggle.

"I think she kind of lost her balance," Brisco said. "I know she was trying to get to her son."

Geraldine Haynes, Haynes' grandmother, told The Dispatch that she was only a few feet away when the struggle broke out.

"They could have Tased him. He didn't have to shoot him," she said as a tear rolled down her face at her South Side home.

In her account of events, Geraldine Haynes said her grandson became upset when the deputy put his hands on Haynes' mother. Karen Haynes, 41, was pushed up against a wall, Geraldine Haynes said, which prompted Joseph Haynes to shout at the deputy to "leave his mom alone, leave his mom alone."

Joseph Haynes grabbed the deputy's shoulder, Geraldine Haynes said. The deputy "let go of Karen and slung Joey on the ground," she said.

At that point, she said, Joseph Haynes didn't move and his hands were above his head.

"All of a sudden he pulled his gun and shot him," Geraldine Haynes said of the deputy. "You could smell the gunpowder."

The family was taken into other rooms immediately after the shooting. They didn't learn until about 4 p.m. that Joseph Haynes was dead, Geraldine Haynes said.

A deputy handed her a card with the Franklin County coroner's office number scribbled on the back.

"There was no reason why that cop would have been terrified of Joey," she said. Joseph Haynes was a lanky 6-foot-tall teen.

But Keith Ferrell, executive vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, which represents Franklin County deputies, said that hands were reaching for the deputy's service weapon, Taser or both during the scuffle.

"We're responsive to people's actions. We don't choose to come to work and shoot people," Ferrell said. "It gives our people very little choice to protect themselves and the public.

"Unfortunately, he had to stop the threat," Ferrell said. "It was a significant struggle. And his injuries support that."

COURTHOUSE SHOOTING UPDATE: FCSO - 16-year-old Joseph Haines shot and killed in Courtroom 56, after altercation with deputy. Deputy injured, stable. pic.twitter.com/ZrHWNkTHky

— Dan Pearlman (@danpearlman) January 17, 2018

Ferrell was returning to the hospital Wednesday afternoon where the deputy was being treated and undergoing tests. Ferrell said the deputy's injuries were not career-ending, but he wouldn't give more details. He anticipated it will take him some time to recover.

In September 2016, Magistrate Sanchez placed Joseph Haynes on probation after finding him delinquent for carrying a concealed weapon. According to a complaint filed by Columbus police, Haynes was found to be carrying a .380-caliber pistol in "the right front pocket of shorts worn under his jeans" in April 2016.

He was still on probation when police charged him with delinquency counts of aggravated menacing for allegedly pointing a handgun at two people and threatening to shoot them on Nov. 14, 2016.

Wednesday's hearing was to address the most-recent charges and the status of Haynes' probation. Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said that one of the issues that upset Haynes during the hearing was the magistrate's decision that he had to continue to wear an electronic-monitoring device until his next court date.

Brisco declined to discuss details of the cases, citing client confidentiality.

"I think he's a good boy who got caught up in a bad situation," she said.

Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady said he was saddened to hear about the shooting.

"Any time there's a deputy-involved shooting where we've got the public involved, obviously it's a terrible incident," he said. "Our hearts go out to the deputy, the family and anyone involved."

©2018 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)


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Man arrested in shooting of off-duty Fla. officer

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:21

By Carli Teproff and Charles Rabin Miami Herald

MIAMI — Miami-Dade police announced late Wednesday they arrested a man in the armed robbery and shooting of an off-duty Doral police officer in the driveway of his Palmetto Bay home.

Kionne Bell, 22, was being held in jail with no bond on charges including attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery on person 65 years or older and armed burglary.

Late Tuesday night, veteran police officer Lt. Gary King, 70, was returning to his home in Palmetto Bay after having dinner with his wife. They were were accosted in their driveway.

Police believed they had been followed and the robbers didn’t know King was an officer. His wife was thrown to the ground and he was shot in the arm. King was transported to Jackson Memorial South.

Early Wednesday, Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca said King, who is a commander in Doral’s traffic unit, underwent surgery and was doing OK.

Police are looking for at least one other person in the incident, which happened in the 8000 block of Southwest 139th Terrace. The suspects fled in a red four-door Toyota Camry.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

©2018 Miami Herald


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US marshal fatally shot, 2 officers wounded while serving warrant in Pa.

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:33

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A member of the U.S. Marshals Service was shot and killed early Thursday while serving a warrant, the mayor of Harrisburg said.

Two other officers were also shot, including a Harrisburg police officer who "bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman," Mayor Eric Papenfuse said.

York City Police said one of its officers was shot and was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The condition of the Harrisburg officer was not known.

Federal authorities planned an afternoon news conference to provide more details.

"No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty," Papenfuse said. "I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation."

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said the officers were part of a marshals service task force.

The shooting occurred at a home less than two miles from the state Capitol, in a working class neighborhood of duplexes, single-family homes and commercial buildings.

Police were keeping people well away from the scene as they investigated.

The shooting occurred near where police shot and killed an Egyptian immigrant on Dec. 22 after he wounded a state trooper and shot at another officer near the Capitol. That man is believed to have acted alone.

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LIVE: Officials provide an update on the early reports of shots fired, officers injured in Harrisburg.

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BREAKING: Multiple sources have told ABC27 News that a U.S. deputy marshal was killed in a police-involved shooting in Harrisburg this morning, and York police said a city officer assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force was shot and injured. pic.twitter.com/NGRzwfx3dK

— abc27 WHTM (@abc27News) January 18, 2018

Developing story: #Harrisburg PA: Multiple officers have been taken to the hospital with injuries. Mulberry Street & 17th Street. #SWAT Team & Emergency Crews on scene. BeAlert. via @911_ICE pic.twitter.com/4DVzr9ERkC

— Trad American Angel (@RightWingAngel) January 18, 2018


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Chief: Death of SC detective shot in ambush 'hurts us all'

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:05

By Andrew Dys The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

YORK, S.C. — Michael “Mike” Doty, the York County, S.C., deputy who was one of four law enforcement officers shot in a Tuesday incident involving a domestic violence suspect, has died.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson confirmed Doty’s death at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Wednesday around 7 p.m.

Officers Randy Clinton and Buddy Brown of the sheriff’s office and Kyle Cummings of the York Police Department also were shot in the attack and are recovering at CMC after surgeries.

Doty’s twin brother, Chris, also is a sheriff’s office deputy.

Mike Doty was 37 years old, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

York Police Chief Andy Robinson, whose department had one officer wounded, said Mike Doty’s death “hurts us all in the law enforcement brotherhood.”

Yet Robinson said police officers will not be deterred from protecting the public and their resolve.

“Every one of my officers, and every officer from other departments I have talked to since this happened, remains committed to helping protect people and serving people,” Robinson said. “The best way we can honor Mike Doty is to do what we as police do –serve everyone else.”

Police and prosecutors say Doty was shot by Christian Thomas McCall Tuesday after McCall ambushed Doty and the other officers.

McCall now could face murder charges in Mike Doty’s death, and possibly the death penalty.

While not commenting on the evidence in the case, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said late Wednesday after confirming Doty’s death that the same evidence in the case where he has advised police to seek attempted murder warrants against McCall for shooting the other three officers would support seeking murder charges against McCall.

Brackett declined to comment further on the case or if prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

However, Brackett confirmed Tuesday in a news conference when questioned by The Herald that a murder case involving a police officer as a victim does qualify under South Carolina law for potential capital punishment prosecution.

Doty started with the sheriff’s office in 2006 after working for the York Police Department. He worked as a detective with the York County drug unit, as well as other duties including being a member of the SWAT team.

Doty, Cummings and Brown all were working as SWAT members when they were shot while searching for McCall, police said.

Doty was assigned to the northern York County part of the county drug unit based out of an office at the Fort Mill Police Department. Jeff Helms, Fort Mill Police Department chief of police, said Doty was “family.”

“When family dies, it hurts,” Helms said late Wednesday.

Helms also said that his officers, and others who knew Doty, will continue to serve the public with professionalism because that’s what Mike Doty did all during his career.

©2018 The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)


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Thousands gather to remember slain Wash. deputy

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:54

By Stacia Glenn The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Daniel McCartney was so strong and good-hearted that he held superhero status among those who knew him.

The 34-year-old Pierce County sheriff’s deputy loved fiercely, spoke kindly and smiled always.

He could deadlift 445 pounds and jump 50 inches high. He never raised his voice and treated everyone with respect, even those he put behind bars.

“You become a hero when you do something with every ounce of your heart, your soul, your body, and those efforts make a difference for someone else,” said Doug Cotton, a pastor at Harbor City Church in Aberdeen. “We came here today to honor a hero.”

On Wednesday, more than 3,000 people packed into Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University to honor McCartney, who was shot and killed Jan. 8 after responding to a home invasion robbery near Frederickson.

His friends and family spoke of McCartney as a doting father, brave law enforcement officer, dedicated Crossfit coach, well-rounded athlete and caring friend.

Chief Petty Officer Drew Senary, who met McCartney in 2003, recalled how McCartney set a good example when they served in the U.S. Navy.

Instead of going to the bars, they went sightseeing. McCartney didn’t cuss, didn’t watch risque movies and comforted new seamen who were learning the ropes.

“He set such a standard and presence with everything that he did,” said Christian Gidlof, his best friend. “He made everyone around him better.”

McCartney read to children at the library, participated in Shop with a Cop, brought his wife a cup of coffee after every shift and pushed fellow members at Crossfit Yelm to lift harder.

No matter how many roles he held, McCartney most cherished being a father.

He tucked his three sons into bed every night. He read to them in the morning before leaving for work. He wrestled with them, held Nerf gun battles, taught them to fish and throw a baseball and ensured they knew God.

“Daniel’s proudest achievement was marrying his wife and having three sons,” said his aunt, Judy Mersky.

McCartney became a police officer after leaving the Navy, spending the first six years of his career as one of 18 sworn officers at the Hoquiam Police Department.

That’s where he earned the nickname “Animal,” because he would dig into a case and not stop.

“Daniel drove himself to make a big ripple in a small pond everyday,” Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said.

McCartney joined the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department three years ago and was assigned to the Mountain Detachment.

His partner, Deputy Luke Baker, said McCartney showed courage and strength on every call. He could outrun and outmuscle his partner in restraining suspects, and spoke up when he thought Baker was being rude to suspects.

It was after responding to a 911 call of the home invasion robbery near Frederickson that McCartney was fatally shot by one of two masked men running away.

He was able to fire off five shots at the robbers before radioing dispatchers that he’d been hit.

“He lost his life striving to protect the lives of others,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said. “He was true to the calling that he chose.

“It’s not just that he stepped forward and put on a badge, it’s how he wore the badge, it was with the honor and respect that he wore it. It was with the values and ethics he carried onto duty as he worked.”

The respect McCartney commanded in the law enforcement field could be seen in the thousands of solemn faces that came from as far as Canada, New York and Texas to honor the fallen deputy.

A procession with more than 650 police and fire vehicles left Joint Base Lewis-McChord about 11 a.m. and wound its way to PLU, passing hundreds of people lining the streets to pay their respects.

Bruce Holmberg of University Place works in security and has family that serves as law enforcement. He watched the procession from near the north gate of JBLM.

“I look at (law enforcement) the same way I look at the military,” said Holmberg, who served in the Navy. “They’re our line of defense for our community. … It’s important to show that we love them and care about them.”

Kellie Malcolm of Puyallup watched the procession with her youngest daughter in 2009 after four Lakewood police officers were killed. She was so moved by the experience she brought two of her daughters to watch Wednesday’s procession.

“I wanted them to come out and experience and show their support for the family,” Malcom said. “These people do so much for us.”

Adam Ferriss of Puyallup stood outside the auditorium as the procession neared.

“I want to show that the community pulls behind law enforcement in their darkest hour,” he said.

Uniformed officers lined up outside the auditorium door as six pallbearers rolled the flag-draped casket down the corridor. White-gloved hands slowly rose in salute as they passed. They remained at attention as the family, with red roses pinned to their lapels, filed into the auditorium.

Floral arrangements and personal items were on display around McCartney’s casket.

His weighted barbell sat out front with three small dumbells, the weights his sons — Tytus, Tate and Traxton — once curled alongside their dad.

There also was a mountain bike, guitar, Bible, video game, sports gear, Navy cap, SWAT uniform and photos of McCartney with his family.

A deputy guarded the mementos overnight at the request of McCartney’s boys.

A video of McCartney’s life projected onto a large screen showed him as a red-headed child hamming it up, kneeling on a football field, holding a banner asking his wife to marry him, beaming at each of his sons the day they were born, lifting heaving weights, flexing in a Batman shirt, sitting with his boys in a patrol car.

Toward the end of the service, buglers played taps. An officer rang a bell 21 times to honor McCartney. An honor guard ceremoniously folded a flag that was privately presented to McCartney’s wife of 13 years, Cierra.

The traditional last radio call played over the loudspeakers as a dispatcher called McCartney’s number — 484 — and received no answer.

“484 out of service,” the dispatcher said. “Gone but not forgotten.”

The Sheriff’s Department has found a way to make sure that’s the case.

At the request of McCartney’s sons, a new German shepherd K-9 has been renamed Dan.

“I’m putting every bad guy in Pierce County on notice,” Baker said. “Dan is still coming for you.”

©2018 The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)


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Man arrested after punching police horse outside football stadium

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00

By Rob Tornoe Philly.com

PHILADELPHIA — A 22-year-old Eagles fan has been arrested after allegedly punching a police horse outside Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday ahead of the Eagles’ divisional playoff game against the Falcons.

According to police, 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks, of Whitehall in Lehigh County, showed up to watch the highly-anticipated playoff game, but was ejected by the team because he was intoxicated and didn’t have a ticket.

Once he was ejected, authorities said, Hendricks walked over to a mounted police officer and began repeatedly punching the officer’s horse, striking the animal in the face, neck and shoulder. He also allegedly struck the officer in the legs. Another officer rushed over and arrested Hendricks.

There were no serious injuries.

Hendricks was charged with aggravated assault, taunting a police animal, simple assault and defiant trespass. He was released Sunday after posting 10 percent of $5,000 bail, according to court records. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 30.

The Eagles defeated the Falcons, 15-10, to set up Sunday’s match-up against the Minnesota Vikings, with the NFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Sunday’s game starts at 6:40 p.m. and will take place at the Linc.

Angry fans arrested in or around football games has previously happened this season. A 26-year-old Charlotte man was arrested after being caught sucker-punching a 62-year-old man during a Thursday night Eagles game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

Kyle Adam Maraghy pleaded guilty to simple assault last month, WBTV reported. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was suspended pending successful completion of 18 months of supervised probation.

©2018 Philly.com


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Texas launches 'move over' campaign to protect first responders on roads

PoliceOne - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00

By Erica Pauda Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

AUSTIN, Texas — Hoping to avoid crashes involving emergency vehicles, the Texas Department of Public Safety is informing the public of its "move over" campaign.

Emergency vehicles include patrol units, vehicles with the Texas Department of Transportation, EMS and tow trucks, DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez told the A-J on Tuesday.

"In the coming weeks, troopers will be enforcing the 'move over' law," he said, "and that's why we're campaigning and warning the motorists that if they see activated lights on these vehicles that they should either move over or slow down. We want to, out of respect, encourage people to practice this."

Gonzalez said penalties vary for violations of the state law requiring drivers to move over a lane if there are emergency vehicles on the side of the road. He said penalties can be up to $200 for a written citation, $500 if property is damaged and possibly charges or an arrest for any injuries as the result of a crash.

"In the recent months and years, we've seen many trooper vehicles crashed into because people don't slow down or move over," said Gonzalez.

He said if there are cases when people are attempting to move into the right lane if seeing emergency lights activated, that drivers who can't move over a lane should slow down to 20 mph less than the speed limit.

"Again, this is a law," said Gonzalez, "and this is to protect the first responders and those folks that are working on the shoulder of the roadway or off the roadway, helping the local community to help those first and protect them."

#MoveOver for them. #MoveOver for their families. If you see emergency personnel on the side of the road, #MoveOver and give them plenty of space to work. pic.twitter.com/VUhiKkeFdA

— NHTSA (@NHTSAgov) January 17, 2018

He said the law aims to help first responders do their jobs and avoid being involved in a crash.

"We're just encouraging people to practice defense driving, be vigilant," he said. "Pay attention to those types of laws that are out there on the roadway for their protection, as well as our protection."

Copyright 2018 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


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