Law Enforcement

Georgia Police Officer Dead After Gunshot, Wreck

Law Officer - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 21:02

Varnell (GA) Police Officer Kevin Brooks was killed Saturday night after officers responded to a single vehicle crash involving a vehicle at high speed.

Further investigation revealed that Brooks also suffered a gunshot wound.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation report that they do not suspect any foul play.


Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant posted the below message on their Facebook Page Sunday afternoon:

It is with a heavy heart that I am posting this press release regarding one of our part time police officers, Mr. Kevin Brooks. On the night of November 18, 2017 at approximately 9:15pm the command staff of the Varnell Police Department was notified by officials in Catoosa County, Georgia regarding the death of Officer Brooks who was off duty and in his personally owned vehicle. Officer Brooks was a part time patrol officer and detective with our agency, and was last on shift the evening of November 13, 2017. His next date to report for duty would have been November 19, 2017. We were informed that the Ringgold Police Department, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were on scene of a single vehicle crash near I-75 exit 345 where Mr. Brooks was found deceased. Details regarding this crash and his untimely death are still being investigated by officials in Catoosa County and all questions should be directed to the respective agencies in that jurisdiction for media inquiries.

Officer Brooks will be sorely missed by our agency. Officer Brooks actually went above and beyond with our department being both a

Fallen Officer Kevin Brooks.

patrol officer on the street, and also a criminal investigator. He has investigated cases of domestic violence, sexual based crimes and narcotics crimes in our city, and works cases with other local detectives. Officer Brooks has worked for our agency on a part time bases from 2005-2007, and again from 2014 to the present date. Officer Brooks also has extensive other full time police employment with different agencies in both Georgia and Tennessee ranging from state government positions, and a two time chief of police with an agency in Southwest Georgia and one in Northeast Georgia. Most recently he was a corporate security and loss prevention manager while working part time with us at Varnell PD, Tunnel Hill PD, and also the Town of Cohutta Police Department as a reserve officer here in the Northwest Georgia area.

Specific examples where Officer Kevin Brooks has been a shining star with our agencies include in 2016 he was the lead investigator on an operation with illegal underage alcohol sales in our jurisdiction. During this operation Officer Brooks was able to identify numerous locations selling alcohol to minors in violation of Georgia law, and he was able to hold 4 businesses accountable in our jurisdiction violating Georgia law with his investigations. On this operation he worked closely with the Georgia Department of Revenue special agents to not only hold those accountable criminally, but also civilly. Also in 2016 Officer Brooks worked a child molestation case over the period of 3 months with the assistance of the Whitfield County District Attorney’s Office and he was able to exceptionally clear the case with all parties. Officer Brooks is also currently certified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a state certified marijuana identification expert, and works close with our evidence technicians being an expert witness in our municipal court and state courts on cases related to illegal possession of marijuana in our city. Officer Brooks in 2015 also exceptionally cleared a theft case involving illegal use of credit cards at a local grocery store. Finally, Officer Brooks who is also a Georgia POST certified internal affairs investigator was able to clear one of our officers of wrong doing during a traffic stop, and ultimately the victim/complainant was found to be lying to investigators during the course of the entire investigation. The complainant ended up being arrested for filing a false report – the suspect plead guilty in court in 2017. Officer Brooks is certified by Georgia POST in the following areas with our agency: Field Training Officer, RADAR speed detection, LIDAR speed detection, GBI certified marijuana examiner, Internal Affairs Investigations, Child Death Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Gang Investigations, School Resource Officer, and Financial Crime Investigations.

In closing the loss of Officer Kevin Brooks on both a professional and personal level will be and has made a tragic impact on our agency and those of us who called him a co-worker and friend. We ask for your thoughts and prayers during our time of loss, and that you keep the Brooks family in your prayers as well. Your kindness and compassion towards our agency and officers has already been felt with some of the private messages we have received and phone calls, and for that we are appreciative more than you all will ever know. Thank you again friends for your support of our agency and our officers during this time of loss.

Chief Lyle Grant

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Border Patrol agent dies after being injured in Texas

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:27

Associated Press

VAN HORN, Texas — Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

Border Patrol spokesmen said they could not provide any details Sunday on what caused the agent's injuries or what led to them. Spokesman Carlos Diaz says the FBI has taken over the investigation.

Another spokesman, Douglas Mosier, says that 36-year-old agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were transported to a local hospital, where Martinez died. Martinez's partner is in serious condition. His name wasn't released. Martinez had been a border agent since August, 2013 and was from El Paso.

Border Patrol records show that Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region's mountains and the Rio Grande make it a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents who have died since late 2003, some attacked while working along the border, and other fatalities in traffic accidents. It lists one other agent death in the line of duty this year.

#CBP mourns the loss of #USBP Agent Rogelio Martinez who passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow Agents during this difficult time. #HonorFirst

— CBP (@CustomsBorder) November 19, 2017

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Ga. officer found dead with gunshot wound

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 13:44

By PoliceOne Staff

RINGGOLD, Ga. — A Georgia police officer was found dead with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle following a car accident on Saturday evening.

WTVC reports that a car was driving near a highway when it veered across a divider and crossed into oncoming traffic before it went down a steep embankment. Police responded to reports of a car accident and found the driver of the car, who was later revealed to be a Varnell police officer, dead with a gunshot wound.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they are investigating the officer’s death as a suicide. The officer's identity has not been released.

No additional details have been released at this time.

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SP Poughkeepsie - State Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Route 44 Pleasant Valley

State - NY Police - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:57
Pleasant Valley, New York - On November 18, 2017, at approximately 7:30 PM, the New York State Police investigated a fatal two car motor vehicle collision on State Route 44 and the Taconic State Parkway. 
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Colo. LEOs and firefighters square off in charity hockey game

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:41

By Zachary Hillstrom The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Representatives from local law enforcement and fire departments took to the ice at Pueblo Ice Arena for an intensely competitive hockey game Saturday afternoon, battling for three periods in front of a packed crowd of nearly 900 during the 2nd annual Ice Cup charity game.

The back-and-forth game saw the law enforcement team emerging victorious with a hard-fought 5-3 win over the fire team in an event designed to raise funds for the Pueblo Police Department’s Heroes and Helpers program.

“Heroes and Helpers is a program where we take the monies that are raised through this event and match a police officer up with an underprivileged child,” said Police Chief Troy Davenport.

“That child can go and purchase presents that they normally wouldn’t be able to get, and we always make sure that they walk away with a little something for themselves. So it’s a great way for the officers to connect with the community and, in particular, the youth.”

Programs handed out at the game detailed that in addition to the nearly $6,000 in funds raised for the Heroes and Helpers program at last year’s Ice Cup, 92 new children’s books and 162 brand new toys were collected at the game.

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The game featured all of the staples of an action-packed day at the hockey rink, as those in attendance snacked on stadium concessions such as popcorn and pizza while clapping along with music broadcast on the overhead sound system and intently watching the game.

The event has been billed as the hockey equivalent of the annual Cops vs. Bikers Toy Bowl — a charity flag football game played each year between police and local motorcycle riders — but the stick skills, puck handling and skating speed of the players competing Saturday gave the event more of a semi-professional atmosphere.

“It was a good game,” Davenport said. “We started off with two points right away and I thought it was going to be a runaway, but then the fire department came back and scored two of their own. So it is in good spirits and in the sense of brotherhood, but it’s also highly competitive. Both sides want to win.”

Hundreds of families came out to the crowded event to support their local first responders, such as the family of Pueblo residents Warren and Sarah Nuckols, who brought their young daughter Cadence and son Braxton to check out the event.

“We’re actually brand new to the Pueblo community,” Sarah Nuckols said. “We just moved here at the beginning of the summer and we found (the Ice Cup) on an event catalogue at the local library, which had a big article about the time and the cause. And when we found out this all goes to the community, we thought it would be a cool event.”

“It is so encouraging that Pueblo shows up,” Davenport said. “Pueblo takes care of Pueblo and those stands being full like they are I think is an endorsement of that. It’s just really good to see them all out here supporting their first responders, law enforcement and the spirit of giving.”

©2017 The Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, Colo.)

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NC officers cleared in fatal shooting of 911 caller

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:23

By Jane Wester, Lavendrick Smith and Michael Gordon The Charlotee Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will not be charged after killing a Charlotte man in September who carried an unloaded gun but had his hands raised when he was shot, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Friday.

Courtney Suggs and David Guerra have been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 6, when 29-year-old Ruben Galindo called 911 and was shot by officers responding to his call.

On the night of the shooting, Galindo told dispatchers he was trying to turn himself in for an upcoming court date involving an earlier arrest for pointing a gun at someone. In the 911 call released to the Observer, Galindo tells the dispatcher he has a gun on him, but repeats the phrase “I have no bullets” in Spanish.

In Murray’s report, he ruled Galindo failed to follow officers’ commands to put his weapon down. He also said Galindo was impaired during the encounter. (A toxicology report released Tuesday showed Galindo had a blood-alcohol level of .23 but no drugs in his system.)

“While it is entirely possible that Galindo’s intent was to surrender to police and give them the firearm, other alternatives that could have been lethal to the officers, neighbors in the community or other occupants of the residence were just as likely based on the information available to Officer Guerra in the seconds he had to evaluate the situation,” Murray said. “This officer-involved shooting was indisputably tragic, but it was not unlawful.”

Suggs has been working for the department since December 2014 and Guerra was hired in April 2013.

The police officers’ attorneys welcomed the decision, and said it was supported by fact, including Galindo’s refusal to put down the gun, his apparent drunkenness and that he had his upcoming court date.

“Had he simply surrendered the weapon as asked by 911 callers in Spanish he would be alive today,” Michael Greene said. “These officers were given a difficult situation and dealt with it to secure their own safety, the safety of other officers on the scene and the safety of other residents in the apartment complex.”

Guerra’s attorney, George Laughrun, dismissed the notion that police should have taken Galindo at his word and believed that the gun was empty and that he wanted to turn it over to police before his court date.

“That’s like believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. It does not make any sense,” Laughrun said. “You can always Monday morning quarterback and say ‘What if? What if? What if?’ ”

Laughrun and Greene are former law partners of Murray.

Not all the reactions to Murray’s findings were as favorable. Phil Stinson, a police-shooting expert at Bowling Green State University, said he agreed with Murray’s legal analysis but said the officers erred in shooting Galindo.

“It’s unfortunate that a police shooting can be found to be legally justified yet unnecessary and inappropriate,” Stinson, a former law enforcement officer, said Friday. “In my view, this case should have gone to a grand jury.”

Last month, after repeated viewings of the shooting video, Stinson said, “I question whether a murder has been committed.”

Mel Tucker, a former N.C. police chief, FBI agent and retired police trainer on the use of force, said Galindo did not have enough time to respond to police commands.

“If I was looking at this case, I can tell you that this shooting was unnecessary,” Tucker said in October. “They just barely gave him enough time (to react), boom, before they shot him.”

Police said Galindo raised the gun while facing officers, a claim local activists have disputed. The video, however, showed Galindo with his arms above his head when officers shot him. The gun and clip recovered at the scene were both empty.

Based in part on a landmark case in Charlotte, police are legally justified in using deadly force if they have a “reasonable” fear of imminent death or serious injury to themselves, other officers or the general public, according to the court system.

Suggs told interviewers after the shooting he feared the encounter might be an ambush attempt, according to Murray’s report.

In comments after the Galindo shooting, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said the legal standard is not hard to meet when a resident carries a gun into a confrontation with police.

“I’m not going to give anyone the authority to take my life legally. Ever!” he said during a community meeting with the city’s Latino community.

As Putney spoke, Galindo’s widow, Azucena Zamorano, sat directly in front holding a poster-size portrait of her husband.

“Police are not trained to control a situation like that, but to kill,” she said through a translator. “I don’t understand why he was shot.”

On Friday, a Charlotte activist said the family does not accept Murray’s decisions and will pursue other legal options.

“This is not the end of the road,” said Hector Vaca, the Charlotte president of the nonprofit Action NC. “Regardless of what the police say, it’s obvious Ruben Galindo was unjustly killed. His hands were in the air, and they killed him anyway.”

©2017 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)

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The 10 Minute Rule

Law Officer - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:13

One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching and consulting across the country is getting to meet other law enforcement professionals.  Despite the fact that I have usually been hired to speak to others, the truth is that I typically learn just as much as those in attendance.

That is exactly what happened last week as I visited the Dickson County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Department.  The Courageous Leadership Seminar has been one of the most popular subjects in recent years and not only did I find willing participants in Dickson County, but I found an agency that already embraces the topics and concepts from the Courageous Leadership Institute.

Members of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department and surrounding agencies take a picture after training (Sheriff Hoffman is bottom, far left).

Led by Sheriff Gareth Hoffman and flanked by Undersheriff James Swisher, I found myself apologizing to them at each break because every concept discussed they had already implemented and while that is rare, it was a pleasure to meet the leaders of the organization that had put so much of what we have championed into practice.

“Don’t worry,” they said as “you are never a prophet in your own area” but as I spoke to both of them over the course of two days, I found myself, the student, talking to law enforcement leaders that should be an example for all of us.

The most important aspect of Courageous Leadership is Community and for that reason, it is the last topic that is discussed.  As I went through the various ideas and topics for agencies to embrace community and develop greatness, I saw the audience nodding in approval and someone in the back shouted “the ten minute rule!”

Undersheriff Swisher told me that they require the “10 Minute Rule” from each deputy.  As he explained it, whatever call the responding deputy is dealing with, when they are done with that particular issue, they are required to spend ten more minutes with the citizen.  It is this time, Swisher told me, that real value comes, as conversations happen not between a Deputy and Citizen, but person to person.

I love the concept and it will no doubt take it’s rightful place in the next Courageous Leadership Seminar.

I would like to also thank Deputy Paul Weishaar, who worked hard to get me in front of his agency and made my stay in Kansas one of the most enjoyable weeks of my career.

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2 Young Boys Killed In Police Crash

Law Officer - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:15

Three of the five pedestrians who were struck in a Boyle Heights crash involving a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle were two young boys who were killed and their critically injured mother, authorities said Friday.

The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street.

“The force of the collision caused the deputy’s patrol vehicle to run off the roadway and hit three pedestrians, a mother and her two children,” the Los Angeles Police Department, which is conducting an investigation, said in a statement.

According to the sheriff’s department, deputies were responding to a gunshot call at the time of the crash.

The LAPD said the fatally struck boys were 7 and 9. One died at the scene; the other was pronounced dead at a hospital, where their mother was listed in critical condition. Family members identified the boys as Marcos and Jose Luis Hernandez.

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PA Officer Killed at Traffic Stop, Suspect at Large

Police Magazine - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:04

A manhunt is underway for a man suspected of killing a rookie Pennsylvania police officer Friday night.

Officer Brian Shaw was shot in the chest around 8:15 p.m. Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh. The shooting occurred during a foot chase that began shortly after a traffic stop, NBC 10 reports.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington police force full time in June. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting but was pronounced dead there a short time later, according to authorities.

Authorities are offering a $40,000 reward for information on the shooting. The FBI has contributed $25,000 to the reward, while the U.S. Marshals Service offered $5,000 and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will contribute up to $10,000.


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Man charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago officer

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:59

By Elyssa Cherney Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A South Deering man was charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the domestic stabbing of an off-duty Chicago police officer Friday on the city's South Side, authorities said.

David Johnson, 21, turned himself in to police about 8 hours after the attack, which took place in the 1600 block of East 76th Street in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.

The off-duty officer, 47, was driving about 8 a.m. Friday when she was stabbed in the head, causing her to hit a school bus.

She was taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where her condition was later stabilized, police said.

A child on the bus was taken to Jackson Park Hospital complaining of a headache.

About 3:35 p.m. Friday, Johnson, of the 9700 block of South Commercial Avenue, turned himself into police in the 7600 block of South Chappel Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.

He is expected to appear in bond court on Sunday.

©2017 the Chicago Tribune

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Authorities issue warrant for Pa. rookie cop killer's arrest

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:08

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Authorities are seeking a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer.

Pennsylvania state police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Shaw was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Holt faces charges of murder and murder of a police officer.

Investigators say they know why the traffic stop occurred. But they won't provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington force full time in June.

New Kensington is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Authorites issue warrant for Pa. rookie cop killer's arrest

Police One - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:08

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Authorities are seeking a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer.

Pennsylvania state police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Shaw was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot.

Investigators say they know why the traffic stop occurred. But they won't provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington police force full time in June. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

New Kensington is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

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NYSP Canandiaigua makes DWI Arrest

State - NY Police - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:34
On November 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm, State Police Canandaigua 
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SP Canandaigua Patrol makes a Felony DWI Arrest

State - NY Police - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:52
On November 16, 2017, at 9:47 p.m., New York State Police at Canandaigua
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Baltimore Neighborhood On Lock Down As Hunt For Cop Killer Continues

Law Officer - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:48

A neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland is on lock down this weekend as police search for the gunman who killed one of their own.

Investigators say Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed while canvassing the neighborhood for information on a homicide case Wednesday night. He was an 18-year veteran with the force.

ABC6 reports that investigators are combing through surveillance video from the area, looking for evidence.

They believe the suspect may be injured.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the case is now up to $215,000.

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State Police in Canandaigua arrest a Shortsville man for Attempted Rape 1st Degree, Attempted Criminal Sex Act 1st Degree and Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors 1st Degree

State - NY Police - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:45
On November 17, 2017, the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Canandaigua, arrested Scott A. Castle, 36 years old, from Shortsville, NY, charging him with Attempted Rape 1st, (Class C-Felony) Attempted Criminal Sex Act 1st, (Class C-Felony) and Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors 1st (Class E-Felony).  
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 07:30
At 2:45 PM, Troopers arrested Felix Hernandez, age 19, of 161 Waldo Street Apartment #2, Providence, RI 02901 for a Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Pre-Trial Conference on the original charge of Driving Without a License originating out of the Bristol Police Department.
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