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Virginia Deputy Saves Suicidal Man From Jumping

Law Officer - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:48

A York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy is being lauded for his quick thinking after keeping a man from possibly jumping from an overpass near Busch Gardens. Deputy James Robinson responded to the overpass over U.S. 60 about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday after the sheriff’s office received a report of a man in crisis. Once on the scene, Robinson started trying to bond with the man, asking him repeatedly if he was OK. Robinson was able to distract the man long enough to grab him and pull him off the edge of the overpass, the sheriff’s office said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said. “Deputy Robinson showed the utmost compassion for the man and reassured him that he still has a lot to live for. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man and his family,” the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer said.

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Ga. authorities: Man shot by officers refused to drop gun

Police One - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:33

By Raisa Habersham, Zachary Hansen, Chelsea Prince The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — A man shot by police at a Bartow County truck stop Thursday night was threatening to harm himself before officers arrived, according to the GBI.

Rafael Caballero, 51, was hit when Emerson police officers and Bartow County sheriff’s deputies fired multiple rounds. He was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

“Officers gave verbal commands for Caballero to drop his weapon, which he did not,” she said.

The shooting occurred just after 6 p.m. at a Love’s truck stop on Old Allatoona Road off I-75 in Emerson.

Two Emerson police officers, Sgt. Neil Baker and patrolman Gary Mandelus, and a Bartow deputy, George Murchison, were involved in the incident, Miles said. None of the officers were injured.

Caballero was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where authorities said he was in critical but stable condition Thursday.

Jeff Stubbs said in an interview with Channel 2 Action News that he called police after Caballero, his brother-in-law, made violent threats. Officers tracked him to the truck stop after he left his house, the news station reported.

“They did what they had to do,” Stubbs said. “He wanted to hurt his wife... and I think they tried to keep from shooting him.”

According to Channel 2, witnesses heard more than a dozen gunshots fired at the truck stop, sending people running for cover.

The Bartow County incident is the 60th officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated this year and the second such investigation opened this week.

On Wednesday, two armed shoplifting suspects were apprehended in Dalton following a chase through Tennessee and North Georgia, and one of them was shot by multiple officers.

A woman, who has not been identified, was shot when she exited her vehicle with two handguns pointed at officers, according to the GBI. The driver of the vehicle, Parrish Smaey, 56, of Jonesboro, surrendered and was arrested.

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI.


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Ohio police officer shoots attacker after being stabbed

Police One - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:24

By Cliff Pinckard Advance Ohio Media

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An undercover police officer attempting to arrest a suspected prostitute shot and killed the woman after she stabbed him in the hand, reports say.

The incident occurred outside an apartment building at about 11:30 a.m., according to WCMH Channel 4.

Police say the officer was trying to arrest the woman in an unmarked vehicle when she attacked, 10tv.com reports.

The officer fired his handgun several times inside the vehicle, police say. The unidentified suspect was taken to Grant Medical Center but died of her wounds.

The officer, a 30-year veteran, underwent surgery at the hospital and was in stable condition, 10tv.com reports.


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7 Conn. officers exposed to fentanyl in drug raid

Police One - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:56

By Nicholas Rondinone The Hartford Courant

HARTFORD, Conn. — Seven drug detectives serving a search warrant at a Garden Street apartment Thursday were exposed to what authorities believe was a potent opioid that went airborne when the suspects attempted to hide evidence, police said.

The building was evacuated and later declared uninhabitable, police said. Officers seized a gun, $4,000 in cash and half a kilogram — more than a pound — of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. Three people were arrested.

Two of the law enforcement officials — a Hartford detective and a state trooper — were the first through the door of the third-floor apartment, police said. They came in contact with the substance when it was tossed out of a window and the packaging around it burst, sending powder into the air. The two detectives were taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, police Chief David Rosado said.

Five others, four Hartford detectives and another state trooper, were being monitored as a precaution after going into the apartment to assist in the raid, according to Rosado.

“They were going in with the warrant when the substance came apart,” Rosado said about the 11:40 a.m. drug raid. He said the operation was a joint effort between Hartford and state police.

Though authorities late Thursday were not certain what the substance was that made the officers ill, Lt. Michael Coates said based on the investigation, they believe it was heroin, fentanyl or a mixture of the two potent opioids.

Rosado said the officers became nauseous and lightheaded. Both symptoms are common with exposure to an opioid.

Another apartment in a nearby Garden Street building was also searched, but there were no issues, Rosado said.

Three people inside the apartment were also screened for potential exposure to the substance, police said.

Hazmat teams were quickly dispatched to the building, which was evacuated as a precaution. Scores of neighbors on the busy stretch of Garden Street were told to go back inside the unaffected buildings for their safety.

Residents of the six-unit apartment building were ordered to stay out through the day as firefighters, clad in thick gray suits and masks, decontaminated the scene. They were relocated, police said.

On Friday, police said three people were arrested on drug and child endangerment charges. They are Luis Diaz, 42, Raymond Vazquez, 38, and Francheska Muniz-Rodriquez, 25, all of 373-375 Garden St., police said. Diaz and Vazquez also were arrested on gun charges including criminal possession of a firearm.

A team from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Lab was called in from Rocky Hill to make a final determination on what was inside the powdery substance. Rosado said no field testing was done by Hartford police.

The detectives and troopers were making the routine drug search alone without the assistance of the department’s Emergency Response Team, which counts an emergency physician among its members.

“It’s a substantial danger,” Rosado said. “We never really know what we are dealing with. So if it’s fentanyl, obviously it could be very dangerous to our officers. That is why all our officers are being decontaminated by the Hartford Fire Department.”

Thursday’s raid was not the first time city officers were exposed to a cloud of drugs during a search. While breaking up a drug lab on Forrest Street in September 2016, a flash bang tossed by Hartford SWAT officers landed on a processing table, kicking heroin and fentanyl into the air.

Eleven SWAT officers were exposed to the potentially lethal combination of drugs as they secured the scene and took the suspects into custody. Police officials said at the time that none of the officers suffered serious injuries and all were treated and released.

But in recent years, fentanyl has become increasingly prevalent in a rampant drug trade that has fueled thousands of deaths both in Connecticut and across the United States.

Officers, firefighters and EMS across the city routinely carry naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing drug, as they continue to encounter fentanyl, heroin and other opioids.

The DEA, which partners with city police, has repeatedly warned law enforcement of the dangers of the drug and provided guidance on how to avoid exposures like the one on Thursday.

“This is an everyday occurrence … our officers can be potentially exposed to it. We have to be really careful when we deal with this kind of issue,” Rosado said. “We are going to err on the side of safety.”


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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:30
At 2:00 PM, Troopers arrested Michael Paladino, age 44, of 9 Woodridge Rd, Worcester, MA for a Violation of a No Contact Order. Arrest was the result of Sheriffs contacting the barracks and Troopers responding to Third District Court to take custody of Paladino. Subject was transported to the...
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Members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force Unit Arrest Fugitive from New Jersey Wanted for Attempted Homicide with Gun

State - RI Police - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:15
Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a suspect wanted from the State of New Jersey for Attempted Homicide with a Gun. Sharif Stewart, age 28, with a last known address of 19 Fulton...
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