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The Lafayette PD uses technology like video game engines to train on consequence management, drones in the sky and a digital coaching platform
The “3 Cs” can increase the chances of successful decision-making and scene management during these complex incidents
Former Yakima officer Elias Huizar went on the run Monday after killing two people, including his ex-wife, and kidnapping his baby son
Body camera footage shows that officers spoke to the man for several minutes before the shooting occurred, offering him cigarettes and attempting to talk him down from violence toward his wife
San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies were attempting to protect other officers when they shot and killed a teen girl who had been kidnapped by her father, a heavily-armed murder suspect
Tracy police deployed a BearCat Armored Recovery Vehicle and a drone to respond to a kidnapping where the victim was held at gunpoint by two individuals at a home
Through a small window in the office door, Denver Police officers could see that the suspect was threatening a hostage; officers broke through the office and attempted to intervene before firing multiple shots at the suspect
The deputy can be seen deploying his TASER at the man and commanding him to stop the car before the shooting; the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has defended the deputy’s actions as necessary
The suspect stole a pickup truck with a sleeping 2-year-old inside; officers found and consoled the child, offering him a dinosaur story book
While a deputy was searching a vehicle, the driver got into the car and drove off with the deputy still inside; after the man did not heed instructions to stop, the deputy shot him, causing the car to crash
A female hostage was also shot; the suspect surrendered and was arrested by Ontario Police Department officers after an hours-long standoff
A tense hostage situation unfolded in a McDonald’s parking lot, where a suspect held a woman at knifepoint inside a semi-truck
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“It was a chaotic scene,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “We applied all technology — that’s the robodog, our SWAT team, electronic, surveillance [and] drones”
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One suspect was killed in a shootout with officers and the other was arrested; the victim was uninjured and one officer sustained a non-life threatening injury
"[The suspect’s] objectives were to get into a shootout with law enforcement, kill law enforcement and be killed by law enforcement,” Chief Scott Vermillion said
The teen was safely reunited with her mother, but that outcome required quick coordination between at least six law enforcement agencies in two states within 27 hours
Video shows the 17-year-old suspect shooting at windows inside the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility while holding a juvenile resident hostage
“We couldn’t spend too much time negotiating and risk the safety of the child,” Lt. Jennifer Kohrell said. “The actions of the officer saved the child’s life”
The officer who was killed was a member of the SWAT team and the wounded officer was going into surgery
When the officers announced their arrival, they immediately came under fire
Investigators were able to identify a fingerprint from a ransom note allegedly left by the suspect, who was in a database from a 1999 DWI case
Chief Joseph Cecile recorded videos of himself to build trust with the suspect; the videos were texted to the suspect and hours later, the standoff was over
First-arriving officers can get things rolling, and specialized teams can communicate with subjects more easily
Hostage negotiators spoke on the phone with the knife-wielding man for two hours; SWAT members then broke into the building and rescued two women
SWAT officers, using “less-than-lethal” ammunition, were able to free the 73-year-old guard two hours after he was taken hostage
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The motive behind the abduction remains under investigation but Corrections Director Jennifer Clemons-Abdullah said one inmate demanded pizza
Two brothers barricaded themselves inside an apartment; the situation escalated when officers entered the home and an exchange of gunfire ensued