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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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
The career criminal with 58 felony convictions threatened law enforcement and bail bondsmen in a tense standoff that ended in gunfire
We are seeing increased drone use by SWAT teams resulting in safer incident resolutions for officers and suspects
Eric Abril was initially sought for questioning about an earlier freeway shooting
CHP officer is listed in stable condition after a shooting that killed one hostage and wounded another at a park
“The community expects us to de-escalate with time and distance. And we have the technology to do that and keep first responders and the community safe.”
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There is a paradigm shift occurring in law enforcement as drones become a critical element in almost every aspect of emergency operations
The suspect placed a gun to the child’s head while deputy personnel attempted to communicate with him
“It’s devastating for all parties involved — the officers, everybody that was involved in this situation,” Richland Police Chief Nick McLendon said
After striking the PD’s security door with a chainsaw, the man drove home when police arrived and began “dangling a pair of young children from a window”