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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Arizona police officer shot, killed during confrontation near casino

A White Mountain Apache Tribe police officer was killed early Monday morning during a confrontation with a suspect -- who was later shot and killed -- outside a casino in the Pinetop-Lakeside area, which is slightly more than three hours northeast of Phoenix. The officer was identified as 26-year-old David Kellywood. Officials said he graduated from the police academy in May 2019 and had been on the force for about nine months. He leaves behind a wife and two young children, officials told reporters during a Monday afternoon press conference. The suspect was not identified. Officials said Officer Kellywood and another officer responded to a report of "shots fired" around 1 a.m. near the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino in Pinetop, Arizona. Kellywood, who was the first officer on scene, found a person matching the suspect description and the man immediately engaged the officer in a physical altercation, officials said. During that altercation, Officer Kellywood was shot.
ABC 15 News Arizona

Connecticut police use drone to find blind man who had been missing for 33 hours

Police used a drone to locate a missing blind man in Connecticut who had become lost in a wooded area for over 30 hours. A family member of the blind man contacted the Enfield Police Department on Feb. 15, saying they were concerned as they were unable to make contact with him, police said in a statement posted to Facebook. The police statement does not name the individual. Officers determined that the man had not been seen since 10 a.m. the previous day. Based on their investigation and understanding of the missing man’s previous behavior, officers determined that it was likely that he had walked away from his home and become disoriented. Investigators were concerned that the low temperatures in the area put the missing man at risk of hypothermia and contacted colleagues in the Vernon Connecticut Police for assistance. A drone pilot from that force joined the search.
ABC News

ICE Subpoenas San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the 1st Time New Tactic Is Used in California

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took the rare step of serving four administrative subpoenas Friday to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for information on four Mexican nationals wanted for deportation. The immigration subpoenas are the first of their kind in California, though they’re just the latest deployment of a new, month-old Trump administration tactic aimed at so-called sanctuary cities and states. ICE, the Department of Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, used the subpoenas Jan. 15 in Denver for what was believed to be the first time. The agency subsequently used them in New York and on Thursday in Connecticut. According to an ICE spokeswoman, the subpoenas are not court-ordered or signed by a judge. But if the Sheriff’s Department does not comply, ICE said it can coordinate with federal prosecutors to seek an order from a federal judge that would compel the Sheriff’s Department to comply.
KTLA 5 News

Washington Sheriff’s Office project seeks to honor two who died in line of duty

Although they were born about a decade apart, State Patrol trooper Thomas Hendrickson and Skagit County Sheriff’s Office deputy Alan Hultgren had much in common: Both were young family men with a passion for their communities who dedicated themselves to law enforcement. Just a few years into their respective careers, the lives of both men were cut short by suspected drunk drivers on Highway 20 — Hendrickson in 1974 at age 31 and Hultgren in 1981 at age 30. “Both these men died doing what they loved to do,” Skagit County Sheriff Don McDermott said. Spurred by former Skagit County Sheriff Gary Frazier and in partnership with the State Patrol, McDermott has launched the Fallen Hero Project, which seeks to honor the two law enforcement officers by renaming the sections of the highway on which they were killed. “It’s a good opportunity not only for first responders but citizens to remember them,” McDermott said.
Skagit Valley Herald

VIDEO: Chicago police officers pull man from Lake Michigan on ’coldest day of the year’

Authorities in Chicago are praising a jogger who spotted a man in the freezing waters of Lake Michigan over the weekend and alerted police. The man ended up being rescued by a pair of SWAT officers. The Chicago Police Department said on Facebook the incident happened around 7 a.m. on Saturday near the 600-block of North Lake Shore Drive after a jogger saw the man fall into the water. "A special thank you also goes out to the individual who looked out for their fellow Chicagoan and flagged down assistance from our first responder community," police said. "As always, if you see something, say something."
Fox News

Friday, February 14, 2020

Ohio House passes bill to allow more first responders to get workers’ compensation for PTSD

Law enforcement officials, firefighters and other emergency personnel wiped tears from their eyes on Wednesday as the Ohio House passed a bill that would provide workers’ compensation for more first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The House voted 74-22 for House Bill 308, which would allow first responders to seek workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have a physical condition that led to PTSD. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation covers only physical injuries or mental conditions caused by physical injuries. Those who suffer from PTSD have difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms might include nightmares, anxiety or depression. Suicidal thoughts or actions also are possible. “Post-traumatic stress is a mental injury for which an accompanying physical injury is not required,” said Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysbrug.

Texas Police Department Uses New Tool to Digitally Scan Crime Scenes

North Richland Hills police have a new tool to capture and scan crime scenes to better assist investigators. FARO is a 3D scanning device that allows investigators to capture, measure, and analyze scenes in a real-time format. The piece of technology can capture a scene, in its entirety, using laser scanning. Crime scene investigator Jennie Espy said once the FARO spins around at 360 degrees, it measures everything in its sight at a rate of about 976,000 data points per second. “It has an accuracy range, plus or minus, of about one millimeter,” Espy told NBC 5. “We’ll still take crime scene photographs. That’s something we’ll always do but when we do measurements both with traffic, fire, and crime scene – most of that is done by hand with measuring tape, you can imagine this is doing that for us.” Not every scene will require the scanning device. It will primarily be used on major crime scenes, crashes, and arson investigations which will likely lead to courtroom litigation, Espy said.
KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

College football player seen body slamming Ohio officer in video suspended from team

VIDEO: The Eastern Kentucky University football player charged with body slamming a Grove City police officer has been suspended from the team. According to court records, Michael Harris is facing a felony charge of assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Police said on Monday, they were called to a business because of a disturbance with an aggressive man who did not work there and wouldn't leave. After officers responded to the business on North Meadows Drive, officers believed Harris was intoxicated and did not know where he was or know anyone in the area, according to court records. "Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students," the university said in a statement to 10TV.

Sacramento renaming baseball field after slain officer Tara O’Sullivan

Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to rename a Woodlake Park softball field in honor of fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan. The park is a half-mile from the backyard where the 26-year-old O'Sullivan was shot and killed on June 19, 2019. O'Sullivan was responding to domestic violence calling in north Sacramento, and in the process of helping the woman collect her things, O'Sullivan was shot. Woodlake Park, 500 Arden Way, features a softball field, amphitheater, tennis court, clubhouse and Peace Officer's Memorial. O'Sullivan touched many lives in her short life. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development from California State University, Sacramento, a campus where many mourned her death. Days after O'Sullivan died, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said when he asked her why she would go into the police force with a child development degree. He told ABC10 that her response was, "I'm learning all of the skills I need to be an officer."
ABC 10 News Sacramento

Massachussets Sheriff helps families with autism seat belt covers

It was on a trip to Britain and Ireland that Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott first saw seat belt covers that notify first responders that the wearer has autism, the Patriot Ledger reported. Half a world away, a light bulb went off, McDermott said that he thought that covers could be helpful at home too. Now the covers, created by McDermott’s office, will be available at a number of police departments including Weymouth, Stoughton, Norwood, Needham, Millis, Holbrook, Dedham, Avon and Sharon. Families can pick the covers up at police stations and slide them on top of seat belts. Want news like this sent straight to your inbox? Head over to to sign up for alerts and make sure you never miss a thing. You pick the news you want, we deliver.

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