St. Louis PD Researching Ways to Prevent Blue-on-Blue Shootings After June Incident

After an off-duty St. Louis police officer was wounded by “friendly fire” from a fellow officer looking for suspects after a stolen vehicle crashed late last month, the department is looking at whether more training might help.

The police department is forming a committee to decide how best to train officers for such encounters.

In the June 21 incident, an off-duty officer was shot in the elbow  by another officer after a police chase involving suspects inside a stolen car. People inside the car opened fire on police during the chase, police say.

The off-duty officer came out of his home after hearing the car crash. Two officers looking for the suspects from the car encountered the off-duty officer and ordered him to the ground, the department said. He complied. When they recognized him, they told him he could stand up and walk toward them.

Another officer just arriving at the scene saw the off-duty officer get up and, not knowing he was an officer, fired his weapon once at the man. He hit the off-duty officer in the arm.

Nationally, little research has been done on the topic because its rarity makes it difficult to draw meaningful conclusions or suggest best practices, said David Klinger, a criminologist with the University of Missouri-St. Louis who specializes in use-of-force issues

Klinger, a former Los Angeles police officer, has personal experience. One night in Los Angeles, Klinger said, he interrupted a man about to break into his car. Two officers happened to drive by. When confronted by his fellow officers, he had his badge in his hand, and moved it so his fellow officers could catch the glint from it. He identified himself as an officer and asked them what they wanted him to do. He complied with their commands to drop the gun — all part of the training he said he received, St.LouisToday reports.

 

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Omaha Officer Hit in Face With Bottle While Breaking Up Disturbance

An Omaha, NE, police officer was injured early Sunday when he was hit by a bottle while breaking up a large disturbance.

The officer, whose name was not immediately released, suffered a facial fracture from the thrown bottle, according to Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman. Police were called to the area about a block south of Ames Avenue at 3 a.m., he said.

As officers attempted to disperse the crowd, an officer was struck in the face by the bottle. A 31-year-old man was booked into jail after officers said they witnessed him throwing bottles at other officers, reports the Omaha World-Herald .

 

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Video: FL Police Major Who Lost Legs Inspires Fellow Officers

Video: FL Police Major Who Lost Legs Inspires Fellow Officers

VIDEO: FL Police Major Who Lost Legs Inspires Fellow Officers

A South Florida police major who lost both of his legs in a tragic accident is now inspiring fellow officers on his road to recovery, reports WSVN .

Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter took the first swing at a charity softball game Saturday afternoon. Despite being in a wheelchair, he managed to get a good hit. Fellow officers showed their support.

Back in May, Carter was involved in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 75 in Miami Lakes. He was off-duty, heading to a charity ride.

 

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2 CO Officers Hospitalized After Struggle With Suspected Heroin User

Two Thornton, CO, police officers were hospitalized Friday during a struggle with a man accused of shooting up heroin at a park. One officer suffered minor injuries; the extent of the second officer’s injuries was unknown, reports KMGH .

Jason Masek, 22, is behind bars facing a long list of charges after allegedly escaping custody twice during the arrest.

Around 10 a.m., Thornton officers were called to the park in the 800 block of Croke Drive on a report the suspect was using the drug. When they arrived on scene, police say Masek fled into a nearby library where a struggle inside the building’s bathroom led to the officers’ injuries.

Police say the suspect escaped after the bathroom attack but was later spotted nearby by another Thornton officer and taken into custody. He was taken to the hospital where police say he managed to escape a second time. But police had him in custody again after a short foot chase.

 

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Video: WI Officer Struck by Alleged Drunk Driver, in Critical Condition

Video: WI Officer Struck by Alleged Drunk Driver, in Critical Condition

VIDEO: WI Officer Struck by Alleged Drunk Driver, in Critical Condition

An Ashwaubenon, WI, Public Safety officer remains in critical condition after being hit by an alleged drunk driver Saturday, reports WBAY .

Officer Brian Murphy, a two-year veteran of the force, has had two surgeries. The first surgery was “life-saving,” according to Ashwaubenon Public Safety. “He’s in bad shape,” Capt. Jody Crocker said.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash.

Officials say the public safety officer was struck around 11:25 Saturday night on Interstate 41 southbound, south of Waube Lane. Officer Murphy and another officer were at the scene of a vehicle fire.

Public Safety says the officer had his emergency lights on, and cones and flares were on the roadway to divert traffic. Also, there were a number of emergency vehicles with lights flashing on the highway.

The officer was outside his vehicle and wearing a reflective safety vest when he was hit.

Police say torrential rainfall and street flooding slowed the rescue teams trying to reach the injured officer and transport him to the hospital.

 

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