Wednesday, August 21, 2019

One person dead, officer injured after police involved shooting in Truro, NS

TRURO, N.S. - Nova Scotia's police watchdog is investigating after an RCMP officer shot and killed a man in Truro in the early hours of Saturday morning. (CTV)

‘It’s a crime scene’: RCMP says Squamish Sea to Sky gondola cable deliberately cut

RCMP say they believe someone deliberately cut the cable of the Sea to Sky gondola located along Highway 99 in Squamish, B.C., felling the two-kilometre cable route early Saturday morning. (CBC)

Armed man in body armour sparks panic in Missouri Walmart

SPRINGFIELD - The armed man who walked into a Missouri Walmart store dressed in body armor and fatigues and was detained at gunpoint by an off-duty firefighter is "lucky he's alive still" considering the situation he created, a police official said. (NBC)

4 dead in Orange County crime spree

LOS ANGELES - Investigators are trying to determine what led a man to embark on a deadly rampage across two Orange County cities on Wednesday, fatally stabbing four people and wounding two others. (Los Angeles Times)

Bodies of B.C. murder suspects found, manhunt over

The bodies of two B.C. homicide suspects have been found following a police hunt that lasted three weeks and stretched across four provinces. Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were found dead in dense brush near the community of Gillam, Manitoba RCMP announced at a news conference on Wednesday. (The Province)

The new normal of Toronto gun violence

“This is not Toronto,” declared the police chief. Actually, it is. And it’s about time we faced it. Gunplay in this city is out of control, and whether it’s Liberty Village or the Bridle Path, no neighbourhood can claim immunity anymore. (Toronto Sun)

Cops deliver pizza to hungry kid who called 9-1-1

SANFORD, Fla. - It was the cheesiest emergency imaginable. When a hungry Florida boy called 911, police immediately responded — only to learn en route that the child wasn’t really in trouble. (New York Post)

Officer down: cops ambushed by murder suspect, massive manhunt underway

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A massive manhunt is underway in a Georgia neighborhood for an armed suspect who allegedly shot a police officer multiple times early on Thursday. (Law Enforcement Today)

Edmonton Police officer suspended 40 hours, must apologize for grabbing RCMP officer’s throat

EDMONTON - An off-duty Edmonton police officer who grabbed an RCMP sergeant by the throat during her arrest for impaired driving must write a letter of apology, a police disciplinary officer ruled. (Edmonton Journal)

What leadership looks like

By Bob Cooper (A Prime Time Crime exclusive) Recently, at a Coroner’s Inquest into the shooting death of an armed fugitive near Valemount, BC, the leader of an Emergency Response Team stood in the witness box and did something that, sadly, many of my contemporaries considered unusual.  He took responsibility for everything that happened. Police officer expresses regret over shooting death at inquest Not only that, but he did so without having any idea what the Inquest’s verdict was going to be and what recommendations would be made.  In British Columbia a Coroner’s Inquest cannot fix blame but their recommendations could damage careers.  The reaction of several retired colleagues was ‘Wow.  When was the last time you saw a boss do that?’ In fairness, over the years I’ve had some great bosses but we’ve all seen examples of upwardly-mobile NCOs and Officers who spent more time worrying about how this was going to look downtown than looking after their people and getting the job done.  Once the smoke had cleared it was every man for himself and all bets were off. I’ve never met Dan Holt but I’ve heard nothing but good from people he’s worked with over the years.  We both served in the military although my service wasn’t nearly as long or as ‘interesting’ as Dan’s and we’ll just leave it at that.   Dan was poached from the Canadian Army by my old partner Peter Ditchfield who, by that time, had served as the Inspector in charge of the VPD Emergency Response Team...
  • Police officer expresses regret during inquest into shooting death