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Video: Cuffed Prisoner Shoots Georgia Officer During Transport

October 03, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Cuffed Prisoner Shoots Georgia Officer During Transport

A DeKalb, Ga., police officer was shot while transporting a prisoner, but was in stable condition Friday as police continued to investigate how the officer lost his gun to the handcuffed prisoner, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The shooting happened Thursday night when Detective Phil Cristy, a 25-year veteran, was escorting prisoner Miguel Benton, a 19-year-old who had been arrested on armed robbery charges, from magistrate court.

Benton somehow got Christy’s .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and shot the officer in the thigh and the wrist before Christy’s partner, Detective Eddie Stubbs, shot and killed the prisoner, said Cedric Alexander, the county public safety director.

Alexander stressed the shooting was still under investigation and provided scant details but promised the department would be fully transparent about how the episode occurred.

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kevCopAz @ 10/4/2014 8:33 AM

As a 32 yr veteren I sometimes wonder if the older we get on the job, we lose common sense and think it can't happen to us! Well friends it sure as hell can. THINK safety every moment of every day.

LLC @ 10/4/2014 10:03 AM

It is quite easy to disarm someone if you're handcuffed in the front. Harder if you're cuffed behind your back, but not completely impossible. LEOs don't learn from past mistakes like they should (like the incident that happened in Tampa, Fl. that took two detectives' lives some years ago under similar circumstances). LEOs must think about tactics in everything they do.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/4/2014 10:36 AM

This is just plain bad training and poor situational awareness. Train, train, train, you can never be over trained for this job.

Henry "Bud" Johnson @ 10/4/2014 1:53 PM

So many times I hear from readers, that the department lacked in training and was responsible for the screw up. Maybe this is true in this case. I spent my career in Los Angels, not in DeKalb, Ga.
However, I noted in several officer involved shootings, which includes AD's, it was the officer that did not follow the rules and tactics that was taught to him/her.
In the Los Angeles area, most cadets spend approximately six months in a POST approved police/sheriff academy. After the academy, up to three months of in-house training is given, prior to hitting the streets. The recruit is assigned to a FTO (Field Training Officer) for six months, to one year. Subsequently, departments are required to give their officers/deputies, in-house POST approved training.
Maybe Detective Cristy did not get the training that he needed. Maybe Detective Cristy was extremely tired from his workload, or just being lazy and did not follow his officer safety training.

sgtken @ 10/4/2014 3:22 PM

A prisoner should NEVER be hancuffed in front. Our department has a strict policy that they must be cuffed in the back. In our local court, they handcuff in front when in custody and I tell them you might as well not cuff them at all.

TheRookie @ 10/4/2014 7:11 PM

There's a reason for the term, "Complacency Kills." No matter how many times one does an escort for anything they have to check wrist space/gap. If any subject don't have a black-box and/or belly chain on then the hands had better be cuffed in the rear. Even with a belly chain I always had leg irons with a line chain to the belly chain. That was unless I had the black-box. Many perps & some colleagues didn't like it but it was my & their life(ives) to protect.

Jacob @ 10/5/2014 7:52 PM

Where we the handcuffs placed !!

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/7/2014 8:54 AM

Always, somebody reads more into a statement than was present. Training and field training are essential but it is not everything. You cannot fix "stupid" with training but training helps to keep the information fresh and viable. Officer laziness is a huge problem and has a bad tendency to come back to haunt officers at the most inconvenient times. So not every situation is poor training but constant ongoing field training helps to remind the old dogs what they should be doing.

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