FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Video: Washington Officers Shot 911 Caller During Murder Suspect Manhunt

November 13, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Washington Officers Shoot 911 Caller During Murder Suspect Manhunt

Police officers who responded to a tip about a wanted gunman on the run did not open fire on the wanted gunman - but on the person who dialed 911 to report him in the area, according to new information released by the Vancouver Police Department on Tuesday.

A manhunt spread across Vancouver Halloween Friday morning after a murder. During the manhunt, a citizen called police at 9:35 a.m., reporting a suspicious car parked on the edge of a wooded area next to a gravel turnout. That car turned out to belong to suspect John Kendall.

Police officers rushed to the area, and when they arrived, they encountered not Kendall, but the citizen who dialed 911. That citizen is white and in his mid 50s, similar to Kendall, police said.

Officers watched as the citizen exited his car and circled behind his trunk. Fearing that he was arming himself, officers opened fire, firing multiple shots at the man to stop him from entering the woods. No one was seriously injured in the exchange of shots between the police and the 911 caller, who was also armed and returned one shot in the confusion, Fox 12 Oregon reports.

Kendall was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Comments (10)

Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

kevCopAz @ 11/13/2014 3:14 PM

sound like this 911 caller will get a check for Christmas!

SFShep @ 11/13/2014 4:03 PM

I'm betting the police department will try to save face by pressing charges against the 911 caller for shooting back at the officers.

JJ @ 11/13/2014 4:28 PM

This kind of stuff is sad. Something is wrong with our new generation of cops being to quick to shoot at people without engaging the six inches between their ears. And for those Rambo's that are saying that I am a bleeding heart, .....BS!.. I spent over 30 years as a LEO with 2/3 in the ghettos of LA County and three riots. It is necessary to be armed, loaded and locked, but not OK to make a good estimate of the situation before blasting away. I wonder if they have every pushed the button on their PA system to tell someone to "freeze."

Merry Christmas to the 911 he thinks twice about calling next time.

Tom Ret @ 11/13/2014 4:36 PM

Officers assumed it to be true when facts didn't support their belief..

Unless there is something more to the case, this sounds like a cluster f##k.
It is fortunate that no one was hit.

notmeofficer @ 11/13/2014 6:57 PM

Fpk/swb here
You might be right
Standards have changed.. haven't they , ,,,
I would like to see the shoot review on this one

JJ @ 11/13/2014 7:29 PM

More time on the combat range might help, after shoring up of standards in hiring might pay dividends!

Pup @ 11/14/2014 12:02 PM

>JJ.. you're right on. I bet we know each other, as I've been on 37 and still working. I have said this many times to management, our young personnel have changed since our days. Due to the fear of POE/law suits etc. we're not allowed to stress and teach the rookies like our days. In our days (old testament) it forced us to make better decisions when possibly taking a man's life or life threatening situation. Due to several shootings of over reaction Baca had us publish the book "Split Second Decision." It was to help LE make better decisions and to use our resorts.
Be safe and keep your head down....

Jim B. @ 11/15/2014 5:43 AM

Wow, a lot of folks on here jumping in to trash the officers based on the little information provided in the article. Aren't we always railing about how there is usually more to the story and how people shouldn't jump to conclusions?

Greg @ 11/17/2014 10:52 AM

Haven't seen anyone trashing the officer...a bunch of bedwetters overreacting...he walked behind his car to his arm himself??? Did he open the trunk and reach in? No, he didn't. Just what triggered the response to try and kill the man? Good thing they're the squad who can't shoot straight and he wasn't killed. A large settlement for Christmas will be forthcoming, he deserves it...and it should come out of the officer's pockets instead of the taxpayer.

Brent Graham @ 12/13/2014 5:05 AM

I'm the guy who was shot by responding officers. Could I have done better,? sure, if I had a crystal ball. But like all who have worn the badge, that's not always a luxury afforded to us at the time. Let me start by saying I was a LEO for 10 years, city and county, owned an armed security company for 10 years prior to helping a buddy who started his own armed security company.
I happened to notice a vehicle parked in a "suspicious" manner, you know, in the weeds under some trees. It was a secl'd stretch of road in the middle of otherwise populated property. When inspecting the vehicle, I saw long rifle cases in the back seat, called 911 not knowing it was related to an earlier shooting. 8min later I exited to check the hood temp on the car, 10' away from my vehicle I was lit up by 3 SWAT officers, no verbal's, nothing. Luckily only one of 6 rnds hit me, but they did have obscured line of site. What happ'd to "ability and opptn'y?" Call taker error 2? TELL its a veh ur looking for!!!!

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Police Magazine