If your union or employee rights organization asked you to participate in a sick-out/blue flu to support an employee rights issue, would you do it, even if it put your job in jeopardy?
For our 100th "Shots Fired" article, I'm going to step outside the normal formula of our concept and talk about some things I've learned and some heroic officers I've had the honor of interviewing.
On Aug. 25, 2008, Skokie (Ill.) Police Officer Tim Gramins was drawn into a deadly duel after pursuing a bank robbery suspect into a residential neighborhood. A neighbor placed this 911 call while witnessing the incident. POLICE Magazine features the incident as the February 2012 "Shots Fired."
Skokie (Ill.) Police Officer Tim Gramins pursuit of bank robbery suspect Raymond Maddox was going well until Maddox headed into a residential neighborhood and slammed on the brakes. Gramins was drawn into a deadly daylight gunfight with neighbors looking on. Maddox lacerated the officer's cruiser with a barrage of 9mm and .380 rounds until Gramins ended the fight. Read the full story in our "Shots Fired: Skokie, Illinois 08/25/2008." Photos are courtesy of Skokie PD.
Officer Tim Gramins let loose with a barrage of rounds hoping that what he might lose in accuracy would be compensated for by its suppressive nature. The only thing separating Gramins and his assailant was a windshield that was fast disintegrating from ingoing and outgoing rounds.