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Mo. Woman Kills Self In Cruiser

A woman being transported to the hospital by an Alton (Mo.) Police officer grabbed the officer's gun and turned it on herself during a scuffle in the cruiser. Read the full story here.

July 05, 2012

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CT LEO RET @ 7/5/2012 7:50 PM

That's a tough one to live with. My prayers are with the officer and the suicide victims family. It's to bad this young lady couldn't get the help she needed. A number of years ago my partner and I had to do an emergency commital on a 5 foot tall 100 pound girl. I weighed 250 lbs, my partner 300 lbs, and she gave us one hell of a fight. We had finally got her cuffed face down on the stretcher with her legs "hog tied". She tried to fight all the way to the hospital in the ambulance. She had physic disorders and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. For all involved I hope there is no rush to judgement.

Tony @ 7/11/2012 3:06 PM

The lines under the the video is incorrect. The department is Alton, ILLINOIS. The incident happended in Missouri.

shorty @ 7/17/2012 11:26 AM

How sad that we have but another story where a police officer is trying to do the right thing by helping someone, and the family of the "victim" blames the police. When will the day come when society will start to put the blame on the people who are ultimately responsible for this behavior. No doubt this young lady needed help. But where was HER family when she needed to get to that hospital. Imagine if the officer had continued to drive by her on that bridge and she had jumped. Let me guess, that would have been his fault as well. I too am a 5'0" tall female who has been working in law enforcement for over 20 years. Those of us who work in this field know that size does not matter. In cases of psychiatric issues it means very little as these individuals may have superhuman strength during a psychotic episode.

I commend this officer on treating this young lady with respect and dignity. He did not put her in the back seat as though she was a criminal on the way to jail. He allowed her to ride up front and instead treated her as someone needing help.

I too am sorry for the familys loss. But there has to come a time when people stop blaming the police for everything that goes wrong in this country. She grabbed his gun. I am thankful that the officer was not physically hurt. He will, however, struggle with this the rest of his life. For that I am sorry.

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