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Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

October 18, 2013

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Officer Jim Simone glanced at a teller to his left. The two knew one another well enough for Simone to see that she was having a hard time preventing a bizarre expression from registering on her face. Simone realized very quickly that he had walked into a robbery in progress.

April 17, 2013

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

I would hope that the next officer who finds himself dealing with three street punks will be armed, and I mean truly "armed" with more than just a gun or a TASER. By that I mean that I hope he or she is armed with a special kind of survival mindset.

October 9, 2012

The Aurora Tragedy and Off-Duty Carry

The Aurora Tragedy and Off-Duty Carry

I can point to those instances where off-duty officers have mitigated the loss of life and stopped such threats. It was a Texas Department of Public Safety officer who chased the Luby's shooter into a restroom where the man killed himself.

July 23, 2012

Would You Respond Off Duty With Family?

Would You Respond Off Duty With Family?

I ask myself: Would I just hang back and hope for the best? And if things did go south, would I perhaps not only be adding to the officer's vulnerability through my own inaction?

August 30, 2011

How I Nearly Got Arrested

I could have defused the situation early on. Never mind whether or not I was in the right.

May 5, 2011

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Non-cops might generously color such cognitive powers as acts of "intuition;" others less taken with the idea of extra sensory perception are more apt to dismiss them as some form of "profiling." By any name, Investigator Christopher Scallon had it working for him the night of April 15, 2007.

January 21, 2011

Guard Yourself While Carrying Off Duty

Guard Yourself While Carrying Off Duty

A firearm stolen from one officer's vehicle was later used to kill still another-Minneapolis PD Officer Richard Miller, who'd stopped the gun thief in yet another stolen vehicle.

October 7, 2010

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008

Dealing With the Off-Duty Cop

Not much has been written about the prospect of dealing with the off-duty cop. Yet you can be certain that at some point you will.

January 14, 2010

Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
Shots Fired: Salt Lake City, Utah 02•12•2007

Shots Fired: Salt Lake City, Utah 02•12•2007

Sitting there, Hammond became dully aware of banging emanating from elsewhere in the mall. He thought it odd that mall construction should be taking place at such an hour. But as he neared the center of the mall, he looked down to his left from the second-floor walkway. That’s when he saw bloodied bodies lying on the ground below.

May 1, 2007

Shots Fired: Rapid City, South Dakota 04/18/2003
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