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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 Florida  Deputy Stops Gunman From Killing More

Off-Duty Florida Deputy Stops Gunman From Killing More

On July 25, Sgt. Kristin Shiner was relaxing at home. However, when she heard shots fired near her house, she quickly switched modes and successfully kept an armed neighbor who'd killed a door-to-door salesman from continuing to shoot.

December 18, 2012

Convicted in the Media

Convicted in the Media

Special Agent Chris Deedy has been charged with second-degree murder in Hawaii following an off-duty shooting in front of a McDonald's in Waikiki. Headlines were quick to characterize Deedy as a killer and a murderer.

August 22, 2012

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

Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Stops Schizophrenic Shooter

Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Stops Schizophrenic Shooter

As the officer got into his Dodge Ram truck, the man with the duty belt started firing on his vehicle. Thornton lay down along the front seat as glass from his truck's windows shattered around him. He kept peering up to check the assailant's location.

December 20, 2010

Off-Duty Michigan State Trooper Assists Wounded Officer in Shootout

Off-Duty Michigan State Trooper Assists Wounded Officer in Shootout

Michigan State Trooper Kevin Caldwell never expected to exchange gunfire with anyone May 22, 2009 on his day off. But the law enforcement officer and ordained pastor who serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve drew on training from both his occupations to aid a fellow officer taking fire from an enraged home owner.

June 11, 2010

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008
Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
Off-Duty Survival

Off-Duty Survival

Dealing with incidents when you're off duty can be very different from working in uniform. Before you involve yourself in an off-duty incident, it is imperative that you have a game plan in place. As my former boss often told us, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."

February 1, 2009

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

We are off duty more than we are on duty—that's pretty obvious. Yet very little training time, if any at all, is devoted to off-duty survival. Even less training time is devoted to off-duty firearms training.

September 1, 2007

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

Making Off-Duty Arrests

Because of the kind of people they are, peace officers have a hard time standing by, doing nothing in the face of danger to others. As a result, many times they intervene even though they are acting alone and without many of the advantages they enjoy while "on the clock."

December 1, 2005

Under Wraps

Under Wraps

Two young guys walked toward us, talking with each other. But the young lady and I were oblivious to what was going on around us. That was a mistake.

December 1, 2002

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