Archive for January 24th, 2011

Two St. Petersburg, FL Officers Killed and U.S. Marshal Shot Serving Warrant

January 24, 2011

Gunfire broke out while the officers were attempting to serve a warrant.

CARY WILLIAMS, ABC Action News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Two St. Petersburg police officers were shot and killed and a U.S. Marshall was wounded while trying to serve a warrant.  The gunman may still be alive.

The shootings occurred shortly afte 7 a.m. at a home in the 3700 block of 28th Avenue South, according to police spokesman Michael Puetz.

Two of the officers were met at the front door by a woman who said the suspect was in the attic.  One officer tried to get the suspect out of the attic and that’s when he began firing. 

A third officer went inside the house and tried to intervene, but he also was shot. One of the police officers and the U.S. Marshall managed to get out of the home.

The officer and the U.S. Marshall were taken to Bayfront Medical center.  The third officer was inside the house for several hours with the suspect, who refused to give up.  That officer was rescued after an armored vehicle equipped with a battering ram punched a hole in the house around 9:30 a.m.   The officer was rushed away in an ambulance accompanied by a trauma surgeon.

Before the officer was brought out of the home, many shots were heard at 9:15 and then again around 9:20. Tear gas cannisters were fired as well.

Police Chief Chuck Harmon announced the passing of the two officers during an 11 a.m. news conference. Their names will be released at 4 p.m., Harmon said.

“This is devastating to me,” said Harmon. “This is a chief’s worst nightmare.”

The U.S. Marshall, who has not been identified, is listed in stable condition with two gunshot wounds.

The gunfire continued for quite some time.  ABC Action News reporter Don Germaise said so many shots were fired that, “I couldn’t count them.”  Multi-Media journalist Eric Moore said , “In my 22 years of covering TV news, I’ve never heard so much gunfire.”

Chief Harmon later confirmed that more than 100 rounds were fired.

The suspect, believed to be Hydra Lacy Jr. , apparently remains in the house and could still be alive. 

Lacy is a sex offender with a violent criminal history.

“He was somebody we wanted to get off the streets, ” Chief Harmon said. “Who expects to walk into a house and get gunfire from the attic?”

Police were in contact with the suspect on the phone at one point earlier this morning.

After the officer was brought out of the home around 9:30, there was no further contact.

The home, situated in a middle-class neighborhood on the south side of St. Petersburg, was listed in Lacy’s name, according to property records.

A massive police and SWAT presence remains on scene.  Multiple agencies are involved, including the Tampa Police Department and the FBI.  An armored Homeland Security vehicle was seen entering the crime scene around 10 a.m.

Shortly before noon, Puetz said police were “Conducting a methodical search of the house.”  He said police were in the house, an indication that a robotic device and video cameras were being used to search the residence.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Lakeview Fundamental and Jamerson Elementary schools remain on lockout, which means no one is allowed to enter or leave the campuses.  School activities are continuing as usual.

One neighbor said following the shootings, she and other residents were told to evacuate.  “That was like CSI…pow pow pow…everybody was ducking.”

Another neighbor, Grace Abernathy, had a similar story. “It was just pow pow pow. Then all of a sudden there were the sirens. You heard the sirens and it got crazy.”

For members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy for the two officers killed this morning, a location has been designated at Police Headquarters at 1300 First Avenue North, atop the exterior stairwayunder the portico.

Monday’s shooting is the latest in a string of shootings of police officers and comes four days after two Miami-Dade County detectives were killed by a murder suspect they were trying to arrest. That suspect was killed by another detective.

The officers were being remembered Monday at a funeral, where news of Monday’s shooting added to the grief already palpable among the thousands gathered at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

On Sunday, a man opened fire inside a Detroit police precinct, wounding four officers including a commander before he was shot and killed by police. Authorities said the gunman walked in just after 4 p.m. and fired indiscriminately. The officers’ injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

And on Monday, a Lincoln City, Ore., police officer was critically wounded when he was shot during a traffic stop. Oregon State Police said the officer had pulled the suspect over for speeding.

Two of the officers were met at the front door by a woman who said the suspect was in the attic.  One officer tried to get the suspect out of the attic and that’s when he began firing. 

A third officer went inside the house and tried to intervene, but he also was shot. One of the police officers and the U.S. Marshall managed to get out of the home.

The officer and the U.S. Marshall were taken to Bayfront Medical center.  The third officer was inside the house for several hours with the suspect, who refused to give up.  That officer was rescued after an armored vehicle equipped with a battering ram punched a hole in the house around 9:30 a.m.   The officer was rushed away in an ambulance accompanied by a trauma surgeon.

Before the officer was brought out of the home, many shots were heard at 9:15 and then again around 9:20. Tear gas cannisters were fired as well.

Police Chief Chuck Harmon announced the passing of the two officers during an 11 a.m. news conference. Their names will be released at 4 p.m., Harmon said.

“This is devastating to me,” said Harmon. “This is a chief’s worst nightmare.”

The U.S. Marshall, who has not been identified, is listed in stable condition with two gunshot wounds.

The gunfire continued for quite some time.  ABC Action News reporter Don Germaise said so many shots were fired that, “I couldn’t count them.”  Multi-Media journalist Eric Moore said , “In my 22 years of covering TV news, I’ve never heard so much gunfire.”

Chief Harmon later confirmed that more than 100 rounds were fired.

The suspect, believed to be Hydra Lacy Jr. , apparently remains in the house and could still be alive. 

Lacy is a sex offender with a violent criminal history.

“He was somebody we wanted to get off the streets, ” Chief Harmon said. “Who expects to walk into a house and get gunfire from the attic?”

Police were in contact with the suspect on the phone at one point earlier this morning.

After the officer was brought out of the home around 9:30, there was no further contact.

The home, situated in a middle-class neighborhood on the south side of St. Petersburg, was listed in Lacy’s name, according to property records.

A massive police and SWAT presence remains on scene.  Multiple agencies are involved, including the Tampa Police Department and the FBI.  An armored Homeland Security vehicle was seen entering the crime scene around 10 a.m.

Shortly before noon, Puetz said police were “Conducting a methodical search of the house.”  He said police were in the house, an indication that a robotic device and video cameras were being used to search the residence.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Lakeview Fundamental and Jamerson Elementary schools remain on lockout, which means no one is allowed to enter or leave the campuses.  School activities are continuing as usual.

One neighbor said following the shootings, she and other residents were told to evacuate.  “That was like CSI…pow pow pow…everybody was ducking.”

Another neighbor, Grace Abernathy, had a similar story. “It was just pow pow pow. Then all of a sudden there were the sirens. You heard the sirens and it got crazy.”

For members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy for the two officers killed this morning, a location has been designated at Police Headquarters at 1300 First Avenue North, atop the exterior stairwayunder the portico.

Monday’s shooting is the latest in a string of shootings of police officers and comes four days after two Miami-Dade County detectives were killed by a murder suspect they were trying to arrest. That suspect was killed by another detective.

The officers were being remembered Monday at a funeral, where news of Monday’s shooting added to the grief already palpable among the thousands gathered at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

On Sunday, a man opened fire inside a Detroit police precinct, wounding four officers including a commander before he was shot and killed by police. Authorities said the gunman walked in just after 4 p.m. and fired indiscriminately. The officers’ injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

And on Monday, a Lincoln City, Ore., police officer was critically wounded when he was shot during a traffic stop. Oregon State Police said the officer had pulled the suspect over for speeding.

St. Petersburg, Florida Police Dept. Web-Site:

http://www.stpete.org/police/

United States Marshals Service Web-Site:

http://www.usmarshals.gov/

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Lincoln City, Oregon Officer Shot, Critically Wounded After Traffic Stop

January 24, 2011

Officer was shot more than one time after he pulled over a car for speeding.

From http://www.law officer.com / Monday, January 24, 2011

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – An Oregon police officer has been critically wounded in a shooting, and a search is under way for the suspect at Waldport.

Oregon State Police says the Lincoln City officer was shot more than one time after he pulled over a car for speeding about 11 p.m. Sunday. The 45-year-old officer has been flown to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The suspect vehicle, a 1984 Dodge SUV, took off on Highway 101. It was spotted by Newport police, and several shots were fired at officers in the chase. None were hit.

The car was stopped by spike strips on the highway at Waldport. The driver ran into a wooded area. Police and deputies are searching.

Wounded cop was Lincoln City’s Officer of the Year in 2010

By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian

Officer Steven Dodds, the Lincoln City patrolman shot and critically injured during a traffic stop last night, was honored as the coastal Oregon town’s Officer of the Year last May.

Moments after he was shot last night, Dodds, a 45-year-old single dad, radioed his own “officer down” call to dispatchers, setting off an overnight manhunt for his assailant.

A six-year member of the Lincoln City Police Department, Dodds remains in critical condition with multiple gunshots wounds at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland

“Steve is just one of those guys you wish you could clone,” said Lt. Jerry Palmer, one of Dodds’ police supervisors.

While fellow officers wait for word of his progress, teams of Oregon State Police SWAT officers are searching the Bayshore area of Waldport for the driver who fired on Dodds, sped off and later fled on foot.

Black Chevrolet Suburban trucks with officers hanging off are driving along roads near Alsea Bay, checking the exteriors in an area filled with about 300 homes, most of them vacant vacation properties.

Residents are unnerved by the manhunt and the gunman’s reputation. One man answered a knock on the door with a gun on his belt. His children were inside late Monday morning, kept home because Waldport schools are closed for the day while police search for the armed gunman.

At the north end of the manhunt in Sandpiper Village, a community of about 1,200 people, residents watched as more than a dozen police officers searched for the suspect.

 Resident Rocky Huston said: “We’re just glad to see so many police officers looking out for us.”

Lincoln City, Oregon Police Dept. Web-Site:

http://police.lincolncity.org/

Oregon State Police Web-Site:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/

Vehicle Accident Claims Sumter, SC Police Officer, Injures Another

January 24, 2011

Incident happened on Highway 521 and involved two vehicles.

Live5News.com/WIS | | Sunday, January 23, 2011

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A Sumter Police officer is dead after an accident involving a law enforcement vehicle near the town of Rembert, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers have identified the victim as 39-year-old Charles “Chuck” Nesbitt Jr. He was a 10-year veteran on the force.

Charles Nesbitt Jr. (Source: Sumter Police) Charles Nesbitt Jr. (Source: Sumter Police)

The incident happened on Highway 521 around 3:00pm and involved a second vehicle that the Highway Patrol said was not a law enforcement vehicle.

Troopers said Nesbitt was performing duties under the warrant division and was traveling with Master Patrolman James Cox.

Both men were taken to KershawHealth to be treated. Nesbitt was pronounced dead around 4:00pm.

 The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.

Sumter, SC Police Dept. Web-Site:

http://www.sumter-sc.com/Departments/Police.aspx

South Carolina Highway Patrol Web-Site:

http://schp.org/

Funeral Held For Slain Livonia, Michigan Officer

January 24, 2011

WDIV | | Friday, January 21, 2011 / www.lawofficer.com

WALLED LAKE, Mich. – A burglary suspect who killed a 48-year-old police officer during a shootout near Detroit used a handgun he and his brother had just stolen from a home, police said Tuesday.

Photograph: Police Officer Larry Nehasil

Police Officer Larry Nehasil

 
Local 4 has learned that the semi-automatic handgun used to kill Livonia police officer Larry Nehasil Monday night was stolen from a home in Walled Lake, about 20 miles northwest of Detroit. Nehasil and 44-year-old suspect David Bowling exchanged five to seven shots, and both were killed. Bowling’s brother, 48-year-old Terry Bowling, was arrested. Police said they had arrested a woman who they think helped fence items stolen in past burglaries. She was not at the scene of Monday’s burglary and shooting, police said.

Livonia Police Chief Robert Stevenson said Nehasil and several other Livonia officers were working undercover investigating a string of burglaries in the city. As part of their investigation, the officers ended up in Walled Lake, about 10 miles away, where they interrupted the suspects breaking into a home or leaving it after having just burglarized it.

Stevenson said Nehasil had been with the intelligence bureau for five or six years.

“(Nehasil’s) mission was to track down and arrest dangerous felons,” Stevenson said. The Bowling brothers both have criminal records, with convictions of armed robbery and assault that date back to the 1980s.Nehasil was with the Livonia Police Department for more than 20 years. He was a former Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy. He was a husband and father of two, Stevenson said.

“Larry was highly decorated,” Stevenson said. “His family is obviously devastated by their loss, and we ask all of you to join in our prayers for them in their time of need. Larry will be remembered by his smile, his hard work ethic and will be missed by all of his coworkers.”The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the shooting, Stevenson said. Stevenson said this is the first time in the history of the city that a Livonia police officer has been killed in a “violent felony.”

“I knew (Nehasil), not well, but I knew him and members of his family,” said Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey. “Citizens of Livonia are grieving together for this great loss.”Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy released the following statement: “Our prayers go out to the family of Officer Larry Nehasil and the entire Livonia Police Department. We are particularly saddened by because our investigative staff includes several officers who worked with Officer Nehasil for many years,” she said.

Taylor police have offered to cover shifts for Livonia officers who need to take time off.

“We’re all part of the same team. We tend to rally around each other in support ,” said Taylor police Officer John Blair. “It’s just different shades of blue. We know when they need assistance, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Family, Community Mourn Loss Of Officer

Late Tuesday, the Nehasil family released the following statement:

“Yesterday, the Nehasil family lost one of the finest human beings you could imagine. Larry was our devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Larry died doing the job he loved, serving the city in which he grew up as a child with pride and honor. His murder reminds us of the dangers that all police officers face daily. He will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of meeting and knowing him.”We greatly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and love that we have received as the community has embraced our family. Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue the grieving process.”We would ask the media to please not attempt to contact us and allow our family privacy in our time of sorrow and grief.”Any further statements will be delivered through the Livonia Police Department.”

Joe Suliman said Nehasil was an avid member of the Powerhouse gym in Highland Township, and that he was well known for dedication in his professional and personal life.“He was just a great guy. Always smiling,” Suliman said. “If you were having a bad day, he’d help you out. We’d spot each other on the bench.”

A memorial fund has been established to benefit the family the Nehasil family.Donations can be made at any Huntington National Bank, or mailed to:The Livonia Police Department 15050 Farmington Road Livonia, Mich, 48154Checks should be payable to the “Larry Nehasil Memorial Fund.”Nehasil’s funeral is set for 11 .m. Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.The church is located at 47650 North Territorial Road, west of Beck Road, in Plymouth.Public visitation will be at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.

Break-In Victim Says He Had Just Left For Gym

On Tuesday, Local 4 spoke with the owner of the house where the shooting took place in. He declined an on-camera interview, but spoke with reporter Roger Weber.The homeowner said his wife was still at work when he left his house at about 5 p.m. to go to the gym, and that he returned less than an hour late to a police roadblock.

The homeowner said the robbers broke into his home through a back window and ransacked it, taking jewelry and attempting to steal a safe. His .45-caliber handgun was also taken. He said he had only bought the gun a month ago to use for target practice.”I feel horrible for the officer and his family. I can’t believe it happened here,” the homeowner said.

Livonia, MI Police Dept.: www.ci.livonia.mi.us

Officer Larry Nehasil’s Officer Down Memorial Page:

http://www.odmp.org/officer/20657-police-officer-larry-nehasil

CMPD Searching For Man Who Cut Off Monitor, Skipped Court

January 24, 2011

By NewsChannel 36 Staff / http://www.wcnc.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man who cut off his electronic monitor and skipped his scheduled court appearance Monday morning.

Salvador Marquez
Police say Salvador Marquez is wanted on outstanding warrants for breaking into a motor vehicle, felony larceny and interfering with an electronic monitoring device. 

Marquez was wearing the electronic monitoring bracelet while out of jail on bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m., but police say he cut off his bracelet and discarded it on Interstate 485 at Steele Creek Road.

Police say Marquez should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 24 years old, 5-feet-6 and weighs about 165 pounds.

If you see him, call 911.

Gunman Attacks Detroit Police Station Wounding 4 Officers

January 24, 2011

Officers Kill Assailant With Return Fire

DETROIT (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire inside a Detroit police station on Sunday, wounding four police officers, including a commander, before the attacker was shot and killed, Police Chief Ralph Godbee said.

A Detroit police officer stands outside the 6th precinct Northwestern District police station in Detroit, Michigan Reuters – A Detroit police officer stands outside the 6th precinct Northwestern District police station in Detroit.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, center, speaks ...
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee

The precise circumstances of the attack remained sketchy, but the chief, speaking at a news conference, said the most seriously wounded of the officers was a commander who was shot in the lower back.

However, Godbee said, the commander emerged from surgery with a favorable prognosis, “and we’re very encouraged by the doctor’s report.”

A man comforts an unidentified woman who left ...

“As a department, we’re just very sobered by the events, but very relieved that it appears to be that all of our officers are going to be OK,” Godbee told reporters.

In addition to the commander, one police sergeant was struck by gunfire in the chest, but her bullet-resistant vest “deflected any major injury,” and she was released from the hospital after treatment, Godbee said.

A Detroit police officer looks over one of the ...

Two other officers, including a second sergeant, suffered graze wounds to the head, but both men were conscious, alert and talking, and were expected to fully recover, he said.

Police returned fire and the gunman was shot dead, Godbee said. He said it was too soon to characterize the gunman’s motives.

Police said they have identified the shooter, but would only publicly say that he was a 35-year-old black male.

“We have closed the 6th and 8th precinct to ensure the safety of our officers. It is an active crime scene and our investigation is ongoing,” said Sergeant Erin Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

Godbee said that in light of Sunday’s incident, and the shooting rampage two weeks ago that left six dead in Tucson, Arizona, his department would be reassessing its security procedures.

(Additional reporting by Eric Johnson in Chicago; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton)

City of Detroit Web-Site: www.detroitmi.gov

Shooting at Port Orchard, WA Wal-Mart Wounds 2 Kitsap Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and Leaves Two Civilians Dead

January 24, 2011
A Bremerton police officer guards the perimeter ...
AP

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A shooting on Sunday at a Wal-Mart store in Port Orchard, Washington, just west of Seattle, left two people dead and two sheriff’s deputies wounded, authorities said.

A suspected gunman and a young woman were killed in the gunfire, but it was not immediately certain whether they were together or what link if any there was between them, Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom told Reuters.

“We believe she was with him, it’s just that their association is unknown,” Hedstrom said.

She said deputies were called to the Wal-Mart in response to a report of a suspicious person outside the store, and that the suspect opened fire on the two officers when they confronted him.

The suspect was killed as he tried to flee and deputies returned fire. A third, female deputy on the scene was unharmed, but Hedstrom said it was not clear who shot the gunman or the woman who died.

Three people struck by gunfire were taken to Tacoma General Hospital — two male sheriff’s deputies and the young woman, who subsequently died, Hedstrom said.

The deputies’ injuries were not life-threatening, she added.

A hospital spokeswoman told Reuters she had no further information about the people admitted. Authorities have not released the identities of any of the people involved in the incident.

Port Orchard sits on a Puget Sound inlet opposite a naval shipyard south of Bainbridge Island and about 10 miles west of Seattle.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby in Seattle; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Kitsap Co., WA Sheriff’s Dept.: http://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/

Washington State Patrol: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/

City of Bremerton, WA Police Dept.:http://www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/display.php?id=26

Port Orchard, WA Police Dept.: http://www.cityofportorchard.us/police

 

NYPD Officer Shoots Suspect’s Elderly Dad in Bronx Raid

January 24, 2011

Officer involved is a 13-year veteran and the son of an Emergency Service Unit officer who was killed during a Bronx standoff with an emotionally disturbed man in 1983.

By DOUG AUER and CANDICE M. GIOVE / New York Post

A decorated Officer accidentally shot the elderly father of an alleged heroin dealer in The Bronx as police forced their way into the suspect’s home early this morning, police said.

Police investigate the 'accidental' shooting of a drug suspect's elderly dad during a Bronx raid. He is expected to survive.

Police investigate the “accidental” shooting of a drug suspect’s elderly dad during a Bronx raid. He is expected to survive. (Photo by Warzer Jaff)

Police officer Andrew McCormack – whose own father was killed in the line of duty just three-and-a-half miles away from the Soundview drug den– inadvertently discharged his service weapon when he enetered the Evergreen Avenue apartment and hit the 76-year-old man in the stomach at 7 a.m., authorities said.

It is the first time McCormack, who received five department medals, was involved in a shooting, sources said.

Police believe the fire came from his service weapon, a 9mm Glock, sources added.

Narcotics officers and an Emergency Service Unit contingent had swarmed the Bronx property to execute a search warrant seeking the man’s 41-year-old alleged drug dealer son Alberto Colon.

Inside the apartment police uncovered a small amount of pre-packaged heroin, sources said. Undercover officers had made several purchases from the suspect during a lengthy investigation, police said.

The suspect’s injured father was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and is expected to survive, sources said.

Colon left in cuffs, police said. Police collared him 15 times before, mainly on drug charges, authorities said.

McCormack, a 13-year veteran, is the son of an Emergency Service Unit officer who was killed during a Bronx standoff with an emotionally disturbed man in 1983.

Police officer Joseph McCormack, a 15-year veteran, was killed by Salvatore Ferrara, who fired as he escaped the Mulford Avenue building’s backdoor. The unhinged suspect’s bullet ricocheted off a tree and pierced McCormack’s heart.

The valiant veteran fired, as did another officer whose bullets killed the deranged man. McCormack left behind a wife and three kids. Andrew and another brother, also named Joseph, would go on to become cops.

Joseph McCormack’s widow, Susan McCormack, founded Survivors of the Shield, a group for survivors of slain police officers. When Andrew McCormack became a police officer in 1998, she supported her sons’ becoming cops.

“You always worry about your kids,” she said then. “But this is what they wanted to do and I’m behind them.”

                                        SURVIVORS OF THE SHIELD™
                                       “TO HONOR AND REMEMBER”

Founded in 1988 to provide support and assistance to the spouses and children of New York City police officers killed in the performance of their duty.  The Survivors of the Shield (SOS) came together through the efforts of three police widows, Kathleen Murray, Mary Beth O”Neill, and Susan McCormack.

Survivors of the Shield™ (SOS)
PO Box 100177
Staten Island, New York 10310
Telephone: 1-718-815-2803
FAX: 1- 845 228-2930

www.nycop.com