January 15, 2021

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MILFORD, CT — A middle school, school resource officer is credited with helping to solve the theft of a bicycle from a city school, police officials said.



logo: A middle school, school resource officer is credited with helping to solve the theft of a bicycle from a city school, police officials said.


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A middle school, school resource officer is credited with helping to solve the theft of a bicycle from a city school, police officials said.

At a recent Board of Police Commissioners meeting, officials said that a school resource officer at the middle school, helped solve the theft of a student’s bicycle from the bike rack at school.

Officials also noted the officer’s “compassion and care for the student and the situation,” according to meeting minutes.

Chairman Richard Smith added it is incidents such as the West Shore Middle School bicycle theft and the way it was handled by “one of our officers that makes are officers and the work they do special.”

Police Chief Keith Mello stated he serves on various task forces and one of them is to have police be law enforcement officers and not deal with policing complaints but only have police respond to those incidents where there is criminality.

He added the department is proud of its officers and if such a recommendation goes forward “you may start to see situations like the one mentioned not addressed. He added the Department is proud of the fact that we hopefully improve people’s quality of life.”

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A K9 officer has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.



a dog looking at the camera: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Mallinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.


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“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a press release regarding the incident. “Information from the scene indicates the driver exited his vehicle and fired at officers, with officers returning fire. The subject got back into his vehicle and drove further into the parking lot, striking a parked vehicle before coming to rest.”

The officers then approached the vehicle and discovered that the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. The man involved in the incident was immediately transported to a local area hospital where he was declared deceased from his injury.

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Officer Darby was not injured in the shooting but it was only in the aftermath of the police chase and the subsequent shootout that the officer discovered that his K9 partner Sjaak had struck three times by the assailant’s bullets.

“We’re all praying for Sjaak and Officer Darby,” said Interim Chief Chip Davis in a statement following the attack. “A K9 is more than just a dog to our handlers, they’re a partner.”

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a close up of a dog: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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Sjaak was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital where he underwent emergency surgery on Nov. 18 to treat the wounds he suffered in the shooting but, sadly, did not survive the operation.

Said the La Verge Police Department in a press release: “It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away.“

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“Our hearts are broken,” Chief Davis said in a separate following the passing of the K9 officer. “Our K9s are members of the LPD family. Sjaak was

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Suspended license, Highland Drive: On Oct. 27, police observed a speeding Ford Fusion with North Carolina plates on Highland Drive.

The Mantua driver said she didn’t have her license, but did provide her information. The woman, who appeared nervous, told the officer she had been delivering groceries in Hinckley on Boston Road.

It turned out the driver had a suspended license and two warrants. However, both police departments were unable to pick her up. At that point, the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the Ford.

The woman and an Asheboro, N.C. passenger, who owned the Fusion, said no. They allowed the officer to search the Ford, which had syringes, a glass pipe, cut straw, bent metal spoon plastic bags with eight-ball symbols, Narcan nasal spray and other drug-related items.

The passenger said the items belonged to her husband. She then admitted ownership. The passenger was arrested for possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

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Mesa police say an officer was struck by a minivanon Thursday evening in a neighborhood north of Baseline and Gilbert roads. 

The patrol officer, who has not been identified, was directing traffic around an accident when a minivan which was unrelated to the initial crash struck him. 

The officer was transported to the hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening, according to Mesa Police Department spokesperson Jason Flam.

The reasons for the crash are unknown, but police are investigating.

“At this point we do not believe impairment played a factor in the crash,” said Flam.

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A man who seriously injured a West Des Moines police officer in a crash early Sunday admitted to investigators that he had been drinking alcohol and was playing a movie on his dashboard of his vehicle when the accident occurred.

West Des Moines police officer Jon Kaufman was waiting for a tow truck during a traffic stop near Westown Parkway on Interstate Highway 35 whena car driven by John Schwartz, 61, of Kellogg, crashed into his patrol vehicle, police said. 

In addition to drinking and watching a movie, Schwartz admitted to crash investigators that he had the cruise control set and relied too much on vehicle lane assist technology, according to an Iowa State Patrol obtained incident report obtained Tuesday by the Des Moines Register. 

A search warrant was obtained for blood and urine samples and charges are pending those results, said Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla said. 

West Des Moines Officer Jon Kaufman.

West Des Moines Officer Jon Kaufman. (Photo: West Des Moines Police/Special to the Register)

Kaufman and Schwartz both suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, according to police. 

Kaufman’s condition had improved, West Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Bryan said Tuesday. 

Schwartz is under investigation for drunken driving and distracted driving. Police did not provide an update to his condition Tuesday.

Philip Joens covers breaking news for The Des Moines Register. He can be reached at 515-443-3347 at [email protected] or on Twitter @Philip_Joens. 

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An on-duty Benicia police officer struck and killed a pedestrian with his patrol car early Wednesday morning, authorities said.



map: An on-duty Benicia police officer struck and killed a pedestrian with his patrol car early Wednesday morning while driving down the 1900 block of East Seco2nd street in Benicia.


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An on-duty Benicia police officer struck and killed a pedestrian with his patrol car early Wednesday morning while driving down the 1900 block of East Seco2nd street in Benicia.


The officer was driving down the 1900 block of East Second Street around 2 a.m. when he hit a man who later died at the scene, the Benicia police said in a statement. Police declined to name the officer, but said he has been placed on administrative leave.

The person who was killed was identified only as a 30- to 40-year-old man. The Solano County coroner’s office said the victim’s family has not yet been found or notified. An autopsy will be performed Thursday.

The officer was not responding to a service call when he struck the victim and it’s unclear how fast he was traveling when the pedestrian was hit, police said.

The California Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation of the collision, according to CHP spokesman Jathan Castaneda.

CHP traffic investigators will likely create a detailed diagram of the scene to map out how the pedestrian death occurred, Castaneda said.

The Benicia Police Department police said that it has ceded the investigation to the CHP and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and that its officers will have no role in the probe.

“The Benicia Police Department itself is not investigating any part of the collision and is not investigating its own officer,” a spokeswoman for the department said Wednesday.

Interim Benicia Police Chief Mike Greene called it a “tragic incident for all involved.”

“Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and loved ones,” Greene said.

Nora Mishanec is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @NMishanec

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(INDIANAPOLIS) — A grand jury has declined to indict an Indianapolis police officer who fatally shot a man in May during a foot chase after police said the 21-year-old exchanged gunfire with the officer.

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Dejoure Mercer, the Black officer who shot and killed Dreasjon Reed on May 6, was announced Tuesday by special prosecutor Rosemary Khoury. Reed also was Black.

Reed’s shooting was not recorded by any police camera because the department only began implementing a body camera program in August. But Reed livestreamed an earlier car chase and part of the foot chase on Facebook.

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Khoury, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Reed’s fatal shooting, had announced on Aug. 21 that she had requested that a grand jury be impaneled to handle the final stage of that investigation and consider whether an indictment should be brought against Mercer.

“Fairness. From day one that’s been my goal,” Khoury told reporters Tuesday. “No one wins here. I hope that anyone who was a part of this entire process can look at this and feel comfortable that the investigation was done in an impartial manner. That’s exactly what my team and I did over the past five months.”

Indy10 Black Lives Matter gathered several dozen peaceful protestors just north of Monument Circle following the announcement Tuesday evening. The group organized numerous protests in Indianapolis following Reed’s death.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has said Reed was fatally shot by Mercer in an exchange of gunfire with that officer during a foot chase that followed a vehicle pursuit. Attorneys for Reed’s family have insisted that he didn’t exchange gunfire with Mercer before the officer shot him.

Reed’s mother, Demetree Wynn, filed a wrongful death federal lawsuit in June against the city, its police department and four officers, including Mercer. It alleges the department failed to adequately train, screen and supervise officers, including Mercer, to prevent them from engaging in excessive or deadly force.

Her complaint also names Steven Scott, another Black officer, who was disciplined after he was captured on video after Reed’s shooting saying: “I think it’s going to be a closed casket, homie,” an apparent reference to a closed-casket funeral.

A federal judge later removed the city of Indianapolis as a defendant in that lawsuit, citing past court rulings that say city agencies are protected from certain lawsuits.

“I don’t know how Mr. Reed’s mother feels, but I’m a mother of two Black boys,” Khoury said to a reporter’s question. “I’m also very empathetic toward officer Mercer. I know that had to be a difficult position to be in.”

Khoury, who’s a deputy prosecutor in central Indiana’s Madison County, was appointed in June to investigate Reed’s fatal shooting after Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears sought a special prosecutor.

Mears said that Chief Randal Taylor’s role as a material witness

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A Birmingham Police officer suffered minor injuries in a crash during a pursuit with a stolen vehicle.Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin of the BPD says officers were behind the stolen vehicle this evening on Highway 78 and Dugan Avenue, when the officer was involved in a crash.The suspects ran away after the crash and all three suspects were taken in custody a short time later.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in to assist in the search for the suspects.Highway 78 in that area was closed, while officers were in the area searching for the suspects.

A Birmingham Police officer suffered minor injuries in a crash during a pursuit with a stolen vehicle.

Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin of the BPD says officers were behind the stolen vehicle this evening on Highway 78 and Dugan Avenue, when the officer was involved in a crash.

The suspects ran away after the crash and all three suspects were taken in custody a short time later.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in to assist in the search for the suspects.

Highway 78 in that area was closed, while officers were in the area searching for the suspects.

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Detective Scott Combs of the Michigan City (IN) Police Department was injured Thursday in a police vehicle accident. (Photo: Michigan City PD/Facebook) -

Detective Scott Combs of the Michigan City (IN) Police Department was injured Thursday in a police vehicle accident. (Photo: Michigan City PD/Facebook)

An officer with the Michigan City (IN) Police Department was injured when his patrol vehicle was struck by another motorist, causing both cars to leave the roadway on Thursday afternoon.

The agency posted on Facebook, “Detective Scott Combs, the driver of the police vehicle, was transported to an area hospital via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the civilian vehicle involved in the collision—identified as 35-year-old Michael Johnson—was uninjured.

Based on the preliminary investigation, Detective Combs was on duty traveling westbound on Tremont Street. Detective Combs was not responding to any calls and did not have his police lights or siren activated. While approaching an intersection Johnson failed to stop for the stop sign posted there and collided with Combs’ police SUV, police say.

Detective Combs is a seven-year veteran of the Michigan City Police Department and is currently assigned as the School Resource Officer for the MCAS middle schools.

He is expected to recover.

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