A Dangerous 24 Hours for Law Enforcement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As of January 24, 2011, 14 law enforcement officer fatalities have been recorded across eight states, with multiple deaths in Florida (5), Texas (2), and Ohio (2). Florida and Texas were among the top five states leading officer deaths in 2010 (along with California, Illinois, and Georgia).
"The devastating spike in law enforcement officer fatalities in 2010 has tragically continued in the first month of 2011," said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. "I have never seen anything like it. The violent events of the past 24 hours in Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon and Washington have been detrimental to America's peace officers, taking the lives of two and injuring several others. We must do everything in our power to stop these senseless and heinous crimes against our law enforcement personnel," he said.
On Monday, three officers were shot — two fatally wounded, and one injured — while serving an aggravated battery warrant at a St. Petersburg, FL, home. On Sunday, four officers were shot at a Detroit, MI, police precinct; two Kitsap County, WA, Sheriff's Deputies were shot at a Wal-Mart while responding to a call reporting a suspicious person; and police officers in both Indianapolis, IN, and Lincoln City, OR, were critically injured in shootings during traffic stops.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's preliminary 2010 End of Year Officer Fatality Report, officer fatalities reached 162, up nearly 40% from 117 in 2009. Of the 162 officers killed in the line of duty, 61 were shot — a 24% increase from 2009. Tragically, the trend continued with 14 officer deaths in the first month of the New Year, 10 of which resulted from shootings accounting for a 40% increase compared to the same time in 2010. The following nine officers are the most recent gunfire-related fatalities:
- Clark County (OH) Sheriff's Deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call at a mobile home park on New Year's Day.
- Rainier (OR) Police Chief Ralph Painter was killed by a fatal gunshot wound to the head on January 5, 2011 while responding to a call reporting a car theft at a strip mall.
- Baltimore City (MD) Police Officer William H. Torbit, Jr. was fatally shot during an altercation outside a night club on January 9, 2011.
- Lakewood (NJ) Patrolman Christopher Matlosz was shot and killed as he approached a suspect while patrolling a residential area on January 14, 2011.
- Livonia (MI) Officer Larry Nehasil was fatally wounded by a burglary suspect during a shootout on January 17, 2011.
- Miami-Dade (FL) Officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth were fatally shot as they attempted to serve a murder warrant at a Miami, Florida home on January 20, 2011.
- St. Petersburg (FL) Sergeant Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz were gunned down and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on January 24, 2011. A U.S. Marshal was also wounded but is in stable condition.
Ok cops, so you read this and you get pissed. Its easy to get pissed, what are you going to do about it?
The only way to stem the tide of increasing violence to Law Enforcement is to have ever more competent officers skilled in violence. To be better at violence than those that would do harm to you.
So to all the LEO's out there, let me ask you these questions:
- Do you work out on a regular basis?
- Do you get any sort of additional defensive tactics training besides the mandatory minimum 8 hrs a year?
- What did you score on your last fire arms qualification?
- Do you practice "range skills" or combat hand gun skills (more on this to follow in future blog)
- Do you get any additional range time on your own?
- Do you practice trigger pull, and reload drills outside of the range?
- Do you carry off duty?
If you don't like your answers to my questions, then do something about it!
It's time LEO's got their teeth back