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1 Lessons learned from line-of-duty deaths Officer Down 2013 Ann R. Bumbak Dynamic Police Training DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents… Find us online at: June 24, 2013 Washington, DC

2 How do police officers get information on line-of-duty deaths? 2013

3 How do we share information on lessons learned from line-of-duty deaths? 2013

4 Lets examine a recent case and ask ourselves: What did we learn? 2013

5 5 A couple returning home A condominium parking garage A suspect armed with a handgun Find us online at:

6 Find us online at: Killed together on February 3, 2013

7 CNN reports: Ex-LAPD cop gains sympathizers on social media (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training7 3,819 likes for cop-killer Chris Dorner Talk radio host: LAPD has a racially hostile culture 2013

8 What was his mindset? What was the killers motive?

9 Was Chris Dorner an unusual cop-killer? (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training9 The answer might surprise you. 2013

10 Another former cop killed Officer David Dryer on a traffic stop on December 18,

11 His name was Eli Myers. You probably dont know his story. 2013

12 Some common themes in cop-killings Revenge Drugs and alcohol Gang membership Adrenaline Mental illness Obsessive relationships Desire for self-annihilation (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training

13 What if we could examine every cop-killer each year with the same depth? 2013

14 Welcome to Officer Down

15 Section 1 of

16 What is Officer Down 2013? (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training16 OD13 examines line-of-duty deaths (LODD) in 6 critical areas. 2013

17 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: CIRCUMSTANCES INJURIES & SHOT PLACEMENT PRECIPITATING FACTORS OFFENDERS MOTIVES OUTCOMES

18 Circumstances in 2012 included: Warrant service Domestic disturbance Vehicle enforcement Eviction service In-progress calls (e.g. burglary, theft) Ambushes and assassinations (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training 18

19 Shot placement trends in 2012: Head shots Chest shots (penetrated body armor) Chest shots (no body armor) (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training19 Most common site of fatal injury

20 Precipitating factors in 2012: Drug and alcohol use Failed relationships, marriages or custody battles Suicidal ideation Fleeing a crime scene in a vehicle (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training20

21 Offenders in 2012: 80% had criminal history 1 in 3 were hard-core criminals Concealed or lying in wait Prior statements such as: I will shoot police Mental illness histories Drugs and weapons possession histories (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training21

22 Motives of cop-killers in 2012: Avoid arrest Revenge/hatred of police Delusional acts (mental illness) Prevent eviction or warrant service at home Seeking self-destruction or suicide by cop (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training22

23 Outcomes in 2012: 25% of cop-killers were killed by police 25% of cop-killers committed suicide All cop-killers who survived were captured (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training23

24 Section 2 of

25 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: There were 39 LODD in 2012 due to gunfire % from 2011

26 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: What was the most dangerous enforcement activity in 2012? 2013 When examining only firearms-related deaths…

27 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: 17 Officers were killed during vehicle- related enforcement. 2013

28 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: Comparisons 2013 Warrant service

29 Questions or Comments? 2013

30 Section 3 of

31 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: The 39 LODD incidents in 2012 were more than just statistics. 2013

32 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: Lets examine some of the stories behind the numbers. 2013

33 Each of these officers was killed in a separate encounter. Each has a unique story to tell.

34 DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/2012 She was a fantastic deputy sheriff. 2013

35 30+ years of police experience Served with Miami-Dade PD, and Brevard County (FL) Married with two sons, both law enforcement officers About the Officer DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/

36 Theft from motel Suspects: black male and white female in white Ford Explorer Suspect vehicle spotted less than two miles from scene Conducted investigative stop (traffic stop) on vehicle Circumstances DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/

37 Brandon Bradley, 24, had lengthy criminal history: robbery, drugs, and burglary Andria Kerchner, 19, had a history of mental illness About the Suspects DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/

38 High-speed chase ended with stop sticks Bradley told police just shoot me; both surrendered Both suspects involved in drug use and sales Outcome DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/

39 Was this a high risk traffic stop? How do we handle non-compliant drivers who refuse to exit a vehicle? Why did shooter believe he was in danger of being shot by police during the stop? When should we de-escalate use of force, especially after pointing a firearm at a suspect? Lessons Learned DEPUTY BARBARA PILL EOW 3/6/

40 Questions or Comments? 2013

41 DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/2012 He paid the ultimate price. 2013

42 16 years of police experience Served with Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department (CA) Survived by his two adult children About the Officer DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

43 Notice of eviction Working with partner with 24 years of experience + 7 years of military service Partners began working together just three weeks before incident Red flags reported: M-16 weapons, Weirdo, Be very cautious Response: Whatever Knocked and announced; shot through the door Circumstances DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

44 James Ferrario, 32, was described as a paranoid recluse Conducted armed patrols of his property and installed surveillance cameras 11 prior contacts with police Was in foreclosure About the Suspect DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

45 Ferrario called 9-1-1: This is Jim… I apologize, I thought it was a burglar and I just started shooting them. Requested a pizza Remained barricaded for 11 hours Committed suicide during fire Outcome DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

46 Suspect found dead in bathtub wearing body armor 30 firearms in reach Wearing tactical gear, gas mask and had three rifles, including an AK-47, and 1,000+ rounds of ammunition Outcome DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

47 Are any policing activities low risk assignments? Do cultures of complacency exist within police departments? How can we prevent red flags from being ignored? How do experienced officers learn to anticipate danger? What role did this officers partner play in this incident? Lessons Learned DEPUTY ROBERT PARIS EOW 4/12/

48 Questions or Comments? 2013

49 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012 He was a blessing to be around. 2013

50 19 years of police experience Served his entire career with Philadelphia PD (PA) Survived by his five siblings About the Officer 2013 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012

51 Ended shift at around 6:00 am Changed into shorts, t-shirt and ball cap, left station carrying a backpack Turned down a ride to the bus stop Confronted by two men who attempted an armed robbery Circumstances 2013 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012

52 Rafael Jones, 23, had a lengthy criminal history: weapons, robbery, and drug use Chancier McFarland, 19, was awaiting trial on drug distribution charges About the Suspects 2013 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012

53 Tipster reported identity and location of Jones Jones confessed to shooting, implicating McFarland as lookout Both were captured without incident Outcome 2013 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012

54 How do we prepare officers for off-duty confrontations? Is there a greater risk of death by firearms to police officers while on- or off-duty? What role, if any, does race play in line-of-duty deaths? Lessons Learned 2013 OFFICER MOSES WALKER EOW 8/18/2012

55 Questions or Comments? 2013

56 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012 He always did a fantastic job. 2013

57 12 years of police experience Prior assignments included patrol, narcotics task force West Bloomfield PD (MI) Survived by his wife and four children, aged 10, 8, 4 and 10 months About the Officer 2013 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012

58 Distraught man with gun threatening his family Upscale residence: 4,000+ sqft home Reported weapons: Uzi, rifle with scope, and handgun Team used a wait and see approach with negative results After more than a hour of attempted contact, team entered Circumstances 2013 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012

59 Ricky Coley, 50, had recently lost a custody battle over 7-year-old Texted ex-wife with suicidal message Had fired a single round while barricaded inside bedroom Was believed to have committed suicide About the Suspect 2013 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012

60 Suspect laid in wait and fired on team with Uzi on full auto Novel takedown: used a 26-ton CAT excavator to take down exterior wall Coley committed suicide Outcome 2013 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012

61 What alternatives, if any, did this officers team have to making entry? What are the best tactics for making entry into a home where a suspect might be barricaded? Is it possible to do everything right and still be injured or killed in the line of duty? Lessons Learned 2013 OFFICER PATRICK OROURKE EOW 9/9/2012

62 Questions or Comments? 2013

63 On Lessons Learned from Line of Duty Deaths in 2012

64 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: All of the LODD incidents in this presentation occurred in

65 DYNAMIC POLICE TRAINING presents…OFFICER DOWN 2013 Find us online at: What can we learn to prevent similar incidents in the future? 2013

66 (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training66 FATAL INJURIES: 2012 Statistics

67 (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training67 ABOUT SHOOTERS: 2012 Statistics 2013

68 (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training68 Most, but not all cop-killers use handguns. Few guns used by cop-killers were acquired illegally. Very few are assault-style weapons. Shotguns are used by cop-killers more often in rural settings. ABOUT WEAPONS: 2012 Statistics 2013

69 How can we save police officers lives? 2013

70 What single act can prevent half of all firearms-related murders of police officers? 2013

71 Issue a ballistic helmet to every police officer in the United States. 2013

72 Educate others about the statistics of police officers killed by head shots. 2013

73 Advocate for policies requiring officers to wear helmets in high- risk circumstances. 2013

74 For more information (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training 74 Available at

75 Coming in December 2013 from CRC Press… (C) 2013 Dynamic Police Training 75 PROFILING COP-KILLERS By Ann R. Bumbak

76 2013 Remember their stories. Honor their memories.

77 For more information, visit Officer Down 2013 Lessons learned from line-of-duty deaths


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