Showing posts with label police standoff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label police standoff. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Veteran with PTSD shot during standoff with police

Man Shot By Police During Standoff In Doylestown Dies In Hospital: Officials

By CBS3 Staff
March 1, 2020
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A man who police shot during a standoff and shootout in Doylestown has died more than one week later.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office says 60-year-old Thomas Zeller had been hospitalized since the standoff in the Olde Colonial Greene residential community on Feb. 20.

A neighbor told CBS at the time that Zeller was a veteran who suffered from PTSD.

It’s unclear who fired first. The shooting remains under investigation.
get updates here

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Fort Worth veteran shot by SWAT Team had PTSD

Man fatally shot by Fort Worth police was Army veteran in constant pain, family says

Star Telegram
JUNE 07, 2019
Cody Seals turned toward an officer, still locked out in a shooting stance, and pointed the light at him, which was later determined to be a flashlight, police said. Believing officers were about to be fired upon, a SWAT officer fired his weapon.

Sometimes the battles soldiers fight after they return from war are the most unforgiving, the family members of a man police killed last weekend said.
Cody Wayne Seals served in the U. S. Army between 2004 and 2008, doing more than one tour in Iraq, his mother, Sandra Seals, said.

Between 2008 and now, she got sick, her son got sick and he moved in with his father, she said.
A Fort Worth Police Department SWAT officer shot and killed Cody Seals, 38, on the evening of June 1 after a three-hour standoff at his home.
read more here

Before it gets to the point where veterans are facing off with Police Officers, which many of them are also veterans, isn't it time that veterans actually got the message they have been needing to hear? #BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife so you can heal and be happier!

With all the repulsive raising of awareness that suicides are happening...we need to remember that message is not healing. Veterans already know how to kill themselves. What they do not know is why they should stay alive!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

After standoff with police, community honors veteran lost to PTSD

Adrian veteran's loved ones talk mental health in hopes of saving lives

ABC 13 News
Michael Bratton
May 4, 2019
By talking about an unfortunate end to their veteran's life, Stidham's family hopes they can inspire others to save countless more.
ADRIAN, Mich. (WTVG) - For Jennifer Durell the sudden loss of her brother has been tough.

"I'm going to miss him," Durrel said. "No one expects their loved one to go this way."

On Wednesday police say her brother, Randy Stidham, died by apparent suicide. It happened after the 59-year-old held officers in a daylong stand off at his Adrian home. Police say Stidham fired shots from inside the house and even took aim at law enforcement.

"My sister's going to miss him, my dad's going to miss him," Durell said. "He's missed by a lot of people."

Stidham's family says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after serving in the U.S. Navy. Despite his struggles, his family says he loved motorcycles, his dog and spending time outdoors.
read more here

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Veteran shot by police last week passed away

Man shot by University City police officer last week in possible 'suicide by cop' dies

St. Louis Post Dispatch
March 27, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY • A man shot last week in a confrontation with police has died.

James Hunn, 61, died Monday, six days after authorities say he was shot by a University City officer as he pointed a shotgun at police.

Hunn’s wife, Cathy, told the Post-Dispatch last week that he was an Army veteran who recently had suffered a stroke and was distraught over his health. Police described the March 19 shooting as a case of “suicide by cop.”

“He was just hurting so bad,” Cathy Hunn said then.

But on Tuesday, she disputed the police description of the shooting.

“That’s not true,” she said. She declined to comment further, and referred a reporter to an attorney, who could not be reached.

The confrontation was about 6 a.m. March 19 at Hunn’s home, in the 1500 block of North Hanley Road. Officers had been on the porch, yelling into the home for him to surrender, when he came from his bedroom and pointed the shotgun at police, said Capt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Police Department.
read more here

Monday, March 4, 2019

Fort Bragg Army Special Operations command soldier OK after standoff

Bragg Barricaded Soldier Surrenders After Evacuation

Fayetteville Observer 
By Rodger Mullen Staff writer 
Posted Mar 2, 2019

A soldier who barricaded himself inside a house Saturday night surrendered after several hours of negotiation, according to Tom McCollum, a public affairs officer for Fort Bragg.

"Everything ended peacefully," McCollum said.

The incident, which was reported after 5 p.m., ended by 11:20 p.m. Saturday, McCollum said.

The soldier's wife and children left the house when military police arrived after 5 p.m. on Charlotte Street, according to McCollum.

McCollum identified the soldier as a member of Army Special Operations command.
read more here

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Veteran with PTSD found dead after standoff with police

Suspect Dead From Apparent Self-Inflicted Wound After Intense Standoff At San Anselmo Home

CBS News San Francisco
March 2, 2019
“The man who committed this act was a veteran with severe PTSD and I don’t think he was being properly cared for or taken care of,” said Spring. He said he did worry though that something like this would happen in his neighborhood.

SAN ANSELMO (CBS SF) — A man is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being in a tense standoff with crisis negotiators and police at a San Anselmo home that forced an entire neighborhood to evacuate.

The standoff lasted almost 7 hours and ended Saturday night as officers raided the home and found the suspect dead. Police believe the man shot himself.

Police responded to a report of shots possibly fired at the home, located at 46 Grove Hill Avenue. A shelter-in-place for the area was issued about 12:20 p.m. and 18 homes were evacuated.

Authorities have not confirmed how it started but according to next door neighbor Joe Spring, it may have been a marital dispute with an ex-husband. He said he knew the man well.

“Our neighbor came over saying she was shot at and they were hiding in the bathroom and had to evacuate,” said Spring.

For nearly 7 hours, negotiators with the Crisis Response Team tried to get the suspect to come out. Then shortly after 5 p.m.,, heavily armed officers decided to go in after police evacuated everyone on both sides of the street.

“Once we were able to get the evacuees out of the area then we can make a safe entry to the house,” said Margo Rohrbacher, a spokeswoman with Central Marin Police.
read more here

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Navy Veteran arrested after threats at VA Outpatient Center

Bethlehem man charged after threats, standoff

The Morning Call
Andrew Scott
February 14, 2019

A 30-year-old man is awaiting a court hearing on charges of threatening to shoot police during a standoff at his Bethlehem apartment, prompting the evacuation of his apartment building, three days after reportedly threatening to “shoot up” the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center in South Whitehall.
Jonathan Simmons, 30, of Bethlehem, is awaiting a court hearing on charges of threatening to shoot police during a Feb. 5 standoff, prompting the evacuation of his apartment building. (FILE PHOTO / THE MORNING CALL)

U.S. Navy veteran Jonathan Simmons was arraigned this week on charges of terroristic threats in connection with the Feb. 5 incident at his Allwood Drive apartment building.
On Feb. 2, Simmons caused a disturbance at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center on Hamilton Street, South Whitehall, during which he used his fingers to mime firing a gun and threatened to “shoot up” the building.

On Feb. 4, Lehigh County Crisis staff went to Simmons’ Allwood Drive apartment and tried serving him with a warrant to involuntarily commit him to a mental health facility. Simmons refused to go with the crisis staff, which led to a standoff ending with them staff leaving his apartment without him.
read more here

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Veteran in crisis faced off with Police Officers twice

Children safe after standoff in Haines City

The Ledger
Mike Ferguson
November 2, 2018

“Mr. Aponte-Ortiz served this country admirably and is dealing with issues that are unfortunately not uncommon among servicemen and women,” Elensky said. “We sincerely hope he’s able to get the help he needs and deserves.”

HAINES CITY — The Haines City Police Department was safely able to remove two children from a home after their father became suicidal during the early morning hours Tuesday.

According to police, the 911 call was made about 6:15 a.m. from Lourdes Aponte after her husband, Jose Aponte-Ortiz, 40, armed himself with two handguns and threatened to harm anyone who came into the Patterson Groves home, 9002 Orange Blossom Loop. The wife told police that Aponte-Ortiz is a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the wife’s account, Aponte-Ortiz saw a shadow in the pantry which caused him to arm himself with at least two handguns. She also told police that she feared he would harm himself.
According to police, Aponte-Ortiz placed a bulletproof vest on himself and walked outside with guns pointed downward, but immediately shut the door and went back inside the home. Police used a speaker to try to lure the man out of the residence. He eventually walked outside, placed the firearms on the ground and walked backwards to police and was taken to Winter Haven Hospital under the Baker Act.

Aponte-Ortiz was released from the hospital about 3:30 p.m. after a psychiatric evaluation. More than an hour later, a risk protection order was obtained but Aponte-Ortiz was not found to be served, according to police. He has no criminal history.
read more here


Sunday, October 7, 2018

PTSD on Trial: Emmanuel Hernandez

Vet with PTSD not guilty of trying to murder police officers
The Jersey Journal
By Michaelangelo Conte
October 6, 2018

A West New York veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was found not guilty of attempting to murder two police officers but convicted of lesser charges yesterday.
Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
Emmanuel Hernandez, 28, showed no reaction to the verdict in which he was convicted of aggravated assault for firing a handgun at an officer and aggravated assault for running over a police officer's foot during the Feb. 5, 2017, incident.

He was also found guilty of eluding police in his vehicle, causing a risk of death or serious bodily injury and resisting arrest using force or the threat of force. He was additionally found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon in the incident, which began at a QuickChek in North Bergen and ended after a 12-hour standoff with police at his 57th Street home.
read more here

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gulf War Veteran standoff with police ended peacefully

Shots fired at Clinton police officers during standoff
July 14, 2018
Standoff ends peacefully when suspect surrenders

Clinton, MO
The suspect in a domestic violence incident fired a weapon at police during a standoff in Clinton, Missouri Saturday evening.

Nobody was injured. But a couple of police cars were hit.

Clinton Police describe the suspect as a Desert Storm veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He eventually surrendered peacefully and police took him into custody.
go to KMBC for updates

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Aberdeen Proving Ground soldier dead after standoff

Soldier Dead After Barricade Situation At Aberdeen Proving Ground
Associated Press
CBS Baltimore
March 23, 2018
The soldier’s name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified. The soldier was assigned to the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Army officials say an incident involving a soldier who barricaded himself inside a home on a U.S. Army installation ended after a 17-hour standoff.

Aberdeen Proving Ground spokesman David Patterson says the man was alone in the home when a concerned relative called Thursday morning saying he’d locked himself inside. In a statement Friday afternoon, the installation stated emergency responders found the soldier dead inside the home early Friday morning.
read more here

Friday, March 23, 2018

The system failed Marine Michael Veillette

Suicidal Veteran Shot By Waterbury Police The Waterbury Observer
Story By John Murray
Thu, 03/22/2018

Released From Protective Custody Day Before Shooting

On three consecutive days a former United States Marine, Michael Veillette, went up to Holy Land USA to commit suicide, and each time his plan was foiled. 

The first attempt was thwarted by the compassion and love of a Marine Corps buddy, the second time he was arrested for carrying a pistol with an expired permit, and the third time he was shot in the hip by a Waterbury police officer and arrested again on a slew of charges. Inbetween the arrests Veillette was committed and evaluated at St. Mary’s Hospital, and released.

Tormented by PTSD from two tours of duty in Iraq, and depression, Veillette wanted out. He had intended to climb atop the hill at Holy Land USA and shoot himself at the base of the massive cross that overlooks Waterbury. This morning Veillette is in stable condition and will be arraigned at St. Mary's Hospital when the legal system delivers a judge, prosecutor, court reporter and public defender to conduct legal proceedings in his hospital room.

It didn't have to come to this. Veillette was in police and hospital custody on Tuesday night charged only with an expired pistol permit. Releasing a depressed suicidal veteran after three hours raises serious questions.

"The system failed Michael Veillette," said Brian Warren, a former U.S. Marine who served with Veillette in Iraq, and the man who talked his friend out of committing suicide Monday night. "Michael served his country with honor and needed help. He had tried to kill himself two days in a row. Why did the hospital release him with a serious mental health issue? He could have killed a cop. This was an epic mistake."read more here

This is pretty much how the rest of the press reported it.

State police: Waterbury police shoot armed man
FOX 61 News
MARCH 21, 2018

WATERBURY — Connecticut State Police said they were called to the scene of an officer-involved shooting this afternoon.

State Police Troop A said they were alerted after Waterbury police shot an armed man around 4 p.m.

Waterbury Deputy Chief of Police Fred Spagnolo, said police came across a distraught individual carrying a shotgun at 60 Slocum Street near Holy Land in Waterbury. Spagnolo added that the man, Michael Veillette, 32, of Waterbury, was actively attempting to commit “suicide by cop.”
read more here

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PTSD veteran shot by police in Florida sought help

Veteran shot by deputies suffered from PTSD, parents say V.A. failed to provide better help
ABC Action News
Wendi Lane
Feb 20, 2018

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. - A family is left devastated after deputies shot and killed their son on Saturday when he threatened to kill himself and his wife.

The man’s parents say the father of four suffered from PTSD and depression after serving in Afghanistan.

"He loved his kids. He loved his family. I always called him my American hero," said Lisa Batchelder, mother of 28-year-old Ryan Batchelder.

Right out of high school Ryan Batchelder joined the army.

"He went over to Afghanistan. He left as my little boy and when he came back he just wasn’t the same." said Lisa.

Ryan’s mother Lisa says he never talked about his time in Afghanistan, only mentioning that one day he switched shifts with a friend, and that friend was killed in an attack.
Michael was there when Ryan smashed his vehicle into a deputy’s car.

"I was watching my boy get shot. There was nothing I could do. I begged them to stop shooting. I can’t close my eyes," said Michael.

The Batchelder’s don’t blame the deputies but wish it could’ve been easier for their veteran to get help.

"They need more providers for our soldiers. They need to figure out how to hold those providers." said Lisa.
read more here

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SWAT and Police Standoff With Army Veteran

UPDATE: Not Army veteran but Navy SEAL

Police Wound Standoff Suspect Barricaded In Churchill Home
CBS News
By Amy Wadas
February 14, 2018

CHURCHILL (KDKA) — A man is in the hospital following a lengthy standoff and officer-involved shooting in Churchill Wednesday evening.
The incident began around 4:15 p.m. at a home in the 2200 block of Harmain Road.
The sound of gunfire was in the air as SWAT officers tried to get the 50-year-old man inside of the home to surrender.“He is a Navy SEAL war veteran. They said he had high-powered weapons in his home,: said neighbor Tami Warfield. read more here

Police, SWAT Team Surround Army Veteran’s Home In Churchill
CBS Pittsburg
February 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm

CHURCHILL (KDKA) — Police and the SWAT team have surrounded the home of an Army veteran in Churchill.
The incident began around 4:15 p.m. at a home in the 2200 block of Harmain Road.

Officials were reportedly called to the scene by neighbors who claim the man was fighting with his wife. He then refused to come out of the home.

There are numerous police agencies on the scene.

PennDOT was forced to shut down the Parkway East in both directions near the Greensburg Pike exit as a result of the standoff. The highway was closed from Wilkinsburg to Churchill, but has since reopened.

Traffic was expected to be backed up for a while as a result.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February: more standoffs between police officers and veterans

1 Identity released of handcuffed suspect who shot deputy
KHOU 11 News February 2, 2018
Matthew Vincent Cobb, 35, allegedly shot a deputy while handcuffed. The incident happened Wednesday evening and lasted until early Thursday morning at a home on Kiplands Way Drive in north Harris County.
2 Affidavit: Man pointed handgun at Jasper County sheriff during brief standoff
KTRE ABC 9 News February 9, 2018
After Duhon was transported to the sheriff’s office to await an evaluation by the Veteran’s Affairs Office, the deputy sat with him. Duhon eventually got “extremely agitated” and demanded they let him go home.

3 Armed suspect in standoff taken to hospital

Carolina Coast Online News Times February 10, 2018
According to Capt. Wilder, neighbors said the man, a Marine Corps veteran, had been in the hospital Friday night, but came home and was seen by neighbors Saturday morning outside the house with a gun and wearing a helmet and military clothing. 

4 Standoff at Rockland hotel ends after nearly five hours

Press Herald February 11, 2018 

During that time, he was ranting about a variety of things, saying he was a veteran and wanted more respect. He also said that all he wanted earlier in the morning was food and the dining area was not open, so he got the food himself.
5 Korean War Veteran facing eviction
February 13, 2018
A despondent military veteran — slated for eviction because of complaints about his service dogs, Roxie and Ranger — was shot to death after police say he pointed a gun at officers on Monday afternoon near Homestead. Raymond Bishop, 84, died inside his home at the Hidden Grove apartments. Miami-Dade police officers had rushed to the home after receiving a call of an armed man threatening to kill himself.

6 Police Wound Standoff Suspect Barricaded In Churchill Home
February 14, 2018
The sound of gunfire was in the air as SWAT officers tried to get the 50-year-old man inside of the home to surrender.“He is a Navy SEAL war veteran. They said he had high-powered weapons in his home,: said neighbor Tami Warfield.
7 Richmond man shot himself at home just before being arrested, police say
February 15, 2018
RICHMOND — A local man who shot and killed himself Thursday at his home was about to be arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property, including a motorboat, when he grabbed a handgun out of his truck and shot himself in front of authorities, according to police.
And yes, he was a veteran.
Family of Richmond man say PTSD, medication factors in shooting death
A Richmond man who shot and killed himself earlier this month as he was about to be arrested at his home over allegations of stolen property suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his four tours of duty with the Army in Iraq, where he witnessed his best friend since kindergarten get killed in a mortar attack, according to the man’s family.

8 Deputy stabbed in face by man while serving mental health order in Prince George's Co.
February 19, 2018
A family member had asked the sheriff’s office to serve the order on the 38-year-old veteran, who neighbors say the night before had been yelling and swearing and smashing sticks on the ground. After stabbing Romanchick, the man went up on the home’s roof. That led to an hours-long standoff that shut down nearby Route 1.
9 Veteran shot by deputies suffered from PTSD, parents say V.A. failed to provide better help 
February 20, 2018
Right out of high school Ryan Batchelder joined the army. "He went over to Afghanistan. He left as my little boy and when he came back he just wasn’t the same." said Lisa. Ryan’s mother Lisa says he never talked about his time in Afghanistan, only mentioning that one day he switched shifts with a friend, and that friend was killed in an attack.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January: Veterans facing off with law enforcement

January: Veterans facing off with law enforcement

Colorado gunman who killed deputy left alarming online trail, officials say
CNN January 2, 2018
Matthew Riehl, a 37-year-old former Army reservist, shot four sheriff's deputies who responded to a complaint at his apartment in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch on Sunday morning, killing one, police say. Riehl was killed during a subsequent shootout with a police tactical team -- a clash that also left a SWAT officer injured, authorities say.
Potterville man died from self-inflicted wound after hours of negotiation
Lansing State Journal January 4, 2018
The man is a military veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury and depression, according to police.
Man dies after officer-involved shooting in Ozark
4029 News Arkansas January 4, 2018
"I just want answers, I just want to know what really happened," said Dawn Jones who told 40/29 News she was with Ronald Elliott, Tuesday, just hours before the deadly shooting.
"I don't think for one minute that Ron ever pointed a gun at police, he couldn't have, it's not who he is," Jones said. "He's a veteran who fought for our country, he did not point a gun at the police."

Officer involved shooting report released
Payson Roundup January 16, 2018
Just minutes after two Gila County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the Beaver Valley home of Jacob Brown, the tormented military veteran suffering from the delusions, paranoia and flares of rage from post traumatic stress disorder lay dead on the ground.

Troubled vet shot, killed by Harrison deputy
Longview News January 20, 2018
Arther McAfee Jr., 61, an Army veteran with a history of mental illness, died after a welfare check at his rural home northeast of the Longview city limits turned violent.

BearCat, K9 deployed in Live Oak standoff
KSBW News January 30, 2018
The man who lives at the house on Capitola Road near 7th Avenue is a U.S. military veteran with elite combat experience. He was identified as 35-year-old Austin Clary.

Army vet shot by police at VA clinic faces charges
Seattle Times January 30, 2018
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Army veteran who was shot during a confrontation inside a Veterans Affairs clinic in Oregon where he went to seek help for mental problems was in jail Tuesday, charged with attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and other crimes.
Standoff in St. Ann leaves dozens of shoppers stranded
KSDK News Reported February 1, 2018.
Wednesday, police confirmed the man responsible was an army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, therefore they believe he was experiencing some mental health issues.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Another Veteran's Suicide Leaves More Questions

This is the headline.
"Veteran suicide prompts awareness, resources available for those who need help"
And this is the story of the veteran who committed suicide three days into this New Year!
It was just two days ago that a 31-year-old man from Potterville took his own life and the situation has left many wondering what could have been done to prevent this tragedy from happening. 
The 31-year-old man from Potterville was a military veteran who deputies reported suffered from PTSD, depression and a serious brain injury. 
It was just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday that Clinton County Sheriff’s Officials were dispatched to East Olive Elementary School in St. Johns for a report of a psychiatric person.When they arrived on scene, sheriff’s officials determined the man was suicidal and armed with a handgun. 
Authorities contacted a Clinton County negotiator who spoke with the man for several hours. Unfortunately, the man ended up taking his own life and died of a single gun-shot wound.
Click the link to read more on this from WLNS News. 

In the interview, Eric Calley talked about all the resources that are available for veterans. The question that never seems to get answered is, "Why don't they turn to these 'resources' when they are in crisis instead of giving up?"

Last year law enforcement had to face off with veterans almost every week. Sometimes, it ended with the veteran getting some help. Other times it ended with the veteran being arrested and facing charges. Too often, it ended with the veteran's life being taken and members of law enforcement having to deal with the loss that did not needed to happen.

These men and women go from risking their lives to not being willing to live any longer. Something totally wrong with all of this, but then there has been something totally wrong going on with everything being "available" but failing too many. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

80% Veterans Complete Veterans Court Succeed

A few things to notice when you watch the video on the link. They start the session with the Pledge of Allegiance. The other is that the entire courtroom is there supporting the veteran who just graduated from the program...including his family!

Top that off with the veteran wants to turn around and help other veterans succeed as well!

Veterans court gives second chance to some struggling vets
WESH 2 News
Greg Fox
December 29, 2017
Judge Bryan Feigenbaum said more than 80 percent of those who graduate do not repeat their crimes.
WESH 2 News has details on a court program that helps veterans, instead of sending them to jail.

WESH 2's Greg Fox met a combat veteran who got a second chance after an armed standoff with police.

The man has been rehabilitated and is hoping to help others.

Kevin Hamilton, like others eligible for the pretrial diversion program, is a veteran with an honorable discharge. He was an Army sergeant and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hamilton suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and held his family hostage and threatened his own life in an armed standoff in Ormond Beach in 2015 that ended peacefully.

Veterans court gave Hamilton a second chance: counseling, probation and mentoring, or face prison time.
read more here

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Facing Off with Law Enforcement Almost Every Week

Veterans Who Were Not Counted
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
November 11, 2017

Since last Veterans Day, a shocking number of veterans have been involved with situations where their lives were on the line along with members of law enforcement. 

Unlike some of the national headline grabbing veterans, like Texas, these were happening in every state across the country.

These are some of the reports regarding veterans and law enforcement faced with something they should never have to endure. 

Remember, these men and women, on both sides, decided that they would risk their own lives for the sake of others. 

None of these losses should happened.

December 2, 2016 
New Mexico Veteran with PTSD

December 31, 2016 

January 20, 2017 
Texas Iraq Veteran Survived and arrested.

January 26, 2017 

February 12, 2017 
New Jersey Army Veteran

February 25, 2107 

February 25, 2017 

March 8, 2017 
Colorado Iraq Veteran 

March 17, 2017 
Texas PTSD Veteran 

April 4, 2017 

April 8, 2017 
Texas Army Veteran

April 20, 2017 

May 16, 2017 
California Army Veteran

May 24, 2017
Tennessee Elderly Veteran

May 31, 2017 

June 4, 2017 
Texas PTSD Veteran

June 20, 2017 

July 2017

July 2, 2017 

July 7, 2017 
Georgia Disabled Veteran Lost VA Benefits

July 11, 2017
New York Fort Drum Soldier

July 11, 2017 
Washington National Guardsman

July 18, 2017 

July 24, 2017 

July 28, 2017 

August 4, 2017 

August 8, 2017 

August 19, 2017 

August 20, 2017 
Nebraska Vietnam Veteran

August 27, 2017 

August 28, 2017 

August 31, 2017 

September 7, 2017 

September 12, 2017 
Mississippi Army Veteran

September 22, 2017
California Homeless Veteran
(Suspected of beating veteran to death)

September 24, 2017 

September 26, 2017 

September 29, 2017 

October 1, 2017 
North Carolina Army Veteran

October 8, 2017 
Oregon PTSD Veteran

October 10, 2017 
Massachusetts Military Veteran

October 17, 2017 

October 24, 2017

November 1, 2017 

November 3, 2017 

November 4, 2017 

November 4, 2017 

November 4, 2017 
Veteran Fired Shots Outside VA Hospital

November 7, 2017 

While these reports are probably close to the number of veterans facing law enforcement, it is a reasonable assumption to make that there are more. With 52 weeks in a year, it happens at least once a week but no one counted them.

They risked their lives. Then they faced what they should have never had to face alone. 

Isn't it bad enough we do not know how many veterans committed suicide, or attempted it since last Veterans Day? At least people are trying to count them. So who is accountable for these other veterans?