Showing posts with label soldier shot by police. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soldier shot by police. Show all posts

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. killed by police after domestic disturbance

Army staff sergeant shot and killed after allegedly pointing rifle at police through basement window

Army Times
Kyle Rempfer
April 30,2020

Thorpe, a 28-year-old combat veteran assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, joined the Army on May 22, 2012, according to his service history. His home of record is Canton, Massachusetts. He had been assigned to Fort Carson since April 14, 2016.

Thorpe deployed to Afghanistan between May 2, 2013, and Dec. 1, 2013.
(Blackfoot Troop 4-10 Cavalry Regiment)
An Afghanistan veteran and non-commissioned officer was shot and killed by four police officers on April 19 after he allegedly picked up a rifle and pointed it at them through a basement window, Colorado Springs Police Department officials said.

Staff Sgt. Virgill Thorpe, a cavalry scout assigned to nearby Fort Carson, was shot on a Sunday night. A woman had called police to report a domestic disturbance in which a man was armed with a rifle. Officers arrived at the 3200 block of Oak Creek Drive East in Colorado Springs at roughly 10 p.m. and spoke at the front door with Thorpe.

“There was a verbal exchange. The suspect then ran inside ... downstairs to the basement of the residence where the [reporting party] was at,” said Colorado Springs Police spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik.

“Officers were on the outside of the residence and could see through the basement window that he picked up a rifle," Sokolik added. “He then pointed that rifle at the officers who were outside the residence, through the basement window. And that’s when the officers fired.”

All four officers fired shots. Until the coroner’s report comes back, which takes about four weeks or longer, police cannot say definitively how many times Thorpe was struck. Sokolik could also not say how many rounds were fired in total or how large the basement window was through which Thorpe pointed his rifle.
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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. shot by police

Suspect shot by officers at Springs apartment complex

KKTV 11 News
By Lindsey Grewe
Jan 23, 2019

The suspect sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. He was identified Thursday morning as 33-year-old Thomas McGeorge.

Fort Carson confirmed Thursday that McGeorge is an active duty staff sergeant. He works as a Fire Support Specialist in the Army's field artillery team. He has served in the military for just under 11 years.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Officers opened fire in an apartment complex Wednesday night after an encounter with an armed suspect.

What led up to the police-involved shooting remains under investigation. Colorado Springs Police Department spokesperson Lt. Howard Black says officers were initially called to the Mountain Ridge Apartments on Verde Drive on reports of someone repeatedly firing a gun.

"These multiple shots were being called in by multiple people over a period of time," Black said.

Witnesses reported hearing at least half a dozen gunshots.

"We were smoking a cigarette, and we heard like seven gunshots, and we didn’t think nothing of it ... all of a sudden a bunch of cops showed up, and it was terrible," Gere Burrell told 11 News.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Iraq veteran, shot by police, was outspoken on combat PTSD

Armed man killed by Portland police was Iraq vet
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man fatally wounded by Portland police after they say he fired at them was an Iraq war veteran who had talked about the challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Santiago A. Cisneros III, 32, died of the wounds he received Monday night, the Multnomah County medical examiner's office said.

Two officers said the man had a shotgun and fired at them when they encountered him on a parking lot roof in northeast Portland. They said they returned fire.

Cisneros died at a Portland hospital. No officers were injured.
Cisneros was an Army combat veteran who was one of three soldiers who spoke to KOMO-TV in Seattle in 2009 about the struggles they faced with PTSD, the television station reported Tuesday. He said then he had tried to kill himself just eight months after leaving Iraq.

"I fought a war back there in Iraq. I didn't know I was going to have to fight a war back here in the United States within myself," Cisneros said in the KOMO interview.
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Shattered soldiers say there was no help
By Liz Rocca
Published: Mar 26, 2009

Army Combat Veteran Santiago Cisneros tried to kill himself just eight months after leaving Iraq.

"I fought a war back there in Iraq. I didn't know I was going to have to fight a war back here in the United States within myself," says Santiago.

All three men told the Problem Solvers they are shattered soldiers, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and didn't get the help they needed from the military they served.

Susan Avila-Smith is a veteran and an advocate for military members suffering from trauma and says these soldiers need help now.

"It's imperative to understand these people went over there, were trained to kill, they killed, they came back and there's no debriefing, there's no 'ok, we're going to train you how to adapt to society now,'" she says.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

US Soldier stable after being shot by South Korean Police

Shot soldier interviewed by S. Korean police in base hospital bed
Soldier shot by S. Korean police during late-night car chase
By Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 3, 2013

SEOUL — A U.S. soldier was in stable condition Sunday after police shot him during an early-morning car chase that South Korean officials say started after they received emergency calls about gunshots being fired near a busy Itaewon intersection.

Details remained sketchy several hours later, including whether the soldier had fired BBs or pellets at bystanders in front of the Hamilton Hotel or might have just pointed a toy gun at them.

South Korean police said they received emergency calls at 11:53 p.m. Saturday about shots being fired by a soldier, according to an official with the Yongsan Police Station’s Fifth Violent Crimes Team. Police tried to capture him at the nearby Itaewon subway station, but he and a second soldier escaped by car.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fort Carson soldier charged after confrontation

Fort Carson soldier charged after confrontation
The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier who was shot and wounded by civilian police during a confrontation has been charged with assault, false imprisonment and other counts.

Authorities said 34-year-old Stephen David Payne was shot Aug. 12 when he allegedly ignored orders and reached for a handgun in the front yard of a home in Fountain, a town near Fort Carson.

Prosecutors said Tuesday Payne is charged with three counts of first-degree assault, one alleging he threatened a police officer. If convicted of that charge, he could be sentenced to 10 to 32 years in prison.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Special Operations soldier, shot by a Fayetteville police officer has died

Soldier shot by Fayetteville police dies
Published: May 13, 2012


A Special Operations soldier who was shot by a Fayetteville police officer has died.

Fayetteville Police said Sunday that Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis Salazar, 27, died after suffering a gunshot wound May 5.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fort Bragg Soldier shot and killed during traffic stop

Soldier Shot During Traffic Stop

December 20, 2011
Fayetteville Observer
A Fort Bragg soldier was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies in Hopewell, Va., on Saturday morning after allegedly firing on them during a traffic stop on Interstate 295, authorities said.

The soldier was identified as Pfc. Robert L. Henderson III, 21, of Reisterstown, Md. He was a supply clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Fort Bragg.

A Hopewell sheriff's deputy pulled over Henderson's 2000 Nissan Altima after estimating its speed at 100 mph, according to Virginia State Police. As the deputy approached the car, Henderson drove off but stopped about two miles further south in a travel lane of Interstate 295, police said.

Henderson got out and confronted the two deputies who had followed him, the Virginia State Police said.

"According to witnesses, the suspect shot at the two deputies, who returned fire striking the suspect," police said in a release.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trent Lloyd Thorp shot 9 times by police and 1 time by himself

I don't know how many times I'll read stories like this.

Police: Lewis soldier shot himself in head
The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Oct 28, 2011 11:48:06 EDT
LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who was shot by Lakewood officers this week also had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

A preliminary autopsy report showed Trent Lloyd Thorp, 26, was hit nine times by police gunfire, police said.
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Police kill armed soldier
Soldier shot himself before officers

When some people read about men like Thorp, they don't want to think about the fact that this is the same man willing to die for the sake of someone else. After all, that is what they know could happen when they decide to serve in the military, just as it could happen when they enter into law enforcement. It takes a very special type of person to be willing to do that. Some may not even begin to wonder how things could get so terribly twisted around this same person would be willing to take a weapon onto streets back home. They won't wonder when they commit crimes. It doesn't matter to them this same person put the life of someone else first. Maybe they don't want to think about it, think about what was behind all of the terrible outcomes, just as they don't want to think about the tiny fraction of veterans ending up facing off with law enforcement. Over 2 million served in Iraq and Afghanistan alone yet the reports are rare.

When I try to think of how many stories like this have been reported, I can't remember all of them but their families remember their stories well. Their victims and families remember. Their communities remember. The rest of us move onto something else. We forget that war does terrible things to people. People born just like the rest of us with flesh, bones and souls. With dreams and obstacles. With joys and heartaches. The difference between them and the rest of us is we focus on our own lives but they think about others first. When their lives end up with reports like this, the entire nation should be wondering what can be done to stop having to read reports like this and mourn.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fort Wainwright soldier shot by troopers at campground

Fort Wainwright soldier shot by troopers at Delta Junction campground
by Sam Friedman /
Aug 01, 2011
Updated 12:35 a.m.

FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainwright soldier was shot by an Alaska State Trooper at a Delta Junction campground early this morning.

At 12:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were called to Delta State Recreation Site Campground across from the Delta Junction airport in response to the report of an intoxicated man firing a gun.

At the campground, someone pointed out Spc. Timothy J. Fitzgerald to a trooper as he was getting out of a patrol car, troopers said.

Fitzgerald, 28, was reportedly lying on the ground and pointing a gun at them. The trooper shot and hit him.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Killeen Police officer shoots, kills Fort Hood soldier

Police officer shoots, kills Hood soldier

The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Mar 21, 2009 16:34:55 EDT

KILLEEN, Texas — A Killeen police officer early Saturday morning fatally shot a Fort Hood soldier driving an sport utility vehicle after authorities said the officer was dragged through a parking lot as he tried to detain a man while others inside the vehicle were trying to pull the man inside.

The name of the 21-year-old soldier was being withheld until his family was notified, authorities said.

The officer, whose name also was not disclosed, was able to free himself from the SUV and fell to the ground. He was treated at a hospital and released and was placed on administrative leave.
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