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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Veteran dead after standoff at Panera Bread

Gunman Dead As 5-Hour Standoff At Princeton Panera Bread Ends
The standoff lasted five hours on Tuesday afternoon. Schools were under shelter-in-place, and nearby buildings were evacuated.
By Anthony Bellano, Patch Staff
Mar 20, 2018
According to Planet Princeton, police reportedly found the gunman's car — a Ford Focus with Pennsylvania tags. Details about the car's location weren't immediately available. Sources told the website that the man was a veteran.

PRINCETON, NJ — A gunman is dead after a nearly 5-hour standoff at a Princeton Panera Bread Tuesday, ending an ordeal that led to evacuations at Princeton University and neighboring buildings as well as a shelter-in-place at nearby schools.

The state Attorney General's Office confirmed that the unidentified gunman was shot dead by police after hours of negotiations. The gunman has not been identified pending the notification of family members.

The Attorney General's Shooting Response Team is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.
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Fort Stewart Soldier surrendered after standoff

Fort Stewart police respond after soldier barricades himself in on-post apartment
Army Times
By: Nicole Bauke
March 20, 2018

A Fort Stewart, Georgia, soldier barricaded himself with a weapon in his on-post apartment for three hours on Tuesday, according to a press release.

The incident happened about 11:20 a.m. on Courage Loop in Marne Point.

The soldier, who has not been identified at this time for privacy reasons, initially refused to comply with police commands, but he surrendered to military police almost three hours later.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Afghanistan Marine Veteran Killed During Standoff

5 things to know about man fatally shot by Butler County deputy
Journal News
Lauren Pack Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Jason Faulkner said Jacob, a New Miami graduate, served in the Marines in Afghanistan. He had been back in the U.S. for about six years.
A Butler County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man after being dispatched on a report of an active shooter on Jackson Road at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He seemed OK at first,” Jason Faulkner said of his brother, who went by Jake.

Jake had been taking classes at Xavier University and had a job at GE, according to his brother.

“Probably a couple years ago we noticed a change in his attitude,” Jason Faulkner said.
Jason Faulkner said he does not blame officers for his brother’s death.

Jake planned the shooting, knowing police would show up when he started firing at the moving train, according to Jason Faulkner

Jason Faulkner said he heard deputies yell, “Put it down. Don’t make me shoot you.” Then he said he heard three shots.
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So exactly when does all of these awareness efforts actually save veterans like Jake?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ex-Police Officer Holds Press Conference After Standoff Ends

Ex-Jeffersonville cop says PTSD led to his suicidal standoff
WVAE 3 News
By Katie Bauer
Friday, February 26th 2016

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) – A former Jeffersonville police officer won't face charges after he was the center of a several-hour standoff in his own home Friday morning.

This all played out along west Utica Street in Sellersburg.

Steve Cooper was a Jeff police officer for 12 years. During that time he was a SWAT sniper and undercover narcotics officer. He says he is upset with how his career unfolded after he said he opened up about suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Armed and barricaded for nearly seven hours, the standoff ended after Cooper walked out of his house peacefully to meet police.

“This was kind of a breaking point for me," he said. "I had some conversations that went awry and I got depressed and had some liquid courage and was just to the point where maybe it was time to end my life.”

Family called police, concerned and tried to help.
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Former Jeffersonville police officer surrenders after standoff in Sellersburg

By Sitarah Coote
By Stephan Johnson
Posted: Feb 26, 2016

Steven Cooper barricaded himself in a home in Sellersburg for several hours on Feb. 26, 2016.
SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- An armed man who barricaded himself inside a home on West Utica Street in Sellersburg early Friday has surrendered.

Sellersburg Police Deputy Chief Mark Levesque says officers were called about 2:30 a.m. to check on a man in the home that might be suicidal.

The man, identified as Steven Cooper, surrendered around 9:15 a.m. He says he is a former police officer with the Jeffersonville Police Department and wants to expose corruption.

After holding police at bay for several hours, the man inside the home -- now identified as Steve Cooper -- actually put the guns down and walked right up to our cameras and held an impromptu press conference to explain why this all happened.

"Tonight was kind of a breaking point for me," Cooper said. "We had some conversations, and they went awry, and I got depressed and and had some liquid courage and got to the point that I was thinking that maybe it's time to end my life."

But instead of ending his life, Steve Cooper, a former Jeffersonville Police officer, walked out of his house. Cooper says he left the Jeffersonville Police Department in August and has been struggling ever since.

He blames his struggles and what happened Friday morning on post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Militia takes over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters

Militia takes over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters
Oregon Live
By Les Zaitz
January 2, 2016
Ryan Payne, an Army veteran from Montana, questioned why more Harney County veterans aren't defending the Constitution by standing up for local ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven. Payne, a militiaman, participated in the arm standoff last year in Nevada between a rancher and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Hammonds are going to prison for burning bureau land south of Burns. Les Zaitz | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Update at 9:15 p.m.: Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward: "After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters. A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation."

The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 50 miles southeast of Burns for years.
Rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his Burns home on Saturday. He and his son Steven are to report to prison on Monday on federal arson charges. An estimated 300 marchers went by the Hammond home, pausing to leave flowers and cheers. Les Zaitz | The Oregonian/OregonLive

The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.

Among the occupiers is Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and two of his brothers. Militia members at the refuge claimed they had as many as 100 supporters with them. The refuge, federal property managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was closed and unoccupied for the holiday weekend.
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Oregon ranchers' fight with feds sparks militias' interest
Oregon Live
By Les Zaitz
December 31, 2015
The first fire came in 2001: a simple prescribed burn, intended to take out invasive juniper, by Steve and Dwight Hammond's account.

But federal prosecutors said the men's real motive for starting the blaze, which consumed 139 acres and forestalled grazing for two seasons, was to cover up evidence of an illegal slaughter of deer. The government presented evidence that Steven Hammond called an emergency dispatcher to ask if it was OK to burn -- roughly two hours after they already lit the fire. His attorney said in court that Hammond called the land bureau beforehand.

The government acknowledged that the next fire, in 2006, was intended as a defensive move. Steve Hammond set backfires to keep a lightning-caused fire from burning onto the Hammonds' ranch and hitting their winter feed.
U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan said at the men's original sentencing in 2012 that such a term would be unconstitutional as cruel and unusual punishment.

"It would be a sentence which would shock the conscience," Hogan said before sentencing Dwight to three months and Steve to one year.

The men served their time and went home to raise cattle. But their case, it turned out, was far from settled.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Air Force Veteran Killed by SWAT was Retired Master Sgt

Airman killed in standoff with police was father, decorated veteran 
March 10, 2015
The retired airman shot and killed by Las Vegas police during a standoff in late February was a father and decorated veteran who specialized in warplane bombs and missiles.

Francis “Frank” Lamantia Spivey, 43, served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1990 to July 2014, when he retired as a master sergeant, according to Air Force spokesman Michael Dickerson.

Spivey’s job was as a munitions systems specialist; he tested, assembled and transported ammunition. He was a recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Dickerson said.

Spivey donned his Air Force uniform one last time Feb. 25, and went to the open stairwell of his apartment building armed with an AR 15.

He called police to say he may kill himself, then stood outside his unit at Eagle Trace apartments, 5370 E. Craig Road, with a gun pointed to his chin.
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Air Force Veteran Fired 23 Shots Before Being Killed By SWAT

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fort Eustis Soldier Surrenders After Standoff

Soldier surrenders after barricading self at base house in Va.
The Associated Press
Published: November 28, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A soldier who had barricaded himself in a home at the Fort Eustis military base has reportedly surrendered overnight to authorities.

According to the Newport News base's Facebook page, the soldier was then brought to a medical facility for a health evaluation.

During the barricade situation Thursday night, the Department of Defense told there was no active shooter. Base spokesman Capt. Kevin Whitlatch said no evacuations were ordered and that the man is an active duty soldier.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014


By Eric Horng and Paul Meincke
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A six-hour standoff in the 7200-block of South Lowe Avenue left Captain Ed Kulbida wounded, one suspect dead and one suspect in custody.

The standoff ended just before midnight. Police found one person dead and apprehended another suspect upon entering the apartment building.

"They used a flash bang and there was still no response. At that point it was time to make entry. They did it in a progressive fashion. I was listening to it the whole time. They did it perfectly. They did a really outstanding job," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

Police have not said how the standoff ended or how one suspect, Daniel Jackson, 42, died. Daniel Brown, 42, the other suspect involved in the standoff, has also not been charged.

The standoff began around 6 p.m. Tuesday when Chicago police and U.S. marshals were serving a murder warrant for Brown in the city's Englewood neighborhood.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Standoffs with veterans should not happen

UPDATE Add this to the rest
Iraq War vet suffering from PTSD arrested in Troutdale shooting, police say
The Oregonian
By Lynne Terry
February 28, 2014

Troutdale police have arrested an Iraq War vet who shot himself in the foot early Friday.

They said the incident happened about 6:20 a.m. at a residence in the 1400 block of Southeast Chapman Street. They said Derick Morgan, 30, a vet suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, whipped out a gun in front of his wife and pointed it at his head, threatening to shoot himself.
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Standoffs with veterans should not happen
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
February 27, 2014

In South Carolina a police officer shot a Vietnam veteran after a traffic stop. Why? He was reaching for his cane. He's disabled. In San Diego another Vietnam veteran, reportedly suicidal, was shot and killed. In Pennsylvania a SWAT standoff with another veteran ended differently. The veteran was taken into custody.

What makes all of these stories worse is they all happened this week.

Earlier in February in San Diego: A retired Navy petty officer who was shot by a San Diego policeman after raising a military assault rifle in his direction was sentenced Tuesday to probation and ordered to continue counseling and treatment for mental health issues, including a form of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. A report about a Marine in Chicago, a veteran had his "final firefight was on his suburban street 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Chicago, and the enemy was local police. When it ended, he'd traded 17 years in uniform for 16 years behind bars."

Last month a Gulf War veteran was taken into custody in Corpus Christi. In December a Kentucky National Guardsman was arrested and charged in January.

As police increasingly face off with veterans from many different wars, it is clear that these situations should have never happened.

Police officers face split second decisions facing off with veterans in crisis. While some do end peacefully the outcome is never cut and dry. In one state, the veteran is taken to the VA for help but in other states they are put on trial, if they are not killed during the standoff.

Last week I was speaking to a police officer asking him some questions about what they do in situations like the above. He told me they are trained and retrained to know when to call in Crisis Teams. They are training on new tactical weapons that will not kill the veteran.

A veteran in that much of a crisis situation should never happen but as there seem to be more and more, there needs to be a country wide approach to help the police officers take care of the veterans as well as protect other officers and the public until this country does what they need to do to take care of all veterans!

Standoff with police leaves decorated Vietnam veteran dead

Gunman killed in standoff identified as Vietnam Veteran
CBS News 8
Video Report By Marcella Lee, Anchor/Reporter
Updated: Feb 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An apparently suicidal 62-year-old man who was shot and killed after raising a rifle toward officers has been identified as a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD.

A fellow Vietnam veteran who spoke to CBS News 8, and wanted to be identified only as Bob, says John Chesney was the man involved in a standoff at a downtown San Diego retail/residential building on Wednesday.

Bob tells us Chesney was a paratrooper who served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He says Chesney was highly decorated, earning multiple awards including a Bronze Star, a Vietnam Service Medal, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal with two stars, indicating he served two campaigns.

Bob told CBS News 8 that Chesney was discharged from the military under honorable conditions, despite media reports to the contrary. He adds that Chesney suffered from PTSD and had trouble getting help because of a lack of resources for local veterans.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

FBI and ATF standoff with Gulf War Veteran "driven over the edge"

PTSD Could Be a Cause Behind The Alleged Flour Bluff Attack
by Caroline Flores
Posted: Jan 10, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - Bond has been set at $60,000 for the gulf war veteran who was arrested yesterday for attacking his roommate. 49-year old David Michael McDonald was arrested yesterday morning at his home on Bramling Court.

CCPD, ATF, and FBI agents showed up at his home after the victim claimed McDonald had weapons and explosives inside. Officers searched his home and found several weapons, but no explosives.

Yesterday, friends of Mcdonald told us the army veteran suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Today, a local doctor agreed PTSD could have been the reason behind the alleged assault.

Neighbors of McDonald describe him as the type of person who kept to himself. They say he seemed to always be in a state of paranoia or delusion.

"There used to be a big RV right there. And, uh, he would literally be on top of the RV and he would have a flashlight and a cell phone talking to no one," said neighbor Justin Wojciechowski.

One local doctor says this type of behavior is a sign of PTSD. In McDonald's case, while we may not know what led up to the alleged assault.

One doctor has an idea of what's going on.

"That has driven him to the edge. They can endure to some extent but if it goes beyond a certain edge, then they lose control," said Dr. Umamaheswara Maruvada with the South Texas Psychiatric Associates.
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Marine in custody after standoff with San Diego Sheriff's Deputies

Marine Arrested in Vista Standoff
Chris Johnson, 26, of Vista, surrendered to deputies just before 5 a.m.
NBC San Diego
By R. Stickney and Monica Garske
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013

A U.S. Marine was in custody Thursday following a 5-hour standoff with San Diego County sheriff's deputies which began after the Marine allegedly fired multiple gunshots from inside his Vista apartment.

Just before midnight on Christmas Day, deputies were called to an apartment complex located at 911 Taylor St., near East Vista Way.

A neighbor told deputies she heard shots fired inside her apartment and noticed a bullet hole in the window of her dining room. She also said she heard someone knocking on her door. Deputies told her not to open the door.

Deputies soon determined that Christopher Johnson, 26, of Vista, had allegedly fired multiple rounds from his .44 caliber magnum revolver handgun while inside his apartment.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wheeler Army Airfield soldier standoff with MP ends

Standoff ends peacefully at Wheeler Army Airfield housing
By Star-Advertiser staff
Mar 02, 2013

Military police have resolved a standoff at a home on Wheeler Army Airfield this afternoon.

A 25th Infantry Division soldier barricaded himself at about 1 p.m. Saturday in his home on Pikake Street at Wheeler, Army spokesman Dennis Drake said.

Police had surrounded the home, Drake said.

At about 3:30 p.m. Army law enforcement officials took the soldier into custody.

As a precaution, officials from the Army and Island Palm Communities relocated residents in the surrounding streets in the Wiliwili Housing area to an area community center, Drake said.

The Army is investigating the incident.

It is unclear if the soldier was armed.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Combat veteran with three tours arrested after standoff with US Marshals

Combat veteran arrested after 3-hour standoff
By Michelle Mondo
Updated 12:25 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A U.S. Army veteran medically discharged after three tours in combat zones held police at bay during a more than three-hour standoff in Converse on Monday evening before peacefully surrendering, authorities said.

U.S. marshals took Dewey Head, 31, into custody around 8:30 p.m. The marshals had arrived at his house on Discovery Drive because an arrest warrant had been issued for Head out of federal court, said U.S. Deputy Marshal Eric De Los Santos, a spokesman for the agency.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stand off at VA hospital ends, son charged with murder of parents

Couple shot to death in West Side home
Barricade suspect in custody after 7-hour standoff

By Carlos Sadovi, Annie Sweeney and Dan Simmons

Tribune reporters

September 24, 2009

They were a father and son who lived, worked and fished together, two members of a close-knit family raised with "traditional Southern values."

But on Tuesday when Joe Washington refused his 53-year-old son's request for money -- knowing he had already burned through several hundred dollars on his cocaine habit -- he turned on him, police say.

The son, who has no criminal background, allegedly shot to death his 79-year-old father and mother, Johnnie Washington, 77, in their West Side home, several police sources said. No charges were filed by Wednesday evening.

The son fled the home in the 2200 block of South Kildare Avenue and allegedly confessed to the double murder in a 911 call to a police dispatcher, the sources said. Hours later, he walked into the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center with a gun to his head and again allegedly confessed to an employee that he had killed his parents, the sources said.

He barricaded himself in the hospital for seven hours before surrendering without a struggle to members of the Chicago Police Department's SWAT team about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Members of the Washington family confirmed their brother was in custody. They vowed they would not abandon him.

"I want it clear. He is not a monster," the Rev. Mansa Kenyatta said as he fought back tears as he spoke of his brother. "He's still my brother, and we still love him. Our mother wouldn't want us to disown him."
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fort Drum:Staff Sgt. Dustin McMillen shot by MP update

Army: Soldier killed in standoff had no mental health record
2:58 PM EST, February 11, 2008
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) _ A 10th Mountain Division soldier killed by a military policeman after holding two other military police officers at gunpoint had no record of mental health issues, according to Army officials.

Staff Sgt. Dustin McMillen was fatally wounded during the standoff early Saturday morning on the northern New York Army post.

McMillen, 29, of Vancouver, Ore., was an infantryman who served a combat tour of more than a year in Afghanistan, returning home last June. He joined the Army in 1998

Lt. Col. Paul Swiergosz, a 10th Mountain Division spokesman, said Army officials could find no record that McMillen requested or was referred to counseling for any battle-related illness or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Standoff with combat veteran

Standoff with combat veteran ends peacefully in Appleton

APPLETON — A nearly 10-hour standoff between law officers and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars with sniper and special operations experience ended peacefully withthe apprehension of the suspect shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. (December 23, 2007)

This is not the first time something like this has happened and it won't be the last.

Updated at: 05/29/2007 11:23:48 PM
By: Justin Piehowski, Web Manager
Family says man was depressed prior to standoff
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota National Guard member killed in a standoff with police in central Minnesota was suicidal in the past, and initial reports indicated he was intoxicated and driving with a loaded shotgun on the morning of his death, authorities said Tuesday.
But Spc. Brian William Skold, 28, of Sauk Rapids, was also a caring person, who loved waterskiing, fishing and hunting, and drew people in with his outgoing personality.
"He had just a zest for life," said his sister, Jenny Trager. "People really liked him. I guess he would be what I would call a social butterfly. ... He enjoyed being with friends and family."
Skold served about a year in Iraq. Police weren't saying whether lingering effects from his deployment contributed to Sunday morning's incident along Interstate 94, in which he fled from authorities and fired at least one shot from a 12-gauge shotgun before police returned fire, killing him.

Gulf War vet charged in standoff
September 29, 2006
By BILL BIRD staff writerBond was set Sept. 25 at $3 million for a Marine veteran charged with firing more than 100 bullets at police during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend in Bolingbrook.William D. "David" Linley faces a potential 240-year prison term if convicted of all eight felony charges against him.Linley, 41, was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and six counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm at police officers, according to spokesmen for both Bolingbrook police and Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow. All the charges are Class X felonies, carrying mandatory terms of six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.Police took Linley into custody Sept. 23 after the standoff at his home at 130 Wethersfield Lane, in Bolingbrook's Hunters Trail subdivision east of Route 53.A Bolingbrook police marksman shot Linley in the arm shortly after midnight, after Linley allegedly sprayed his neighborhood with more than 100 shots from a .22-caliber rifle.
Multiple tours of dutyLinley was described as a troubled and lonely man by Gregory Morley, a fellow former Marine and freelance photographer from Bolingbrook.Morley said Linley is a native of the Flushing area of New York City who dropped out of high school in 1982 to join the Marine Corps.Linley was deployed to Lebanon following the Oct. 24, 1983, bombing of a Marine barracks there, Morley said. While en route, Linley instead became part of the group that rescued American college students in the liberation of Grenada, he said.Morley said Linley advanced to the rank of sergeant before being sent to Kuwait in 1990 during the Gulf War. He received an honorable discharge and worked a number of jobs in Virginia, Colorado, and Illinois before re-enlisting in the Marines and going to Iraq following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Morley said.