Weekly Briefing: February 22, 2015

By Calibre Press  |   Feb 22, 2015


Police Officer Siegfred Mortera suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his department’s SWAT training at Eagles Field.

This is the longest stretch in nearly 120 years without a LODD from gunfire.  The last gunfire LODD occured on December 27, 2014.

Officer Attacked by Handcuffed Man in UK

Sergeant Kelly Lawrence was brutally attacked by Craig Radbourne – whom she had just arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The 25-year-old suspect had been sitting in the police car arguing with the officer before he swung to punch her with his handcuffed fists and tells her to “f*** off”.

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, criticised the sentence as being lenient.

He said: “I am disappointed that Radbourne has only been sentenced to three years in prison for the extremely violent assault against Sgt Kerry Lawrence.

Minneapolis Police Officer Shot in Apparent Ambush:

Minneapolis police arrested a former convict with a violent history in connection with what may have been a targeted ambush of an officer responding to a burglary call early ­Saturday.

Andrew J. Neal was arrested about 1:30 p.m. at a home surrounded by a SWAT team and other officers. Neal was arrested on a charge of violating probation, probable-cause burglary and probable-cause domestic aggravated assault.

Police were still investigating the link between the domestic incident and the shooting and declined to say whether Neal was the suspect in the shooting. He has ­previously served time in prison for first-degree assault and has an extensive arrest record.

The officer is recovering and out of the hospital.

Study Releases Information on Officer-Involved Shootings:

Of the 367 people shot in San Diego County, 81 percent had mental issues or drugs — usually methamphetamine — in their system, 44 percent were on probation or parole, and 56 percent were 18- to 32-years-old, according to the report compiled by the District Attorney’s Office.

Race and ethnicity of subjects and officers were released.  The district attorney noted that drawing conclusions from the race data is difficult because county racial demographics changed during the period of the study, as have the racial backgrounds of officers and the communities where shootings occurred.

Woodbridge, NJ Officer Saves Two Overdoes Victims:

The first incident in Woodbridge occurred about 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 21 when police received a 911 call about a 25-year-old woman who had overdosed on narcotics in a home in the Colonia section.

“One officer immediately administered Nasal Naloxone (Narcan) to the victim,” Hoppock said in a statement. “Almost immediately the victim showed signs of regaining consciousness.”

Charges Dropped in Case Related to a St. Louis Officer Disabling Dash-Cam:

The prosecutor dropped the charges against Bufford, after seeing the police dash cam tape. The original charges included “unlawful use of a weapon.”

Police say they found marijuana and a loaded handgun in Bufford’s pocket. The police report says an officer noticed it before the tazing and announced, “He has a gun.” The report continues, “In an attempt to prevent (Bufford) from reaching the weapon, (an officer) administered one foot strike.”

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