Police K9 Training

July 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm (Fun Stuff, Law Enforcement) (, , )

This week, Police K9 units from across the southwest have been here for a training.  Yesterday, I got to help out with one of the scenarios.  It was really fun to watch all the different teams go through the scenario.  I’ll post pictures in the next day or so.

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Officers Down in Pittsburgh

April 4, 2009 at 8:33 pm (Life) (, , , , , , )

From AP News:


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them.

Police chief Nate Harper says the motive for Saturday’s shooting isn’t clear. Friends say the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

The three dead officers are Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo III. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years and the other two only two years each. Another officer was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.

The gunman, 23-year-old Richard Poplawski, was arrested after a four-hour standoff.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning, killing three of them, a police official said. Friends said he recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Neighbors described how a quiet street in the city’s Stanton Heights neighborhood turned into a battlefield with hundreds of rounds cracking through the morning air and fallen police officers lying bleeding in the street, their colleagues unable to reach them.

Three officers were killed, said a police official at the scene who spoke on condition of anonymity because was not authorized to talk to the media. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard would only say that at least five officers were wounded, but wouldn’t give any other details.

Friends identified the suspect as Richard Poplawski, 23, but police would not immediately confirm his name. The gunman was arrested after a four-hour standoff, police said.

The shooting occurred just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot March 21 in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. The officers were the first Pittsburgh city officers to die in the line of duty in 18 years.

Neighbors said the shooting began at about 7 a.m. and that two officers were shot almost immediately.

“When I looked down I saw two police officers laying in the street,” said Don Sand, who lives across the street and was awoken by the sound of gunfire.

A short time later, more officers, SWAT teams and other law enforcement arrived and a third officer was shot, Sand said.

“They couldn’t get the scene secure enough to get to them. They were just lying there bleeding,” Sand said. “By the time they secured the scene enough to get to them it was way too late.”

Gail Moschetti, who lives diagonally across the street from the Poplawski house, said she heard hundreds of shots as she and her husband took refuge in their basement. Tom Moffitt, 51, a city firefighter who lives two blocks away, said he came to the scene and heard “hundreds, just hundreds of shots.”

Police planned to release more details at a mid-afternoon news conference Saturday.



Rest in Peace Officer Kelly

Rest in Peace Officer Mayhle

Rest in Peace Officer Sciullo

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Rest in Peace

March 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm (Life) (, , , , , , , )

Sergeant Mark Dunakin 

Oakland Police Department California

End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 17 years

Sergeant Dunakin had served with the Oakland Police Department for 17 years and is survived by his wife and three children.



Sergeant Ervin Romans 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 13 years




Sergeant Daniel Sakai 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 8 years




Police Officer John Hege 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Sunday, March 22, 2009

Age: 41



Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Killed by other officers

Sergeant Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege were shot and killed during a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing Sergeant Dunakin and mortally wounding Officer Hege. Citizens who witnessed the incident called 911 and started CPR on both officers.

The suspect fled on foot, leading to an intense manhunt by dozens of officers from the Oakland Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

At approximately 3:30 pm the Oakland Police Department received an anonymous tip that the suspect was barricaded inside an apartment building on 74th Avenue.

Officers first attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but when that failed a SWAT team was sent into the location to apprehend the suspect. As the SWAT officers approached, the suspect opened fired with a rifle, killing Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, and wounding a third officer. Officers returned fire, killing the 26-year-old male suspect.

It was later determined that the suspect had an extensive violent criminal history and was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of the incident he had a no-bail parole warrant.
(information from the Officer Down Memorial Page)

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Officers Down In Oakland.

March 22, 2009 at 4:43 am (Life) (, , , , )

Today, four officers were shot in Oakland in two related incidents.

Sgt. Erv Romans, 43, was killed.

Sgt. Dan Sakai, 35, was killed.

Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 41, was killed.

Officer John Hege, 41, remains in critical condition. Some sources have stated that he too died of his injuries, however, the most current press release from OPD states that he remains in “very critical” condition.

A fifth officer was reportedly grazed by a bullet in the altercation, but was treated and released.

The altercation began when officers discovered that the suspect had a no bail warrant for grand theft and possession of marijuana. The suspect fled the scene and was located later by OPD’s SWAT team. The suspect was shot and killed.


Rest in Peace sirs. You will not be forgotten.

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