Things Happen Fast

Gunfire erupted in the Galleria mall in Hoover, Alabama on Thanksgiving night, 2018. Seventy-five feet away were two on-duty Hoover police officers. Fearing the worst—an active shooter event—the officers drew their pistols and ran toward the gunfire as dozens of shoppers scrabbled to get away. The target of a gangland-type shooting, 18-year-old Brian Wilson, was […]
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Nothing New Under the Sun

Whiting Sweeting fled on foot into the cold January night to escape the law. With arrest warrant in hand, New York Constable Darius Quimby pursued. The warrant was for trespass, a minor property crime, yet Sweeting vowed not to be taken alive. He ran into the woods, jumped on a large rock, and threatened to […]
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Attitude Adjustment

Carl Chinn had a chip on his shoulder against law enforcement officers. Although a Christian, officers just rubbed him the wrong way. That attitude changed in 1996 the day he and three others were held at gunpoint by a deranged man who threatened to blow up the Focus on the Family building and everyone inside. […]
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Suicide by Cop

“Suicide by cop” is a term used by law enforcement officers to describe a person who threatens to use deadly force against the officer or another to goad an officer to shoot, thus committing suicide by provoking the officer to pull the trigger. Occasionally, the threat is made with a toy gun the officer believes […]
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Police Suicide Rising

In the January newsletter I mentioned that there were 148 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in 2018. But line-of-duty deaths are not the only reason officers don’t live as long as the general population. A recent news article caught my eye, “Police suicides rising, union says media vilification is ‘leading cause of despair’”.[1] The article says, […]
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From Coast to Coast

The Strong Blue Line Great news, the trip to Sacramento is a go! On January 9th, I’ll be speaking to several officers from the Sacramento area who have been involved in shootings. Each officer will receive a copy of Winning a Gunfight. This is the first trip of 2019 that promises to be one of […]
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