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Md. high school shooting 'contained,' people injured
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:55:22 GMT

Associated Press

GREAT MILLS, Md. — A shooting at a Maryland high school caused injuries Tuesday morning, and the campus was on lockdown as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene.

St. Mary's Couty Sheriff spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says there have been injuries, but she didn't know how many or the severity. She said she had "no information" about potential fatalities.

The Baltimore Sun reported that a student said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, 18, told the Sun that he heard a gunshot and saw a girl fall as he ran for an exit. "I just thank god I'm safe," Rhames said. "I just want to know who did it and who got injured."

The St. Mary's County Public Schools said situation was "contained" after the shooting at Great Mills High School, which has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Washington.

The county sheriff said deputies are on the scene, and told parents or guardians to stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that its agents are going to the scene.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Steny Hoyer tweeted that they're monitoring reports and urged people to follow the instructions of local law enforcement at the scene.

Video shows police officers responding to shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland. “The event is contained,” according to the school district. https://t.co/p6ZPCw44RZ pic.twitter.com/m9TMfrSjyi

— ABC News (@ABC) March 20, 2018

Multiple people were injured in a shooting at Great Mills High School in southeast Maryland this morning, the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office confirmed. Stay with News4 for more on this developing story. https://t.co/sKHAUL1c0F pic.twitter.com/5ILb4gtAjO

— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) March 20, 2018

Video shows man shoot 2 Ohio officers outside car dealership
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:00 GMT

By Evan MacDonald Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — Graphic dashboard camera video released Monday shows a man shoot two Willoughby Hills police officers during a confrontation outside a BMW car dealership.

The Willoughby Hills Police Department released the dashboard camera video hours after Timmothy S. Schmidt pleaded guilty to shooting officers Cory Planisek and Craig Anderson during a Sept. 28 incident outside Classic BMW.

Planisek was shot in the chest and leg and Anderson was shot in the side and leg during the incident, police said. They spent several days in local hospitals before being released.

Anderson returned fire during the incident and shot Schmidt, who spent nearly seven weeks in a hospital before he was released and taken to Lake County Jail, authorities said.

The two-minute dashboard camera video released Monday begins seconds before the shooting, which lasted approximately 10 seconds.

Planisek and Anderson went to the car dealership for a report of an agitated customer. They were escorting Schmidt outside when they learned he had an active warrant from the Garfield Heights Municipal Court for a traffic case, investigators said.

Schmidt attempted to run when he realized the officers were going to arrest him, investigators said.

The video shows Planisek catching up to Schmidt as the latter ran out of the dealership's garage. Schmidt reached for his gun as he ran outside, and he turned toward Planisek just before the first shot was fired, the video shows.

Planisek fell on top of Schmidt, and the two wrestled as more shots were fired, the video shows.

Anderson was standing over the two men before he was also shot and limped away, the video shows. Anderson then took out his own gun, walked toward the fight and fired several shots at Schmidt's midsection, the video shows.

Several men walked by Planisek and Schmidt in the moments after the shooting. They alerted employees and came back outside to check on Planisek and Schmidt, the video shows.

Schmidt, 31, of Willoughby Hills, pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault on a peace officer and one count of resisting arrest Monday in Lake County Common Pleas Court.

He faces up to 45 1/2 years in prison at his April 26 sentencing hearing.

Schmidt said Monday in court that he was "heavily medicated" at the time of the shooting. He did not say what medication he was taking or what condition that medication was treating.

"At the time I was heavily medicated, and I was afraid I was going to be locked up in jail without my medication," he said in court.

Schmidt's criminal history includes a felony conviction for possessing LSD and misdemeanor convictions for drug possession, traffic offenses and disorderly conduct, court records show.

©2018 Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland

Car crashes into Fla. sheriff's office substation
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:06:44 GMT

Associated Press

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. — Florida deputies didn't have far to travel when responding to a car wreck because it crashed into a sheriff's office substation.

A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says the crash occurred shortly before noon Monday at the agency's South Broward district office in Pembroke Park.

Workers are removing the red Toyota from the BSO district office in Pembroke Park. @joanmurraycbs4 will have the latest at 6. @CBSMiami pic.twitter.com/jrOTkVe3mI

— Carey (@ccoddcbs4news) March 19, 2018

Deputies say a woman smashed her car into the office's community service room and a fire erupted inside the vehicle.

A worker who was painting inside the office helped the woman out of the car. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported the woman to a Hollywood hospital with third-degree burns.

A sheriff's office employee who hurt herself while evacuating was also hospitalized as a precaution.

Officials weren't immediately naming the driver or what caused the crash.

#UPDATE Woman removed from vehicle after driving car into BSO substation in Pembroke Park https://t.co/3HoER1l5tC pic.twitter.com/5zJ9zHi7bj

— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) March 19, 2018

Car that caused crash & fire at BSO substation in Pembroke Park has been removed from the building, leaving behind a gaping hole and many questions. ATF agents spotted on scene going through the vehicle. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/4uFyMs7U36

— Terrell Forney (@TVTerrell) March 19, 2018

Boy with brain tumor named honorary Calif. cop
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:07:53 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — A police department made a young boy’s dream come true.

Myles O’Connell, 7, was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable and incurable cancerous brain tumor, according to KTVU. He’s been undergoing radiation treatment since his diagnosis in October, and is wheelchair-bound most of the time. His dream is to become a police officer like his uncle Tim, who’s a public safety officer at Sunnyvale PD.

Last week, Myles’ dream came true. A program called Cops Care and the Taylor Family Foundation heard Myles’ story and helped make it possible for him to fulfill his dream. Miles was sworn in as an honorary officer for the Sunnyvale PD on Thursday - complete with an official uniform, a badge, name tag and hat.

Myles’ mother said the young boy still has a tough road ahead but the ceremony lifted his spirits.

I am honored to introduce to you Honorary Public Safety Officer, Myles O’Connell! Officer O’Connell has already began his first shift with our motors unit! pic.twitter.com/XemNd25lnj

— Phan Ngo (@SunnyvaleChief) March 15, 2018

Ky. detective dies after suffering heart attack
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:20 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

GLASGOW, Ky. — A Kentucky sheriff’s office is mourning the loss of one of their own after a detective died unexpectedly while on duty.

According to Deputy Mike Houchens, Detective Rusty Anderson died unexpectedly after suffering from a heart attack Sunday, WBKO reports. Anderson suffered the heart attack while assisting deputies with an ongoing investigation.

Houchens said the Barren County Sheriff’s Office is “devastated” by the detective’s death and and is working to make sure the fallen LEO’s family is taken care of. Houchens added that Anderson’s loss leaves a huge void in the department, according to The Bowling Green Daily News.

"We're just trying to put one foot in front of the other right now," Houchens said. "He was an integral part of our day-to-day operations and very sought after. A very big piece of our puzzle is missing right now. In this line of work we get really close to each other and families get really close. We're going to miss him."

Anderson, 47, had worked in law enforcement since 2000 and served the BCSO since 2005. The detective leaves behind a wife and two children.

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How to develop a unified public safety response to active shooter incidents
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:32:29 GMT
Author: Jim Morrissey

By PoliceOne Staff

The Columbine shooting in April 1999 radically transformed law enforcement practices where frontline police officers would no longer wait outside of a crisis point during an active killer event. However, there was another lesson lurking in the aftermath of Columbine that has taken police, fire and EMS almost 20 years to understand and begin to develop effective response policies.

In this presentation from WINx Appleton 2017, Calgary Police Service Inspector Chris Butler discusses how law enforcement, fire and EMS leaders can work together to develop interoperable incident command training and rescue task force concepts to save more lives through a unified public safety response to active shooter incidents.

Chris introduces the work being undertaken by the International Public Safety Association's Rescue Task Force Committee to develop a best practices guide to assist agencies to break down organizational cultural barriers and develop response programs.

WINx is a fast-paced, dynamic learning experience for police officers. For more information, visit http://www.experiencewinx.com.

British driver hands officer Homer Simpson ID
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:24:45 GMT
Author: Jim Morrissey

By PoliceOne Staff

THAMES VALLEY, England — A driver in England presented an officer with an ID of a well-known fictional character after he was pulled over.

UPI reports that last week, a Thames Valley police officer pulled over a driver and asked for ID. The driver handed the officer a picture featuring Homer Simpson.

The police department shared a picture of the ID on Twitter, which has garnered more than 4,400 retweets. Some users pointed out some mistakes on the ID, such as the incorrect address and birth date of the cartoon character.

"Everyone knows that Homer Simpson lives at 742 Evergreen Terrace! Amateur..." one user wrote.

"The driver's car was seized and he was reported for driving with no insurance and driving without a proper license," police said.

Earlier this week, @tvprp's PC Phillips stopped a car in Milton Keynes. When she tried to identify the driver's ID, she found the below... The driver's car was seized and he was reported for driving with no insurance and driving without a proper licence. D'oh! ‍??‍+? pic.twitter.com/1IFWvJzyvH

— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) March 15, 2018