Chaos erupts during Spring Break weekend in Panama City Beach, leading to 161 arrests and 75 guns seized

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – During a chaotic and violent Spring Break weekend in Panama City Beach, police arrested 161 persons and seized 75 guns.

According to a Facebook post by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), chaos erupted in Panama City Beach over the weekend of March 26 and 27 due to what social media groups had been calling a “PCB Takeover.”

Law enforcement agencies, including the BCSO, the Panama City Beach Police Department, the Panama City Police Department, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Florida Highway Patrol, were aware of the “PCB Takeover” plans and, as such, “maintained a strong presence on the beach area during the weekend in response to the group’s planned events like house parties, spontaneous parties in parking lots, and concerts.”

All in all over the weekend, 161 individuals were arrested.  78 were from Alabama, presumably connected to the PCB Takeover plans.  

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford indicated that those arrestees from out of state could be in Florida for quite some time, saying:

“If they come from Alabama and they’re going to commit a crime with a gun, they may very well be our guests for ten years.”

One incident during the tumultuous Spring Break weekend involved the shooting of an Alabama man.

According to WVTM, police responded on Sunday, March 27, to a disturbance call at a restaurant along the beach.  The disturbance “quickly escalated” to a shooting, with one 21-year-old Alabama man getting shot in the foot.  He is expected to recover.

Over 90 police officers responded to the scene and found “several people with guns.”

Chief J.R. Talamantez of the Panama City Beach Police Department told 13Now:

“I personally encountered an individual holding an AR15 who is now in custody.”

Talamantez also told WJHG that 26 shell casings were retrieved at the scene.  A total of 75 guns were seized over the weekend.

Fox News reports that police had to close a two-mile stretch of Front Beach Road due to large crowds with people described by Talamantez as “acting a fool.”

WHNT also reports that unruly crowds caused Panama City Beach businesses along the beach to shut down on Saturday and Sunday.

One of those businesses was a local Wal-Mart, where a rowdy group overturned carts and knocked merchandise off shelves.

In the Twitter video embedded below, viewers can see a group of young men laughing and joking through the store, and aisles littered with fallen and damaged merchandise.

Police officers were also injured in the chaotic gatherings.

According to WJHG, one police officer was hit in the head with a bottle, and another was bitten by a member of a crowd on the beach.

Talamantez said after the officer was hit in the head:

He’s a little shook up.” 

He continued:

“But that’s the reality that we’re facing. These are the type of individuals that we’re facing. Throwing beer bottles at police officers. 

“Shooting right down the road. There were blue lights up and down the road as these shootings took place.

“The blatant disregard for public safety that these individuals are having will not be tolerated. Period.”

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Chief Mark Smith of the Panama City Police Department also remarked on the dangers police faced over the weekend in a press conference on Monday, March 28, saying:

“Every time one of our brave officers confronted these 75 individuals (who had the guns), it was an opportunity for that brave officer to have lost (their) life or been forced to take someone else’s life.”

He continued:

“This is not what Bay County is about, (and) not what Panama City Beach is about….

“This isn’t what we want coming to our city.  We want the spring breakers. We want the tourists, (but) we don’t want this (criminal) element.”

According to a Facebook post from the BCSO, area law enforcement successfully handled the chaotic weekend through close cooperation between law enforcement agencies.

The post read:

“The establishment of the Bay Real Time Operations Center (BayROC), a joint venture between all law enforcement agencies in Bay County, was, as Sheriff Ford says, ‘a game changer.’ 

“For example, based on specific intelligence, law enforcement raided a house party with some of the main promoters in attendance. At this party, individuals with firearms were arrested and the attendees evicted by the homeowner. 

“BayROC also communicated with law enforcement agencies in the hometowns of some ‘PCB Takeover’ attendees and were able to specifically target and disrupt activities.”

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford had some harsh words for the revelers in his county:

“We will not tolerate this criminal activity. These are behaviors that we as a community have fought before, won, and moved on to become a premier family destination.

 “To anyone coming to Panama City Beach to commit criminal acts with an intent to ‘Takeover’ our beach, we will continue the good fight, and dedicate whatever resources necessary to keep Bay County safe. 

“We are united with the support of our elected officials and our community for the resources we need. I assure you; it will not be a ‘REAL FUN BEACH’ inside the Bay County Jail. 

“If you come here to act like a criminal, we will treat you like one.”

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War on cops: Florida Deputy Sheriff stabbed in the carotid artery by accident victim during routine investigation

Originally published March 26, 2022

ST. LUCIE, FL – Routine police calls are never routine. Just ask St Lucie County deputy sheriff Cody Colangelo.

The incident began at approximately 11 p.m. on March 23, when 21-year-old Leigha Michelle Day crashed into a tree and rolled her vehicle in the 12000-block of South Indian River Drive, according to WFLA news.

The 22-year-old deputy arrived on scene of the reported car crash, and he found the vehicle empty.

Witnesses told the deputy a young woman exited the vehicle and ran down a nearby embankment. Within minutes she was safely located by Colangelo. The woman had a brief conversation with the deputy before she was asked to return to the road.

“He did a phenomenal job. He was helpful and compassionate with her. Chief Deputy Brian Hester said at a Thursday news conference.

“Hey, we’re gonna help you. Come on, let’s get you back up here. You don’t have to be afraid.”  Colangelo told her.

The situation quickly turned ugly. According to the St Lucie Sheriff’s office , after climbing approximately two to three stairs going back up towards the road, she abruptly and without provocation turned around and stabbed him in the neck, cutting his carotid artery.

As she ran off, the injured deputy fired a shot at her but missed.

His wound was bleeding profusely, yet he was able to give chase, keeping pressure applied to his wound. He lost sight of her and immediately called in for assistance. The interaction, according to WPTV news, was captured on the deputy’s bodycam.

Additional help arrived and deputies searched the area where they found Day hiding below the embankment, WFLX reported. Chief Deputy Hester said she was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on a first-degree attempted murder charge.

Investigators still have no idea why she attacked Deputy Colangelo.

Meanwhile, Colangelo was rushed to a hospital and underwent two-hours of emergency surgery.

“His injuries were pretty gruesome,” Hester said.

Hester confirmed that Colangelo’s bodycam captured the entire traumatic event.

“To watch one of our deputies who just sustained a life-threatening injury, calmed himself down enough, saved his own life. He saved his own life through his training,” Hester said. “Stood guard for nearby residents and then directed other deputies where to go. All the while calmly controlling his breathing.”

During the medical procedure, surgeons replaced part of the artery in his neck with one from his leg. Fortunately, he’s been stabilized and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 22-year-old deputy reportedly comes from a long line of law enforcement family members, including his father and older brother who both served as law enforcement officers. He has been a deputy sheriff for less than two years.

“By the grace of God and through this deputy’s training, he is alive,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said Thursday.

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Sheriff Colangelo was one of the lucky ones. As attacks on police increase, so do the number of police killed in the line of duty.

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 59 police officers were killed in the line of duty from January 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021. This marks a 51 percent increase in the number of police officers killed when compared to the same period last year.

In the previous year nationally, 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2020. These assaults were reported to the FBI by 9,895 law enforcement agencies.

Based on the reports submitted to the FBI, there were 4,071 more officers assaulted in 2020 than the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019. Of the 60,105 assaults in 2020… 1,180 were stabbed with knives or other cutting instruments

In an interview, FBI Director Christopher Wray reflected on the sacrifices of the Bureau’s law enforcement partners, who risk their safety to protect the public.

“We are looking at now 59 officers or agents murdered in the line of duty this year (2021). That’s an over 50 percent increase from last year. That basically translates to every five days—more often than every five days in this country—an officer is murdered in the line of duty. And that’s totally unacceptable, and it’s a tragedy and it needs attention,” Wray said.

Knife attacks on officers are particularly difficult to stop, even at a distance. This has been proven based on a firearms training exercise conducted over 36 years ago by well-known trainer Dennis Tueller.

Tueller found that “the average healthy adult male,” running with a knife or other contact weapon in hand, can cover a distance of seven yards in about 1.5 seconds – the time it takes the “average” officer to draw a sidearm and place two hits center-mass on a man-size target 21 feet away.

Thus, the exercise suggested, within a 21-foot radius an officer might not have time to draw and successfully defend himself against a charging subject with lethal intent and deadly means before the attacker is on him.

In this current situation, the suspect was literally a couple of feet away when she attacked the deputy.

Given the officers reasonable approach, he was dealing with what he thought was a victim of an accident and had no reasonable suspicion to believe she was a danger. He treated her with compassion and empathy, as was warranted for the situation.

Cops have many types of citizen interactions on any given shift. Everything from high-risk domestic violence calls to traffic accidents and giving directions which are typically low risk.

However, it is evident that police cannot predict how a situation is going to unfold or how a person might react or who they are even dealing with. Deputy Colangelo is a living testament. He can thank his lucky stars and good training.

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Boston officer stabbed in neck after responding to domestic violence call, suspect fatally shot

BOSTON, MA- According to authorities, on Saturday night, November 6th, a Boston police officer was stabbed in the neck and head by a man who was then fatally shot by another police officer.

The incident occurred at a three-story home located at 27 Ingleside Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. when officers rushed to respond to a call of a domestic violence situation inside the residence.

Police stated that when they arrived, they encountered the suspect, a 37-year-old man, on the third floor landing of the house. The suspect immediately assaulted the officers with a knife and stabbed one of them in the neck. Boston Police Superintendent-in-chief Gregory Long said in a statement:

“Another officer on scene discharged his firearm, striking the suspect.”

Long said the suspect, who has not yet been named to the public, was transported to a Boston area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect’s name will be released after an autopsy is completed.

Sources within the department said the knife-wielding attacker previously choked a female officer to the point of unconsciousness when she responded to the same home for another domestic violence call back in 2018.

The police officer who was stabbed in the neck and head was rushed to Boston Medical Center. His stab wounds were said to be non-life threatening.

The officer, who has not been identified by authorities, was released from the hospital on Sunday, November 7th.

Long said the other responding officers were also transported to the hospital for evaluation. Investigators recovered the suspect’s knife at the scene. Investigators spend the night after the incident interviewing residents and potential witnesses. They are searching for any surveillance video from neighboring buildings.

Reportedly, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office will lead the investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, following normal protocol. Rollins’ spokesperson, Matthew Brelis, said in a statement:

“The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is directing and controlling the investigation into the incident and personnel are on scene.”

In a separate incident in Dorcester, MA, three Boston police officers were shot and a suspect was killed during a standoff on November 9th. Chief Long said that at 9:30 a.m., officers responded to a call at Ferndale Street about a person with a gun.

When police arrived on scene, they found a suspect had threatened people inside an apartment with a firearm. The suspect then barricaded himself inside.

Negotiations lasted for nearly six hours and involved SWAT teams and Boston police negotiators. Police were inside the apartment around 3:30 p.m. when the suspect fired at the officers, striking three of them. Police returned fire, shooting the suspect multiple times. He as pronounced dead at the scene.

The three officers were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. As of the afternoon on November 10th, two had been released. The third is also expected to recover. Long said in a statement:

“In the last three days, we’ve had four Boston police officers suffer injuries as a result of lethal force. This highlights the dangers the men and women of this department face every single day they put on this uniform.”

On Thursday, November 11th, the third officer was released from the hospital. A crowd of officers and well-wishers waited outside Boston Medical Center to greet the officer as he exited the hospital just after 3 p.m. Larry Calderone, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, said in a statement:

“He’s happy to be discharged. He’s looking forward to going home and spending time with the family, and he’s very thankful to the doctors, nurses and everybody here at BMC.”

When discussing the recent violence, Calderone said:

“We’re to the point where in the last few days, we have had four of our officers stabbed or shot and it’s a total disregard for public safety in general.”

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