NEWBERG, OR – Who knew irony would be disguised as a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Buick Regal? But when the drivers of two stolen cars collided during a police chase, two car theft cases were solved simultaneously.
Randy Lee Cooper, from Portland, was running from police in a stolen Land Cruiser. The police had just received the report of the stolen vehicle when they spotted Cooper driving it.
During the pursuit, the Land Cruiser hit the Regal, being driven by 25-year-old Kristin Nicole Begue of Newberg.
As officers investigating the scene soon discovered, both vehicles were stolen, with the Regal having been boosted three weeks prior.
Cooper was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, assault, reckless driving and other charges, police say. Begue was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department issued the following press release:
Fortunately, this incident ended without any major injuries or violence.
We cannot always say that.
Let’s go back to the last week in June.
Thursday morning, an officer responded to a collision around 7 am at the intersection of Legacy Drive and International Parkway in Plano.
As he approached one of the involved vehicles, the driver got out of the car, ran over to the other vehicle, and stabbed the driver multiple times.
The officer moved towards her, at which point the female suspect turned and stabbed the officer once in the left arm.
The woman then ran around towards the passenger side of the vehicle, presumably to get into the car.
The officer fired multiple times to stop the attack.
Plano officer fatally shoots woman who stabbed him, another driver after a crash, police say https://t.co/9CGJHZ29iO
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) June 25, 2020
Police confirmed what happened with body camera footage and many witnesses. The suspect had been driving a stolen car.
Police are looking into whether or not road rage was a factor.
Plano Police Department Spokesman David Tilley said:
“Did these individuals know each other or was this just a, somebody got upset because of traffic crash and then just kind of twisted off a little bit? We really don’t know yet.”
The shooting is being investigated by the police department, along with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office
This morning a @PlanoPoliceDept officer was was forced to defend himself from an assailant after being stabbed, protecting another stabbing victim. TMPA attorney Robert Lee Rogers & representative Tony Rike were on scene to assist the officer https://t.co/zEPXyl8Ofv
— TMPA (@TMPALegislative) June 25, 2020
The two stabbing victims- the driver and the officer- were taken to the hospital. The suspect was also taken to the hospital, but she did not survive. The officer and the other driver were hospitalized with wounds but they are both expected to recover fully.
The suspect has not been identified and the names of those involved have not been released.
The officer has been with the department for more than 30 years and he has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department protocol, while a shooting investigation is being conducted.
Meanwhile, in Boston, officers are getting ambushed by mobs while attempting to arrest felons.
On Wednesday evening, officers from the Boston Police Department responded to the area of Humboldt Avenue and Crawford Street in Roxbury before 6PM for a report of a man walking with a firearm in a fanny pack.
Upon arrival, the met a man matching the description who was carrying a fanny pack.
Officers made contact and attempted to take hold of his hands, therefore preventing him from retrieving a firearm and avoiding a deadly force situation.
But the suspect, 44-year-old Jermaine Thomas had different plans.
Mr. Thomas, according to police, grabbed back at the officers and a physical confrontation ensued. As the confrontation continued, bystanders in the crowd began to close in the officers who were now physically fighting a man, trying to prevent him from arming himself with a gun and shooting them or the bystanders.
As the crowd became hostile toward the police, the ones who were trying to prevent a shooting, fire hydrants were opened, causing a heavy flow of water to rush toward them.
Regardless of the level of resistance they faced, the officers were able to remain calm and take Mr. Thomas into custody.
As they were placing him into a police vehicle, persons from the crowd began to dump water on the officers from buckets.
Thankfully, the officers were able to subdue Mr. Thomas, who had a loaded firearm in the fanny pack, take him into custody, and leave the scene without anyone getting hurt.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) June 24, 2020
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross stated:
“I’m alarmed by the level of hostility my officers had to face while arresting a felon armed with an illegal firearm.
They were attacked by members of the very same community they were attempting to protect by affecting this arrest. Public safety is a shared responsibility, we need to continue to work together, not in opposition towards one another, to achieve that goal.”
Thankfully, this incident ended the way it should, the suspect in jail and the officers returning to the streets to continue patrolling.
However, incidents like these do not often end this way and the frequency in which they are occurring is becoming less and less. On Saturday night, a similar incident ended much differently in Tampa, Florida.
Officers from the Tampa Police Department were called for a reported shooting with a subject down. Upon their arrival, they quickly learned that there was no shooting and no victim, only a hostile crowd there waiting to attack them.
The crowd, estimated to be over one hundred, quickly circled the officers and began throwing glass bottles at them. Officers from all over the Tampa area had to respond in efforts to rescue the officers and disperse the crowd, leaving the rest of Tampa unprotected during this incident.
Thankfully, only two officers were injured during the melee.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan held a news conference in which he explained the frustration he and his officers face in the light of current events. Chief Dugan states:
“The police, we always have everybody’s back and nobody has our back,” he said. “Right now the officers feel like they can’t win. And I would have to agree with them.”
The Chief continued:
“Police are in a very tough spot — if we show up to people who are just merely exercising their First Amendment rights, it turns into a clash and police are the bad guys,” he said. “But we also now have people who are complaining about the lack of a police presence at these protests.”
Chief Dugan and his officers frustrations are the same many officers face throughout the United States right now. Officers are not wanted until there is a problem, and once they get there to solve the problem, they are getting cussed at, spit at, or worse.
Morale amongst officers is getting extremely dangerous which could lead to lower work product (proactive policing to prevent crimes), unethical behavior, or a mass exodus of good officers from law enforcement.
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