Multiple officers shot ‘in the face, neck and chest’ over the past few days – and the media is largely silent about the attacks

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Some western states have recently seen significantly dangerous situations for law enforcement officers as they work to serve and protect their communities.

According to Oregon’s Multnomah County Sheriff’s office, as reported by Oregon Live, a suspect fired at police officers after an all-night standoff, which resulted in the officers returning fire.

The contact was initiated at about 8:50 pm on Friday, March 12, when a Multnomah County patrol sergeant observed the suspect’s white Pontiac “speeding and driving recklessly” on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The sergeant initiated a traffic stop, and the driver, identified as 57 year old Randy Scott Gattman, took “longer than you would normally anticipate” to pull over, finally coming to a stop after losing control when he took a sharp turn.

The sergeant was joined by a responding sheriff’s deputy.

Gattman exited his car and pointed two semi-automatic handguns at the officers present, who took cover and called for assistance.

Crisis negotiation and tactical teams from the Gresham Police Department and the sheriff’s office arrived, and an overnight standoff lasted until 6:02 am Saturday.

At that time, Gattman fired his gun in the direction of the officers.  Two SWAT officers returned fire, striking Gattman.

Paramedics rendered life-saving aid at the scene and transported Gattman to a local hospital, “where he remains in critical condition but is expected to survive.”

Fortunately, there were no reported injuries to police officers.

The two officers who returned fire, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Farmer and Gresham Police Officer Michael Webb, are on administrative leave as per protocol.

The East County Major Crimes Team is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Another recent officer-involved shooting occurred in California, where a suspect fired upon officers on Tuesday, March 16, near the University of Southern California campus.  Exchange of gunfire resulted in serious injury for one officer and the death of the suspect.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore stated in a press conference that police were notified of a gunman firing a rifle into the air in the back yard of a residence.

Responding officers were met by family members of the suspect, who was identified as an approximately 37 year old Hispanic male.

Family members gave officers “varying accounts” of the suspect’s mental health, the possibility of his being under the influence of narcotics, and what firearms he possessed.

Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, who refused to cooperate.

Metropolitan SWAT was called to the scene. After taking position around the property and moving the family members away from the area, SWAT officers contacted the suspect and attempted to have him surrender, but the suspect refused.

Negotiations followed, with the assistance of the department’s behavioral sciences expert.  Officers also played recordings of family members asking the suspect to surrender.

When those negotiations were not successful, officers introduced tear gas into the residence.  The suspect then fired at officers from within the residence, striking one SWAT officer in the chest.  The officer was protected by body armor and was able to hold his position.

Additional rounds of tear gas were fired into the residence, and the suspect exited the residence and engaged officers in gunfire.

The officer who had been struck in the chest then suffered a gunshot wound to the face.  He was evacuated by his fellow SWAT officers and transported to a nearby hospital.  Chief Moore was able to visit this officer in the hospital and described him as “obviously shaken and grateful to be alive.”

The suspect was hit by gunfire in the exchange, and he died at the scene.

An anticipated “lengthy investigation” is ongoing.  Long rifles and a handgun were recovered at the scene near the body of the suspect.

Chief Moore also mentioned in his press conference another officer-involved shooting in Los Angeles that had happened that same day, in which officers responded to a call about a suspect who had attacked a person with a knife.

According to ABC7, responding officers first used less-lethal munitions, but then had to fire their weapons.  The suspect, struck by gunfire, was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery.

Two knives were recovered at the scene.

The officers, fortunately, were uninjured.

Regarding both recent officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles, Chief Moore spoke to the press of the difficulties his officers face on a daily basis.

He stated:

“Those two instances, I think, represent the challenge that our officers are struggling and working through to overcome each day, which is dealing with dangerous and often times confusing and complex situations in which people will present threatening attacks and efforts towards them, and how do they overcome that?

“How do they do that as peacefully and safely as possible, while still protecting themselves?”

Further east, in Apache Junction, Arizona, a police officer is recovering and in stable condition after being shot after chasing a suspected stolen vehicle.

AZ Family.com reports that, according to Corporal Marshall Harshman with the Apache Junction Police Department, the situation unfolded when officers pursued a suspected stolen pickup truck just before 4pm on Tuesday, March 16.  

The officers attempted to stop the truck, and the driver of the pickup tried several times to ram the officers’ patrol vehicle.

One officer shot at the truck and struck one of the two suspects in the vehicle. 

One suspect shot back, wounding Officer Brian Brugman in the neck.  

According to an unidentified witness interviewed by ABC15, there were “eight to ten shots” fired.

Officer Brugman was rushed to a local hospital and underwent surgery.  He is listed in stable condition, is “awake and alert,” and is expected to recover.

The suspect who was shot was taken to another local hospital.  There is no word at this time on his condition.

The other suspect was taken into custody.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating.

ABC 15’s unidentified witness spoke in support of law enforcement, saying:

“I know a lot of people condemn the police for pulling their pistols a lot, but their job is hard.”

Corporal Harshman noted to ABC15:

“Every contact that our officers make, they know that there is a potential for danger, so they come into it prepared.

“But really there’s no amount of preparation that can get you ready for an encounter like this.”

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Officer shoots, kills woman who opened fire on him. Now the suspect’s mom blames the cop for the shooting.

NASHVILLE, TN- In Nashville, a 31-year-old woman is dead after she shot a Nashville police officer, and as per usual, the woman’s family is blaming the police.

Last Friday, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Officer Josh Baker stopped a vehicle in front of the Dollar General in Nashville, at around 9:30 a.m. according to the Tennessean. According to police, the owner of the black Chevy Camaro was subject to six active drug warrants, WTVF said.

The vehicle was being driven by Nika Holbert, who became combative during the stop. She returned to the car at one point, retrieved a handgun and shot Baker, who returned fire. Holbert, who was struck by gunfire managed to drive a short distance before she crashed the car.

She ended up passing away as a result of being shot. Baker, who was also shot survived his wound.

On Saturday, the MNPD released both bodycam and dashcam video of the altercation.

Here is what happened. While Baker quickly realized that the owner of the vehicle, Demond Buchanan was not in the vehicle, it was discovered the operator didn’t have an operator’s license.

During an investigative detention of Holbert, who was uncooperative throughout the stop, Baker discovered a baggie with marijuana inside. Baker called for backup at least twice, video showed.

Multiple officers shot 'in the face, neck and chest' over the past few days - and the media is largely silent about the attacks
MNPD Off. Baker finds marijuana in suspect’s pocketbook-YouTube screenshot

At one point, Baker went over to his patrol vehicle and Holbert returned to the Camaro. Let’s get this out of the way. It is easy to Monday-morning quarterback, but Baker’s officer safety skills throughout this encounter were extremely problematic.

He turned his back on Holbert several times, especially troublesome given the fact she was so uncooperative throughout the stop.

Multiple officers shot 'in the face, neck and chest' over the past few days - and the media is largely silent about the attacks
Baker allowed Holbert access to pocketbook-YouTube screenshot

After Holbert returned to the vehicle, Baker conducted a further search of her pocketbook, whereby he found a baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

By this time, Holbert returned to the back of the car, where Baker attempted to place her under arrest and handcuff her. At this point, Holbert grabbed the pocketbook and resisted efforts to take her into custody. Holbert, who had made a phone call believed to be to her mother ran around the car with the phone still up to her shoulder.

Multiple officers shot 'in the face, neck and chest' over the past few days - and the media is largely silent about the attacks
Holbert evades arrest, grabs pocketbook, baggie w/white substance visible-YouTube screenshot

“Don’t put me in handcuffs! I haven’t done anything wrong,” Holbert yelled as she attempted to flee from custody.

Holbert returned back to the Camaro and got behind the wheel, in an apparent attempt to flee. Baker prevented her from shutting the door, and deployed his Taser several times, both a shot and a direct stun, both of which were ineffective.

Multiple officers shot 'in the face, neck and chest' over the past few days - and the media is largely silent about the attacks
Baker deploys Taser on Holbert-YouTube screenshot

Holbert was reaching around inside the vehicle, and Baker saw she was reaching for a gun.

“Ma’am, put the gun down, put the gun down,” Baker screamed at Holbert, drawing his own gun as he did so.

Holbert fired, striking Baker, who backed up and returned fire several times. Holbert threw the gun to the ground, with Baker kneeling down maybe ten feet away. Luckily, Holbert merely turned and drove away instead of striking Baker.

Multiple officers shot 'in the face, neck and chest' over the past few days - and the media is largely silent about the attacks
Baker after getting shot-YouTube screenshot

A short distance down the road, Holbert crashed into a ditch, and was subsequently transported Skyline Medical Center where she died from two gunshot wounds.

Baker, who was shot once was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma Center where he was in critical, but stable condition after surgery, according to WTVF.

Video of the event is posted below:

 

On Saturday, MNPD Chief John Drake supported Baker’s actions:

“I’ve reviewed the body cam footage, he appeared to do everything he could to try to deescalate the situation, including the use of Taser, including trying not to use his firearm,” Drake said in a statement.

Drake further said that releasing Holbert because she wasn’t the car’s owner wasn’t an option due to the possession of drugs and the fact she didn’t have a driver’s license, WTVF reported.

“There’s nothing else he could have done better than maybe leave the scene and let her go away, and obviously, he couldn’t do that,” Drake continued.

On cue of course, Holbert’s mother told WTVF she disagreed with Drake’s assessment of the shooting. Ready for this?

“He was trying to kill her with that Taser, and she was protecting herself,” the mother told WTVF.

The family has also apparently hired an attorney…wonder what Benjamin Crump is doing?

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation and will share their findings with the Attorney General’s office.

Drake said he released the bodycam and dashcam footage in the interests of transparency.

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