Monday, Bloody Monday…
POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W. Va. – A state trooper has been hospitalized and a suspect is dead after police say a man opened fire on West Virginia officers on Monday.
Authorities say that Pocahontas County Sheriff Jeffrey Barlow was investigating a single-vehicle crash on the side of a roadway around 6 p.m. on Monday when an amred suspect began shooting at him with a rifle.
Members of law enforcement from multiple counties immediately swarmed the area.
A report from CBS 5 in West Virginia said that Trooper First Class Josh M. Tallman with the State Police Elkins Detachment arrived on scene and began assisting other officers with the situation. As units began spreading out and searching the nearby woods for the suspect, Trooper Tallman came in contact with the man.
Police say the suspect fired his rifle at the trooper, striking him in the stomach. Tallman amazingly was able to fire multiple rounds into the suspect, hitting and killing him.
Trooper Tallman was immediately transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital via helicopter. State police spokesperson Captain Shallon Oglesby said Tallman was in stable condition after overnight surgery. He remained in the hospital on Tuesday morning.
“We all know every day when we put this uniform on that it can happen but it’s a call that you never, ever want to get. It’s a range of emotions for sure. Your first instinct is to run and go help and I’m sure that’s what the guys in that area did,” Oglesby said.
Oglesby said the situation was extremely difficult for officers to navigate due to a number of circumstances.
“The light is starting to settle and you’re entering into a place where a suspect has fled and he already has cover and his hiding. It’s just a very, very dangerous situation.”
The name of the suspect has not been released.
Wounded West Virginia Trooper Kills Fugitive in Gunfight https://t.co/n1PUcbaRjI
— WVPB News (@wvpublicnews) August 6, 2019
Four officers were attacked and hospitalized in a span of approximately 24 hours. Three were shot and one was stabbed. All of these brave LEOs survived, but it begs the question… how do we deal with the skyrocketing attacks against police officers?
Here are some of the details surrounding the onslaught of violence against police from this week.
Authorities in Baton Rouge are still investigating the details of a shooting that landed a police sergeant in the hospital on Monday night.
Details are still coming in, but here’s what we know so far.
The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday when Baton Rouge Police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman at a home on the 900 block of Geranium Street.
At some point while the officers were conducting their investigation into the call, a man inside the home allegedly pulled a firearm and opened fire, somehow only striking the sergeant in the leg.
— Hillar C. Moore, III (@EBRDA) August 6, 2019
Local residents who overheard the situation spoke with The Advocate about what they witnessed.
“My roommate and I were sitting on the couch when we heard the shots ring out in succession, like someone unloading an entire clip,” one neighbor said. “And then a few moments later a couple more shots.”
The suspect reportedly tried to flee, but officers quickly surrounded the area.
Police vehicles, including a SWAT team poured into the area as the call went out that shots were fired and an officer was down. One witness said as time went on, more and more units showed up at the chaotic scene.
#BREAKING: An officer was reportedly shot while responding to a domestic call on Geranium Street Monday night in Baton Rouge. Emergency officials say a possible hostage situation is underway and that SWAT is responding. https://t.co/7CJCIJsL96
— WAFB (@WAFB) August 6, 2019
Authorities say a SWAT vehicle was used to breach the door just before 9 p.m. Officers were able to then successfully take the alleged shooter into custody. The woman inside the home was also detained, but is not facing any criminal charges. She is being questioned about the details of Monday’s standoff.
After the man and woman were safely taken into custody, police began to cordon off the scene with police tape.
Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said that the officer’s injuries were not life threatening. The injured officer was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to receive medical attention.
“You just don’t know the extent of a person’s mind when they’re dealing with a domestic type situation,” McKneely said. “You don’t know how far he or she may want to take it.”
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement on Monday.
“I’ve gone to the hospital where the officer was taken and met with him and his family. Please keep them in prayer as he begins his journey of recovery.”
The Baton Rouge sergeant was not the only member of law enforcement to be attacked and taken to the hospital on Monday.
A Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy was rushed to a Tennessee hospital after he was stabbed by a suspect… but not before managed to take that suspect down.
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Officials confirmed that a deputy who was working on 4th Street in downtown Memphis got caught up in the altercation after he recognized a suspect from a recent assault. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Anthony Buckner says that the deputy was patrolling the area.
When the deputy approached the suspect, the individual reportedly pulled a knife and lashed out, stabbing the deputy in the arm. Thinking quickly in an attempt to save his own life and any innocent bystanders in the area, the Shelby County lawman drew and fired his service weapon, striking the suspect and putting him on the ground.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene for backup and medical attention.
The deputy and the suspect were both transported to the hospital. The deputy is facing non life-threatening injuries, while the suspect has been reported to be in critical condition.
A very active scene in downtown Memphis following a deputy involved shooting. According to SCSO the deputy was transported in non critical and the suspect was transported in critical condition. TBI has arrived to investigate. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/d1P4IIUoOa
— Ian Ripple (@Ripple1026) August 5, 2019
Reports noted that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the details of the shooting.
And the violence against the blue doesn’t end there.
A police officer in Washington was rushed to the hospital after a suspect allegedly opened fire on the LEO early Monday morning, officials said.
At the time of this article’s publishing, that individual remains on the loose.
Police in Prosser, Washington responded to a 911 call that reported a potential break in the 200 block of Canyon Drive. The callers said that a suspicious person was attempting to gain entry into an apartment in the complex.
Breaking: SWAT on scene as police continue to look for the suspect who shot a Prosser police officer in the leg near Canyon Park Apartments around 1 a.m. pic.twitter.com/rSKbq5U1bL
— Rio Barber (@Rio_Barber) August 5, 2019
The call came in around 1 a.m. Prosser officers responded to the scene, where they reportedly encountered a person ‘lurking’ in the parking lot.
As the officers attempted to make contact with the individual, the suspect took off on foot. As one of the officers tried to take down the suspect, the individual allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire. The responding officer was struck in the leg.
— KEPR Action News (@keprtv) August 5, 2019
Unable to continue chasing the suspect on foot, the officer lost track of them.
The local department has partnered with neighboring entities and is still attempting to track down the suspect, whom they say they’ve dealt with on a number of previous occasions.
The officer was taken to the hospital where they were treated for their wounds. The injuries were non life-threatening and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the officer was treated and released early Monday afternoon.
Sheriff’s helicopter also assisting in the hunt for suspect who shot a Prosser officer in the leg after trying to break into two apartments on Canyon Drive early this morning. pic.twitter.com/lTRFPRhSw7
— Rio Barber (@Rio_Barber) August 5, 2019
Social media posts reported that the local SWAT unit has joined the hunt to find the missing suspect.
The shooting remains under investigation.