The summer violence against law enforcement continues… and our family at Law Enforcement Today is sending prayers for the speedy recovery of three warriors tonight.
And right now, one man is in custody while two others are on the run.
The first was arrested for his role in an explosion that injured a State Bureau of Investigations officer. The other two are suspects after at least one of them opened fire during a foot chase, striking the officer.
The first incident happened overnight in Dunn, North Carolina.
Two State Bureau of Investigation agents were injured, one critically, during a blast. The incident occurred as SBI agents served a search warrant, looking for explosives.
The suspect responsible, Jimmy Tyndall, was being held Friday on multiple charges, including three counts of possession of weapon of mass destruction, misdemeanor larceny, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamines. He is being held on a bond of $151,000 at the Sampson County jail.
In a bit of ominous foreshadowing, Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said at a news conference that Tyndall was originally stopped by deputies a day earlier for speeding in Spivey’s Corner. A K9 dog smelled narcotics and officers searched the man’s vehicle. The vehicle search led investigators to the man’s home on JV Farm Road in Dunn off of U.S. Highway 13, where two pipe bombs and a large amount of bomb making materials were found.
During the previous day’s vehicle search, at least three pipe bombs were found, and they were detonated at the scene, Thornton said.
The SBI agents were members of the agency’s bomb squad, and they were hurt when the chemicals at the man’s house ignited.
After the blast, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Luper and Special Agent Brian Joy were rushed to area hospitals for medical treatment.
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While both agents were sent to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, Special Agent Joyd was in critical condition, according to the SBI. Luper was listed in stable condition.
“It was a heckuva boom,” Thorton said. “It was a powerful blast.”
Thornton said they don’t believe the suspect was plotting anything nefarious.
“I doubt if his intention was to blow anyone up,” the sheriff said. “I think it was just one of those things he got off on.”
Tyndall was also stopped last year and found with a pipe bomb. His girlfriend was in the vehicle with him and claimed ownership of the explosive. She was arrested and charged in connection with that stop.
In Louisville, KY, Metro Police Officer Noah Straman of the department’s Second Division, was shot Friday morning while in a foot pursuit of two men.
Around 1:25 am, Straman was on patrol when he attempted to stop the two men who were walking. As he initiated contact, the men fled. While giving chase, one of the fleeing suspects shot at the officer. At least one round grazed him.
He was transported by another officer to the University of Louisville Hospital. He was treated got his injuries and released. According to Louisville Metro Police Department, Officer Straman is resting at home, recovering from the injuries he sustained.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad indicated that the department’s Quick Response Team and Air Unit established a perimeter to find the suspects, who remain on the run.
Our prayers go out to Agents Luper and Joy and Officer Straman and their families. We hope they are all back on the job soon.
These attacks on our warriors have to stop. And it’s not just on the job – now it’s in their personal lives as well.
“You could smell that something was on fire, but there was no smoke,” Jason said.
“As I came around the corner I could see the damage right away,” Jason said.
“I came to Jacksonville about two years ago,” Jason told LET. “I go through racial stuff pretty often, no stranger to that down here, but this was the first time someone actually took that next step and did something truly hateful.”
“More love, less hate,” he said. “What else can anybody else say? We’re living in a time when we all need to pull together. It’s sad, but this stuff is still very real and it happens every day.”
“I never heard anything but good things about Jason,” said the Detroit officer. “He earned the code name ‘Rocket’, and it wasn’t just because he loved motorcycles. Jason is fast when it comes to running… real fast. He was known to take down a lot of guys when they took off on foot. They couldn’t get away from him.”
“We worked as part of a surveillance unit where we went after high profile rape and murder suspects. These were really bad people,” he said. “We would track, target, surveil and then take them down. Jason was one of the top guys we had on the unit.”
“In a 3-month span we logged 55 arrests for rape and murder suspects. It was a massive operation. And hugely successful.”
“Brothers Before Others exists to right some of the wrongs in this world,” he said.
“Racism still exists — from all side. As far as policing in America goes right now, it’s a tough thing. We’re under a microscope. And we’re being targeted.”
“Look at the NYPD and the water bucket situation, we’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t.”
“It’s not a good time for us, and it hasn’t been for awhile.” We need to get back to policing. We need to get back to the fundamentals. You treat every victim, perp or suspect like they’re a member of your family, because they could be. We do our best and that’s all we can do.”
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