PINE BLUFF, AK – Two police officers have been shot in Arkansas after a gun battle at a local hotel. One of those officers died from their injuries, the other is listed in stable condition.
This is Kevin Collins — the Pine Bluff police officer killed in the line of duty today. I’m told he was beloved in the community and dedicated to his church. *Photo courtesy of New Life Church in PB* pic.twitter.com/QNGHiHLZn8
— Laura Monteverdi (@LauraMonteverdi) October 5, 2020
Pine Bluff Police Officers were at an Econo Lodge roughly 40 miles southeast of Little Rock.
Right now, I want to recognize and honor Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Police Officer Kevin Collins who was killed in the line of duty today. Officer Collins was a five year veteran with the department and worked in the Violent Crimes Unit. Another hero has left us. pic.twitter.com/8HSLeSqhPs
— The Mark White Show (@MarkWhiteShow) October 5, 2020
Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant reported that officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect at the hotel while the officers were conducting some sort of investigation.
Here are some photos of Officer Collins, shared by New Life Church Pine Bluff where he was a member. I spoke with his pastor about the type of man he was, and the legacy he leaves behind. Full story tonight at 10. @KATVNews #ARnews pic.twitter.com/dhApPg9kpy
— Parris Kane (@KATVParris) October 5, 2020
“During the exchange of gunfire, we had two officers that were struck. One officer was fatally wounded. One officer is right now being held at the hospital -he’s in stable condition. And then we have one officer that did not sustain any injuries.”
Please keep the @PBPoliceDept in your thoughts and prayers. Officer Kevin Collins, 5 veteran was shot and killed.#officerdown #neverforgetthefallen #EOW #pinebluff #arkansas pic.twitter.com/nQoVKOslyr
— Oakboro Police Dept. (@Oakboropolicenc) October 5, 2020
Three officers were on scene. One of the officers, Kevin Collins, died from his injuries. The second officer who was injured in the exchange of gunfire was Lieutenant Ralph Isaac. The third officer was not injured in the exchange of gunfire.
Collins is said to have been assigned to the agency’s Violent Crimes Unit along with Isaac. Isaac, a twenty-year veteran of the agency, was listed in stable condition at the hospital.
Kevin Collins saved a 95 year old woman from an apartment fire 3 years ago.
He was shot and killed today in Pine Bluff.
Rest In Peace, Hero ?? pic.twitter.com/FgYIPFnqOM
— Fiery But Mostly Grayson (@graysoncoats) October 5, 2020
“We’re hurting. We have lost a family member today.”
I’m told by NLC Pine Bluff that Officer Collins always came back to see the kids in church. He made sure to remember everyone’s name and always came to give hugs. He always was there to hold a crying baby. *Video courtesy NLC Pine Bluff* pic.twitter.com/S9aaU0e5yG
— Laura Monteverdi (@LauraMonteverdi) October 5, 2020
When speaking about Collins death, Sergeant said:
“I can tell you, at his heart, being a police officer is what Kevin wanted to do.”
Sergeant spoke about how Collins had worked in the past for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Department prior to joining the police force. He said:
“I remember…he always had the desire to be a Pine Bluff police officer. And he got his opportunity on June 8, 2015. And I will say when he raised his hand and swore to do his job, he became an excellent police officer for the Pine Bluff Police Department.
“This young man, once assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, would work day in and day out to come out and try to arrest individuals that were involved in violent crimes within our community.”
According to the Pine Bluff Commercial, Collins was a community favorite as a police officer.
He served time as a mentor to at-risk youth in the community through the agency’s Youth Empowerment Camp. He was also honored with the Officer of the Year award in 2017. He received this award for his successful attempt at saving a 95-year-old man in from an apartment fire.
#UPDATE: Pine Bluff police confirm that one officer has died.
— Alexis Wainwright (@AWainwrightTV) October 5, 2020
When he received the Officer of the Year Award, Collins told the Pine Bluff Commercial:
“I always wanted to be a police officer. Ever since I was little. I saw law enforcement as a service and something I could be proud of…
“When I took on the challenge of being a police officer, someone extended a lifeline to me. Some of those lines I pulled on are in this room tonight and I truly thank you.
“As I was pushed into my purpose as a police officer it was either sink or swim. Thank God I chose to swim, so it seems second nature to me and my fellow officers to extend the life line to save others.”
LET wishes to say thank you to Collins for his dedicated work as a police officer in his community. Rest in peace, we will take it from here.
In the meantime, the police chief in Portland, Oregon has sent out an alert warning officers to be extra vigilant after another cop was ambushed over the weekend.
Sunday morning, an officer was working in the 881 District, located in the Central Precinct in Portland. He was stopped in the area of South Corbett Avenue and South Lane Street in a marked patrol car.
The officer said that a male approached the patrol vehicle and broke out the back window (on the hatch — we assume this was an Interceptor SUV) and deployed pepper spray in the interior of the patrol vehicle.
Our sources tell us that the officer was able to remain calm, and was able to broadcast pertinent information over the radio. A short time later, the officer was able to locate a vehicle with the suspect inside and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The involved male subject was arrested.
The officer noticed that the suspect vehicle matched the description of a vehicle which had been following him prior to the incident.
Upon conducting a search of the vehicle subsequent to arrest, officers found the following inside: a laser pointer, slingshot, throwing knives, pepper spray, rocks, and additional items. Officers believe, at least on a preliminary basis, that the individual is connected with other recent attacks on officers.
The officer was not injured in this incident, and should be recognized for being able to have a clear enough comportment in order to locate and identify the suspect.
This incident should serve as a reminder that even the most incidental contact, especially in such charged times as we currently find ourselves in, should be treated with the utmost amount of caution.
One need only look at this incident, as well as the shootings of the two sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County a few weeks back to realize that there is no such thing as routine in 2020.
Chief Lovell shared an internal alert with his department, which was shared with Law Enforcement Today:
“Given the nature of the event, I felt it important to share with our members for increased safety. Fortunately, the involved Officer was not injured during the event.
I applaud the Officer for maintaining calm and being able to locate and identify the involved suspect. Thanks to all who responded and continue to look into this case.
As police officers, we know that the vast majority of community members who approach and contact us do so with no intention to do us harm.
However, attacks like this one remind us all that there is the potential for people to try to take direct violent action against police officers. I urge you all to remain vigilant as you go about your duties.
As always, your safety is my top priority.”
Law Enforcement Today is pleased that this officer was not seriously injured and offers this as a reminder to our brothers and sisters to remain vigilant and go home to your families at the end of your tour of duty.
Warning: More police confirm reports of groups in residential neighborhoods, taking photos of homes with police cars in driveways
June 1, 2020 – WASHINGTON D.C. – Law enforcement officials from across the country have reached out to Law Enforcement Today asking us to warn police across America about a potential threat.
And since dropping the article on Monday morning, we’ve received word from numerous people letting us know they’ve seen similar suspicious activity in their communities.
We’ve spoken with countless officers in the past 12 hours from across the country – all of whom have reported that their departments have made internal changes over the past few days to ensure both the on-duty and off-duty safety of their officers.
Transparently – our team debated internally whether or not to cover this story. We are America’s largest law enforcement owned and operated media outlet, and we are unapologetically pro-police.
Although we don’t hesitate to call out and provide media coverage of bad apples, our priority is in giving the voice to law enforcement that they’re often denied in the mainstream media.
The last thing we want to do is put officers at risk by giving bad people ideas.
But soon after this threat started spreading like wildfire online, we had law enforcement from across the country reach out. They pointed out that the threat is already circulating.
Many have asked us to address it so that departments are aware of it and can take precautions to make changes, if they deem it necessary – especially given how quickly it’s circulating.
They made a valid point – it’s better to be aware of a potential danger and take precautions than to not know about it because of a national breakdown in communication.
It’s worth noting that we have NOT received any confirmation of this from the FBI. With that said, a number of agencies have confirmed for us off the record that they’re aware of it and are making internal changes. We’ve been asked for obvious reasons to not report which agencies they are.
Here’s what we’re told.
In a number of different communities in states ranging from California and Texas to Florida – reports have come in that small groups of individuals appear to be canvassing neighborhoods and taking pictures of homes that have police cruisers in the driveways.
“I can absolutely confirm this,” told us one police spokesman, who asked that his department be kept anonymous because of the threats. “We’ve received multiple reports throughout the weekend both in terms of phone calls and alerts that neighborhood residents are putting out on community watch apps.”
It comes as police are receiving direct, personal threats through social media, calls and emails.
“We and our children are receiving threats,” one police lieutenant told Law Enforcement Today.
The departments we spoke with said that they’re currently making policy changes so that take-home police cruisers are either garaged or – for now – left at the police departments.
“We expect danger when on the job,” said one sergeant. “But this is different. They are threatening to burn down our homes and kill our families.”
Officials have also told us that they’re instructing officers to make other changes, such as making sure uniforms aren’t hanging in personal vehicles while driving into work.
“Effective starting this past weekend, no police vehicles – including unmarked vehicles – will be brought up,” one Captain told Law Enforcement Today. “This isn’t to punish our guys – it’s to protect them and their families.”
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