Police searching for suspects after state trooper shot during traffic stop

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HYANNIS, MA – Police agencies are searching for a suspect after a Massachusetts State Trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop near Hyannis.

Police searching for suspects after state trooper shot during traffic stop
Screenshot courtesy of Boston 25 News

In the Cape Cod peninsula, on Camp Street in the Barnstable area of Hyannis, a state trooper was shot by the driver of the stopped vehicle.  The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday night. 

The injured trooper was taken to a hospital in Boston by another state trooper.  The driver fled the scene after the shooting, and police are searching for the driver and the occupants of the vehicle.

The injured trooper is assigned to the State Police Yarmouth Barracks.  There’s currently no word on his condition.

It’s not the first such incident this week.

In Arkansas, a police officer was fatally shot Thursday night and the suspect is at large.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department officer was killed after being shot by the suspect outside a motel.  The officer was in place in response to the suspect from a previous shooting being spotted.  West Helena is approximately 40 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, in eastern Arkansas.

29-year-old Latarius Howard was identified as the shooter.  Howard was bring sought because of another shooting he was involved in the Sunday before.  In that previous shooting, it is reported that Latarius Howard entered the victim’s house, hit him in the head, and shot him. 

In Thursday’s shooting of the police officer, officers had responded to a motel at around 4:30 p.m. and when confronted, Howard began firing.

In Maryland, a police officer was shot and a homicide suspect is dead after a violent clash last Tuesday.

In Laurel, Maryland, a man wanted for murder was engaged by Montgomery County police.  As police tried to arrest Shawn Braddy for a shooting that occurred on Monday. 

Braddy had been in Jacksonville, Florida, and involved with a woman named Tiara McDaniel.  The 33-year-old woman was allegedly killed by Shawn Braddy.  According to her family, McDaniel was shot and killed as she held her five-year-old child.  McDaniel’s family related to Action News Jacksonville (CBS) that Tiara McDaniel had recently moved to get away from Braddy.

It is apparent that Braddy fled to Maryland after the Florida murder, and the outstanding interdepartmental work by law enforcement officers in tracking him should be commended.

Adeola Ajayi, a resident local to the exchange between officers and Braddy, told WUSA 9:

“It’s hard to understand why someone like that will be around here.  It’s scary and I’m still trying to understand why this is happening so close to home.”

The officer who was shot during the exchange, Donnie Oaks, is a 20-year veteran of the Montgomery County Department of Police.  It was reported that Officer oaks was in stable condition after surgery Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Marcus Jones said during a press conference that his officers were fired upon when they tried to arrest the homicide suspect, and he said his officers returned fire:

“A chase ensued with a gun battle.  The suspect was wounded and succumbed to his injuries on the scene.” 

Chief Jones added in his press conference:

“Right now, I will tell you, I’m on edge because I want to make sure he is ok.  Once I leave here I will be heading to the hospital to check on his condition but I ask that the public keep him in your prayers, because at this time, this is an officer who was taking a very dangerous individual off our streets.”

The shooting incident actually occurred in Maryland’s Prince George County, but involved Montgomery County officers.  Chief Jones explained that Montgomery County officers were involved in the shooting in Prince George’s County because they are part of a U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, and have the ability to work outside their jurisdiction throughout the state of Maryland.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Green Cove Springs, Florida, the department that initiated the case against Braddy, released a statement Wednesday.

“We were made aware that the individual we were looking for in connection to a deadly shooting that happened early Monday morning in the Oakleaf area was shot and killed by law enforcement in Maryland.  We also understand an officer was injured in that shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers go to that officer and his family during this time. Our thoughts are also with the family of the victim. We are still investigating, and at this time, we are not releasing any further details.”

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Police commissioner goes on a tear after officer shot while sitting in cruiser in Baltimore: ‘This violence needs to stop’

November 9, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD – The police commissioner has dropped the mic: 

This violence needs to stop.”

At 9:40 a.m., in broad daylight, two officers were shot at while sitting in their police vehicle. 

Officers in civilian clothes were working with the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force and were surveilling a home when a man drove his vehicle up next to their unmarked vehicle and opened fire. 

One of the officers was struck.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison gave a statement on the incident during a press conference:

“The man, who has not yet been identified pulled alongside the officers’ unmarked car, facing in the opposite direction, got out from his the drivers’ side, and then opened fire into our officers’ surveillance vehicle, striking one of our officers in the upper thigh…and our officer returned fire while sitting inside of the vehicle, striking the suspect at least more than once.”

Officers on the scene gave medical aid to the shooter until emergency medical personnel arrive.  The unidentified man died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.  The wounded officer was hospitalized and is listed in good condition.

Police searching for suspects after state trooper shot during traffic stop
Screenshot courtesy of Fox Baltimore

Commissioner Harrison had strong words about the shooting:

“I think the message is clear: this violence has to stop. 

“But the members of our police department are proactive and were where they were supposed to be, doing what they were supposed to do – actually looking for a violent offender to arrest, and were attacked by a suspect who is now dead as a result of his actions.”

Baltimore officers have been under fire frequently.  Violent crime is on the rise, and numerous shootings with injuries and fatalities have plagued the city.

In June, an officer was shot when several officers responded to a disturbance surrounding a parking lot party. 

Officers were attempting to disperse a large crowd in a parking lot.  They received several calls about the gathering just after 3 a.m. and observed a sport utility vehicle speeding into the parking lot.  The officers confronted the driver of the SUV and discovered he was armed. 

The officer was shot once in his mid-section during a struggle to arrest the man.   

The Fraternal Order of Police reported that the officer underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

Commissioner Harrison held a press conference reporting they had a suspect in custody:

“Even though our officer was shot – the two of them were still able to subdue this subject and take him into custody. 

“During very tough tumultuous times, in spite of all that’s going on everywhere in the country, the members of the Baltimore Police Department, continue to serve and continue to protect and continue to do what is necessary to keep the people of Baltimore safe.”

Mayor Jack Brown urged citizens to put guns down and handle differences some other way.  Harrison responded more directly, indicating that his department will continue to address “the culture of violence” in Baltimore:

“The shooting is an actual disregard for human life and disregard for authority and disregard for law enforcement — the actual people who are out there working to keep people safe.

“The decision to pull the trigger is not made when the trigger is pulled, it’s made when a person walks out of the door with a gun, so it is about the illegal carrying of guns and the willingness to use those guns, even against law enforcement. 

“So it has to be about those violent offenders, who we are working very hard to get off the street and keep off of the streets of Baltimore…” 

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