Report: Armed suspect smashes police sergeant in the head with baseball bat, gets shot by cops

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HAMPTON, VA- According to authorities, Hampton police shot a 30-year-old bat-wielding suspect at a Ford dealership on Tuesday, January 4th after he beat a female sergeant in the head. 

The incident began around 11:04 a.m. at the Wynne Ford dealership located in the 1000-block of West Mercury Boulevard, not far from the Hampton Coliseum.

During a press conference later in the afternoon, Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot said that his officer received a call that a man was “pacing around” the dealership parking lot, “being aggressive and carrying a baseball bat.”

That man has since been identified as Christopher Clayton Rice. His behavior terrified people who were inside the business, so they locked the doors and retreated to the back of the building in an effort to protect themselves. Chief Talbot said:

“The female who called us said that she needed us to arrive quickly. She was clearly very afraid.”

When they got to the scene, officers encountered Rice who police say refused to put the bat down, which led the officers to call a supervisor. The unnamed supervisor, a 20-year veteran with Hampton Police, attempted to de-escalate the situation and encouraged Rice to put the bat down.

Chief Talbot said:

“She spoke to the male in a calm voice, she tried to encourage him to put down the baseball bat, she asked over and over again. She made no threats.”

Chief Talbot stated that it was at that moment the man struck the supervisor in the head. A separate officer then drew his duty weapon and shot the armed male suspect.

The gunshots were reported around 11:37 a.m., about 30 minutes following the initial call for the incident.

Sgt. R.C. Williams with Hampton Police said that Rice has life-threatening injuries and the female supervisor did not have life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to the hospital following the incident and the sergeant was later released. 

Four officers were at the scene at the time of the shooting, which was captured by their bodycams. Chief Talbot stated that they were currently reviewing the footage.

Chief Talbot praised the sergeant and told reporters that she “did her job very well.” He added:

Report: Armed suspect smashes police sergeant in the head with baseball bat, gets shot by cops

“The female sergeant did her job. And she did it very well and made all of us here proud. It’s a tragedy for all involved.”

According to the Daily Press, the chief said that he met with the injured sergeant while she was at the hospital. He said:

“She said to me, ‘I just want everybody to get home safely, including the man with the baseball bat.”

As of 1 p.m. on January 4th, police were still gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. There will be an internal investigation into the shooting, as is standard protocol. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is also a part of protocol. 

The officer who shot the suspect has been with the Hampton Police Department since 2019.

Chief Talbot added:

“We will be evaluating whether or not we adhered to policy. We will evaluate whether we adhered to our own procedures and certainly make sure we are well within the law.”

Rick James, a crime analyst, said courts have proven that a baseball bat can be considered deadly force. He said:

“Things like a baseball bat, a knife, or a blunt instrument, anything that has the potential of causing serious harm or killing someone is considered deadly force.”

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Police: Wanted fugitive arrested during traffic stop was armed with a machine gun

December 30th, 2021

FLAGLER COUNTY, FL – A man stopped for a minor traffic infraction has been charged with having a machine gun in his possession – and having a felony warrant out of Georgia.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was conducting patrols on the Belle Terre Parkway on November 21st when they observed the suspect, identified as Benjamin Bowie, and noted there was  some type of problem with his taillight.

When deputies stopped Bowie, they immediately noted that something was off.

Deputies noted that Bowie was acting nervous and seemingly trying to reach for the floorboard. Because of the furtive movements noted by deputies and the smell of marijuana, deputies ordered Bowie out of the vehicle to maintain their safety.

Bowie initially complied, however, allegedly attempted to push past a deputy to gain access to his vehicle.

Flagler deputies were able to prevent Bowie from accessing the car and secured him in handcuffs while they worked the investigation. During the investigation, deputies were informed that Bowie had an active felony arrest warrant out of Georgia for grand theft auto.

In addition, Bowie had prior convictions for aggravated assault and aggravated cruelty to animals. Additionally, he had recently been arrested in Jacksonville, Florida for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Deputies were able to search Bowie’s vehicle and discovered four firearms, ammunition, magazines, two masks, and drugs. Deputies seized all items and decided to send one of the firearms to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because they suspected it had been modified.

Flagler deputies arrested Bowie for carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer without violence and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. Flagler was transported to the county jail for booking and has been placed on a no bond status.

On December 17th, FDLE contacted the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to let them know the deputies who suspected the firearm had been modified were correct.

FDLE noted that the Glock 17 which was sent to them had been modified from a semi-automatic to fully automatic which is not only against Florida state law, but federal law as well.

In addition to the crimes that Bowie had already been charged with at the time of the stop, Flagler County deputies have now charged him with possession of a short barreled firearm. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly spoke about the stop and noted that there is no such thing as a “routine” traffic stop.

He said:

“Traffic stops are never ‘routine’, and this case proves it. Bowie was a wanted fugitive from Georgia armed with a gun he had converted to a machine gun.

Our deputies did a phenomenal job handling this situation hat could have turned deadly very quickly.

He’s now charged with this felony, and we are working with federal agencies to see if they will adopt this case and put him in federal prison for a long time.

In the meantime, he has a room at the Green Roof Inn [jail] to ring in the New Year!”

Staly is correct in his statement that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. Case in point would be an incident which occurred in Brevard County Florida in September of this year.

On August 30th, deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office had stopped a vehicle and were engaged in conversation with the occupants. Unknown to the deputies at the time of the stop, the rear seat passenger was armed with an AR-15.

While the armed man was calmly speaking and joking with deputies, when he was asked to exit the vehicle, he did so with the gun in his hands. As the deputy who was speaking with him attempted to get cover, the suspect began firing on both of the deputies.

The suspect, Paris Wilder, fired numerous rounds at the deputies, striking one of them twice, once in the leg and the buttocks. Wilder went around the driver’s side of one of the patrol vehicles and began pistol whipping the injured deputy.

Thankfully, the other deputy who was on scene was able to come behind Wilder and fire, striking him several times and killing him. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey noted at the time that Wilder was a career criminal with 40 previous arrests.

Report: Armed suspect smashes police sergeant in the head with baseball bat, gets shot by cops

Proactive Chicago Police find convicted felon out on bond in possession of several firearms

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Police Department officers on patrol in an area known for retail thefts noticed a vehicle they thought was odd.

Upon investigation, they learned the driver of that vehicle was a four-time convicted felon…and say he had guns in his possession.

Officers with the Chicago Police Department have been actively patrolling the local streets and businesses along Oak Street due to an increase in retail thefts in the area.

While on patrol, Chicago Police officers noticed a vehicle that was parked in front of a fire hydrant with its flashers on.

This of course caught their attention.  That’s because not only was the car parked in front of a fire hydrant, but it was in an area close enough to provide a quick getaway for someone who may have been stealing something from the retail stores.

Officers noted the vehicle was not occupied and they stood by in the area to see if anyone came to it to determine if they might be committing thefts in the area.

 

While watching the car, Chicago police officers observed two people approaching it, a male, and a female.

The male, according to the Cook County District Attorney’s Office, was carrying a satchel which they allegedly observed him throwing into the backseat of the car as he entered the driver’s seat.

Officers moved in before the driver could get out of the area and stopped them for the parking infraction and to investigate the suspicious activity.

As officers approached the vehicle, they noted that the tint was too dark to safely see inside and opened the back door so that they could ensure officer safety, according to Cook County Assistant State Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis.

As officers were conducting their stop and investigation, a Chicago police officer noted that the satchel that was in the backseat appeared to be bulky, which, according to his training and experience as a law enforcement officer, was typical of one that had firearms inside.

Officers were able to search the bag and located two handguns inside, one was a loaded .45 with an extended magazine and a loaded .9 millimeter.

Officers conducted a check on the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Austin Collins, and learned that he was a four-time convicted felon.

Additionally, he was currently out on bond for another pending armed habitual criminal case that he was arrested for while out on parole for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Collins’ criminal convictions involve weapons and violence charges, including unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, aggravated robbery, and two juvenile adjudications for burglary while a juvenile.

The District Attorney requested that Collins be held on no bond due to his criminal history and proven propensity to violent armed acts, however, Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz disagreed and assigned a $350,000 bond and electronic monitoring upon release.

However, Ortiz did order Collins held in custody until the judge overseeing his most recent case can review all of the facts and circumstances for the new law violation and determine if he should be remanded in custody or released.

There was no time frame announced as to when the judge will be able to review the new case.

 

Collins’ private attorney argued that he is innocent and should not be held in custody for any criminal acts.

The attorney claimed that the only thing he could possibly be guilty of was being a gentleman for carrying the bag of the woman that he was with…which somehow mysteriously must have generated the two guns inside after the threw it in the backseat.

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