Report: Naked woman on golf cart accidentally drives into armed standoff between teen and cops

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DUNEDIN, FL- According to an arrest affidavit, while deputies with Pinellas County were in an active standoff with an armed teenager on a rooftop in Dunedin, a naked girl drove a golf cart into the crime scene. 

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said that it set up a perimeter outside a home on Michigan Boulevard near Madeira Avenue after 18-year-old Myles Abbott fled deputies, climbed onto the roof of a home and pointed a gun at them, which started a standoff that would last around six hours.

According to the affidavit, 28-year-old Jessica Elisabeth Smith of Boston, Massachusetts, drove a golf cart by several marked sheriff’s office vehicles that were at the scene. She also reportedly ignored a deputy’s commands to leave as she approached the house where the armed teenager was.

The affidavit stated that:

“Her actions and inability to follow directions put multiple deputies at risk for potentially getting shot at.”

Deputies eventually managed to get her out of the golf cart and handcuff her. The affidavit added:

“The defendant had a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person and she was completely nude.”

Smith now faces a charge for resisting an officer without violence. Abbott is also now in custody after engaging in the armed standoff with deputies. 

A media release said that the deputies were called to the intersection of Fairway Drive and Harrison Drive at 8:07 p.m. for three suspicious teenagers in the neighborhood. The sheriff’s office said when they arrived, one of the teens, Abbott, ran away from the deputies.

As K9 deputies tracked the fleeing suspect, Abbott fired a gun at nearby civilians and climbed onto the roof of a home on Michigan Boulevard. According to deputies, Abbott shot himself in the thigh while trying to run away.

The deputies tried to talk with Abbott several times from an armored vehicle, but he did not surrender. SWAT Team and Negotiator Response Team members also responded, even bringing Abbott’s sister in to talk to him to get him to surrender.

After almost six hours, deputies said they used “specialized equipment and bean bag rounds” to force Abbott out of his position. The sheriff’s office said:

“Deputies from the SWAT Team took Abbott into custody and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Deputies recovered the firearm and later determined it to be stolen.”

The man who lives in the home that Abbott climbed on the roof of stated that he, his wife, and their 2-year-old child hid in the bathroom while he was on the phone with 911. He says they heard footsteps on the roof and at times, dialogue between Abbott and negotiators. 

He said that a detective and SWAT team members removed them from the home around midnight, adding:

“It was a constant attempt to de-escalate the situation. While it was scary, I never thought there would be a shootout, but I was prepared to grab my wife and child if that did happen. Thank God it didn’t happen.”

According to authorities, the two other teenagers, identified as 16-year-old Skyi Julien and 18-year-old Ki’Moni Anderson were also taken into custody. 

Julien faces charges for Grand Theft of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by Person Under 18 while Anderson faces charges for Grand Theft of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Abbott faces charges for Loitering and Prowling, two counts Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Aggravated Assault, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Resisting an Officer without Violence, and Grand Theft of Firearm.

He also reportedly had a warrant out for his arrest for Vehicular Homicide.

This is not the first time Abbott has been in trouble with the law. In 2018, when he was 14-years-old, he was accused of crashing a stolen car into a tree. The passenger in the car, a 15-year-old boy, died. 

According to court documents, Abbott pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges and spent two years in a juvenile facility. 

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Officials: Suspect arrested after opening fire on police chief, shooting him in hand and ear leading to standoff

August 19th, 2021

YARDLEY, PA – Authorities say that a 24-year-old suspect has been arrested following a standoff earlier in August where the Yardley Borough Police chief was reportedly shot in the hand and ear during the incident.

On August 18th, Bucks County probation officers had called in for backup regarding a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Colin Petroziello. Two probation officers went to check on the suspect at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the Yardley Commons apartments.

Apparently, the visit turned into some sort of argument, which led to the probation officers calling local police for assistance.

Yardley Police Chief Joseph D. Kelly had responded to the residence, as it is reportedly common for him to personally go to call within the small borough.

When Chief Kelly entered the apartment, authorities say he was shot by the suspect who was wielding a shotgun at the time. Both the police chief and the suspect’s mother were able to get out of the apartment without further injury, whereas Petroziello reportedly remained inside.

Locals at the time were instructed to shelter in place while police dealt with the situation.

The situation morphed into a scenario where SWAT and other law enforcement officers responded, as the suspect remained holed up inside after the shooting. After an hours’ long standoff, law enforcement broke into the apartment and took the suspect into custody. Authorities also noted that two other firearms, in addition to the shotgun, were retrieved from the suspect’s home.

Lower Makefield Township Police Chief Kenneth Coluzzi remarked on the shooting of Chief Kelly, saying that he’s “lucky to be alive”:

“He’s absolutely extremely lucky to be alive. He never thought that he would encounter a shotgun being pulled and fired at him in this situation.”

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub stated that he personally spoke with Chief Kelly following the incident, saying that he “is being treated for injuries but he is being treated very well” and that the chief “is in good and stable condition.”

Chief Kelly is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days.

Petroziello has since been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, several counts of aggravated assault, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, prohibited possessor, and possession of an instrument of crime with intent.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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Five people dead including sheriff’s deputy, second officer shot during five hour standoff

(Originally published July 27th, 2021)

WASCO, CA – A Kern County Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot, as well as the suspect and three others, during a hours-long standoff on July 25th. Another Kern County deputy was also shot and wounded during the incident.

Here are the details known so far.

According to officials, deputies responded to a home located near 1st Street and Poplar Avenue at approximately 1:00 p.m. after a shots fired call came in.

Kern County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joel Swanson stated that they’d also received reports of wounded individuals inside of the home that afternoon.

When deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect reportedly opened fire at the responding deputies, but no deputies were struck during the initial gunfire coming from the suspect.

The neighborhood was put on lockdown and SWAT teams as well as crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

At around 3:00 p.m., SWAT deputies began to approach the home where the suspect had barricaded themselves in and were met with gunfire from the suspect. Two of the deputies were hit, with one of the deputies suffering “moderate” injuries and the other deputy being fatally shot.

The fallen deputy was identified as Deputy Phillip Campas.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the suspect and deputies exchanged more gunfire, with the suspect being shot during the exchange. Authorities say that the unnamed suspect was rendered medical aid following the shooting but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Reportedly three other people were killed during the incident, identified as a 42 year-old female, 24-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male.

The suspect was only identified as a 41-year-old male, and the three deceased victims inside of the home were identified as his two sons and their mother.

The deceased 42-year-old female reportedly had a restraining order against the suspect that went into effect on June 3rd of 2021. Two adult females and two female juveniles were able to escape the residence unharmed during the standoff.

Officials stated that Deputy Campos joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Office back in February of 2016 after having served in the United States Marines.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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Man arrested for attempted murder of officer after hitting cop and fleeing – leading to standoff

(Originally published July 12th, 2021)

SAN DIEGO, CA – A 29-year-old man has been arrested under charges of attempted murder for allegedly running down a San Diego Police officer during a traffic stop earlier in July.

The officer, who was on a motorcycle at the time of the traffic stop, was said to have only suffered minor injuries.

On July 8th at approximately 10:09 a.m., a motorcycle officer pulled over a black Chrysler sedan at Black Mountain Road and Westview Parkway.

After the officer pulled the driver over, later identified as 29-year-old Moises Correa, the suspect was said to have backed up and struck the officer with his vehicle.

SDPD Lt. Andra Brown stated that when Correa backed into the officer’s motorcycle, Correa continued in reverse gear while the officer was pinned underneath his motorcycle.

Officials say that Correa, who reportedly had a female passenger with him during the incident, then placed the car into forward gear and fled northbound on Black Mountain Road.

The officer, whose name has not been released by officials, was said to have been treated at an area hospital for minor injuries following the incident and was released shortly thereafter. Said officer was described as a 13-year veteran for the department and is assigned to the department’s Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit.

On July 9th at approximately 6:00 p.m., police were said to have located Correa in the backyard of a home in the 9100 block of Dewsbury Avenue in the Mira Mesa area, with an air unit reportedly spotting him and a female companion believed to have been the same one present during the July 8th incident.

The two suspects were said to have entered the home, with police and a SWAT team later surrounding the residence. A stand-off reportedly lasted for several hours, which officials say the two suspects were hiding out in the rafters if the garage and refused to come out.

The stand-off ended at approximately 2:00 a.m. on July 10th after police used chemical agents to get the suspects out from the garage.

Correa has since been charged with attempted murder, assault with force and resisting arrest. It’s unclear as of this writing if the female companion is facing any charges.

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This isn’t the first instance we at Law Enforcement Today reported on an alleged hit-and-run offender that was said to have targeted police officers in their exploits. 

Back in January, we shared a report about a suspect that was said to have committed several hit-and-run offenses in Denver, Colorado. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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DENVER, CO – A 23-year-old man was arrested in Commerce City on January 30th after a string of alleged hit and runs, including a pedestrian.

According to police, the series of alleged criminal acts started with a disturbance call that came in at around 8:30 a.m. from a Burger King located at 1010 West Colfax Avenue.

Officers were informed of some sort of an altercation that transpired between the suspect, later identified as Tyler Hazell, and restaurant staff at the Burger King.  

However, prior to officers arrival at the Burger King, the suspect had already left the fast-food restaurant in his Honda Pilot. The suspect had pulled alongside of two women in a Honda Civic trying to instigate some sort of race and allegedly said, “race me or die”.

The two women inside of the Honda Civic tried to get away from the suspect, but then Hazell allegedly started to chase the women in the Civic and rammed the passenger side of the vehicle several times with his Pilot.

Luckily, the women were on with 911 operators at the time and were able to escape without injury.

Hazell did not stop there.   Police said that the suspect continued “his rampage” and made his way over to 14th and Broadway. The police report stated:

“[Hazell] intentionally leaves the roadway and attempts to run down two men who were walking on the sidewalk. They scatter as the car approaches. Hazell chases one of the men with his car.”

One of the two men were reportedly injured during this incident.  Suspect Hazell hit one man with his car which resulted in the victim’s pelvis and legs being fractured.

Not long after the alleged hit and run of the pedestrian, the suspect was said to have gotten out of his car to give a nearby homeless man a high-five and a quick photo before getting back into his vehicle.

According to an affidavit, the suspect then intentionally collided into a marked police car along the 1400 block of North Delaware Street.

The suspect rammed a second marked police vehicle not far away from the first one he ran into. Both police vehicles were occupied at the time the suspect reportedly rammed into them.

One of the crashed cruisers hosted an officer and a detainee in the back that were injured from this collision enacted by Hazell. Both the officer and the detainee were treated at a local hospital only having suffered minor injuries.

The officer inside of the second cruiser that was rammed by Hazell also suffered minor injuries.

After crashing into the two patrol cars, police reported that the suspect went back to the same Burger King where the string of incidents originated and rammed into an unoccupied truck that was parked in the parking lot.

Officers who were already on the scene due to the original incident attempted to stop Hazell, but the suspect was able to briefly elude officers and headed toward Commerce City.

It was not until the suspect’s vehicle broke down that officers in Commerce City were able to place the suspect under arrest. Hazell was transported over to Denver Health following his arrest, where he was later handed over to the Denver Sheriff’s Department.

He is currently being held under investigation for first degree assault and for a felony warrant.

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