SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Over the weekend, a police sergeant suffered stab wounds to his face and two other officers were injured as they arrested a suspect in the Haight-Asbury neighborhood.
According to police reports, the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday when officers responded to a call of an assault near Waller Street and Clayton Street involving a suspect that was possibly armed with a knife.
Police spotted someone matching the description, but when they attempted to make contact with the individual, he fled on foot. A pursuit ensued and the officers eventually caught up to the alleged suspect.
On 07/25 Park officers responded to a stabbing at Waller/Clayton. While attmp to apprehend the suspect, the suspect stabbed a Park Station sergeant in the face. Two other officers were injured while taking the suspect into custody. The sergeant’s injuries required 8 stitches.
— SFPD Park Station (@SFPDPark) July 30, 2020
They brought him to the ground and in their attempts at apprehending him, the suspect stabbed the sergeant in the face with a sharp object and also injured the other officers. Officers were able to immobilize the suspect until other officers arrived on scene. They were then able to take the suspect into custody and arrest him.
“During the apprehension, the suspect stabbed the police sergeant in the face with a sharp object and also injured the other officers.” I’m sure #DeanPreston and #CristinEvans did a high five at the @alembicsf over an unmasked beer 😖 https://t.co/Pr3c0q4VWM
— TheMarinaTimes (@TheMarinaTimes) July 31, 2020
According to police, the sergeant was hospitalized and treated for his injuries. He received eight stitches for his wounds.
The suspect, since identified as Mike Anderson, 40, was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Anderson was later transported to the San Francisco County Jail where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon upon a peace officer, three counts of resisting an executive officer, and resisting a peace officer causing injury.
In a separate incident over the weekend, additional officers were injured when responding to a call. On Friday, July 24th, at around 9 a.m., police officers from the Ingleside Station responded to a report of a dispute between neighbors on the 1600 block of Sunnydale Avenue.
Officers were injured on Friday as they tried to break up a fight between two families and on Saturday as they pursued an assault suspect. https://t.co/SYSxYnOHRK
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) July 31, 2020
When officers arrived on scene, they observed a physical altercation involving eight people from two separate families. Officers attempted to intervene and separate the two families to stop the fight, but during the incident an unknown chemical was sprayed and and unknown chemical was thrown.
In separating the two families, two of the responding officers were sprayed and hit with the liquid chemical causing minor burns and temporary vision loss. Additional officers were called to respond to the scene to help break up the fight.
The officers were able to break up the fight and take two suspects into custody. The two suspects, since identified as 29-year-old Regina Cole and 23-year-old Tyresha Banks were both transported to San Francisco County Jail where they were booked on charges of assault with caustic chemicals.
SFPD Makes Arrests in Two Aggravated Assaults on Officers ➡️ https://t.co/gmyF5LxXcY
While arrests have been made, anyone with info. is asked to call (415) 575-4444. pic.twitter.com/WqjEQBjGZk
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) July 30, 2020
The officers injured in the incident were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
In a press release about the weekend’s incidents, Police Chief William Scott said:
“San Franciscans have never tolerated attacks on the police offers sworn to protect their safety and I have no higher priority as our City’s Chief of Police than to protect the life and well being of all members of the San Francisco Police Department.”
“Recent attacks on San Francisco police officers over the weekend are unacceptable and they merit our city’s most aggressive response.”
Both incidents resulted in arrests, but both cases remain open investigations. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department 24-hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.
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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about officers being assaulted when responding to an incident.
It seems as if it’s a never ending wave of violence against law enforcement.
Two officers who were responding to a suspected break-in to a home in Georgetown, Texas were shot on Tuesday.
According to officials from the Georgetown Police Department, when officers responded to a home on Garden Meadow Drive where the 911 call was placed, a shootout between the suspect and responders ensued.
Pleeeeease pray for these officers!!!! https://t.co/bG7xbOXEoI
— Lori H (@Lhiggo9105) February 26, 2020
Police stated that the first officer arrived on the scene less than a minute after the call placed. That’s when the suspect opened fire.
Early reports indicate that the first officer who responded was shot in both of his legs.
When an additional officer arrived shortly after, she began returning fire at the suspect. A spokesman from the department noted:
“As the second officer approached from the opposite direction, she saw the exchange of gunfire going on. She exited her vehicle.
The subject then turned on her – started shooting rounds toward her. She returned fire. She was shot in the foot. And the subject is deceased.”
BREAKING NEWS: Police are on the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in Georgetown. Two officers shot, returned fire, killing suspect. Both officers in stable condition.
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) February 26, 2020
Both of the officers shot were transported to the Seton Williamson Hospital and are in stable condition as of this time.
Meanwhile, in Garden Grove, California on Wednesday morning, another incident left an officer wounded.
Police say it involved a car crash with a stolen vehicle that ended up with an altercation with police… leaving the suspect dead.
The crash involved a a 2017 Dodge Challenger that was reported as stolen from a car dealership in Santa Ana, California.
Reports haven’t detailed when exactly the car was stolen at this time.
DEVELOPING: Streets in Garden Grove are still blocked off, after police shoot & kill a man who had crashed a stolen vehicle overnight. The officer involved is now in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/zFlUbNfqaG
— Tina Patel (@tina_patel) February 26, 2020
The agency is being tight lipped at this point, but so far here’s what we know.
According to Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney, some kind of physical altercation transpired between the suspect involved and a unnamed police officer that had been on the force for roughly 18 months.
The suspect had crashed the stolen vehicle into a light pole, and when one of the responding officers approached the suspect, the suspect then began to attack the officer.
The officer who was attacked then fired their weapon at the suspect, and when the suspect was transported to a nearby hospital he was pronounced as deceased.
It was reported that the officer was injured to some degree in the altercation, but all that was stated was that the injuries were non-life-threatening.
— KTLA (@KTLA) February 26, 2020
More details will likely be revealed after the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Garden Grove police investigators have an opportunity to review the officer’s body worn camera.
While it’s comforting to know that these three police officers in Texas and California survived their encounters, it’s sadly not always the case when our brave men and women come under fire.
On Tuesday, we lost an officer in Sumter, South Carolina.
From what police revealed, the officer that was gunned down yesterday in Sumter was evidently ambushed.
According to Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis, one of his deputies was shot and killed Tuesday morning.
A tragedy has been confirmed.
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) February 25, 2020
“It is with profound sadness that our brother, Cpl. Andrew Gillette, died from wounds suffered in a shooting,” Dennis said.
It happened at a home at 3120 on the Thomas Sumter Highway. The house is located between Sumter and Dalzell. According to Dennis, police were attempting to serve an eviction order.
The men and women of Constable Mark Herman's Office send our deepest condolences to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office as they mourn the loss of Corporal Andrew Gillette who was shot and killed this morning in the line of duty.
— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) February 25, 2020
He says that there was no time to react – the suspect fired multiple shots, and Gillette was hit in the chest. He was wearing a vest, but it didn’t save him.
🚨🚔Standing by for updates on what appears to be devastating news out of Sumter County this afternoon.
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) February 25, 2020
Police said no other deputies were injured, but that they returned fire and killed the suspect, who has not yet been named because his family hasn’t been notified yet.
We share extremely heavy hearts with our blue family today. One of our own from the Sumter County SO was shot in the line of duty and has died.
Corporal Andrew Gillette, 37, served with the SO since 2013.
Let us pray for his family and friends during this very tragic time. 💔 pic.twitter.com/GwJ0IWXkua
— Lexington Sheriff (@LCSD_News) February 25, 2020
We’re told Gillette was 37-years-old and had been a deputy since 2013.
He was also an Air Force veteran who had a wife and an 11-year-old son.
“We ask for you to keep them in your prayers,” Dennis said.
Dennis said Gillette loved being a cop.
“Our deepest condolences and prayers are with his family,” Dennis said. “Gillette was one who loved what he did. He loved life.”
The last time a Sumter County deputy was killed in the line of duty was in 1996, when Charlie Kubala was also shot and killed.
Police are being killed almost daily. These warriors are silently taking care of their families.
~Article Below By Kyle S. Reyes, National Spokesman For Law Enforcement Today
It’s amazing the changes we go through in life – especially once you get married and have kids.
You go from being invincible to being terrifyingly mortal… seemingly overnight.
When I said, “I do”, it was no longer about providing for myself. And when I laid my eyes on our first child, I knew it was no longer about providing for just my wife and I.
Mortality is never an easy or a comfortable topic to talk about or even consider. But it’s something we all think about when we consider the legacy we want to leave behind.
When I’m gone… what will my family remember? Did I do more good than harm? Did I touch lives? Did I save lives? Will my family be taken care of?
Having interviewed thousands of police officers over the years, I know without a doubt it’s something that goes through all of their minds.
Helping share the stories of countless wounded officers, I know it’s something that they are intimately familiar with.
But hugging…holding… praying with the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty – that’s something entirely different.
Our family at Law Enforcement Today has been incredibly blessed to get to know the team at Concerns of Police Survivors – or “C.O.P.S.” over the past year. We selected them as our “charity of choice” not just because we vetted them… but because we’ve seen up close and personal the work they do.
The people they’ve touched.
The lives they’ve saved.
In case you’ve never heard of them… you need to learn their name.
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 50,000 survivors. Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.
C.O.P.S. is governed by a national board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound Adventure for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.
We met them two years ago at the National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma.
C.O.P.S. recognizes that every law enforcement officer is subjected to crisis and tragedy as a part of their job. They see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society. But are we doing a good job helping officers navigate these events over a course of a twenty to thirty-year career?
We continue to see officers suffering from PTSD in growing numbers. Divorce rates continue to be higher for officers than the general public, and tragically, too many officers choose to end their own lives each year.
The conference offers a much-needed focus on officer wellness and the need to pro-actively address the cumulative stresses that can occur over an officer’s career. It’s for all law enforcement officers (active or retired) nationwide, and is recommended for peer supporters, counselors, police chaplains and law enforcement spouses/significant others. Law enforcement survivors are also welcome to attend.
It was at that conference that I interviewed my first 30 survivors.
Let me tell you something. For people who have been through absolute hell and back after losing their officers, these are some of the greatest warriors I’ve ever met. Their strength… it’s something that can’t be described.
Take, for example, my friend Susan Moody. Susan’s husband was killed in the line of duty. She then had to go tell her one and 3-year-old daughters that daddy would never come home. Click here to watch her full story.
I thought I was tough. I was wrong. I’m not. I lost it. I have three little girls.
Susan… my God. What an incredible woman. What fortitude. What resilience. She’s now helping shepherd other survivors through that same journey.
That’s a power that, in my belief, comes from three places.
- God. I know, I know. In this politically correct world, we’re not supposed to talk about God. But let me tell you something – I have seen His hand at work through this incredible organization. I’ve seen a strength in these survivors that can only be described as supernatural. I’ve cried with them… and I’ve prayed with them. And I make no bones about it.
- Inside. I really believe that these survivors have a strength in themselves that they were never aware of… until they were forced to find it.
- C.O.P.S. It’s an organization that doesn’t care about fame or glory. They operate on a shoestring budget and pump every penny possible into helping save the lives of these warriors.
We all have flaws in our organizations. And C.O.P.S. has one big one. It’s only fair to call it out – because I believe that the only way to grow is to recognize our own shortcomings.
Their flaw isn’t that they aren’t as aggressive as many organizations in soliciting money. It’s not that they tend to avoid the spotlight and the public relations that could flood them with donations.
It’s not that so many of the very personal stories of their employees that would explain their “why” remain hidden.
It’s that they think they have a bit of an impact on the greater world… and they’re wrong.
There’s the old saying that a butterfly that flutters it’s wings on one side of the world can cause a hurricane on the other. The idea that we’ll never be able to see the impact of the work we do… but that it adds up.
I’ve watched the team at C.O.P.S. run themselves into the ground, going from event to event. I’ve been with them when they’ve taken calls late at night and early in the morning. I’ve seen them hold strangers and cry.
I’ve seen them wrap their arms around survivors and pray with them. I’ve seen them break down in the still of the night when the incredible weight of what they carry becomes too much… then I’ve seen them wipe the tears from their eyes and keep going.
I’ve had survivors tell me that they are alive today because of C.O.P.S. I’ve met the children of their survivors.
I’ve been on the street with police officers who are cops today because their parent was killed in the line of duty… and C.O.P.S. was there to help them rebuild shattered lives.
I’ve watched some of those police officers go on to save lives of children. And those children will go on to touch countless lives.
Concerns of Police Survivors isn’t a butterfly flapping its little wings, ultimately causing enough air displacement to create a hurricane.
C.O.P.S. IS the hurricane. They’re just too damn humble to see it.
I hope and pray that you’ll join me in supporting this incredible organization. Because while we’re all working on creating our own legacy… this is a group that’s ensuring that the legacy of our bravest warriors carries on in their survivors.
Each of us is that butterfly. Maybe it’s a small donation. Maybe it’s sharing this article. But together… we can help support this incredible force. Please… join me.
God bless America.