Sheriff’s deputy – a dad of six kids – fatally struck by vehicle while chasing down fleeing suspect

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QUARTZSITE, AZ – A La Paz County Sheriff’s sergeant assisting with the pursuit of a fleeing suspect was killed after reportedly being struck by a commercial vehicle near the Arizona-California border earlier in October.

Sheriff’s office officials have not yet confirmed whether the suspect involved in the original pursuit will face additional charges in relation to the sergeant killed by the commercial vehicle.

According to reports, the Quartzsite Police, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety were pursuing a fraudulent schemes suspect shortly after midnight on October 11th in the Quartzsite area on the I-10.

At some point during the pursuit, officials say that La Paz County Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Rudd had exited his vehicle and was struck head-on by the driver of a commercial vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stayed on-scene, while Sergeant Rudd was rushed over to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, California.

Sadly, Sergeant Rudd succumbed to his sustained injuries while at the hospital.

The subject of the police pursuit was also taken into custody. Neither the name of the pursuit suspect, or the driver of the commercial vehicle have been released by officials.

While the incident remains under investigation by the Department of Public Safety, La Paz County Sheriff William Ponce said he couldn’t confirm whether the pursuit suspect would be facing any additional charges stemming from Sergeant Rudd’s death:

“I can’t confirm additional charges… But I feel like it should be done.”

The fallen sheriff’s sergeant had joined the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, having been promoted to the rank of sergeant this past March. Sergeant Rudd leaves behind a wife and six children, with Sheriff Ponce calling the sergeant’s passing “tragic”:

“It’s a tragic loss. It’s a huge heartbreak for this department. It’s devastating, and we’re trying to deal with it. This is a small community, and everyone is close here. We’re like a family. He was well-liked and respected by his peers.”

Sergeant Rudd’s passing serves as the first line of duty death for the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office since it’s inception.

Sheriff Ponce stated that the sheriff’s office is exploring donation platforms for those interested in helping the family the fallen sergeant leaves behind:

“We’re asking for prayers and support for his family. They’re going through a hard time right now.”

Governor Doug Ducey ordered that all flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on October 13th to honor Sergeant Rudd.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Border state police chief in Mexico killed just hours after taking office by gang of cartel gunmen

(Originally published October 4th, 2021)

NUEVO LEÓN, MEXICO – In the border state of Nuevo Leon, a gang of cartel gunmen reportedly shot and killed a Mexican municipal police chief who had just assumed office hours before in late September.

The fatal shooting occurred during the evening of September 30th within the municipality of Cadereyta Jiménez.

Police Chief Roberto Julián Saenz Garza was walking outside of his home when a group of gunmen reportedly hiding in a vacant lot opened fire on the police chief. Family of the police chief tended to him inside of the house while awaiting paramedics.

Sadly, Chief Saenz Garza passed away while at a local hospital. He’d only been officially endowed with his police chief duties for mere hours before he was killed.

Cadereyta is a known drug corridor used by the Gulf Cartel to move drugs and migrants from Monterrey to the border city of Reynosa, according to law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas.

Earlier in September, the Gulf Cartel’s Metros branch posted numerous banners throughout Nuevo León announcing that they would be intensifying their assaults on the Cartel Del Noreste division of Los Zetas – with theories floating that the Metros faction was behind Chief Saenz Garza’s murder.

Law enforcement sources said they were also investigating into the possibility that the murder was carried out by the Cartel Del Noreste branch of Los Zetas, since the two criminal gangs have a long-running territorial battle for control of Nuevo León’s northern region.

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Officer shot through windshield and murdered. Suspect had been released early after murdering his own dad.

(Originally published October 2nd, 2021)

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL – One of two Sheffield Police officers struck during a shootout with a suspect near the Southgate Mall earlier in October has unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The second officer shot during the altercation was reportedly struck in the vest and thus not seriously injured.

The incident occurred October 1st after the Muscle Shoals Police Department was alerted at approximately 1:44 p.m. about a pedestrian on Avalon Avenue that may have been hit.

When Muscle Police officers arrived on the scene, they found the person in question deceased – having suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

After the discovery of the deceased individual on Avalon Avenue, Sheffield Police officers spotted a vehicle that had matched the description of the one seen fleeing the scene in Muscle Shoals. The officers pursued the vehicle, chasing it back into Muscle Shoals and trapping the suspect’s vehicle behind the Southgate Mall.

Muscle Shoals Police Chief Clint Reck said that the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Brian Lansing Martin, opened fire on the Sheffield Police officers during the confrontation.

Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry stated that the suspect shot Sgt. Nick Risner through the windshield of his vehicle, while Lt. Max Dotson was shot in his vest during the incident.

Sgt. Risner was flown to Huntsville Hospital for surgery following the shooting, but sadly passed away at approximately 9:52 a.m. on October 2nd.

The suspect, Martin, was also shot during the firefight and transferred to Huntsville Hospital for treatment.

Sheffield Police Chief Terry released a statement regarding the loss of Sgt. Risner, expressing frustration that the suspect was out on the streets instead of being in prison:

“The justice system failed not only Sgt. Nick Risner, but his family and everyone who has been affected by his passing. This incident should have never happened because a coward who should still be in prison was walking the streets.”

The context behind Chief Terry’s comments relates to Martin being sentenced to 10 years in prison for the killing of his father back in 2011. On May 11th, 2011, Martin went to his father’s home in Tuscumbia over a purported debt of $1,100 that was owed to him.

During this confrontation with his father, Donice Scott, Martin claimed during the trial that his father tried attacking him with a sword in the front yard which then led to the fatal shooting. Two years after being initially charged, Martin pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2013 and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

However, he was released in May of 2016.

Sgt. Risner had served with the Sheffield Police Department for over 8 years as a K9 officer prior to his passing, having also served in the Army Reserve for 8 years.

Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement following the news of Sgt. Risner’s death, referring to the fallen officer as a “hero” that was needlessly killed in the line of duty:

“We mourn the loss of Sergeant Nick Risner, a hero who was senselessly struck down in the line of duty… We often take for granted the safety of our neighborhoods and communities while—every minute of every day—heroes sworn to protect and serve us venture into harm’s way. Sergeant Risner was such a hero.

We live our lives in security because of the bravery and commitment of men like Sergeant Risner who vigilantly stand guard against evil. We can never repay their sacrifice. Please pray for Sergeant Risner’s family, friends, and fellow officers.”

It’s unclear as of this time what the circumstances were behind the original incident on Avalon Avenue where Martin is suspected of gunning down a yet-to-be identified victim.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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