Video: Former cop, military veteran lays the smack down on armed burglar breaking into his vehicle

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TULSA, OK – An armed burglar ran into the wrong man Sunday morning when ex-military, retired law enforcement officer Curtis Sprague discovered him breaking into his vehicle.

Local news outlet KOTV released surveillance video capturing the action when Sprague walked out of his residence and discovered the unfortunate criminal.

Sprague and his wife were sleeping around 4:30 a.m. on January 9 when their Ring camera alerted them of motion in the driveway. He said his instincts kicked in:

“I just kind of reverted back to some old training and some things happened and I got lucky.

“(I) jumped up and grabbed a pistol for protection, threw on some clothes and went outside to see what was going on and see if I could stop the problem. My initial intent was to go out, get the description, see if I could see a vehicle to give to the police.”

Video: Former cop, military veteran lays the smack down on armed burglar breaking into his vehicle 

Sprague said that as he walked outside to investigate, he saw the suspect’s shadow inside the rear of his vehicle with the dome light on.  

Sprague quickly slammed the door shut on the subject inside and caught the criminal off-guard. Sprague said the move seemed to work:

“Which stunned him judging by the look on his face when he did turn around and saw me standing there.”

 

The former military special operations veteran knew that slamming the door would give him an unexpected tactical advantage, and he was correct:

“I’m starting out as an intended victim at a tactical disadvantage because he’s already acting, committing his crime, and I’ve got to play catchup and react to it.

“I know that I’ve got to change his school of thought and take him out of his plan and give him something he didn’t plan which causes a mental speedbump.”

After slamming the door on the suspect, Sprague can be seen in the video removing a Glock firearm from the suspect’s waistband while his wife called police from inside the home:

“(I) removed the Glock 23 from his waistband along with an ID out of his back pocket.

“He also planned for contingencies. He thought that there might be a chance that a homeowner would come out and confront him about the situation and his contingency was that Glock 23 on his hip.”

Sprague slams the door on the armed suspect - Screenshot courtesy of KOTV
Sprague slams the door on the armed suspect – Screenshot courtesy of KOTV

Sprague pointed the gun at the suspect and ordered him to the ground. He said it seemed like he held the man in the driveway for a long time, but that the video shows how fast things actually happened:

“I will commend the Tulsa Police Department. Their response time was excellent. They were there in no time.”

An apparent conspirator sitting in a car down the street jumped out of the car and moved toward Sprague. Sprague can be seen on the video warning the man not to approach him.

Sprague said as soon as they heard sirens, both suspects took off. He describes the suspects as about 20, tall and lanky. He said the suspect who broke into his car said he had to get to work before running off.

Sprague said that he did not try to stop the suspects, and that there was nothing in his vehicle worth someone losing their life:

“There’s nothing in my vehicle that’s worth that guy losing his life over and there’s nothing in that vehicle worth losing my life over.”

Police are reviewing the Ring camera video. No arrests have been made.

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Mississippi officer discovers her own son’s body after responding to shooting call

January 8, 2022

 
HAZLEHURST, MS – Police officers often experience heartbreaking and tragic events, but nothing could have prepared a Mississippi officer for the horror experienced after responding to a shooting January 2 to discover the victim to be her son. 

About 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Hazlehurst Police Officer Laquandia Cooley, 42, responded to a shooting on Larkin Street after a caller reported a body lying in the street. When she arrived on scene, she discovered the victim was her oldest son, 22-year-old Charles Stewart Jr.

 In an interview with local news outlet WLBT, Officer Cooley told her horrific story:

“We initially responded to the call, not knowing when I made it over there, the person was going to be my son that was laying there.”

 

Stewart had been shot in the head. He was dead before she arrived. She continued:

“As we get out, I look(ed) and I was like, ‘This is my son, this is my son.’ So, I literally just go into a breakdown…Like, why? Who would do this to my son?

“I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing. I was seeing my own son laying there on the ground dead. It was pretty much a panic. It was just, it was too much.”

Cooley then called her son’s father, Charles Stewart, telling him, ‘Someone killed our baby.’

Charles recalled his son as being a good person:

“It’s traumatizing for the whole family. We’re just trying to cope day to day. Just trying to figure out why this happened and who could have did (sic) this.”

Hazlehurst Police Chief Darian Murray said the homicide investigation will be handed over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation because it involves an officer’s family member.

There have been no arrests announced to date.

Destinequa Hilliard, the sister of the victim, posted a Facebook comment lamenting the loss of her brother:

“I’m lost. How can anybody live after losing a sibling? I’m trying to be the strong one, but I’m getting weak. I’ll never be able to see my brother again. Whoever did this is wrong. Why, lord, why.”

 

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Hero officer gets shot in the gut, still takes out active shooter who already killed five people

January 1, 2022

 

 LAKEWOOD, CO – An agent with the Lakewood Police Department has been named for her heroic actions that led to stopping an active shooting on December 27th.

The Lakewood Police Department has proudly identified Police Agent Ashley Ferris as the officer who stopped the active shooter, despite her having been shot in the abdomen.

Ferris remains in the hospital after having undergone one surgery and possibly in need of more.

The Lakewood Police Department released a statement on Facebook, noting Ferris’ identity and informing the public that she and her family are asking for privacy while she heals.

On Facebook, Lakewood Chief of Police Dan McCasky noted:

“All of us at the Lakewood Police Department are incredibly proud of Agent Ferris and the bravery shown by her and her fellow law enforcement officers during this active shooter situation.

The entire Lakewood Police family will be here to support Agent Ferris and her family as she embarks on this recovery process.

Our hearts are incredibly heavy with the loss of life and injuries suffered by others during this rampage.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cardenas, Gunn-Maldonado, Scofield, Steck and Swinyard families, as well as the families of those injured.”

On December 27th, Ferris was among many responding officers to a series of active shootings that were perpetuated by Lyndon James McLeod. According to the Lakewood Police Department:

“After shooting and killing 38-year-old Danny Schofield at the Lucky 13 tattoo shop, the 47-year-old male suspect [McLeod] traveled to the Belmar shopping area where he gunned down 28-year-old Sarah Steck as she worked at the Hyatt House.

At several points during this situation, the suspect exchanged gunfire with Lakewood and Denver Police. From there, the shooter headed to the area of Alaska and Vance when he encountered Lakewood Police Agent Ashley Ferris.

Agent Ferris ordered him to drop his weapon as he approached her. The suspect ignored her commands and shot Agent Ferris, striking her in the abdomen. Agent Ferris, shot and wounded on the ground, was able to return fire on the suspect.

The suspect was shot by Agent Ferris and died on the scene. If not for the heroic efforts of Agent Ferris and other law enforcement, this incredibly violent tragedy could have been even worse.”

Democrat Colorado Governor Jared Polis weighed in on the tragedy and the heroism displayed by Ferris. He wrote on Twitter:

“Thanks to the bravery of Lakewood Police Officer Agent Ashley Ferris, more lives were not lost during that tragic day in our state. Coloradans are grateful for her heroic actions and wish Agent Ferris a speedy recovery.”

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Ferris with housing and medical expenses while she undergoes treatment for the injuries she received during the shooting. The post states:

“Zach and Cody here, help us raise money for our sister in blue, Ashley.

Ashley was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting. She is currently recovery at the Hospital and will have a long road ahead of her.

Every donation will help ease any medical, pet, and housing expenses she will have in the future. We very much appreciate every donation.”

This is far from the first time that Ferris is being recognized for her heroic actions as a police officer.

In 2020, Ferris received a life-saving award with fellow Officers Brenna Conway and Andres Evans for performing CPR as a woman had stopped breathing on the roadway.

Ferris and the other officers were able to revive the woman who was able to return to her family after a hospital stay. The award said:

“Agent Evans, Agent Conway, and Agent Ferris had you not responded quickly, with an accurate diagnosis and lifesaving measures, the woman would have likely died at the scene.”

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