This isn’t your typical line of duty injury.
In Columbus, Ohio, a police officer was attacked by a wild coyote on Thursday night. In the moments captured on video, you can see the coyote begin to run away and then return to run toward a group of officers. If it weren’t for police reacting quickly, more officers could have been injured.
The unusual encounter and subsequent attack happened on January 16th, at 7:23 p.m. Officer James Tripp was assisting with traffic control at South Hamilton Rd. and I-70 when he was charged and attacked by a coyote.
Officer Tripp, a 32-year-veteran of the Columbus Police, was bitten on his right knee, according to a release from the Columbus Police Department. The officer was able to use his mace and strike the coyote a few times before other officers arrived on the scene to assist.
According to reports and the video released, the coyote then began to charge at other officers. One officer deployed their Taser at the animal, where thereafter, the coyote retreated into a wooded area. Police stated that the animal continued to portray aggressive behavior toward police. Another officer had reportedly fatally shot the animal in order to prevent further attacks against officers at the scene and for general public safety purposes.
After the altercation with the coyote, Animal Control responded to recover the body of the animal. They’re actively testing the deceased coyote’s body to determine whether it had rabies or any other communicable diseases that might have contributed to its odd behavior.
From what the Humane Society details about the traits of the species, the behavior enacted was very strange, indeed. Studies show that attacks from wild coyotes are so rare that more people are killed by stray golf balls and flying champagne corks each year than are even attacked by wild coyotes.
The Humane Society lists that some of the biggest contributing factors to coyotes attacking humans are people feeding them, trying to intervene when coyotes attack their domesticated animals, or when they’re feeling “cornered” or are rabid.
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Typically, coyotes are scared to approach humans. When encountered in rural or urban areas, experts recommend to employ “hazing” techniques so that coyotes can perceive humans as something to be fearful of. These methods can be anything from yelling and waving your arms when you spot a wild coyote, to using rocks/sticks as projectiles in their general direction.
The Humane Society does note that once a coyote has bitten a human, they’re to be specifically targeted and removed from the population.
Officer Tripp sustained multiple bite wounds during the encounter to his right knee and was later transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.
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Meanwhile, police in Denton, Texas are investigating a fatal officer involved shooting that took place Tuesday morning after an armed suspect allegedly lashed out at cops, stabbing an officer in the shoulder.
According to reports from Fox 4 News, the unidentified suspect had been running through the halls, yelling, banging on doors and smashing light fixtures.
Witnesses said that the man had been armed with a knife and a frying pan and was acting eratic.
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Police responded to The Forum at Denton Station Apartments complex just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning to make contact with the suspect.
But when officers arrived and tried speaking with witnesses, the suspect reportedly emerged from an upstairs apartment and became even more agitated, repeatedly ignoring commands by the officers instructing him to put his weapons down. He was reportedly carrying a meat cleaver, and some reports suggested he may have had another knife on his person as well.
Instead of dropping the knife and frying pan, the suspect allegedly turned and began advancing on the officers.
One of the officers discharged their Taser in an attempt to subdue the man, but police say it was ineffective. The suspect got back up and continued to advance, somehow managing to stab one of the officers in the shoulder with the knife in the process, according to Fox 4.
At that point, the other officer reportedly fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Police say that the stabbed officer suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his wounds. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities have not yet released the identity of the suspect or officers involved, but noted that the officer who fired their weapon was placed on routine administrative leave while the incident was investigated by the Texas Rangers.
The injured officer was a first-year officer in the department with 10 years of prior experience, while the officer who fired his weapon is a six-year veteran of the agency.
a Roselle Park police officer tragically took his own life on Sunday after he was involved in a vehicle wreck, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
New Jersey 101.5 reported that the 39-year-old officer, who was identified as Edward Nortrup, fatally shot himself in the head while emergency crews rushed to try and pull him from the wreckage.
According to those reports, the officer appeared to have lost control of his vehicle on Broad Street in Matawan just after 12 p.m. Sunday. The officer’s vehicle reportedly struck two cars, then rolled the vehicle partially over as he came to a stop.
Monmouth County prosecutor’s office spokesman Chris Swendeman said that as emergency crews left the side of the Nortrup’s vehicle in order to get equipment to spring him from the wreckage, that’s when they heard a gunshot.
“As first responders left the vehicle to get equipment to help with the extraction, the driver located a firearm and fatally shot himself,” Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesman Chris Swendeman said.
Swendeman did not confirm whether or not the officer used his service weapon to take his own life.
No other details about the circumstances of the crash have been released as of this time.
In an email to NJ 101.5, Roselle Park Chief of Police Daniel J. McCaffery said, “We are grieving as a department for the loss of our officer.”
New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association president Parick Colligan said that learning of an officer’s suicide is one of the worst calls to get, knowing that it could have possibly been prevented.
“I always feel like this is preventable. It’s not like a line-of-duty of death,” Colligan said. “There’s always danger out there but these are the deaths that are hard because somehow we missed this guy and didn’t get him help.”
According to NJ.com, the officer was a 13-year veteran of the department. Nortrup served as a detective and was additionally a member of the Union County Emergency Response Team.
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According to reports, New Jersey has now lost 37 officers to suicide since 2016.
Officers in New Jersey are now mandated to complete a new training called the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement by 2021.
“This is training that is necessary with the epidemic of law enforcement suicides nationwide,” McCaffery said. “We welcome any training that allows out officers to cope with the stresses of our jobs as best that we can.”
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