I hope I never hear this again...

I heard "Officer down!" over the radio last night and I hope that I never have to hear it again.

Me and another officer were called to a "man w/ a gun" call last night. I arrived first so I started to get the necessary information and take a report. When my back up arrived, I briefed him on who we were looking for and a vehicle description. At 12:44am he left the incident location to look for the suspect. At 12:46am he found the suspect's vehicle. I immediately left to back him up. (It was only 2 blocks over)
When I got to the end of the first street, I heard the gun shot. I punched it. At 12:49am, I heard him yell over the radio, "Officer shot! I need help.. Officer down!!" And that was it.. I got there and he is standing in the street bleeding from the arm... He pointed in the direction the guy ran and I took off.

That shit was terrifying. You can't imagine all the stuff that was going through my mind. I almost shot one of the neighbors b/c when I came around one of the trailer houses, he came busting from his porch toward me.

It was in the worst part of town and no street lights work over there. I'm walking around in knee high grass, in the dark with a damn flashlight and a glock trying to find someone that has already shot one of us... in HIS fucking neighborhood. Half the houses are condemned and the other half look like hell... and all of them are about 15 feet apart. He could have been anywhere and I would have been fucked if he tried to get the jump on me.

Anyhow, the officer will be find and we caught the guy. He'll be in prison for a while.

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Comment by Brandon Johnson on April 28, 2010 at 10:34am
I am relieved to read that things worked out in the end. Your line of work must be terrifying at times (I can only imagine).
Comment by Gaytor on April 28, 2010 at 11:57am
The life of an officer... 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror. I'm glad that the other officer will be fine and the suspect is off the streets. Keep that vest on.
Comment by Lindsey on April 28, 2010 at 1:13pm
I'm so glad the other guy is all right :) I got a little worried when I read that first sentence. Thank you for everything you do. I don't know how often people thank you for your job, but you put your life at risk to help make our society better and keep order and I hope people appreciate what you and the others do for us :)
Comment by caleb daniel on April 28, 2010 at 2:08pm
I concur with Lindsey 100%. It is easy to forget what officers are willing to do for us everyday. So, let me take this time to thank you and your fellow officers as well.

After 911, I remember thanking a few cops or firefighters, when I would see them, for the work that they do. But in the 9 years since, America has forgotten what a treasure these men and women are. Keep up the good work, but maybe ease up on the speeding tickets. HAHA

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