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Copper fatally shoots hostage taker in head

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by MeefZah, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

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    A week old but I didn't see it posted. Good shooting by the officer, glad he got cleared.

    Remember kiddies, when you have a knife and the cops have guns and tell you to do something like put down the knife, that be a good idea.

    http://www.officer.com/online/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=50603

    KEENE, NH --


    The New Hampshire attorney general said Keene police Officer Josh English was justified in shooting a man who police said was holding a knife to his ex-girlfriend's throat.

    Police said they went to 48 Spruce St. just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 2 after the daughter of the woman called police. The teenager told police that Charles Turcotte had broken into the house and had taken her mother to a second-floor bedroom and was yelling at her.

    Police said they found Turcotte standing in the bedroom holding a knife with an 8-inch blade and the woman sitting on the bed.

    According to police, Turcotte saw the officers and went to the bed, grabbed the woman and sat behind her, holding the knife at her side. The officers then pointed their weapons at Turcotte and ordered him to drop the knife. Police said Turcotte refused and a short time later Officer T.J. Derendal contacted dispatchers and said Turcotte had put a knife to the woman's throat.

    At that point more police were called to the home, including a hostage negotiator.

    Police said Turcotte was yelling at officers and the woman and eventually raised the knife to her throat again. Police said he became increasingly agitated, even more so when hostage negotiator Officer Steve Corrigan arrived.

    When Corrigan entered the bedroom, the other two officers shifted positions, giving English a clear shot at Turcotte. Police said when Corrigan tried to engage Turcotte, Turcotte turned toward Corrigan, while holding the knife to the woman's throat and responded with profanity. At that point, police said English shot Turcotte in the head.

    Turcotte was taken to Cheshire Medical Center, where he later died. The woman was not injured.

    The attorney general's report said officers believed the woman was in danger of being killed by Turcotte and that English was justified in shooting him. The report said Turcotte refused all attempts to defuse the situation and appeared to be increasingly agitated by police.

    A full report on the incident is expected to be released by the attorney general's office in the future.
     
  2. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Great shooting under stress!

    I am glad the good guy lived and the bad guy did not.
     

  3. GLK38

    GLK38 ImRonBurgundy?

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    Awesome. One for the good guys.
     
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    janice6 Silver Member

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    Wow.......A good shoot
     
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    Boom!!!! head shot......:okie::50cal::highfive:
     
  7. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    Good shot. Praying for the emotional and mental recovery, (as well as spiritual), of all parties concerned.
     
  8. PinkoCommie

    PinkoCommie Unusual Member

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    I hope the PD gets to recover the cost of the bullet from the hostage-taker's estate.

    Ammo is expensive these days!
     
  9. G-man

    G-man Millennium Member

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    Great shot and save under the circumstances!!

    Unfortunately the officer and PD will probably be sued by the mother of this creep who adamantly states he was a good boy and never got into trouble and the police just over-reacted to a small argument.

    I agree, the estate should pay the police department for the bullet.

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  10. silverado_mick

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    Well done on the officer's part! Kudos to him for having the balls to act when he saw the opportunity.
     
  11. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    Good job. We had a situation like that a few years ago with a neighboring agency. Hostage taker in the middle of their major street with a gun to an innocent bystander's head, cop takes aim, lights him up with his M6 laser, pop, headshot. Down goes hostage taker, DRT, cop is hailed as a hero. Done, end of story.
     
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    Don't forget the OT for all the officers involved. Budgets are slim now a days.
     
  13. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    Stupid games, stupid prizes. Do not pass go, go directly to morgue.
     
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    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    I call B.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Everyone knows cops can't shoot worth a damn. [/GNG]
     
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    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    Hope he is back on the job soon!
     
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    Pow! Right in the kisser.
     
  18. PinkoCommie

    PinkoCommie Unusual Member

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    That, and a keg of the finest quality... "medicine", so the officers who are on paid administrative leave can "debrief" the call appropriately. An OIS is a stressful event, so appropriate measures have to be taken to ensure the officers' mental health.
     
  19. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    PSG, WSP. Excellent work!! Report should read: Proper police action was taken, resolved with one shot.:supergrin:
     
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