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Week 342
July 20, 2007
Editor's Note: In the July 18 issue of the PoliceOne Member News, we mistakenly ran the wrong photo in the line-of-duty death notice for Chief Deputy Tommy Martin. The photo was actually of Deputy William Walters, who also died in the line of duty this week. We sincerely apologize for the error and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deputies.


— Scott Buhrmaster, Managing Editor

Wash. officer, hostage shot amid 20-hour standoff



SWAT teams surround a Wash. man's house after he shot a police officer and held a hostage for 20 hours. Watch video
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police arrested a weapons suspect early Thursday after using tear gas to end a 20-hour standoff in which a police officer and a hostage were shot.

Four SWAT teams had rotated during the long standoff. Finally, around 3:30 a.m., officers filled the home with tear gas, went inside and arrested Matthew Hastings.

The standoff started at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, when police arrived to arrest Hastings for jumping bail and failing to check in with his community corrections officer ... Full Story

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Tragically, three separate officer drownings in just one month show this is a very real, yet rarely discussed officer survival issue ... Full Story

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Enhancing grip strength

In this week's PoliceOne Video Tip, provided by Police Officers Safety Association (POSA), Jeff Brooks, a police officer and martial arts expert, explains the impact grip strength has on everything from handcuffing to gun retention and demonstrates effective strengthening techniques every officer can use to enhance it ... Full Tip


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