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Standoff Situations

The Standoff Situations topic page offers a variety of tactical tips and strategic concepts to make sure the innocents are spared, the subject is secured, and the officers go home safely. When a suspect is barricaded in place, many things must happen for a successful resolution, such as setting up outer and inner perimeters, and making contact with the subject.
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Tex. woman, 7-year-old slain before 3-hour standoff

Robot sent inside to find suspect By HOLLY YAN The Dallas Morning News CARROLLTON, Tex. – A man fatally... - Full Story


Wisc. man claiming to have hostage arrested after 6-hour standoff

The Associated Press Also read: Behind the scenes at Wisconsin's bloody motel shooting rampage EAU CLAIRE,... - Full Story


Hostage negotiations: Psychological strategies for resolving crises Dr. Laurence Miller - Practical Police Psychology

Hostage negotiations: Psychological strategies for resolving crises

Q: Our department is in the process of reformulating its hostage and crisis negotiation team. Any ins... - Full Story


Shootout that killed N.Y. trooper highlights risks that elite MRT members take

By Michael Virtanen The Associated Press DELAWARE COUNTY, New York — When David Brinkerhoff died last... - Full Story


Former N.Y. police officer dead after standoff in Florida

BY JOSEPH MALLIA Newsday NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. — A retired Nassau County police officer killed himself... - Full Story


3 deputies shot, wounded, in Miss.

From WEDAM-TV Jackson, Miss. — say at least three Madison County deputies were wounded Friday while searching... - Full Story


Sex offender fatally shoots self during Houston stand-off

By Lindsay Wise and Mike Glenn The Houston Chronicle HOUSTON — A nearly six-hour standoff at a southwest... - Full Story


Man forces police into 16-hour standoff near U. Texas

By Robert Kleeman, Daily Texan: U. Texas University Wire AUSTIN, Texas — A man accused last weekend of... - Full Story

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Houston: 2 dead in NASA stand-off

Houston: 2 dead in NASA stand-off

HOUSTON, Tex. — A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries.

The gunman was able to take a revolver past NASA security Friday and barricade himself in the building, which houses communications and tracking systems for the space shuttle, authorities said.

NASA and police identified him as 60-year-old William Phillips. He had apparently had a dispute with the slain hostage, police said - Full Story


Ill. man leaving car crash takes hostages in stand-off

By Robert Channick Chicago Tribune ELGIN, Ill. — An Elgin man fleeing the scene of a car crash tried... - Full Story

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