LEO Near Miss: Psychiatric patient attempts to disarm officer in ER

After learning he is being admitted to a psych facility, a psychiatric patient launches a violent attack on two officers


Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect fellow officers in similar situations.

Event summary

Officers were with a psychiatric patient at the ER for an evaluation. The patient was not under arrest but was subject to a psychiatric hold.

When the patient was informed that he was being admitted to a psychiatric care facility, he became combative with officers on scene. The patient jumped up out of bed and charged one officer, forcing him back approximately 10 feet into a wall. Both officers grappled with the suspect before going to the ground.

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