LEO Near Miss: Nearly hit by car while assisting deputy

Regardless of the situation, you must resist being so focused on providing assistance that you put yourself in danger

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

I was close by to an assault call in which two males were fighting, and one appeared unconscious. Second broadcast reported one male down on the pavement and the other walking away. I drove to the injured male to render aid. We are a large agency, and fights and disturbances are very common calls.

I arrived on scene first and contacted the injured male. His brother had assaulted him and choked him to the point of going unconscious. I determined a crime occurred and broadcast the suspect’s name, description and direction of travel to responding deputies. A patrol deputy arrived, and I left the scene to help look for the suspect.

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