LEO Near Miss: Averted ambush during bizarre welfare check

Officers have no idea what they will find when they respond to a call from a man asking that an officer be sent to shoot and kill him

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

During third shift, our dispatch center received a 911 call from an unknown male subject asking that an officer be sent to shoot and kill him. When asked for an address and more information, the subject repeatedly demanded the request in an agitated and more expletive manner. A final request for more information and location resulted in him screaming, “I’m coming to get you!” and hanging up. No address or further information was ever obtained.

The 911 cell phone call was geolocated to a residence in the county with no other houses close by. The only two available sheriff units, myself and a shift supervisor, went to the residence. This is usually the time of night when my supervisor would be heading home, and I cover the county by myself, but he had not left yet. An additional fortune, State Police had four available troopers at the nearby post, who responded as well. This was not usual manpower for this time of night.

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