LEO Near Miss: Officers nearly disarmed during hospital prisoner detail

When hospital staff request an officer uncuff a violent suspect, the officer finds himself in a fight for his life


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

Patrol officers responded to a call for service at an apartment complex to check a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, the subject was disorderly, and when officers attempted to arrest him, he became combative. Officers had to use a TASER to control him and take him into custody. The suspect was determined to be under the influence of PCP.

Two officers accompanied the suspect to the hospital where he was admitted for further evaluation. The suspect was handcuffed by one wrist to the hospital bed, and he was calm and cooperative during medical testing. After several hours, and during shift change, one of the two guarding officers was ordered to leave the hospital, leaving one officer to guard the suspect.

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