LEO Near Miss: Shoplifter turned violent

A shoplifter armed with a small pocketknife proves more of a threat than officers initially anticipate

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

An off-duty officer was working a security detail with loss prevention at a department store. The off-duty officer radioed for assistance in reference to a subject who was using a small pocketknife to open items and conceal them while inside the store. The suspect appeared to be a methamphetamine user and was being obvious about his attempts to conceal multiple items from display.

An arrest plan was devised by responding officers where an officer in training (OIT) would be the primary officer and contact the suspect as he exited the store.

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