LEO Near Miss: Routine shoplifting arrest goes sideways

When someone tells you they aren’t going back to jail that is a clue there will likely be a fight


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 showed up for my “routine” off-duty security shift at a major hardware store. I say routine because I had done this type of shift several times before, but we all know what happens when we let things become  routine.

This particular shift, I arrived at 1530 hours and started walking around the store when my phone rang. I answered, and the loss prevention supervisor informed me he was following a black male out of the store who had concealed what looked like a battery. I walked toward the exit, thinking to myself that this would be another quick theft report.

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