'Interviews with evil' and the officer survival lessons they teach

Officers and their attackers closely agree on one thing: Many cops are simply not ready to defend their lives


Article reprinted from Force Science News #375

Before the transport began, the officer had been warned that the prisoner was “big and dangerous” and should be kept handcuffed and in leg irons for the whole trip. But the officer felt the suspect might be “too uncomfortable” trussed up in the cramped back seat, so he let him ride in the passenger spot, cuffed in front, if he “promised to be good.”

The suspect would later tell Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, a clinical forensic psychologist: “Christmas came early that year.”

Before the intended destination was reached, the suspect disarmed the officer and shot him dead with his own sidearm. “I knew I could take him,” the killer said.

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