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Ex-cop fires at police, killed in standoff

The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. — State troopers knew it was a former California Highway Patrol officer who holed up with a gun in a Milford home after threatening to kill a neighbor—but they handled the situation no differently than similar standoffs, authorities said Monday.

The standoff between Delaware State Police and former CHP officer Richard D. Redmond ended violently about 3 a.m. Saturday when Redmond, 52, was shot and killed after shooting at officers who had surrounded his home. No officers were injured.

“We went through the same protocol as we would with any other person,” said DSP spokesman Sgt. Joshua Bushweller, noting that officers are authorized to use deadly force against a suspect who uses lethal force against them or someone else.

Maj. Joseph Papili, head of special operations for the DSP, said troopers learned shortly after arriving at Redmond’s home that he was a former police officer. Negotiators acknowledged Redmond’s background during negotiations aimed at persuading him to surrender, but it did not prompt any changes in their approach to the standoff, Papili said.

“You have to take that into consideration that he may be familiar with some of our tactics and some of our operational capabilities,” he said. ”... He didn’t demand anything that would lead us to believe he knew what we were doing or what our capabilities were.”

Fran Clader, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said Redmond entered the academy in October Advertisement 1981 and was assigned to central Los Angeles after graduating in March 1982. He became a motorcycle officer in April 1983 and was transferred to San Diego about nine months later.

Redmond retired from the force because of a job-related injury in August 1985, said Ed Fong, a spokesman for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.


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