LEO Near Miss: Officers survive stabbing during domestic violence incident

Officer fitness, defensive tactics training and communication prevented tragedy during the takedown of an armed suspect

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 responded to a report of a female being actively battered in the parking lot of a bar during a late-night call. The initial radio dispatch stated a male subject was actively punching a collapsed female in the face while holding her up by her hair, which was then updated to state that the suspect was dragging the female through the parking lot by her hair.

I arrived at the parking lot entrance within two minutes in my marked patrol vehicle with emergency lights activated. I observed a string of citizens flagging me down and pointing further down the parking lot. As I made my way through the parking lot, I observed a group of agitated subjects who appeared to be at the core of a disturbance.

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