LEO Near Miss: Bad habits create bad circumstances

Surviving a collision while driving over 100 mph and not wearing a seat belt was a safety wake-up call for this officer


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.

The following submission involves a scenario where an officer realized he was not wearing his seat belt just before he was involved in a high-speed collision with a deer.

EVENT SUMMARY

While working a delayed family disturbance call in a grocery store parking lot, an emergency tone-out sounded over our primary radio channel. Dispatch advised that an unarmed security guard working the exterior night watch at a bank on the outskirts of our town had been shot. The security guard relayed that he observed two suspicious males outside the bank, and as he attempted to make contact, they shot him. The security guard provided a description of the suspects and their direction of travel.

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