U.S. Marshal Cars Ticketed At Hospital For Murdered Marshal

U.S. Marshal Cars Ticketed At Hospital For Murdered Marshal

Harrisburg, PA – A U.S. Marshal was killed and two police officers were shot, when police tried to serve a warrant on a female suspect on Thursday morning.

 

Police have confirmed a Harrisburg police officer and a York City police officer were hit by gunfire and wounded, WCAU reported.

“A Harrisburg police officer, who was wounded, bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman,” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said.

 




“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshal who died protecting our residents,” Papenfuse said.

 

However, the Harrisburg parking enforcement officers don’t care who is violating parking ordinances or why.

 

Local reporter, Joe Elias, tweeted out that several U.S. Marshals’ vehicles parked outside the Harrisburg Hospital Emergency Room had received parking tickets.

 

“To whomever did this: they may have a good case to fight it today,” Joe Elias tweeted.

 

 

The U.S. Marshal was murdered when police attempted to serve a warrant on a woman at a home on Mulberry Street at about 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 18.

 

The officers who participated in the warrant service were part of a U.S. Marshals Service task force that involved multiple agencies, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo.

 

Police said a man emerged from the home and opened fire on officers. The shooter was killed in the gunfight, WGAL reported.

 

A neighbor who was on the street when the gunfight happened said there were bullets flying everywhere. She said she saw a man running from the house with police chasing him, and then heard police yelling “Officer Down!”

 

“I’m still standing out there. They were shooting back and forth. Ping ping ping ping ping,” Diane Stinson described the scene that took place two doors down from her house to WGAL.

 

Her car was hit by gunfire during the incident, Stinson said.

 

The U.S. Marshal and Harrisburg officer were transported to Harrisburg Hospital where the marshal was declared dead. There was no information available on the condition of the Harrisburg police officer.

 

The York City police officer was transported to Hershey Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, WPVI reported.

 




There was no information available as to the nature of the warrant the officers were serving when the shootings happened.

 

Several U.S. Marshals who had raced to the hospital to support their murdered colleague after the incident found parking tickets on their windshields when they returned to their police vehicles, despite government license plates and U.S. Marshals placards left on the dashboard.

 

The Harrisburg mayor was apologetic and told PennLive this sometimes mistakenly happens when parking-enforcement officers do not recognize unmarked vehicles.

 

It’s not clear why they didn’t recognize the large U.S. Marshal signs.

 

“It will be a straightforward process to have the tickets waived,” Papenfuse said.

 

Police planned to release more information at a press conference.

 

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UPDATE: Officer Hospitalized, Vehicle Drives Crazy Into Times Square

UPDATE: Officer Hospitalized, Vehicle Drives Crazy Into Times Square

 

New York, NY – Police are searching for the driver of a black Mercedes-Benz C63 that ran head-on into a police officer in Times Square. See update on officers condition below.

 

New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Ian Wallace, 26, was struck by the Mercedes and sustained minor injuries to his back and legs, WCBS reported.

 

The incident took place in the area of Broadway and West 43rd Street, near a NYPD substation, at approximately 11:45 p.m., the New York Post reported.

 



Kiefer Dixon, who described himself as a photographer and model, recorded the assault on his cell phone as he rode on a longboard, and streamed the events on Instagram live. He has since deleted the post.

 

In the video, a trail of smoke billowed behind the Mercedes as it roared down the busy street with its tires spinning.

 

When the vehicle stopped at an intersection outside the substation, Officer Wallace approached the car on foot with his hand raised, and attempted to speak with the driver.

 

The driver tried to move the car past Officer Wallace, who remained in front of it with his hands on the hood.

 

The car struck the officer and pushed him backwards into the intersection. Then the Mercedes accelerated as Officer Wallace tried to move out of the way.

 

The officer was dragged by the vehicle for a short distance before the car sideswiped him and threw him onto the pavement.

 

The video continued to record as Officer Wallace and other NYPD officers pursued the reckless driver on foot.

 

“They got guns drawn, man,” Dixon said in the recording.

 

“Get that car! Get the car!” an officer yelled.

 



The driver of the Mercedes refused to stop, and hit several other vehicles in the area before he disappeared, the New York Post reported.

 

“Yo, that son just sideswiped all these cars,” Dixon said. “He made it out [of] Times Square.”

 

Investigators said they have a partial plate from the Mercedes, and that the driver may have been a part of a gathering of car club members that were in the area, WCBS reported.

 

Officer Wallace said he believed there were three or four passengers in the vehicle.

 

No shots were fired at the suspect vehicle, police said.

 

Dixon, who claimed he did not know the driver, did not initially receive credit for the now-viral video.

 

“The s**t got out…without my permission,” he told the New York Post, as he explained how someone must have recorded his live broadcast and redistributed it as their own.

 

Incredibly, Dixon defended the Mercedes driver, and blamed Officer Wallace for the events that transpired.

 

“I’ve seen police come up to cars before — they come up nice and slow pace, not charging at them. They give the cars a ticket or tell them to relax,” he told the New York Post. “This cop ran out to the street, yelling at the guy and what not … The guy didn’t want to pull over, I guess … A cop on your hood with his gun drawn? I wouldn’t wanna be sitting there, either.”

 

But in the video, Officer Wallace clearly drew his weapon after the Mercedes began to run him down.

 

Dixon marveled at the Mercedes driver’s skills, and seemed to be quite enamored with his daring escape.

 

He took down the video he’d posted, and posted a message to his followers that implied he’d done so because didn’t want to have to help the police in their investigation.

 

Officer Wallace has been with the NYPD for four and a half years, WCBS reported.

 

UPDATE: He has been released from the hospital, and was expected to make a full recovery.

 

Police Officer Shot Four Times On Duty Denied Medical Coverage

Police Officer Shot Four Times On Duty Denied Medical Coverage

 

Albuquerque, NM – Nearly three years after he shot multiple times in the line of duty, Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Officer Lou Golson said he continues to battle the city and workman’s compensation for medical assistance.

 




“You would think the nightmare was getting shot. The actual nightmare was surviving. The total that it’s taken financially … is unreal,” Officer Golson told KRQE.

The 31-year veteran of the APD was conducting a traffic stop on Jan. 3, 2015, when he was shot four times, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Officer Golson sustained gunshot wounds to his leg and stomach, and nearly died.

 

Officer Golson said he had intended to go back to work as soon as possible, but that the city and workman’s compensation ultimately deprived him of that opportunity.

 

“Apparently it was not in the cards, because for five months when my initial medical starting becoming delayed or denied, there were things that could have been fixed that no longer can be fixed,” Officer Golson explained.

 

Ultimately, he was forced to retire, the officer said.

 

“I just could not fathom that I would be treated so poorly. Throughout our careers, we are taught, if you get hurt on the job, you’ll be taken care of. That is not the case,” Officer Golson said.

 




Officer Golson estimated he has paid $10,000 in medical bills out of his own pocket, simply because he tired of the constant battle to get the city and workman’s compensation to cover the expenses.

 

He said that he was working to obtain a lump sum, so that they can no longer dictate when he can access medical care and surgeries.

 

“Why does the city, in this case, have such issue taking care of their officers?” Officer Golson asked. “I mean, they’re screaming for more officers.”

 

A mediator has attempted to help settle the matter between the city of Albuquerque and the officer.

 

Recently the city offered Officer Golson just $4,000 – amounting to $20 per year – to cover his medical care, he said.

 

The mediator will make a decision in the matter, and if the city doesn’t agree with that conclusion, the case will go before a workman’s compensation judge.

 

According to KRQE, a spokesperson for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s office said that the city had already provided Officer Golson with as much money as workman’s compensation and the law would allow.

 

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UPDATE: Four Cops Shot In South Carolina

UPDATE: Four Cops Shot In South Carolina

 

York County, SC – Four law enforcement officers were shot early Tuesday morning, after a gunman opened fire on them in two separate incidences.

 

The identities of the three York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies and one York Police Department (YPD) officer who were shot have not been released, and their conditions were unknown, FOX News reported.

 

Police said that the suspect, Christian McCall, 47, was shot by officers before he was arrested. His condition was also unknown.

 




The incident began at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, when police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in York, WSOC reported.

 

According to his father-in-law, McCall had been assaulting his wife.

 

McCall fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, prompting a manhunt.

 

Just after 1 a.m., McCall shot a K-9 handler deputy. Another officer got the deputy into a patrol vehicle, and rushed him to a hospital.

 

Investigators then requested additional manpower to assist with the search.

 

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the gunman opened fire again, hitting two YCSO deputies and one YPD officer.

 

Two of the injured law enforcement officers were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, while the third was transported by ambulance, according to WSOC.

 




McCall also fired at a helicopter that was searching for him, WSOC reported.

 

The helicopter was hit, but police said that no one inside was injured.

 

Authorities said the suspect had several “long guns,” according to the Associated Press.

 

McCall was eventually shot, and taken into custody by law enforcement, YCSO spokesperson Trent Faris said, according to WSOC.

 

“This is the worst-case scenario for officers and their families, and right now we are concerned about all of them,” YPD Chief Andy Robinson said. “This is what we hope never happens.”

 

The shootings were not the first time McCall attempted to hurt law enforcement officers.

 

In 1994, McCall was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told WSOC.

 

UPDATE: One officer is now in critical condition. Please pray for this officer and everyone involved.

New Mexico Law Set Insane ‘Dangerous’ Officer’s Killer Free

New Mexico Law Set Insane ‘Dangerous’ Officer’s Killer Free

 

Las Cruces, NM – Prosecutors, and the family of a man who murdered his police officer mother, have joined forces to keep him locked up in a mental health facility after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

 




Justin Quintana, 35, murdered his mother, New Mexico State Police Officer Susan Kuchma, with her own gun in 2007.

Police said Quintana broke into his mother’s house and stole her police service weapon. Then he called his mother over to his house.

 

Officer Kuchma, who was off-duty at the time, went to her son’s home, but left after he showed her he had taken her gun. Quintana followed her, and fatally shot his mother in the head.

 

He called 911, and told responding officers it had been an accident.

 

At the time, a judge ruled Quintana incompetent to stand trial, and he was held at the state’s Behavior Health Institute in Las Vegas for more than nine years.

 

In 2017, two doctors found Quintana competent to stand trial, but one called him “extremely dangerous.”

 




His attorney and prosecutors reached an agreement shortly thereafter that they believed would keep him off the streets, and got an order from Judge Douglas Driggers in August of 2017 that declared Quintana not guilty by reason of insanity, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

 

Through the agreement, Quintana, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, admitted to murdering his mother, and was committed back to the state mental hospital until such as a time as he could be deemed sane or no longer dangerous.

 

But the state of New Mexico Department of Health said that’s not how a commitment works, and that Quintana cannot be held as a criminal patient in the state facility.

 

They said that doing so deprives the acquitted killer of rights that he would have had if he had been convicted, and told prosecutors that if they want to keep Quintana locked up, they must go back and pursue a civil commitment.

 

The health department took the matter to the state Supreme Court, and on Jan. 8, the five member panel agreed with the health department, and effectively voided Quintana’s commitment, KRQE reported.

 

Davis Ruark, a deputy district attorney in the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Las Cruces, blamed the mess on a failure of New Mexico law.

 

“Forty-nine other states have provisions within their code that deals specifically with somebody who is insane when they commit the offense,” Ruark told KRQE. “There’s 49 other states that specifically allow for commitment to a mental health facility until the very least sane, but more importantly he’s no longer a danger to the community or himself.”

 

In their ruling, the New Mexico Supreme Court instructed the mental health facility to hold Quintana for at least 15 days, which gave prosecutors and Quintana’s family a very short window of time to purse a civil commitment.

 

The decision by the state’s highest court has left prosecutors and Quintana’s family scrambling to keep the dangerous schizophrenic off the streets.

 

His family said that signs of mental illness first appeared while Quintana was in college. He suffered from paranoia and delusions.

 

It was bad enough that his father asked a doctor to write a letter that would prohibit Quintana from buying a gun, the New Mexican reported.

 

His problems continued to grow, and a psychiatrist actually diagnosed Quintana with “various mental diseases” the very same day he murdered his mother, Ruark said.

 

Prosecutors and his family have said they do not believe he should be released, creating an unusual alliance in an effort to keep the general public safe.

 

“After 10 years he was found to be minimally competent by both a doctor in Las Vegas and then by a private psychiatrist,” he said.

 

Ruark said the private psychiatrist found Quintana to be just “barely competent, but extremely dangerous,” KRQE reported.

 

He said his office was hoping to get a civil commitment for Ruark, but that ultimately, the problem should be one for legislators to tackle, because current law doesn’t address what to do with people who are found not guilty by reason of insanity.

 

Lawyer Deletes Brutality Lies Post

Lawyer Deletes Brutality Lies Post

Original Story By Holly Matkin

 

Harker Heights, TX – An attorney isn’t apologizing after being caught making false accusations against a police department and demanding the firing of an officer, but he did delete his social media posts with the false claims.

 

The police department has now released bodycam video on Friday, in addition to the earlier released dashcam video which also vindicates the officers.

 




The alleged police brutality case was dropped early Wednesday, after an internal investigation found that a woman and her married boyfriend fabricated claims that she had been assaulted by a police officer during her Jan. 1 arrest.

 

The allegations against Harker Heights Police Department (HHPD) Officer Jay Wood were broadcast on social media, after civil rights attorney Lee Merritt made a Facebook post and perpetuated Leah Dure’s claim that Officer Wood dragged from a car, banged her face into the concrete, and accused her of driving while drunk, KWTX reported.

 

“Harker Heights Police Department Officer Wood must be fired and criminally charged immediately,” Merritt’s now-deleted Jan. 5 post read.

 

Merritt claimed that Dure had ridden to a local hospital with her boyfriend, William Stewart, after his eye was injured at a New Year’s Eve party. The attorney said his client fell asleep in the passenger seat of Stewart’s vehicle while he went into the emergency room.

 

“She woke up to a white male officer dragging her from the car and banging her face into the concrete while accusing her of DUI,” Merritt wrote. “She was taken to jail and was further physically assaulted by the officer … as she tried to explain she was not driving.”

 

Merritt said that Dure was ultimately “mis-charged with public intoxication in a bizarre attempt to justify her unlawful arrest.”

 

An internal affairs investigation, which included lots of video footage, showed all the allegations of police brutality were untrue.

 

HHPD Chief Mike Gentry addressed Dure’s false allegations during a Tuesday press conference, complete with security camera, bodycam, and patrol car footage.

 




“The Harker Heights Police Department is releasing certain facts in order to correct any misinformation or falsehoods that are currently being represented in various forms of social media,” Chief Gentry said.

 

“The investigation has substantially proven her claim to be false,” he said.

 

Investigators learned that on Jan. 1, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Dure was involved in a “domestic dispute” with her married boyfriend, his wife, and several other individuals at a residence in Killeen.

 

Officers with the Killeen Police Department (KPD) were called to the altercation.

 

“Killeen Police officers on that scene recognized, at that time, extensive injuries to her face,” Chief Gentry said. “They also noted that Dure was intoxicated, and had signs of fresh bruising around her eyes.”

 

About three hours later, at approximately 5 a.m., Stewart went into the emergency room in Harker Heights to seek treatment for his own injuries.

 

“He left his vehicle running and parked in the ambulance bay, blocking ambulance access, with an intoxicated Dure in the back seat,” Chief Gentry explained.

 

A Killeen police officer was at the hospital on an unrelated matter, and overheard medical staff as they discussed Stewart’s vehicle.

 

The chief said the Killeen officer attempted to make contact with Dure inside the vehicle, and noticed then that her left eye was severely swollen, but she was uncooperative to his attempts to speak with her.

 

“She refused to exit the vehicle, and mistakenly called the Killeen officer ‘William’… asking to have drinks with him,” Chief Gentry said.

 

A hospital security officer said that at one point, Dure accused the Killeen officer of assaulting her, Chief Gentry noted.

 

Because the hospital was located outside of the Killeen officer’s jurisdiction, HHPD was contacted to assist with Dure.

 

Officer Joshua Wood was the first member of the HHPD to arrive on the scene.

 

He immediately noticed Dure’s injuries, which included a “severely swollen eye and bite marks to her face,” Chief Gentry said.

 

Dure continued to refuse to exit the vehicle. When Officer Wood attempted to remove her, Dure slid across the seat away from him, and was ultimately taken out of the car by the Killeen officer.

 




She was then placed in the back of Officer Wood’s patrol car.

 

Due to the position of the vehicles, the dashcam recording did not capture Dure as she was removed from the back of Stewart’s car.

 

Officer Wood’s bodycam was activated, but malfunctioned, and has been sent back to the manufacturer, Chief Gentry said.

 

“However, the audio on the dashboard camera is clear, and it shows that only seconds after being handcuffed, she is safely seated in the HHPD patrol unit,” Chief Gentry said.

 

The car’s internal camera recorded Dure as she sat in the back seat.

 

“Dure is emotional, crying, and continually asking why she is being arrested,” the chief said. “Apparently under the assumption that the arrest had something to do with the past fray in Killeen, she asked why he – Stewart – was not also being arrested.”

 

At that time, HHPD was not aware of the altercation that took place in Killeen, and had no contact with any of the involved parties with the exception of Dure.

 

On the video, Dure can be seen banging her own head into the patrol unit divider screen.

 

More HHPD arrived on scene to assist with the emotional woman.

 

One officer double-checked that Dure’s cuffs were not too tight after she complained about them, and even told her how to sit in order to relieve pressure from her wrists.

 

Dure was offered, and refused, medical attention more than once.

 

Police decided, since they were at the hospital, to ask a physician to come outside and examine Dure’s facial injuries.

 

“The physician did so, and was heard to say – on camera – that she was fine,” Chief Gentry said.

 

Dure told police her injuries were because of “her,” Chief Gentry said. He explained that investigators believed Dure was referring to a third party.

 

On the video, Dure told officers that her injuries “have nothing to do with me being arrested.”

 

Although Dure’s transport to the detention facility was uneventful, she became uncooperative during the booking process, and failed to comply with Officer Woods’ instructions.

 

“At one point, Dure reached towards Officer Wood’s bodycam, and he takes her arm, turns her, and presses her to the wall, loudly telling her not to touch him,” Chief Gentry said.

 

Dure was not injured during the interaction.

 

“Later in the booking process, she becomes jovial, cooperative, even joking with Officer Wood,” Chief Gentry noted.

 

She asked to hug the officer, but he declined “for officer safety reasons,” he said.

 

Despite Dure’s antics, all of which were captured on video, the arrest was relatively uneventful.

 

But Dure and Stewart went to the HHPD the next day, on Jan. 2, to file a complaint about police brutality.

 

“Both provided written statements, asserting that an officer of the Harker Heights Police Department had assaulted and injured her during the arrest and booking process, claiming the injuries to her face and arms were as a result of this arrest,” Chief Gentry said.

 

After Stewart and Dure made the police brutality claim on Jan. 2, Stewart contacted his wife and told her that HHPD would be calling her.

 

The call was recorded and shared on social media and with police.

 

“He asked her to deny that Dure’s injuries had occurred during the affray in Killeen. That phone call is recorded, and we do possess a copy,” Chief Gentry said.

 

After the chief became aware of the allegations and the complaint, he ordered the internal affairs investigation.

 

Considering the circumstances, Dure’s arrest for public intoxication was justified, Chief Gentry said.

 

“At no time was she fought, thrown down, or injured during the arrest. The injuries she sustained were from a violent domestic dispute between her, her boyfriend Stewart, Stewart’s wife, and several others … in Killeen,” he concluded.

 

Officer Wood, whom Dure falsely accused, was a “decorated military veteran with numerous overseas deployments,” who was hired by the HHPD in January of 2016, following his retirement from the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, Chief Gentry said.

 

The officer’s attorney, Robert McCabe, addressed Merritt’s blasphemous claims on Tuesday, KHOU reported.

 

“As Officer Wood’s attorney, on behalf of the Texas Municipal Police Association, I am respectfully requesting that you issue a full retraction of your false assertions on Facebook immediately or face a lawsuit for defamation per se,” McCabe said.

 

“People like Lee Merritt … he’s just a race baiter. That’s what he is,” McCabe told KHOU.

 

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Merritt issued a weak rebuttal on Facebook, in which he conceded that there was “insufficient evidence” to support Dure’s police brutality claim.

 

“The video evidence presented failed to capture the moment Ms. Dure was pulled from her vehicle and placed under arrest – the very moment she has maintained she was injured by Officer Wood. HHPD claims Officer Wood’s bodycam failed at that very moment, but later came back online to capture her injuries while she was seated in the back of a police vehicle. While our office finds it implausible that [a] failure occurred at the most critical aspect of Ms. Dure’s arrest, the absence of circumstantial evidence that a violent attack occurred during this missing period of recording, coupled with significant evidence that Ms. Dure suffered serious injury to her face prior to her arrest, makes further pursuit of a Civil Rights claim untenable,” Merritt wrote.

 

He then acknowledged that the evidence did not support Dure’s allegations against Officer Wood.

 

“There is no factual basis to believe that Officer Joshua Wood committed an assault against Leah Dure. Accordingly, our office will no longer pursue this matter on behalf of Ms. Dure,” Merritt concluded.

 

Chief Gentry said that the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI have been assisting with the investigation.