Deadly calls: domestic disputes among most dangerous assignments for police


    The killing of a rookie Pennsylvania state trooper one week ago was the latest resulting from one of the deadliest types of calls that police respond to – domestic disputes.

    Of the 64 firearms-related killings of police in 2016, domestic disputes topped the list of circumstances ending in an officer’s death, according to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

    Some 15 of the killings happened during the course of dealing with a domestic dispute, followed by “suspicious person” calls, during which 13 officers died, and attempted arrests, the NLEOMF report showed.

    The killing of 23-year-old Landon Weaver last week followed a deadly domestic dispute call less than two weeks earlier, in Georgia, where two officers who were best friends died as they responded to a call in an apartment complex.

    Someone’s home can be a dangerous place to be for a police officer. They know where things are – guns, kitchen knives, a baseball bat, an iron.

    – Retired Lieut. Randy Sutton

    “They’re emotionally-fueled incidents,” said Lt. Randy Sutton, a retired Nevada police officer and…

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