Here is the scenario I was given.
You have been asked to write an explanation of probable cause, for training purposes, using the following incident as an example:
At about 1:30 a.m. there is emergency radio traffic from dispatch that the GoBuy Mart at the corner of Halsted and Magnolia Streets was just robbed at gunpoint by an unknown male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall wearing a mask and a black sweatshirt. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a red late-model 2-door Mustang.
Sgt. Smith and I are close in the area, and Sgt. Smith quickly turns onto Maple Avenue, which intersects with Magnolia Street. He advises that many suspects flee in this direction and ditch their vehicles (often, these vehicles were stolen). As Sgt Smith and I approach the intersection, we both spot a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle racing down Magnolia Street. Sgt. Smith advises dispatch that the vehicle is insight and activates the emergency lights. The vehicle quickly speeds up in an apparent attempt to elude arrest. About one minute (1.3 miles) later, the vehicle loses control and runs into a telephone pole. The suspect crawls from the car and attempts to run away. Sgt. Smith pulls close with the patrol car and jumps out, ordering the suspect to 'Stop!' The suspect drops what appears to be a cut cigar tube on the ground.
Sgt. Smith quickly catches up to the injured suspect, and the suspect turns around, holding what appears to be a small caliber revolver. Sgt. Smith hits him with such force that the gun falls to the ground. The suspect hits Sgt. Smith with a closed fist to the face and is quickly handcuffed by Sgt. Smith with my assistance. Sgt. Jones, bleeding from his nose, takes the suspect to the car. I pick up the firearm and the cut cigar tube.
The suspect, a Mr. Simon Simms (White Male, DOB 1-1-1986) is on felony probation and has two previous armed robbery convictions. I order Sgt. Smith to go to the hospital to take care of his obviously broken nose (bent to the side).
Please answer the following questions to guide you in the composition of your 6-8 page paper on probable cause for this case. Please justify all answers with academic or real-life empirical practical criminal justice examples. Please use APA style formatting for cited sources.
I have omitted the questions because I have all but the following information. I would appreciate it if you could assist me with determining the offences.
The offences I have come up with for my probable cause statement are:
assault on an officer
Thanks again for your input!