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05-23-07, 11:48 AM #1
Ohio Officer Chasing Suspect Dies in River
I know how it can get during the heat of the moment and no officer likes to let the bad guy get away. But everyone needs to stop and think, especially when it comes to jumping in the water after someone whether it be a suspect or a victim.
As a river patrol deputy part of my training involved water survival.
We had to jump in the water in full uniform and gear and the average officer lasted less than 2min. That was just treading water in a pool with no current or freezing temps. We all lasted less when they tossed a struggling victim or a bad guy at us.
Be safe out there.
My prayers go out to this officer, his family and department.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio --
An officer died after he dived into the Ohio River to chase a fleeing suspect, authorities said Wednesday.
The officer's body was recovered from the river about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Police Chief Clinton Patterson said. That was more than nine hours after he and another officer gave chase Tuesday afternoon.
The victim's name and which law enforcement agency he worked for were not released because his relatives had not been notified.
Two officers stopped a man on a city street for questioning at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Patterson said.
The man, identified as Joseph Harris of Springfield, ran a few hundred yards before jumping into the river from a bank 10 to 15 feet above the water, Patterson said. It was not clear why Harris fled, he said.
The officers, hot in pursuit, apparently jumped into the river from the same location, Patterson said.
Witnesses said one of the officers went under water and did not resurface, according to Patterson. The other officer was pulled from the water by rescuers after trying in vain to save his friend.
The suspect, meanwhile, swam to Gallipolis Island, in the river about 150 feet from shore, and was arrested about two hours later by police who reached the island in boats, the chief said.
Harris was being held in the Gallia County jail. It was not immediately clear whether charges had been filed. A jailer said he did not yet have an attorney.
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05-23-07, 12:07 PM #2
that is awful newshttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
We dallied under
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Searched for lady slippers
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An old skid road
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His cyanotic eyes
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The sun turn tail and
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To his world of illusion
05-23-07, 12:20 PM #3
there aint no shit head out there worth jumping into any waters for.YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
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Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
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05-23-07, 12:21 PM #4
RIP my Brother
Its circumstances like this that the bad guy should be charged with murder under the Felony Murder Rule. or something similiar."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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05-23-07, 12:41 PM #5
Rest easy, brother. Tragic.
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05-23-07, 01:20 PM #6
That shit head should be charged with murder!!!
05-23-07, 01:32 PM #7
Very sad..RIPDon't you just hate it when someone's balls are hidden so well, they can't seem to find it themselves ~ RSA
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05-23-07, 07:10 PM #8
RIP man you are now cleared for the patrol in the sky, you wont be forgotton, go in peace and love.
05-23-07, 07:42 PM #9
Rest in peace.
05-23-07, 08:20 PM #10
One more angel to watch over the ones still working down here .
05-23-07, 08:27 PM #11
No bad guy is worth jumping into a river or a lake over.
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05-23-07, 10:04 PM #13
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06-01-07, 02:21 AM #14
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but now I take a pill for that"
06-01-07, 02:23 AM #15
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06-01-07, 06:46 AM #16
Very sad. RIPNever approach a bull by the front, a horse from behind, or an idiot from any direction.
06-01-07, 07:26 AM #17
My thoughts and prayers to the family and the department.http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
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06-02-07, 01:09 AM #18
Rest in peace.
06-02-07, 05:14 PM #19
RipCalm Like A Bomb...
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