Officers of the law have tons of terrifying experiences
If you have ever watched a show like Cops, you know that police officers are constantly sent out to end arguments between people, pick up drunks who are getting agressive at bars, and stop erratic drivers. There are, of course, far more serious events that they have to deal with on a regular basis, and sometimes the things that they see are so terrifying that they just can’t get it out of their heads.
Officers can be traumatized by what they come across during welfare checks, dealing with disappearing suspects, and worse…
In the Woods
Was called to a one-vehicle accident in the middle of nowhere late one night. Come upon a car that had rolled over, but wound up upright. It had been driven some distance after that and then abandoned. Miles from anywhere, no one around, and a freshly stuffed car.
I had to inventory the vehicle and investigate the accident/ID the driver. I’m all lit up so that anyone driving down that road wouldn’t hit me, but I’m pretty much as tactically vulnerable as it’s possible to be because, due to the lights, I can’t see anything going on more than 20 yards to either side.
That was a long 45 minutes waiting for the tow truck. Just me and the crickets and God only knows who or what staring back at me from the cover of darkness in the tall grass. No other cars ever did come along. (throwawayforLEOstuff)
I was sitting monitoring a stop sign late at night, somewhere around two-three in the morning. The area was notoriously known for a gruesome murder that has still gone unsolved. While sitting there I noticed something shoot across the back of my car in my rear view mirror. As I was looking in the mirror trying to see what was behind my car the black shadow shot up the driver side of my car then across the front of my car. Creeped out I realized it was time to gtfo of there and gunned it down the road.
Our video cameras in the car are set to turn on automatically at certain speeds so it turned on. I decided to review the camera to see if something really did cross in front of my car. During the point where something should have went in front of my car the camera went completely dark like something blocked the lens. (gendarme_)
I work for a small town, a little less then 2,000. We’re out in the country and only have one officer on at a time so I’m on my own for the most part. Sheriff deputies will come back me up if a serious call comes out or I radio for assistance. I’m on my own for at least 15 minutes.
On a fall night around 2 a.m., a call comes out for a check welfare a few miles outside of town. A woman had called dispatch asking us to check on her ex husband because he hadn’t been acting himself lately and she was concerned.
I pull up to the house, the place is surrounded by dense woods and has about a quarter mile driveway. I can see a light on in the front bay window. I get out of my squad, walk up to the front door, and give it a few normal knocks. No answer. Give it a few harder knocks. Still no answer. I radio dispatch and tell them I’m not getting an answer at the door. I ask them to check our system for a phone number and try giving him a call and ask him to come to the door. Dispatch tells me they already have him on the line.
Twenty seconds later dispatch radios that he called in and told them I better leave because he’s sitting in the woods with his shotgun aimed at me as we speak.
My head shot up looking out into the pitch black trees and I slowly walked back to my squad. I was oddly calm until the last few steps before reaching my squad when I felt the panic of someone running up behind you. I jumped in my squad and pinned it out of there.
Several hours later he gave himself up without anyone getting hurt. (MJS1991)