The Author, Fred Leland, is an acquaintance of mine from Walpole PD. I have become fond of reviewing the articles on his "Law Enforcement & Security Consulting "
page both on the net & on his Linked In groups:
The true life scenario of the murder of a young police officer is critical to this report and the understanding that one has to choose to react, rather than allowing the bad guy to control your actions. In this case, it caused the death of a young officer, whose wife either was pregnant or had just given birth to a baby boy.
The young officers name was Deputy Kyle Dinkheller which made me look up his video:
In a nutshell, Fred offers this abridged version of the shooting below, but the pdf cited below makes for a powerful read:
Fred Leland •
Jim i have used this video in training for over ten years now and i have never seen one so powerful, with numerous lessons we can all learn from. Why was the officer indecisive? Unfortunately, we will never know for sure what the young officer was thinking. Various responses from veteran officers involved in trying circumstances such as this have said the following regarding indecisive behavior: poor training, liability
concerns, no leadership backing, no community backing, never thought it would happen to him (complacency), reluctance in taking a human life, being disciplined for using force etc.The dash cam video always comes up as one of the many reasons why he may have been slow to ACT!
In the end 60 rounds exchanged—33 by the subject and 27 by the officer; the subject hit the officer a total of ten times, and the officer struck the subject once. The young officer involved died at the scene.The subject escaped and was apprehended the next day.
This incident was a catalyst for personal research on decision making.The unfortunate events that unfolded in the Kyle Dinkheller incident were about decision making, or lack thereof, despite all the physical aspects involved in the conflict. At the core of this tragic incident was a failure to make decisions and seize the initiative. I get into this case much deeper in Critical Decision Making Under Pressure an article i wrote.http://www.lesc.net/system/files/0043-0074%5B1%5D.pdf
Brian McKenna has written the best piece on what happened in this Kyle Dinkheller case and I have ever read. Its in his great book Officer Down Lessons from the Street. http://winningedgetraining.com/odnowavail.html
The book also has about 20 other cases he evaluates, like no one else i have ever read."
Hey its New Years, I am sending this out to my LE friends and my MA friends. Why if you are going to teach MA, you need to understand FEAR and making crisis decisions instantly. Any questions, please let me know.
It's a New Year, "Let's be Careful Out There"! as Sgt Phil Esterhaus used to say on "Hill Street Blues" http://youtu.be/T2QApwtE8zQ