November-2021

November 2021 Hit of the Month: Columbus Police Department - Ohio

“Hit of the Month” is Stop Stick, Ltd. program to recognize truly outstanding performance results coming from the successful deployment of Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device in ending pursuits. Every month hundreds of reports are received from across the country documenting successful deployments of Stop Sticks®. These reports detail stories of exceptional police work and proper deployment of the Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device to safely bring pursuits to an end. Below are the departments who were nominated from the hundreds of submissions, and the ones who have been selected as the “Hit of the Month”.

July HOM Winner

Midwest

Deploying Officer: Errich Taylor

Columbus Police Department  - Ohio

Columbus PD and officer Errich Taylor are November's Hit of the Month! their quick work and strategic deployment resulted in the capture of 3 minors who stole an Audi Q8 and took it on a reckless joy ride around downtown Columbus, and the Campus of OU.

Columbus PD reported in their Deployment report that a 12-year-old was taken into custody alongside 2 other minors for stealing a $100,000 Audi Q8 Custom SUV. The minors took the car from a parking garage, where an OU student had parked the car running while visiting a friend. The minors proceeded to take the car on a reckless journey around the OU campus, striking a Columbus patrol vehicle then proceeding to flee, while continuing to drive recklessly. The minors would eventually take the vehicle on the highway headed into Downtown Columbus as they took the exit ramp Officer Errich Taylor was already in place with Stop Stick® at the ready.  The minors struck the Stop Sticks puncturing all 4 tires causing them to bring the vehicle to a stop within 800 feet after striking Stop Stick. The minors then bailed out of the vehicle on foot causing Columbus PD officers to continue their pursuit. With the help of a police helicopter, all the suspects were located and taken into custody without further incident. 

Officer Taylor explained the severity of the situation stating that if he wasn't able to deploy Stop Stick®  the vehicle would have traveled into a very busy Ohio State Campus. "The Stop Sticks did their job and saved many college students". 

 Reference article:

10wbns: https://www.10tv.com/article/news/crime-tracker/3-juveniles-ages-12-14-stealing-car-ohio-state-student/530-78569762-9ac4-4687-82d6-0a9531b72484

November Nominees

South

Deputy Michael Stringer

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Marion County Sheriff's Office is our runner-up this month their quick actions and fast response resulted in the capture of a woman who was wanted for 6 felony warrants. The suspect was seen running several stop signs when a traffic stop was initiated. the suspect proceeded to accelerate in an attempt to flee the deputy. The suspect's car was already in no shape to take on a pursuit driving on a spare tire that ruptured shortly after she decided to flee. the suspect's vehicle then came into contact with Deputy Stinger pre-deployed Stop Sticks puncturing a second tire and causing the suspect to slow her speed. Eventually, Sheriff's Deputies would use a Pursuit Intervention Tactical maneuver to bring the pursuit to an end. The suspect proceeded to exit her vehicle and open the back passenger door to grab a 2-year-old child, and subsequently released several dogs that were inside the vehicle. The suspect then held up the child in front of her to shield herself from Law Enforcement.  As Deputies gave the suspects commands another deputy intervened and was able to recover the child from the suspect grasp, the child wasn't injured and was eventually reunited with family, and all the dogs would be safely recovered by animal control. The suspect was found to be in possession of various drugs, paraphernalia, and an excessive amount of fentanyl, she was charged with an additional 7 offenses in addition to her outstanding felony warrants.

Reference Atricle: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10233673/Wanted-mom-40-leads-cops-high-speed-chase-two-year-old-daughter-car.html

East

J. Wagner

Middletown Twp Police Department. Pennsylvania 

Officer Wagner deployed Stop Stick® to end the pursuit of a stolen vehicle leading police on a 12-minute highspeed pursuit. Officer Wagner Stated: " Stop Sticks worked great. Turned a 70-100MPH Pursuit into a 15-20MPH pursuit that ended within 1 mile after deployment."

West

Deputy David Russle

Platte County Sheriff's Office

 A highway pursuit ended by Stop Sticks only to be made more dangerous when the suspect opened fire on Wyoming Highway Patrol and Platte County SHeriff's deputies. Deputy David Russell was able to deploy Stop Stick® and end a pursuit initiated by Wyoming Highway Patrol. A trooper had attempted to stop the suspect's car for a speeding violation, the driver failed to stop and led law enforcement on a pursuit reaching speeds of 100MPH. Deputy David Russell was able to set up his Stop Sticks ahead of the pursuit and successfully hit 3 of the suspect's tires causing the suspect to come to an abrupt stop. The suspect would then exit the vehicle and open fire upon law enforcement who returned fire on the suspect. No one was injured in the shoot out and the suspect was then taken into police custody without further incident.

Reference Article: https://www.sweetwaternow.com/shots-fired-after-high-speed-chase-ends-in-platte-county-last-night/

To register for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month, please submit a Deployment Report using the Link: https://stopstick.com/home/pursuit-reporting

You can additionally be considered for Video of the year by uploading Dashcam, or Bodycam footage after submitting your Deployment Report.

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