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Stop Stick® April Hit of the Month April 2024: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office [OR]

June 17, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: April 2024 Hit of the Month


Read about the exceptional police officers who used Stop Sticks® to safely end pursuits in April
“Hit of the Month” is Stop Stick, Ltd.’s 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 bring pursuits to an end safely. Below are the departments that were nominated from the hundreds of submissions, and the ones who have been selected as the “Hit of the Month”.


Winner:

West

2024 April Hit of the Month. Winner: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Oregon

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

Bend, Oregon

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 2 (R/Front), (R/Rear)
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 101-110 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 22 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2011 Dodge Charger (Decommissioned Police Vehicle)
  • Deploying Officer(s): Deputy Calum Cecil-Wherity

Stop Stick® Hero: Deputy Cecil-Wherity Ends Reckless Pursuit, Protects Public Safety

This month’s Stop Stick® Hit of the Month winner is Deputy Calum Cecil-Wherity of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (OR). His decisive use of Stop Sticks® effectively terminated a dangerous high-speed chase and apprehended a reckless driver.

The Pursuit:

On April 15th, at approximately 6:15 PM, an 18-year-old driving a decommissioned police car initiated a high-speed chase through Jefferson and Deschutes counties, reaching speeds exceeding 120 MPH and endangering public safety. Both Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Deputies were forced to call off the pursuit due to the suspect’s erratic behavior.

Strategic Deployment:

Despite calling off the chase, Deschutes County Deputies continued monitoring the situation. Recognizing the ongoing danger the suspect posed to other motorists, Deputy Cecil-Wherity strategically positioned himself at an overpass on Highway 97 during rush hour.

Textbook Stop:

As the suspect approached, Deputy Cecil-Wherity expertly deployed Stop Sticks® across the highway lanes, precisely timed to avoid obstructing other traffic. While attempting to maneuver around slower vehicles, the suspect struck the Stop Sticks®, causing two flat tires and bringing the vehicle to a safe stop.

Apprehension and Recognition:

The suspect was apprehended without further incident. Law enforcement officials acknowledged the potential for a tragic outcome if the pursuit had continued

Sgt. Barringer of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office commended Deputy Cecil-Wherity, stating in the deployment report, “Deputy Cecil-Wherity’s deployment was textbook. It resulted in the best possible outcome for this situation.”

Nomination for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month:

For his exceptional tactical skills and decisive use of Stop Sticks®, Deputy Calum Cecil-Wherity is proudly nominated for the April Stop Stick® Hit of the Month Award. His actions demonstrate the life-saving potential of Stop Sticks® in terminating dangerous pursuits and protecting communities.

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Nominees

Midwest
April 2024 Hit of the Month

(Honorable Mention)
Kansas City Police Department (Kansas & Missouri)

Kansas City, Missouri – Kansas

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 39
  • # of Tires Deflated: 30+
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 31-40 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 1-13 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2017 Corvette, 3x- Dodge Chargers, VW Jetta, Chevy Camero, Kia Optima, Chevy Malibu
  • Deploying Officers: Det. Caniglia, PO Walz, Sgt. Rivers, PO De Loera, D. Dundovich, B. McCluskey, C. Casper, A. Lewis, R. Yearsley, C. Bussell, M. Moulin, D. Potter, G. Carter, R. Twitchell, N. Pleshka

Stop Stick and Kansas City PD Cracks Down on Illegal Street Takeovers

This month’s Stop Stick® Hit of the Month nominees are the combined forces of the Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) and Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) Police Departments. Their outstanding collaboration and strategic use of Stop Sticks® resulted in a significant crackdown on dangerous street takeovers.

Joint Operation:

Over the weekend of April 6th-7th, KCMO and KCK police departments joined forces for a coordinated operation to address illegal street takeovers. Officers effectively communicated throughout the operation, dismantling multiple gatherings and informing each other when the activity shifted locations.

Stop Sticks® Halt Illegal Activity:

The Kansas City Police helicopter tracked fleeing vehicles, enabling both departments to strategically deploy Stop Sticks®. This crucial tactic effectively disabled 39 vehicles involved in the takeovers, significantly hindering their ability to continue disrupting public safety.

Results and Recognition:

The joint operation yielded impressive results:

  • 39 Vehicles Disabled: Stop Sticks® successfully immobilized vehicles associated with the street takeovers.
  • 27 Citations Issued: Traffic violations were addressed.
  • 1 Illegal Gun Confiscated: A potentially dangerous weapon was removed from circulation.
  • 5 Vehicles Seized: Further investigation into these vehicles was possible.
  • 3 Arrests Made: Individuals involved in the illegal activity were apprehended.

In recognition of their exceptional teamwork and innovative use of Stop Sticks®, we nominate the entire Kansas City Police Departments (KCMO & KCK) for the April Stop Stick® Hit of the Month Award. This operation highlights the effectiveness of Stop Sticks® in deterring dangerous activities and promoting public safety.

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East

2024 April Hit of the Month Nominee Georgetown Police Department South Carolina.
Georgetown Police Department

Georgetown, South Carolina

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 1(R/Front)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 101-110 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 47 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2013 Hyundai Sonata
  • Deploying Officer: Cory Sauthoff

Officer Sauthoff Ends High-Speed Chase with Stop Stick®, Captures Repeat Offender

This month’s Stop Stick® Hit of the Month nominee, Officer Cory Sauthoff, demonstrates exceptional courage and collaboration in apprehending a dangerous suspect.

The Pursuit Begins:

On April 14th, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office received a BOLO alert for a stolen Hyundai Sonata. A GCS Deputy strategically positioned himself to monitor traffic and quickly spotted the suspect vehicle.

High-Speed Chase and Evasion Attempts:

Ignoring the officer’s lights and sirens, the suspect attempted multiple U-turns and reached speeds of 128 MPH on the highway, jeopardizing public safety.

Stop Sticks® Halt the Threat:

As the chase neared Georgetown City Limits, Georgetown Police Officers, working collaboratively with the Sheriff’s Office, were prepared with Stop Sticks®. Despite the suspect’s last-ditch effort to avoid them, one set of Stop Sticks successfully disabled the vehicle’s tires.

Apprehension and Discovery:

Determined to evade capture, the suspect exited the highway, ran over a second set of Stop Sticks, and eventually abandoned the car. Officers apprehended the suspect without further incident. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a concerning amount of stolen property, tools used for vehicle thefts, and a black mask.

Officer Sauthoff’s Nomination:

Officer Sauthoff’s quick thinking and coordinated effort with the Georgetown Police Department effectively terminated a dangerous high-speed chase. His actions exemplify the crucial role Stop Sticks® play in apprehending criminals and ensuring public safety.

Nomination for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month:

For his exceptional service and collaborative spirit, Officer Cory Sauthoff is nominated for the April Stop Stick® Hit of the Month Award.

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Local News Article: https://gabnewsonline.com/stolen-vehicle-recovered-after-high-speed-chase-p7865-170.htm


South

2024 Hit of the Month April Stop Stick: Nominee Adamsville Police Department

Adamsville Police Department

Adamsville, Alabama

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated on: 4 (R/Front), (L/Front), (R/Rear), (L/Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 31-40 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 4 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 2-3 miles
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2013 Cadillac CTS
  • Deploying Officer(s): Officer T. Huckabee, Sgt. A. Ragsdale

Officers from Adamsville Take Down Murder Suspect

This month’s Stop Stick® Hit of the Month nominees demonstrate exceptional courage and teamwork in apprehending a dangerous fugitive.

The Incident:

On April 4th, Jefferson County Deputies responded to a welfare check, tragically discovering a deceased individual at a residence. Following leads, authorities identified a potential suspect who was later spotted driving a 2013 Cadillac CTS within Adamsville city limits.

Pursuit and Apprehension:

Adamsville Police Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect refused to comply and fled, initiating a pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect recklessly fired at pursuing officers.

Stop Sticks® Halt the Threat:

Fortunately, Officer Huckabee and Sgt. Ragsdale was strategically positioned ahead with Stop Sticks® at the ready. Unaware of this tactic, the suspect continued his reckless flight, striking both sets of Stop Sticks®. This effectively disabled the vehicle, forcing the suspect to abandon it and continue firing at officers on foot.

Safe Resolution:

Officers successfully apprehended the suspect, who sustained a gunshot wound during the confrontation. No officers were injured. The suspect received medical treatment and is in custody.

Why Officer Huckabee & Sgt. Ragsdale Deserves Recognition:

Officer Huckabee and Sgt. Ragsdale’s exceptional teamwork and decisive utilization of Stop Sticks® played a critical role in stopping a dangerous individual and preventing further harm. Their actions exemplify the life-saving potential of Stop Stick® technology in high-risk situations.

Nomination for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month:

For their outstanding service and commitment to public safety, Officer Huckabee and Sgt. Ragsdale are nominated for the April Stop Stick® Hit of the Month Award.

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To register for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month, please submit a Deployment Report using the Link: https://stopstick.com/deployment-report/
You can be considered for Video of the year by uploading Dashcam, or Bodycam footage after submitting your Deployment Report.
If you know an officer who should be nominated for Hit of the Month please submit a pursuit report: https://stopstick.com/home/pursuit-reporting