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Stop Stick® October Hit of the Month 2023: Union County Sheriff’s Office [NC]

January 12, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: October 2023 Hit of the Month


Read about the exceptional police officers who used Stop Sticks® to safely end pursuits in September
“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:

East      

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
Vero Beach, Florida

  • # of tires deflated: 1 (L/Front)
  • Pursuit Speed: 91-100 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit:  10 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: Lexus
  • Deploying Officer(s): Deputy Chad MacConnell

    Tense Pursuit Leads to Safe Apprehension: Deputy MacConnell Nominated for Hit of the Month

    Indian River County, FL – In a heart-stopping display of courage and quick thinking, Deputy Chad MacConnell of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has been nominated for October’s Hit of the Month Award. His decisive actions during a high-stakes pursuit not only neutralized a dangerous suspect but also prioritized the safety of the public throughout the incident.

    High-Speed Drama Unfolds:

    The drama began when deputies joined the pursuit of a suspect wanted for first-degree attempted murder, stemming from a stabbing at a local pediatrician’s office. Recognizing the severity of the situation, deputies swiftly formed a perimeter and initiated a pursuit, but the suspect sped off in a white Lexus sedan, reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph.

    Prioritizing public safety, deputies immediately requested aerial support to safely track the fleeing vehicle. Deputy MacConnell, along with another officer, displayed exceptional teamwork by strategically deploying Stop Sticks® at a predetermined location on the road.

    Quick Thinking Thwarts Escape:

    As the suspect attempted to swerve around the Stop Sticks®, Deputy MacConnell showcased remarkable quick thinking and adjusted the device, effectively flattening the front driver-side tire. This decisive move significantly hindered the suspect’s escape, allowing pursuing deputies to close in and safely apprehend the individual.

    Dedicated Service, Safe Resolution:

    The coordinated efforts of Deputy MacConnell and the entire Indian River County Sheriff’s Office throughout this tense pursuit demonstrate their unwavering dedication to public safety. Their nomination for October’s Hit of the Month Award is a testament to their exceptional teamwork, strategic skills, and commitment to apprehending dangerous individuals while minimizing risk to the community.

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Nominees

East

Howard County Police  Department
Ellicott City, Maryland

  • # of tires deflated: 4
  • Pursuit Speed: (Not Reported)
  • Time of Pursuit: 15 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: Kia Optima
  • Deploying Officer: Officer Alexander Sirois

Ellicott City, MD – In a textbook display of tactical prowess and swift action, Officer Sirois and the Howard County Police Department have earned a well-deserved nomination for October’s Hit of the Month Award. Their decisive use of Stop Sticks® not only brought a high-speed pursuit to a safe end but also prevented potential harm to the community and the five teenage occupants of the stolen vehicle.

Multi-County Chase:

The drama began on October 10th, 2023, when a Baltimore County Police Department license plate reader flagged a stolen Kia Optima. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver, ignoring their commands, sped away, igniting a pursuit that crossed county lines.

Stop Sticks Take Control:

As the chase entered Howard County, officers, including Officer Sirois, were ready with a strategic plan. They anticipated the fleeing vehicle’s route and, at a critical point, deployed Stop Sticks®. The driver, oblivious to the danger ahead, careened over the spikes, instantly flattening all four tires.

The disabled Kia came to a stop within a mile, and thanks to the effective use of Stop Sticks®, the five juvenile occupants were apprehended without further incident. This outcome not only neutralized a stolen vehicle but also prevented the pursuit from escalating into a potentially dangerous situation.

Officer Sirois and the Howard County Police Department’s nomination for Hit of the Month is a testament to their quick thinking, tactical skill, and commitment to community safety. Their decisive deployment of Stop Sticks® prevented further risk and brought a potentially volatile situation to a peaceful resolution.

We commend Officer Sirois and the entire Howard County Police Department for their exemplary service and courage. Their actions highlight the invaluable role Stop Sticks® play in law enforcement, allowing officers to safely stop fleeing vehicles and protect both the public and themselves.


 

West

Washington  County Sheriff’s Office
Hurricane, Utah

  • # of tires deflated: 4
  • Pursuit Speed: 81-90 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 15 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • Deploying Officer: Deputy D. Montgomery

Washington County, UT – After a multi-state chase with roots in Arizona, Deputy Montgomery of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is being hailed a hero for their skillful use of Stop Sticks® and collaborative spirit. Their decisive action earned them a well-deserved nomination for September’s Hit of the Month Award.

From Trespassing to Pursuit:

The drama began in Arizona when Bureau of Land Management Agents attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle for trespassing. A routine license plate check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant for the driver, igniting a high-speed chase that rapidly crossed state lines into Utah.

Recognizing the need for a coordinated response, local agencies joined forces to track and safely apprehend the suspect. As the pursuit approached Washington County, Deputy Montgomery, along with dispatch and other officers, formulated a plan. They strategically deployed Stop Sticks® at a critical point, setting the stage for a safe resolution.

Flat Tires, Quick Surrender:

With nerves of steel and unwavering focus, Deputy Montgomery’s deployment proved successful. All four tires of the suspect vehicle were punctured, forcing the driver to finally come to a halt. Thankfully, the suspect surrendered without further incident, thanks to the combined efforts of all involved agencies.

Collaboration Saves the Day:

In their pursuit report, Deputy Montgomery eloquently stated, “This operation was a shining example of inter-agency cooperation.” Five different agencies worked together seamlessly, showcasing the power of teamwork in law enforcement.

Deputy Montgomery’s quick thinking, skillful Stop Stick® deployment, and dedication to collaboration earned them a well-deserved nomination for September’s Hit of the Month Award. Their actions not only brought a potentially dangerous chase to a safe end but also exemplified the vital role law enforcement plays in our communities.

We commend Deputy Montgomery and all the agencies involved in this successful operation. Their dedication to public safety and exceptional teamwork serve as an inspiration to us all. Share this story to celebrate Deputy Montgomery’s heroism and raise awareness about the importance of inter-agency collaboration in keeping our communities safe.

 


Midwest

Winchester Police Department (Honorable Mention)
Winchester, Indiana

  • # of tires deflated: 8* (Multiple cars)
  • Pursuit Speed: 51-60 MPH(x2)
  • Time of Pursuit: 42 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: First car 4 Miles, Second car 6 Miles
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2012 Ford Focus, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • Deploying Officer: Christopher Fitzsimmons

    Winchester, VA – In a display of quick thinking and decisive action, Officer Christopher Fitzsimmons of the Winchester Police Department has earned a well-deserved nomination for October’s Hit of the Month Award. His masterful use of Stop Stick® not once, but twice, brought two separate high-speed chases involving suspected drunk drivers to a safe and swift conclusion.

    Two Chases Converge, One Officer Takes Control:

    The drama unfolded when separate pursuits initiated by Randolph County Deputies, both centered on suspected drunk drivers, unexpectedly converged within Officer Fitzsimmons’ vicinity. Without hesitation, he sprung into action, strategically positioning himself to intercept the first suspect driving a 2012 Ford Focus.

    With precise timing, Officer Fitzsimmons deployed Stop Stick®, effectively bringing the Ford Focus to a halt by flattening all four of its tires. Faced with a disabled vehicle, the first suspect surrendered to authorities without further incident.

    Regroup, Redeploy, Repeat:

    But the story doesn’t end there. In a remarkable twist, the second pursuit, involving a Chevy Cruze, mirrored the first and soon found itself headed towards Officer Fitzsimmons’ position. Seizing the moment, he swiftly regrouped, retrieved the Stop Sticks®, and, without missing a beat, redeployed them in the path of the Chevy Cruze.

    Deja Vu with a Safe Ending:

    History repeated itself, as the Stop Sticks® once again did their job, disabling the Chevy Cruze with flat tires. The second suspect, like the first, surrendered peacefully, bringing both pursuits to a safe conclusion within six miles of the initial deployment.

    Hit of the Month Recognition:

    Officer Fitzsimmons’ quick thinking, adaptability, and skillful use of Stop Stick® in a fast-paced situation earned him his well-deserved nomination for Hit of the Month. His actions not only neutralized two potentially dangerous chases but also prevented further risk to himself, other officers, and the public.

    We commend Officer Fitzsimmons for his exemplary service and skill. His story highlights the vital role law enforcement plays in our communities and the invaluable potential of Stop Stick® technology in safely ending high-speed chases involving impaired drivers.

 

Midwest

Raytown Police Department (Honorable Mention)
Raytown, Missouri

  • # of tires deflated: 8* (Multiple cars)
  • Pursuit Speed: 71-80 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 6 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 1, < 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2007 Ford F-150, Hyundai (Model not listed)
  • Deploying Officer: P.O. Leger
    Police Officer Leger has been nominated with an Honorable Mention for October’s Hit of the Month, acknowledging his remarkable success in deploying Stop Stick to terminate two separate pursuits.The first pursuit unfolded with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, initiated when attempting to stop a drunk driver. After a six-minute pursuit, Officer Leger strategically deployed Stop Stick, flattening all four tires of the suspect’s vehicle. Concurrently, as Raytown officers and Clay County Deputies apprehended the DUI suspect, Kansas City Police alerted Raytown Police about a stolen Hyundai heading their way.

    Undeterred, Officer Leger swiftly gathered and re-deployed Stop Sticks in the same location, notifying KCPD about the deployment. As the stolen Hyundai evaded Kansas City Police and approached Officer Leger’s position, he once again deployed Stop Sticks, effectively puncturing all four tires and compelling the suspect to surrender less than a mile later.

    This nomination underscores the durability and effectiveness of Stop Stick, as Officer Leger successfully redeployed the same set in both pursuits. The commendable coordination between law enforcement agencies and the efficient use of Stop Stick demonstrate its reliability, proving just as effective in subsequent deployments as in its initial use.

 


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