Good judgment, communication and collaboration were among the tools Chatham-Kent police used to diffuse an unpredictable weapons call in Shrewsbury on Halloween 2021.
The combined skills of members of the Critical Incident Response Team and emergency 9-1-1 operators have earned a Chief’s Commendation for all involved.
At a recent police services board meeting, Chief Gary Conn acknowledged that the professionalism and collaborative efforts of CKPS staff brought an “extremely stressful situation” to a successful conclusion with no loss of life.
The early morning incident on Raglan Road involved an off-duty police officer who was suicidal. Using his service weapon, the officer threatened to end his own life. He also forcibly held a family member in the residence and subsequently pointed a firearm into the chest of another person.
According to Conn, the man was arrested and taken to hospital for psychiatric treatment. He was later charged with several offences.
Chief Conn praised all members of the team and singled out CIRT team member Const. Brad Hessel for optimizing his position and successfully apprehending the man, thereby bringing the event to a “peaceful” end.
Another Chatham-Kent police officer was also recognized at the meeting for heroism while off duty.
Const. Darcy Lunn earned a Letter of Recognition from Deputy Chief Kirk Earley for coming to the aid of man in distress on July 10, 2021.
Earley said Lunn was on his way home when he noticed the unconscious man on Emma Street and stopped, taking immediate action.
It took five doses of NARCAN to revive the man, with Lunn continuing to preform CPR until paramedics arrived on scene.
According to Earley, the man would have “most certainly succumbed” to the overdose if not for the quick actions demonstrated by Lunn.