A call comes out of an officer in a foot pursuit of a suspect. Officer Rapp and Officer Thatcher are seconds from the location and spot the suspect jogging across the street. Officer Thatcher jumps from the patrol vehicle and gives chase through a narrow brick apartment complex. He catches up to the fleeing subject and uses his taser on the shirtless suspect, allowing Officer Balderas to take him into custody. The wild-eyed and dirt covered suspect asks why he was being chased and explains he was running away from monsters. After walking the man back to the cars, Officer Thatcher explains that officers found him in a stolen van and that is why he was being pursued. The man barks out that the monsters were shocking him and Thatcher admits to the suspect that he did the “shocking” which leads the suspect to conclude that everyone is out to get him. The suspect continues to talk about monsters and being shocked and claims the van wasn’t his; his landlord left it there against his wishes. Thatcher returns to the alley where the van is parked and discuss what triggered the call, the subsequent tasing and the foot pursuit with the other officers. They all voice their concern that there must be some bad drugs going around Wichita for the man to believe the police are monsters.
Officers Thatcher and Rapp spot a white pickup truck leaving a known drug house and attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The driver accelerates away and the officers pursue him. The suspect slides through a stop light and jumps a curb, causing damage to the vehicle, but somehow manages to keep the now sparking truck moving forward. With speeds nominal and traffic light, the pursuit heads into a residential neighborhood. The truck whips onto a dirt road and begins to fishtail wildly, swinging sideways before the suspect obliterates a wood fence and smashes sideways into a wooden utility shed. The officers surround the shed and attempt to locate the suspect. It becomes obvious the man has crawled into the rafters of the small building and as more officers arrive, the man begins to scream that he was inside the building and got hit by a truck. He is given commands to come out, but falls down and gets stuck, forcing Officer Thatcher to crawl in and drag him out. He is extricated from the debris and taken into custody while still claiming that he was just innocently hanging out near the shed when the truck hit him. Officer Thatcher employs advanced investigation techniques and the man eventually confesses to being the driver before being taken to the hospital to tend to his injuries. Officers Thatcher and Rapp debrief with Sgt. Jonker and even apologize on behalf of the suspect to the residents of the home, who happened to see the entire end to the chase. They tell Officer Thatcher it was shocking to see a car chase end in their backyard. With the amount of damage to the structure and truck, everyone is surprised the man was not more injured by the crash.
|Agency||Wichita Police Department|
|Station/Area Command||Patrol South SCAT|
|Why Law Enforcement||I had an interest in law enforcement growing up, and then it seemed like a natural progression for my life after I got out of the US Army.|
|Best part of the job||The best part of my job is working with a great team of guys, and having the opportunity to make an impact in the community..|
|Hobbies||Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, traveling, and watching movies.|
|Favorite Quote||“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”-Chief Tecumseh