Wonder why cops are always on edge? Watch this footage of officers being ambushed – you’ll understand.

NEW YORK, NY- On Friday, March 5th, the New York Police Department (NYPD) released body camera footage of a November 2020 shooting that shows the suspect in a domestic violence case entering a home in Queens and opening rapid fire on two officers and his alleged victim.

According to reports, both officers, Joseph Murphy and Christopher wells, were wounded with non-life threatening injuries, but were able to return fire killing the gunman who has since been identified as 41-year-old Rondell Goppy.

The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. on November 24, 2020 at a home on 179th Street near 146th Road in Springfield Gardens. According to authorities, a 41-year-old woman had walked into the 105 Precinct to report the domestic violence case.

After the woman reported what happened, the officers accompanied her back to the residence to help her collect her belongings so she could safely leave. The body cam footage shows the officers talking with the woman in the living room of the residence.

Shortly after that, Goppy appears out of no where, unannounced at the front door and opens fire without saying a word. He fired 11 shots in total, striking Officer Wells in the thigh shattering his femur and Officer Murphy on both of his hands. 

The officers fired 24 shots combined, striking Goppy multiple times. Authorities said Goppy had three guns, one of which was found under his body. Law enforcement officials said it is a miracle both officers survived the surprise attack. PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement:

“This video is chilling and difficult to watch, but it makes one thing clear: Police Officers Wells and Murphy saved lives. They saved the lives of that domestic violence victim and her children and they saved each other’s lives all because they had the training, skill, and courage of New York City police officers.”

He added”

“For anyone questioning whether we need police officers responding to these types of situations, this video is the answer.”

Wells is a 14-year-old NYPD veteran and Murphy has been with the force since 2015. After the shooting, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement:

“They saved that woman’s life. I want to be crystal clear because these officers were there, that woman is alive.”

The female victim was not injured and can be seen on the video running for cover. Both officers were released on Thanksgiving morning and were met outside the hospital with bagpipes and the applause of their fellow officers. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement:

“There is no surprise here today what we have to be thankful for.”

Reportedly, Goppy was a college security guard and had his guns taken away in July 2020, but then returned in September 2020. He was employed at the City College of New York in Harlem and was licensed to carry as a peace officer. The college’s website listed him as a “Crime Prevention Specialist.”

According to authorities, Goppy has a history of domestic violence and that the home was the site of four prior domestic violence calls. The body cam footage from this violent and unprovoked incident serves as a reminder that police officers are needed.

It is important to remember the pressures these officers go through and the risks they accept on behalf of the citizens of this country every day.

Had those police officers not been there assisting the domestic violence victim in collecting her belongings so she could leave that volatile situation in a safe manner, it is almost certain that everyone involved other than the armed assailant would be dead. 

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Body cam video shows officers fatally shoot armed man holding baby hostage in Phoenix

January 28th, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ – Phoenix police released video and 911 audio of an incident when officers shot and killed an armed man holding his baby hostage. The harrowing incident unfolded on January 9.

The incident began at approximately 3:15 p.m. when a hotel manager called 911 reporting a man assaulting a woman. Several other 911 calls received included reports of a man fighting with a woman and reports of a man shooting at people. Another call to 911 came from a woman at the hotel who said the man took her baby:

“My husband just took my baby. He has a gun. He’s loaded. He took the baby. He is trying to kill him. He’s fired. He’s shooting…he’s going to kill people.”

Paul Bolden rips the baby from the mother's arms (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Paul Bolden rips the baby from the mother’s arms (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Surveillance video captured 37-year-old Paul Bolden wrestling a baby from the arms of a woman in the parking lot of the hotel.  The man then ran into traffic on Van Buren Street, and several 911 calls reported he stopped a car and held the driver at gunpoint.

One 911 caller told a dispatcher:

“I’m at the McDonald’s drive-thru and there’s this black man that stopped a white car and he has a gun and has a baby in his arms. He stopped the white car in the street, and he has a baby in his arms, and he has a gun.’

Bolden runs inti traffic carrying the baby and a firearm. (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Bolden runs into traffic carrying the baby and a firearm. (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Officers arrived within one minute of the 911 call and reported they observed Bolden firing his gun while holding the baby.  Body camera video shows officers drawing weapons, and one officer can be heard radioing, “He has a kid hostage right now. He has a gun. One gunshot already.”

The officer can be heard on the video telling Bolden to put the baby down as two other officers arrived. Officers told Bolden to drop his gun, but he refused. One of the arriving officers uses a police vehicle door to steady the aim of his rifle toward Bolden. The officer fired one shot, striking Bolden in the head.

A Phoenix officer fires one round from his rifle striking Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)
A Phoenix officer fires one round from his rifle striking Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The officer later said that he fired because the man had placed his gun to the baby’s head and was also pointing the firearm at other bystanders. A critical incident briefing issued by the Phoenix police said:

“Officers told the suspect to drop the gun and he refused. Two other officers arrived to help. An officer armed with his city-issued rifle shot at the suspect when he saw the suspect point the gun at the baby and others.”

Officers can be seen on video running over to the man, and one officer picks up the baby and runs away from the scene. One officer can be seen taking the child to a police vehicle and consoling him while checking for any injuries. The officer can be heard on video talking to the child to calm him:

“Hi buddy, hey buddy, are you okay?” Hi, bud. I know?”

An officer grabbed the child and carried him to safety (Phoenix Police Dept.)
An officer grabbed the child and carried him to safety (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Bolden was transported to a local hospital where he later died, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

The baby suffered sore ears, but no other injuries. No officers were injured, and some bystanders suffered only minor injuries, according to authorities. Police reported:

“There were no injuries to officers or any serious injuries to community members. The gunfire from Bolden struck nearby businesses.”

Several businesses were damaged by bullets fire by Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Several businesses were damaged by bullets fired by Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The officer who fired the shot has been with the Phoenix Police Department for four years. He is assigned to the Mountain View Precinct.

Police have identified the woman who was fighting with Bolden as his girlfriend, and police confirmed the baby was his son.

Police recovered the gun used by Bolten at the scene (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Police recovered the gun used by Bolten at the scene (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The shooting is being reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, as is normal procedure following a fatal police shooting.

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Off-duty police officer kicks down door, saves family from house fire

December 10, 2020

NORTH READING, MA – An off-duty police officer with the North Reading Police Department jumped into action and did what brave first responders do, no matter what. 

Sergeant Thomas Encarnacao was driving home from his swing shift at around 1:00 a.m. on December 8th when he saw flames coming from the side of a house at 30 Lowell Street.

Sgt Encarnacao radioed in his location to police and fire dispatch and ran to the front of the home.  He kicked down the front door and rescued a man who was sleeping on a couch in the home’s living room. 

Audio of Encarnacao’s call released by police captured the urgency of the moment:

“There are people in the house!  I’m trying to wake them up!”

Donald W. Stats Jr., North Reading Fire Chief stated:

“Smoke alarms did activate and the occupant did hear it. But (the occupant) thought it was something else and basically ignored it initially — until the officer was able to reach them.”

Several other officers arrived on scene and helped Sgt Encarnacao find another man in the home’s basement.  They verbally alerted the man, but couldn’t see him due to smoke.  The man made his way up from the basement and out of the home.

Chief Stats said arriving firefighters saw: 

“a heavy volume of fire on arrival coming from the left side of the structure that had self-vented and started to extend to the attic.”  

The two residents told firefighters a 13-year-old boy was sleeping in the back bedroom.  Police and firefighters were able to remove a window screen in the bedroom and pull him out through the window to safety.

Chief Stats explained that the fire crew was able to put out the fire before it damaged more of the home and attic area. 

In addition to North Reading police officers and firefighters, fire crews from Wilmington assisted at the scene and the Middleton Fire Department provided station coverage.

All three residents were evaluated at the scene, but were not taken to the hospital and no firefighters were injured. One police officer cut his hand while trying to breach a basement window. 

Chief Stats indicated that the scene was cleared by 3:30 a.m.

The three residents were displaced and are being helped by family members. The house sustained smoke, fire, and water damage, according to the statement.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

In a formal press conference on Tuesday, Sergeant Encarnacao told NBC 10 Boston:

“I saw the left hand side of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

I was able to bang on the door, got no response, there was quite a bit of smoke and flames coming up the side so I just decided to force entry.

I was able to get him, once he got his bearings, to come to me and exit the house.”

Encarnacao said they double checked to see if there was anyone else in the house. That’s when he said that the father realized his juvenile son was still inside the house and tried to run back inside.

Encarnacao pulled the child out of a window with the help of two other officers.

No one was hurt, and Encarnacao says he’s grateful his training prepared him for this:

“You plan for this your entire career. Especially those of us who work nights and overnights you may at four in the morning just find a house on fire.

When we finally made contact and knew people were there, we knew we had to do whatever we had to do to get them out.”

Great job, Sergeant Encarnacao!

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