The Union awarded Patrol Officers of the Month honors to Officers Zachary Crowder and Adam Linton in the October general membership meeting.
The two officers were conducting surveillance in an apartment complex on the northeast side as part of their duties with Northeast TACT. They observed a male walking through the complex carrying a pistol and arguing with a group of people.
They followed this individual when he got in his vehicle and left the complex and observed him driving slowly and firing his pistol at the same group of people.
As this suspect was shooting, he also fired directly into the occupied unmarked vehicle of two Northeast TACT officers who were conducting surveillance. As the officers ducked for cover, one of the shots struck an innocent bystander in the complex.
As this happened Officers Crowder and Linton arrived in a marked patrol car, immediately pursing the suspect, who proceeded to allude the officers at a high rate of speed for about 15 minutes. The suspect vehicle struck an innocent person’s vehicle yet continued to evade arrest in the Aldine area.
Crowder and Linton observed the suspect reaching for his gun. To prevent him from firing at them or injuring anyone else, Crowder initiated the PIT maneuver on the suspect’s vehicle, working it effectively, causing the suspect to lose control of his vehicle and “crack up.”
The officers arrested the suspect and took him into custody along with a 9mm pistol found in the front passenger seat.
During the pursuit Sgts. Ryan Watson and Enrique Carbajal found the bystander in the complex who had been shot through both legs and was bleeding heavily. Watson applied a tourniquet to slow down the bleeding before arranging the complainant to be transported to the hospital. He survived.
The suspect was charged with aggravated assault, evading in a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm.
Both Crowder and Linton were lauded for their bravery and professionalism.