HPOU presented its Patrol Officers of the Month honor to Officers L. Weber and J. Rivera in the April general membership meeting.
Sgt. Luis Menendez-Sierra detailed the event that earned these two officers the honor.
He said last May 7 Weber and Rivera responded to a call regarding a suspicious person with a weapon at an apartment complex in the 5800 block of Glenmont, immediately walking up to a complex near the suspect’s last known location. They heard a gunshot and immediately proceeded toward the discharge location.
Weber and Rivera then observed a man matching the description of the suspect walking in the opposite direction of the gunshot.
“Officers tried to cut the suspect off but lost sight of him,” Menendez-Sierra explained. “Officers asked several people that were outside the complex if they saw where the suspect went. One person told officers that they saw him go inside apartment No. 130.”
Rivera knocked on the door and when he asked the resident if he’d seen the suspect said he had not but appeared to be scared and nodded toward the inside of his apartment.
“The resident clearly notified officers without verbally telling them that someone was inside his home,” the sergeant said. “Officers asked the resident to step outside and once outside he told officers that a man was inside his house and believed him to have a gun.”
After calling for back-up, the officers ordered the suspect out of the apartment, where he was detained.
“Officers learned that the gunshot they heard was from a shooting across the street at a convenience store,” Menendez-Sierra said. “They learned that a male had been shot in the stomach and several witnesses had been threatened with a gun by the suspect.”
The officers located three witnesses who identified the suspect as the shooter. They then bagged the suspect’s hand for gun power residue and obtained a written witness statement from the three witnesses.
The suspect was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“These officers are commended for their quick action, attention to duty and investigative skills,” Sgt. Menendez-Sierra said.