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SEPT 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 9

FEATURES 42 When the Time Comes, Will You be Ready? 44 After Uvalde, How Much Training is Enough? 48 Why Solo-Officer Active Shooter Response Should be Trained 52 Will You Take the Pledge? 56 Products to Make Your School Safer 58 The Evolution of Police Cars DEPARTMENTS 6 Publisher’s Thoughts 8 Editor’s Thoughts 12 Guest Commentary - Bill King 16 News Around the US 38 Breaking News 70 Calendar of Events 74 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes 90 War Stories 94 Aftermath 100 Open Road 104 Healing Our Heroes 106 Daryl’s Deliberations 108 Light Bulb Award 110 Running 4 Heroes 112 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle 114 Off Duty with Rusty Barron 116 Ads Back in the Day 120 Parting Shots 122 Buyers Guide 142 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas 184 Back Page


AROUND THE COUNTRY OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. Sergeant Bobby Swartz was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to serve an eviction notice. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. — Authorities arrested a suspect who opened fire on Oklahoma County deputies serving an eviction notice Monday afternoon at a home in southwest Oklahoma City. The two deputies were taken to an area hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office identified the two deputies shot Monday as Robert Swartz and Mark Johns. Both were taken to OU Medical Center, where Swartz was pronounced dead. Johns underwent surgery, and authorities said he is recovering. “The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of a good man,” sheriff’s office officials posted Monday. Swartz was in the Army Reserves before joining the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. KOCO 5 spoke with someone who knew Swartz best, former Oklahoma County Sheriff PD Taylor. “He was a good man, a great deputy and a very good friend of mine,” Taylor said. Taylor said they served at the sheriff’s office together for almost two decades. Hearing the news, Taylor said it’s a horrible reminder of the dangers law enforcement faces every day. “He gave his life for a profession that he loved,” Taylor said. Swartz was also hailed a hero before. In February 2020, he was credited with saving the life of a man who was run over by a pickup truck in downtown Oklahoma City. Authorities have not released many details about the suspect, but they identified him as Benjamin Plank. Law enforcement took him into custody after a high-speed chase Monday afternoon through Oklahoma City that ended outside the main gate at Tinker Air Force Base. He was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on several charges, including first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon. The situation unfolded at two main scenes Monday afternoon in the Oklahoma City metro. First, the shooting happened Deputy Robert Swartz while three Oklahoma County deputies served an eviction notice at a home in the 2200 block of Southwest 78th Street, between Youngs Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue. The suspect then took off in a pickup truck towing a boat and was involved in a high-speed pursuit with Oklahoma law enforcement on Interstates 35 and 40. The pursuit ended when the suspect pulled off Interstate 40 and went to the main gate of Tinker Air Force Base, where he exited the vehicle and surrendered. 30 The BLUES The BLUES 31

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