"For unattended deaths in my town, law enforcement is typically called in to make sure there's nothing suspicious going on before EMS/coroner/funeral home take over. One day in the dead of summer, when it had been in the 90s for a full week, we got a call about an unattended death. We get there, and go into the front door, and instantly we know by the smell that this guy has been here a while, and the A/C is not running. It's easily 90 degrees downstairs, but he's upstairs. He is normally a pretty big guy (stats from DMV said something like 350 lbs, if I remember correctly), but he was ballooned up from the heat and decomposition and reminded me of a gray Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka. As they're trying to get him into the body bag, the skin starts slipping. Juices start oozing. The smell gets exponentially worse. That's about the point my sergeant decided we could wait until after the body was loaded to go back in. The image of that guy literally falling apart in the EMT's hands is something that will never leave me."
"I was running a road crew clean up one day. And i had 8 state inmates. And one of them picks up a loaded .38 and starts walking back to wards the van. I see the gun in his hand. And say oh f*ck they fixing to shoot my ass. I made a cellphone call. And left it on speaker. And told the inmate to place it on the ground and back up. He said boss. I ain't gonna shoot ya. You to good to all of us. And he handed me the gun. We all loaded up and went back to thee prison. I'm retired from the State of Florida Dept of Corrections."
"Ex cop from NSW Australian here. A guy once died in a motorcycle accident. We went to deliver the death message to his girlfriend. After reading the collision report the truck driver said he just pulled straight in front of him like a deliberate suicide. She was not answering so we forced entry. The shelves of the fridge were on the kitchen floor. Opening the fridge we discovered multiple pillow cases with her cut up body inside."
"I was a SRO (school resource officer) assigned to a middle school. I get called into a meeting with the vice principal, a 13 yr old male, and mom and grandma. Mom says that someone attacked her son and carved letters on her kids left hand. I observe the hand and it’s pretty nasty. The kid tells me a story that does not make any sense. Gives me a name of the supposed suspect and get them out of class. I have describe the suspect and doesn’t match. The whole time the kid was wearing a jacket and being in Texas it was weird to me that he had it on. I asked him to take it off and see that he carved he whole left arm up. He carved the name of a girl and asked who if she was his girlfriend and he replied no. I speak to the girl and she says she has never spoken to him. Turns out the male kid was off his psych meds and had a history of mental issues. Creeped the hell out of me."
"When I was a Corrections Officer I got assigned to shadow an experienced officer until an FTO would be available to train me. It didn’t take me long to find out that this CO was highly unpopular among the inmates. My moment was when we went into a 50 man dorm to do a roster/bed check, and there was absolute silence in the dorm, and I could feel the hair standing on the back of my neck. The inmates were intently staring at the officer I was shadowing. He was oblivious to it, while I was straight up in fight or flight mode. Never experienced that in a dorm after that. I feel like something serious was potentially going to go down that night. 2 on 50 is not good odds. I couldn’t have been happier when I didn’t have to shadow that guy anymore."
"Worked with a guy who used to work for long beach PD. Told me a story about a call coming in that some old man had threatened his neighbor for knocking down his fence.
Friend gets on scene a little late and two other units had already showed up. Friend See's crazy old guy in cuffed and in the back of one of the cars already. He thinks ok these guys got this and just wants to make sure the first units are ok. He walks up to one of the cops and notices that he has this "oh sh*t" look on his face.
Cop says to friend " Come with me you have to see this sh*t." My friend follows the other officer into crazy old guys garage through the house, his exact words when he told me this story was " it was like that scene in boondock saints where they buy the guns"
The crazy old man apparently had been stockpiling weapons for the last 20 years. Multiple rifles, shotguns, pipe bombs, semtex, various pistols, and the "Throne".... A gas powered lawn mower that had TWO M60s mounted on it. Controls for both weapons, ammo cans etc... I'm not sure what else was on the "Throne" lol"
"Not me, but my friend is a cop. He pulled up to accident scene once involving a motorcycle. Gets out of his car, starts walking over and sees the guys helmet. Figures he’ll be nice and bring it over to the guy. Well, as it turns out, the guy was still in the helmet."
"Was on a traffic stop. My Sergeant came and backed me up due to having to possibly tow the vehicle. My Sergeants vehicle was behind mine and we were both in the right lane. My Sergeant was sitting in his car and I exited my car to go talk to him. As I walked closer to his car I heard a vehicle’s engine rev all the way out but I couldn’t see it. For a split second I knew what was going to happen and though oh sh*t but couldn’t react fast enough. The vehicle I heard smashed into the back of my Sergeants SUV which struck me, throwing me into the road. The driver was completely hammered and didn’t have a license. This happened last Sunday and I have surgery in a couple weeks for my knee and my Sergeant has a broken back."
"Kid drowned at a local pool so I had to tag along with the ambulances for an investigation. I got their first and saw his father holding him crying and my heart sank. I ran over there and tried to perform CPR to the best of my ability for about 10 minutes before the ambulance arrived... he woke up right as it pulled onto our street. I preceded to visit him in the hospital and now he swears he wants to be a police officer."
"Was a police intern, maybe about my second month in. I got to ride around and help with traffic stops and basically just help the officer on duty. Fairly small town, nothing ever really happened there - mostly just drunks and domestic calls. One afternoon I was with a cop new to the force, fresh from working in the prison. Great guy, anyhow, we are running a speed check on the outskirts of town and find a guy on a motorcycle speeding with no helmet (illegal at the time). Hit the lights, pulls over with no incident. We get out, guy doesn’t even turn around, barely answers the questions through his teeth. Back to the cruiser and run his license. Comes back with several out of state warrants with a BOLA attached due to an armed assault against a police officer. We both looked at each other and back at the dude on the motorcycle. Officer immediately unlatches the shotgun from the center console and hands it to me - “If you know how to use this thing, use it”, was all he said. (OH SH*T) Without notice, other officers from surrounding towns are already lining up behind us, thank god. Dude was thankfully tired of being on the run and was ready to turn himself in. He went in without incident."
"Responded to a domestic and when i showed up i heard a lot of yelling and banging. A friend of the family was standing outside screaming for help. I saw my backup down the block so i decided to run in on my own figuring he'dbe right behind me. I saw two older siblings, brother and sister, practically choking each other out while a younger sister tried to jump over the older sister and stab the brother with a knife. I didn't see the knife until i was right next to them and when i did see it, my first reaction was to grab the younger sister by the wrist, slam her arm into the wall to knock the knife out and throw her to the ground. I then held her with my left hand as i elbowed the big sister in the face to separate her from the brother. The brother then came at me and i ended up punching him in the sternum which sent him to the ground. He landed next to the knife and looked at it as though he was gonna grab it. I drew down on him and told him not to move. All 4 of us then looked each other in silence for what felt like a minute before that officer who was down the block ran in. First words out of his mouth were, " i ran into the wrong apartment"."
"Partner and I were riding around when we saw another unit dip into a Weapons Storage Area. Figured eh let’s see what they’re up to. Rolled up to the gate and the guard says “You guys here for the bomb leak?”
I’m sorry, what? We are now. Hit the gas and went rolling in to find the fire department and all there investigating.
Had to evacuate the entire weapons area, most of the supply area across the street as well as most of the flight line. Something like a 3000 meter cordon. That was a fun day."
"Got a call for a emotionally disturbed person. Arrive on scene and a 350lb man built like an NFL lineman is passed out of on the floor face down. His wife says he suffers from PTSD from the first Iraq war and that he was an army ranger. He had been drinking heavily. His son is on scene and about 16 years old. The man begins to wake up and proceeds to smash his forehead into the ground, repeatedly. We call for an ambulance. A small pool of blood begins to form on the floor. The wife grabs a rag and goes to wipe it up when this guy's head jerks up real quick, his face contorted in rage. He grabs the wife by the neck and throws her clear across the room onto the couch. We immediately jump on him but he is preternaturally strong. There are four of us and we are each fighting one limb. The kid jumps in and helps us get two sets of cuffs on him because one set was not wide enough to connect his wrists behind his back. I ride in the ambulance to the hospital with him while he glares at me angrily reciting his military registration number and telling me I won't get any information out of him."
"My older brother is a cop. He got a call about a suicidal teenager behind a school with a knife. He rolled up to the spot and when the kid noticed him he immediately started hacking at his own neck with the knife. My brother sprints over to him and tases him. Saved the kids life. It’s all on body cam."
"I was a rookie cop in a small town. I was driving to a check on a report of a large group of kids causing a disturbance at a school parking lot late at night. I realized I had not tested my PA speaker, which I planned on using to disperse the crowd. On my way to the call, slowly rolling down a residential street at 2am with my windows down, I decide to tap my PA mic a couple times to check it. First two taps, can't tell if its working. I slow down. I tap the mic several more times. Definitely hear the loud speakers that time. At that moment, I hear "what the f*ck are you doing?!" I look out my passenger window and see this old dude sitting on his porch in his underwear, looking pissed. Our eyes locked, I realized I had no decent excuse for clicking my loud speaker in a quiet neighborhood in the middle of the night, so I didn't say anything back to him and I floored it up the road."
"Witness to autopsies. Watching the ME pull the testicles out from the inside. Or the needle in the eyeball to get samples of eyeball fluid. Or the sights sounds and smells of the bone saw cutting through the skull, and the following suction sounds of the top of the skull being pulled off."
"Check welfare call: call to check on a ~ 50 year old lady who hadn’t been seen for a few days. Got to the apartment, looked through a couple windows after no response at the door. Last window I checked had to try and get my bearings while looking through half open blinds. Realized she was there dead in bed, eyes open. I have seen plenty of dead bodies prior to this call, but that one gave me the heebie jeebies."
"Patting down a male arrestee for a female officer. Dude was passed out at a green light. He was already cuffed, right as I got down to his right ankle, I heard it. It sounded like a garbage disposal choking on pudding, dude sh*t himself right there. I didn’t say anything, as he sat down in the back seat. The female officer went to the opposite side of the backseat to assist in buckling him in, and gagged. “Oh god... what’s that smell?!” She said. Me: 'he just sh*t himself.'"
"As a rookie I was responding to an alarm at restaurant that was supposed to be “haunted by a women”The first officer that arrived was an older officer that didn’t do much and didn’t ever get excited on the radio. As soon as he arrived he asked for a second unit in a high pitched tone. As I pulled in he had his shotgun out and he was leaned up over his hood. My first thought was “ oh sh*t someone is breaking in “. When I ran up to him and asked what up. All he said was as he pulled up and his lights hit the building a women jumped off the roof and disappeared. He was clearly shook. Me and another officer checked the building and found no evidence that someone had been there. It made an impression on me and I never went back to the restaurant at night without another officer."
Myself and my colleague were there escorting another prisoner from custody. This girl came and spoke to our prisoner. They'd never before but they were just making idle hospital waiting room chit chat. The girl vanishes, not bothered, we don't know why she's there, who she is we just assumed she'd gone somewhere else.
After a while our prisoner says "that girl has been in the toilet a long time. Perhaps she's having a big poo?" We laugh and then realise it had been a while. So I start banging the door, no answer. Door locked. I unscrew the lock and she's sat there. Wheezing and not super responsive. My colleague goes for help and a nurse comes and unzips her jacket and she's made a ligature from a sock and she's blue and not breathing.
I manage to cut it off (it was on tight we couldn't get scissors in to cut it) and she's taken through to get checked (now breathing again) my partner goes with her. I'm stood by the door with my prisoner getting air. The whole thing is stressful, this happened in the middle of a busy A&E (ER for you yanks) people are just looking at me. Next thing I know a health care assistant is running out to me because this girl is now becoming violent and my partner needs help. I can't leave my prisoner and I can't leave my partner to get beat up. I chose to go for my partner. This girl is smashing her head in to a wall kicking, hitting and trying to bite. It took three of us, to get her calm. I barely manage to get the assistance shout out before going in (radio signal is poor to non-existent).
Luckily the prisoner sat patiently in the waiting room whilst we dealt with that. They weren't cuffed they could've ran and there was nothing we could do to stop it."
"This happened August of last year, was about 1-2 in the morning when a 911 hang up call came in where all that was heard was screaming and swearing.
I was the closest unit, riding alone as my partner had been voluntold for another assignment that set of days, so when I got out into the area, I was initially waiting for backup however as I was walking up to the house, I heard several voices screaming.
Rushing up to the house, the first thing I noticed was blood.... everywhere. The floor, the walls, the door, all covered to shoulder height. A distraught woman screamed and pointed me towards the living room.
Once I get into the living room, I see a male and female on a couch, both covered in blood. The male had a massive laceration on his right forearm, and the female had taken a belt and snake wrapped it around his arm to try and stop the bleeding. Seeing how the belt was applied, I knew it wasn’t doing anything to stop the blood flow, so I pulled out my tourniquet and as I prepped it said to the guy “This is gonna hurt like hell, but it’ll stop the bleeding”
I applied the tourniquet just above the top of his bicep, and knew it was on properly when he told me his hand had started to go numb. It was at that point I noticed a second deep gash on his tricep that went down to the bone.
It took EMS about 15 minutes to get to the house, and the paramedic made it abundantly clear that had I not applied the tourniquet, the male would have bled out long before they were able to get there.
In the end, turns out the guy had come home drunk, and forgot his keys... climbed up to a second story window and punched his way into the house, with near deadly results."
"A law prof in Australia spent 20 years as a cop before becoming a lawyer and eventually teaching. In explaining the battered wife syndrome defense to murder, he told a story of a call to a little old lady's house where she had said on the phone that she had killed her husband. Before this incident, he didnt really understand why it existed. Why doesn't the woman just leave? Why doesnt she just go to someone elses house?
Prof shows up to the door and is greeted by a little old lady saying 'come in, would you like some tea?' He goes in and she starts putting some cakes on a tray and pouring tea. He wonders if shes all there.
He asked, "so you said that you killed your husband on the phone, would I be able to see him?" She directs him to the living room where the old man was on a lazy boy chair, bottle in hand, and a tomahawk in his skull. Meanwhile old lady is asking if he takes sugar or milk in his tea.
The prof said at this moment he realized why the defense of battered wife existed. The drunk old guy had been beating her for years, controlled all the money and didn't let her have friends. She had no where to go even if she left him. So on this day, after saying he was going to beat her if his sports team lost, she took matters into her own hands.
He said this was the moment he realized that sometimes there are situations where life doesnt make sense and people take the only way they can see."
"My husband has been a police officer for over 20 years. One night he was patrolling the downtown area when he noticed a purse someone had left behind. He opened the bag to check for id and found a t*rd. Some lady took a big ass sh*t in her handbag and left it behind. He'll talk about autopsies and burnt bodies, but that is the one story he would rather forget."
"We were looking for a guy who stole guns from his ex and found him under a pile of clothes in a closet at a different house. Unfortunately there was like 7 kids sleeping in the same room so I start getting them out of there while my partner cuffs the guy who is pretending to sleep. We decide to drag him out and I go to move the mattress to get it out of the way and we find the stolen guns under where the kids were sleeping."
"Was doing a welfare check at a house for a suicidal male. Only person living at the house, car in driveway, and house was locked up. Gathered some more info and was told where a key was. Opened the door, announced myself and starting searching the house expecting to find a dead body. Opened a closet door and the guy was hiding in there with a rifle next to him. If he wanted me dead I wouldn’t be typing this. Dude was having some issues. Sat and talked for about half an hour. Told me he heard me but didn’t want to talk to anyone. Got him the help he needed."