Folks, we received disturbing information from some of our sources today. We understand that sometime between midnight June 16 and the wee hours of the morning June 17 MCSO deputies and a K-9 unit pursued a suspect in a high speed chase. The same subject had been the subject of a high speed chase a week or so ago but eluded the MCSO deputies. The subject was said to have felony warrants out for his arrest. We are told the deputies proceeded with caution.
Nothing could have prepared the deputies for what happened next. The suspect, a 21 year old male, proceeded to get out of his vehicle while deputies demanded he say put. The deputies noticed that the subject had a sawed off shot gun in his hand. Deputies were heard saying 'he has a gun, he has a gun.' We are told that the subject turned towards the deputies and used the sawed off shot gun to take his own life.
This is a tragic incident that nobody could foresee happening. Our hearts go out to the deputies who put their life on the line on a daily basis. When the deputies signed into work on June 16 they could not have imagined what the shift had in store for them. This is one of those rare occasions that at least one of the vehicles had dash cam capability.
Nothing could prepare the deputies for the emotional trauma that will haunt them for the rest of their life. The deputies did nothing wrong. They were performing their job as required.
Folks, this is the kind of stuff we harp on daily. This is one of the reasons each and every MCSO roving patrol must have dash cams. Franklin does not want dash cams or lapel cams because she sees them as a liability to her, but not to the men and women who who risk all on a daily basis for our citizens of Morgan County.
We have been told that Sheriff Ana Franklin did not prepare a statement for the press. We were also told that Sheriff Ana Franklin did not report to the scene of the incident. Clearly the incident requires an outside investigation. These deputies work for sheriff Ana Franklin. Who was at the scene for moral support for the deputies? Has anyone set up grief, trauma, or guilt counseling for the deputies? We are told that the deputies are traumatized. No surprise. No amount of training prepares one for this kind of horror, no matter if you are a rookie, a combat veteran, or a 30-year homicide investigator. Whether they know it or not, they need support from their peers, their sergeants and especially from the sheriff. Our sheriff shows up for capturing of escaped inmates, meth busts, and all rodeo events where she receives favorable press. This incident directly involved deputies who works directly for Sheriff Ana Franklin. The deputies need the support, compassion, and empathy of their commander in chief.
We also want to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the young man who is said to have taken his own life. We will never know what motivated this young man.