Honoring the Helpers: Park Street Hostage Incident (from 7-30-20)

by Safety Connection

Every year, MPD recognizes sworn and civilian employees and citizens whose actions and work went above and beyond. In 2020, officers were stretched, working in the midst of a pandemic, staffing hundreds of protest events, and responding to record-setting violent crime. Many officers were vitally involved in several major incidents, during which they demonstrated heroism and courage, and exemplified MPD’s core values of service, recognizing human dignity, and leadership. In the days ahead, we will honor these helpers and guardians of our community by highlighting these stories.

Today’s story references a hostage incident that took place on Park Street on July 30, 2020.

From the Madison Police Department’s 2021 Awards and Citations announcements:

“Officers responded to a report of a female being physically assaulted on July 30, 2020. As the first responding officers arrived on scene, an armed male suspect was observed holding a female. The suspect refused to listen to officers’ commands. The suspect moved around and used the female victim as a shield. Officers attempted to continue to dialogue with the suspect.

A plan was developed to deploy less-lethal tools in order to take the suspect into custody. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody and the female victim was freed from the suspect. This was an extremely dangerous, highly fluid situation. The actions and efforts by all the officers involved resulted in the female’s life being saved and a dangerous suspect arrested through their bravery, teamwork, excellent planning and leadership, quick thinking and efforts. They are each deserving of and receiving a Meritorious Conduct Award for their actions and service.”

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