HPOU Recognizes Patrol Officers of the Month Wade & Ready
On November 17, 2022, Officers Wade and Ready assigned to North Division Hot Spot were riding two man as a marked patrol unit. The officers noticed a suspect that was loitering in a gas station parking lot. As officers pulled into the parking lot the suspect immediately drove away. Officers Wade and Ready got a suspicious hit on the suspect’s license plate for family violence. When officers began to follow the suspect, he started to evade and led officers on a chase.
During the chase the suspect lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree, and came to a stop where he was facing the officers. The suspect immediately grabbed an AK-47 and started shooting at officers through his windshield. Officers Wade and Ready returned fire while in their patrol vehicle, quickly exited their vehicle, and continued to move and communicate while returning fire to subdue the suspect. Officer Ready heard the suspect yelling for help and pulled him out of the vehicle. Both officers swept the suspect’s body for gunshot wounds to apply chest seals or tourniquets as needed.
The suspect was treated and charged with Attempted Capital Murder, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, and Felon in Possession. These officers demonstrated the courage and fortitude that is needed to win a life-or-death situation and for that the union awards them Patrol Officers of the Month.