WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– On the heels of the ‘critical incident’ Tuesday, questions arose about just what the police response entailed.
WWAY got an inside look into those crucial moments when one officer’s life was on the line.
“It’s not an easy yes or no answer because in this particular situation because he had a police radio that could hear everything where everyone was,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.
He could also hear how police were responding to the call about an officer in crisis.
“That’s what I’m getting ready to set up now,” said an officer on police radio traffic released Thursday. “We’ve got one side blocked off. I’m gonna have one of the other units set up now.”
Early on, you can hear the distress in the responding officers’ voices.
“If you would call the mother, and see if there’s a number where I can call and speak with that subject directly,” said another officer referring to the subject, an officer who was suicidal barricaded inside of a Mayfaire apartment.
“Have all units, EMS and patrol,” said an officer on their radio. “Stay away from the intersection of Parker Farms and Town Center. That’s right where his apartment faces.”
Police were actually changing their tactical response to respond to one of their own.
“We had to try to keep things as quiet as possible and go dark as much as we could until we could get everything set up and in place there,” said Evangelous, “If you are not happy in your home life you cannot function in your job. You can’t do it, especially in this job.”
Evangelous said time in this instance was their friend. The more time that passed, the better chance of a positive outcome. He added that striking a balance between public interest and ensuring the safety of the man barricaded inside became a focal point.
“In this particular situation, I think we struck the balance we had to based on what the facts were,” said Evangelous.
W.P.D. has not yet reviewed the incident.
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