The deputy is dispatched to a subdivision where a suspicious vehicle is backed up to a house two doors away from the caller. The caller knows the residents that live there are out of town.
The deputy takes two intruders into custody and inventories their car before having it towed. During the inventory he discovers a shotgun, a box of jewelry and a couple of high-dollar tools. The deputy then checks out the identification numbers and discovers that these items were stolen in some earlier burglaries.
A detective is called to the scene and continues to investigate the recent and past actions of the two suspects.
It will most likely help to clear several other burglaries.
The patrol deputy sets by the road with his radar gun and clocks a car running a little over the speed limit and too fast for the road conditions. He pulls the car over and as he walks up to the car he recognizes the passenger.
He is a burglar he arrested several years ago.
He then checks the driver’s license number of the driver and finds out that it is revoked. A further check reveals that they are in a borrowed car that is not insured. The deputy then checks the background of the passenger and finds out that he is wanted on a parole violation.
Both men are taken into custody.
Another deputy stops a car on APD 40 near the interstate that has run off the right side of the road three times in an eighth-of-a-mile. The teenager in the back seat is hitting at the driver and at the passenger in the front seat.
This car has a Hamilton County tag with three passengers and the driver. Something is just not right about this little group, so the deputy calls for dispatch to send him the nearest backup.
As the deputy is checking the driver’s license of the driver, dispatch comes back with a message that this car was involved in a drive-by shooting six days ago.
The deputy which was called to be the backup is stuck behind traffic at APD 40 and Refreshment Lane. So, he flips his emergency lights on and bumps the loud horn on the siren box to signal to the traffic around him that he must get to a call quickly.
He rapidly speeds away from traffic as both lanes become clear of all traffic. He flips his emergency lights off and calls to tell dispatch that he is two minutes away from the scene. Another deputy comes off Georgetown-Road onto Interstate 75 headed southbound and is en-route to the scene as well.
The first deputy tells the driver to step out of the car as the second deputy stands by watching the three passengers. As the driver swings out of the car a fully loaded 9 mm ammunition magazine falls from the car seat. The deputy relays the information to his partner watching the passengers about the likelihood of a firearm present.
The driver of the vehicle is told to get down on the ground and the process is expedited by the deputy. He rolls the suspect over on his stomach and proceeds to handcuff his hands behind his back.
The second deputy has drawn his handgun and commanded the three passengers not to move. He has called to any unit in the area that suspects are possibly armed. A short while later deputy No. 3 arrives, while deputy 4 is coming with lights and siren from Benton Pike and Michigan Avenue.
A supervisor is doing the same from Highway 64 and Minnis Road.
After cuffing the driver, deputy No. 1 looks between the front seats and finds a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol that is fully loaded. Meanwhile, three other deputies have cuffed the three passengers and have radioed that everything is 10-8 or “OK.”
The immediate crisis has passed.
One of the deputies then checks with dispatchers and finds out that all four of the suspects are wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department. They are taken into custody and the car is towed to an impound lot.
Four more thugs are taken off the streets.
Reports are then worked on and finished and the deputies head out for another potential crisis.
A typical day for your Bradley County deputies? Yes, many days they go from one dangerous call to another for the entire shift, having to be alert to all sorts of potential dangers.
Then there are those calls or situations that occasionally occur, such as deputy-involved shootings that cause a great amount of stress.
The next time you see one of our deputies let him or her know that you appreciate them for what they do.
Thanks for reading.