Law enforcement officers are challenged daily in the performance of their duties; they face each challenge freely and unselfishly while answering the call to duty. In certain instances, their actions warrant special attention from their respective departments. The Bulletin also wants to recognize those situations that transcend the normal rigors of the law enforcement profession.
Deputy Sheriff Shastri Khan of the Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office was attending a residential gathering while off duty in Davenport, Florida, when he heard screams coming from a neighboring home. Through the neighbor’s window, he observed a woman being struck by a male assailant. Without hesitation, Deputy Khan responded to the residence, entering through an unlocked sliding glass door and arriving at the bedroom where he saw the incident taking place. Upon gaining entry, he observed the assailant standing over the victim with a knife over his head, pointed downward in a stabbing position. Deputy Khan reacted immediately and tackled the assailant, getting the knife away from him as a struggle ensued. His life saving action provided ample time for the victim to exit the home with her children and safely hide. Deputy Khan subdued the subject until law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene to take him into custody.
Deputy Sheriff Khan
Officer Justin D. Miller of the Radford City, Virginia, Police Department was on his first day of patrolling when he responded to a report of a subject threatening suicide by jumping off a bridge into a river 90 feet below. The distraught man remained silent toward officers already present at the scene. As Officer Miller arrived, the man climbed over the side rail of the bridge and prepared to jump. Officer Miller approached the man and talked to him, patiently building a rapport until the individual calmed down. The man eventually climbed back to safety and, once out of danger, thanked Officer Miller for saving his life.
Nominations for the Bulletin Notes should be based on either the rescue of one or more citizens or arrest(s) made at unusual risk to an officer’s safety. Submissions should include a short write-up (maximum of 250 words), a separate photograph of each nominee, and a letter from the department’s ranking officer endorsing the nomination. Submissions can be mailed to the Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.