|Published:||Aug 12, 2013 10:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 12, 2013 11:59 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--One week after Sargent Michael Wilson's death, the dangers of responding to domestic violence situations is fresh on minds of law enforcement officers.
Just this year we have reported on many brutal acts of domestic violence.
InMay, authorities say Arthur Hohensee shot at his wife and daughter before killing himself and burning their Gateway house down.
Then. just weeks later a SWAT standoff after a man barricaded himself in a Lehigh home with a gun.Relatives say he killed himself and his ex-girlfriend.
"Domestic violence calls are some of the most dangerous calls officers respond to," said police training consultant Dave Grossi.
Grossi says law enforcement officers are trained to not approach domestic calls alone, unless it's an absolute emergency.
"One of the tactics and techniques in resolving domestic violence situations is to get the two parties separated," said Grossi.
In Florida, authorities must arrest an abuser if they find evidence of injury or assault.
"Maybe the aggressor now is upset that law enforcement is there and many cases the victim will turn on law enforcement," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.
Grossi says that can make the situation extremely hostile.
"What usually happens is the victim assumes the role of the aggressor, turns on the police officer in essence to rescue the abuser or the victim from the police officer," said Grossi.
That would leave the officer fighting to protect their own life.
"Police officers are trained in the academy to always take domestic violence calls seriously, but I think because of the death of Sgt.Wilson, they will probably start paying more attention to that," said Grossi.
According to the FBI, 30% of all officer assaults occur during domestic violence situations.
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