Southern District Officer of the Month Prevents Man from Injuring Himself in Standoff
Corporal William Strunck was selected as Southern District’s Patrol Officer of the Month for January 2014. According to Anne Arundel County Police, Strunck prevented a distraught man from hurting himself or other officers during a call for a domestic dispute.
The incident took place on Jan. 11 in the 6000 block of Franklin Gibson Road in Tracys Landing. Police described it as follows:
Dispatch advised that the caller and her grandson were having some sort of dispute and she believed him to be under the influence of pills. While en route to the call, officers were advised that the grandson had a ten inch knife and was threatening to stab himself in the stomach if officers were not canceled. Police Dispatch advised that they could hear the grandson in the background yelling. Prior to arrival on the scene officers were advised that the grandson had in fact cut himself.
Cpl. R. Mull , Ofc. J. Anderson , Ofc. C. Pearson and Corporal Strunck arrived on scene and entered the home. Once inside the officers were directed to the kitchen area by the grandmother. Once in the kitchen they located the grandson sitting on the floor with a large kitchen knife pressed into his stomach.
Cpl. R. Mull was talking to the individual while Cpl. Strunck was giving him verbal commands to put the knife down. Cpl. Strunck deployed his Conducted Electrical Weapon (C.E.W./Taser) as he repeatedly gave numerous verbal commands that were ignored. Officers were able to get the large knife from the grandson at which time he produced a six inch knife. Cpl. Strunck then fired the CEW striking the armed subject. The CEW was effective as it caused the armed subject to release the knife where the officers were able to place him in handcuffs.
Medic 42 with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded and provided medical attention at the scene. The grandson was then transported to Anne Arundel Medical Treatment to be admitted for care.
The professionalism, tactics, demeanor and actions by Corporal Strunck were commendable as they were able to thwart the suicidal individual from harming himself or others on scene. Together the officers brought a dangerous encounter to a safe conclusion. For this reason, Corporal Strunck has been chosen as the Anne Arundel County Police Southern District’s Patrol Officer of the Month for January 2014.