Governor Larry Hogan statement on the Maryland legislature’s actions to repeal Law Officer’s Bill of Rights and erode police morale:
“I have just vetoed several bills that would further erode police morale, community relationships, and public confidence, and undermine our goal of building transparent, accountable, and effective law enforcement institutions. They would result in great damage to police recruitment and retention, posing significant risks to public safety throughout our state. Under these circumstances, I have no choice but to uphold my primary responsibility to keep Marylanders safe—especially those that live in vulnerable communities most impacted by violent crime.”
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USE OF ARMORED VEHICLE ENDED BARRICADE OF KILLER OF IOWA TROOPER WITHOUT FURTHER LOSS OF LIFE
GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa – According to the Iowa State Patrol, the following circumstances resulted in the murder of a Iowa State Trooper and the capture of his suspected killer:
On Friday, April 9, 2021, Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, a 27-year-veteran of the Patrol, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a barricaded subject in Grundy Center.
According to the Division of Criminal Investigation, on Friday, April 9, at approximately 7:22 p.m., Grundy Center Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Lang, within Grundy Center City limits. Lang fled from Grundy Center Police and he was chased to an area southeast of town. Lang pulled over on 250th Avenue, exited his vehicle, and assaulted the Grundy Center Police Officer who chased him. During the assault, Lang yelled, “shoot me” multiple times to the Officer. Lang disarmed the officer of his Taser, removed his radio, and put the Officer in a chokehold.
Law enforcement responded to the area of the assault. A Grundy County Deputy arrived on scene and witnessed the Officer recovering from the assault and Lang in the area of the Officer’s patrol vehicle. The Deputy drew his weapon and gave commands to Lang to put his hands up. Lang did not comply, stating, “Come get me,” and subsequently got into his vehicle and fled the area.
The Deputy pursued Lang back into Grundy Center but lost sight of him. The Deputy went to Lang’s residence located at 305 G Avenue, saw Lang’s vehicle parked in the driveway, and Lang walking into the residence through the garage. The Deputy requested assistance from other law enforcement officers. Responding law enforcement set up a perimeter around the house. Lang’s father arrived at the house and advised law enforcement that Lang had multiple firearms inside the residence, including a .410 shotgun.
At approximately 8:55 p.m., Sgt. Smith, three additional ISP Troopers, and a Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 unit made entry into the residence through the door of the garage leading into the residence. Prior to entering the residence, Sgt. Smith and the entry team verbally identified themselves as law enforcement. They also announced that they would send in a K-9. As Sgt. Smith and the entry team began to clear the upstairs of the residence, Sgt. Smith was hit by gunfire coming from inside the residence. After Sgt. Smith was shot, members of the entry team observed Lang emerge from the doorway holding a black pump-action shotgun.
Two members of the entry team retreated into the basement while other members of the entry team pulled Sgt. Smith from the residence. Lang then barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to come out. Members of the entry team that remained in the basement stated that Lang made several statements about having shot Sgt. Smith and expressed a desire to shoot more police officers. Lang remained barricaded inside the residence for several hours.
At approximately 11:50 p.m., an ISP Tactical Team attempted to make entry into the residence with a wheeled armored personnel carrier. During the entry, Lang shot multiple rounds at the personnel carrier. Lang was subsequently taken into custody by ISP Tactical Team members.
Heavy damage is visible at a house along G Avenue in Grundy Center, Iowa, on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The house was the scene of a standoff overnight that ended with an Iowa State Trooper fatally injured. Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen
Lang had years of alcohol abuse before exploding
FROM THE COURIER: Lang, running unopposed as a Democrat in 2020, easily won his primary. But in the general election, he was up against Kirk A. Dolleslager, a longtime deputy and Republican in heavily Republican Grundy County, and lost handily, 77% to 22%. MORE
Sergeant Smith and Iowa State Patrol Line-Of-Duty Deaths
Sergeant Smith began his career as a member of the Department of Public Safety’s 19th Basic Academy in 1993. Upon graduation, he was first stationed in Fairfield at District 13, and in 1996 relocated to District 10 located in Oelwein. Trooper Jim Smith was proud and humbled by his position as an Iowa State Trooper. He consistently performed his duties every day with the motoring public safety, which was his number one priority, along with having the “I can make a difference” mindset. He took on the role of leader with the Area C Tactical Team, devoting time on and off duty, to complete the tactical team mission.
A total of 11 Iowa State Troopers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is only the second time a Trooper has been shot and killed in the line of duty since Trooper Oran Pape on April 29, 1936.