|Bulletins & Alerts|
|August 21, 2012||
Update to Discussion on Felons
|January 5, 2000 - 1500 hours||
Update to Discussion Forum
police sergeant improving today.
We have received comments from police forums around the country commenting on the good fortune of Steve Weinrich's vest save and the account of the shooting here. Some officers are rethinking not wearing their vests. "That tape of the incident makes your hair stand on end!!! I'm glad the officer was wearing his vest!!!" "Chilling" reported another.
messages raise questions. Steven Thomas, candidate
for the 8th District City Council Seat, was quick to rush
to judgment about police pursuits, calling for a ban to
all of them. We find it interesting that some members of
our community, who are often critical of police for
"rushing to judgment", exempt themselves when
laying blame on the Chief's doorstep. I may not be a fan
of Art Venegas and suggest he could have been even more
resolute in support of his officer's actions, but
clearly, his characterization of parolee Daniels was on
of us don't buy it! Civic leader and community
activist Jim Hastings was clear in his reaction to
Thomas' remarks. "Mr David Scott Daniels was and is
a monster with a record of violence and venom that has
killed an innocent woman and severely injured one of our
"finest". That District 8 Council candidate
Steve Thomas places the blame for this death on a police
pursuit of this animal is reprehensible. Mr. Thomas would
better spend his time and energy on correcting a penal
and court system that repeatedly gave Daniels a "hunting
license" and a defacto gun permit by releasing him
into our neighborhoods."
In our national internet forum tonight, we will be discussing many of the issues with police officer members and citizens alike.
examine the media, prosecutor's and law enforcement's tendency to report
"allegations" versus the smoking gun, in the hands of a killer. The
local paper reported today that no decision has been made on whether to
seek the death penalty against Daniels. We have something to say to
Chief Deputy District Attorney John O'Mara! The other option is life in
prison without parole? Many of us don't think there should be ANY option!
|January 2, 2000 - 0730 hours||Officer Down - Killer Captured|
Scott Daniels: Parolee at Large, Murder Suspect,
Armed Robber and would be Cop Killer ends
manhunt in fiery crash that kills an innocent victim and
the shooting of Sacramento Police Sergeant Steven
Weinrich. Sgt. Weinrich's gunshot wounds were not fatal.
The saga may have began early this morning when south
area patrol officers came upon suspicious circumstances
and alerted homicide detectives who had just gone off
duty after a night long surveillance at several local
motels. Even earlier, a suspect booked into jail had a
Bee photo of Daniels raising more questions and reports
of informant tips from contacts throughout the night.
There are more questions than answers about this killer and his ruthless, machine gun wielding crime spree that began in Sacramento a month or more ago with multiple armed robberies and a murder during a home invasion robbery. His trail moved to Fresno, then Turlock, with car jackings in the wake and a hail of Tac-9 fire against pursuing Turlock police.
About 7:00 a.m. this morning Sacramento Police engaged Daniels in a brief pursuit. While driving a new Camero, stolen in Stockton, he lost control speeding westbound on Mack Road. Spinning out, the vehicle struck a pole blowing out a rear tire and sending the vehicle Eastbound toward Center Parkway.
There Daniels struck another vehicle which burst into flames trapping the lone occupant inside. Officers were held at bay when Daniels refused to show his gun hand, claiming to be pinned in the wreckage. The audio file of the events as they unfold, demonstrates both the compassion for trapped victims, and the extreme hazards the few officers on scene faced. Watch Commander John Kane led his team into action and they unflinchingly did their duty.
The obligation to render emergency aid to a murdering potential cop killer, if really injured, and the risks to officer safety, were paradoxical. It appears Lt. Kane's and Sgt. Weinrich's concern and need to know if the suspect was injured or armed, could have had more deadly consequences. Without question, that would have been Daniels intent. One bullet passed through his badge and was stopped by his vest (Click here), a likely fatal wound without body armor. The other round went up his leg, lodging in abdomen but no bones were broken or major blood vessels hit.
Only KCRA-3 had covered this story by 9:00 a.m. One wonders why! The termination of a statewide manhunt, an officer shot, another innocent victim killed in a fiery crash and the lack of public information long before this incident begs investigation into the lack of distribution of wanted parolee's and fugitive's mug shots. We've asked for them, the media would air them, why isn't it there? Local news hadn't received much information on this incident other than on the scene. We're going to examine that issue later, while offering prayers for the victim of the killer and thanks for sparing the life of one of Sacramento's finest.
the audio track of this incident, from initial crash to
suspect in custody, click on
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