LEO crash leads to a question.
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Deputy responding to shooting flips cruiser
A Lee County sheriff's deputy remained hospitalized Sunday night after she crashed her vehicle - reportedly by swerving to avoid a pedestrian in a wheelchair - while responding to a shooting in Lehigh Acres earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, two Immokalee residents were injured in the shooting incident. Two persons of interest were detained for questioning, although no charges had been filed Sunday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Susan Ferri, 33, was in stable condition at Lee Memorial Hospital. Another deputy who was a passenger in the cruiser
Ferri was driving, field training officer Jamie Thorpe, 31, was treated and released earlier Sunday.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, deputies received a call about a shooting on Ground Dove Circle in Lehigh Acres, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies at the scene found a 16-year-old male - whose name is being withheld because of his age - who had been shot in his upper body. The teen was transported to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Hospital.
A second shooting victim, 20-year-old Eliezer Alce, had left the scene, but called for medical assistance and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The condition of the shooting victims was not known Sunday night.
Ferri, responding to the call, was driving on Homestead Road near Andros Street with her vehicle's lights and sirens on when 66-year-old James C. Kane of Lehigh Acres, using a wheelchair, crossed the road ahead of her, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Ferri swerved her car to the left, then to the right, and struck two reflector signs and a traffic-signal pole before overturning.
Ferri was ejected from the vehicle and airlifted to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial. Her passenger, Thorpe, was taken from the crash scene by ambulance.
It is uncertain whether either of the deputies were wearing seat belts. Accident reports normally indicate whether those involved were wearing seat belts, but no such indication was made on the FHP report on this crash. Neither FHP officials nor sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Larry King could confirm Sunday night if the deputies were wearing seat belts.
Kane, the man in the wheelchair, has been charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
I have it from inside sources that say that both deputies were not wearing their seatbelts (not in accordance with policy). As I'll be starting my career into the LE community starting next month, I'm interested in current LEO's methods in dealing with the situation of seatbelts. Obviously, wearing a seatbelt while driving is a good idea, but when you need to get out of the car, you need be be out 2 seconds ago, so seatbelts are not such a good idea then. You can die going either way. At this point in time I say that I'd wear the seatbelt until I get close to the scene then unbuckle so I can clear out immediately as that car can be a coffin real quick.
What do you do and why do you do it (not just your departments policy)?