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    Scottsdale police officer party to 6 shootings
    by Ofelia Madrid - Mar. 4, 2010 12:00 AM
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    The Scottsdale police officer who last month shot and killed a man suspected in a string of bank robberies was involved in five previous shootings, including four fatalities, police have confirmed.
    Officer James Peters had been on administrative reassignment since shortly after the Feb. 17 incident, but has since been assigned back to his regular duties as the investigation into the latest shooting continues, police confirmed.

    Peters is a detective assigned to a special unit that deals with the arrest of suspected felons, many considered violent offenders.
    He has been involved in about 300 felon arrests during his 10-year career with Scottsdale police, said Sgt. Mark Clark, a police spokesman.

    Since 2002, Peters has been involved in six shootings, including the latest.

    Last May, the city settled with the family in one of those fatal shootings for $75,000 but denied liability.
    In another case, he was honored for his actions in responding to a hostage incident.

    Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell said he could not comment on Peters' most recent shooting because it still is under investigation. However, Rodbell noted that each of Peters' past five shootings was determined to be justified.

    "Every time an incident like this occurs, whether (Peters) or somebody else, we closely scrutinize their actions to make sure they are appropriate," Rodbell said.

    When an officer uses deadly force, the incident is reviewed by a shooting detective, and internal-affairs detectives conduct a separate investigation, Clark said.

    It also is reviewed by the city attorney, human-resources department and eventually by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, he added.

    Peters confronts violent felons on a regular basis. He is part of the SWAT team, has special tactical training and has more exposure to potentially violent confrontations with suspects than other officers might have, Rodbell said.

    But police have made adjustments to his assignment in the past.
    After one of Peters' previous shootings, he asked to be reassigned as a trainer at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, which trains new recruits.

    Peters did that for about a year, Rodbell said.

    "If this man has done what's been required of his job, legally, lawfully and appropriately, the public should feel comfortable that we're paying attention," Rodbell said.

    In the Feb. 17 shooting, Peters and Scottsdale Detective Scott Galbraith shot Jimmy Hammack Jr., 46, after Hammack drove his truck toward detectives who were investigating him as a suspect in three Scottsdale bank robberies and two in Phoenix. Hammack later died from his injuries.

    Peters also was involved in these previous shooting incidents, police confirmed:
    • Nov. 3, 2002: Peters was one of three SWAT officers who fired at Albert H. Redford after a nearly four-hour standoff at his north Scottsdale home.
    Officers had been called out for a report of domestic violence. Officers fired a total of seven shots, striking Redford three times.
    • March 25, 2003: Peters shot and killed disbarred lawyer Brent B. Bradshaw, 47, of Scottsdale. Officers responded to shotgun blasts at Bradshaw's home. Three hours later, police found Bradshaw wandering along the Arizona Canal at Miller and Chaparral roads, carrying a shotgun. Officers tried unsuccessfully to get him to put down the gun.
    • Oct. 10, 2005: Peters shot and killed Mark Wesley Smith, a burglary suspect, during a confrontation outside an auto-body shop near Hayden and McKellips roads. Smith was smashing car windows in a rage outside the body shop. Autopsy reports would later show that he was high on methamphetamine.
    • April 23, 2006: Peters shot and killed Brian Daniel Brown, 28, who took a Safeway employee hostage after he hijacked a Krispy Kreme delivery truck in Peoria. Peters received a Medal of Valor for this incident in June 2007.
    • Aug. 30, 2006: Peters and Officer Tom Myers fatally shot Kevin Hutchings after Hutchings fired at least one round at police outside his northeast Mesa home. Scottsdale police were trying to contact Hutchings about a Scottsdale assault earlier that evening with a longtime acquaintance of Hutchings. Hutchings' family sued the city and eventually settled out of court for the $75,000, city officials said.

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    It looks like all six of the shootings were entirely justified. I don't think, however, that examining the past of an officer who's involved in that many shootings is wrong. I expect the press to dig deeper when things might look bad. After digging, however, they should set the record straight and unequivocally state that there's nothing to see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce130 View Post
    I don't think, however, that examining the past of an officer who's involved in that many shootings is wrong.
    Agreed. It's a useful tool for getting clarity as to trends, areas needing improvement, ensuring strong documentation. It's lives we're speaking of. It's worth a review, each and every time.
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    Peters is a detective assigned to a special unit that deals with the arrest of suspected felons, many considered violent offenders.
    He has been involved in about 300 felon arrests during his 10-year career with Scottsdale police, said Sgt. Mark Clark, a police spokesman.


    In related news, a local AAA tow truck driver has been involved with over 100 flat tire changing incidents in the past year. Additionally, the driver's involvement with a similar number of dead battery jump starts is also being investigated . . .

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    The man is simply doing his job. I have no problem with him shooting dirtbags in the middle of their crimes, or when resisting with violence.

    Next case please...
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    The article should be about all the tax payer money that this man has saved the state of Arizona. He sounds like a pretty good shot
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    Having been in that situation of dealing with violent offenders, etc. and the threats, etc. that all go with it from folks that mean it, and the number of times that people will shoot at you..... I think he's in a tough job and ... well, it comes with the job. There are a lot of people unwilling to do it for those very reasons.

    I think what is key, is looking at what his job here is.... it's not dealing with the misdemeanors and light crimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Softballguy View Post
    Peters is a detective assigned to a special unit that deals with the arrest of suspected felons, many considered violent offenders.
    He has been involved in about 300 felon arrests during his 10-year career with Scottsdale police, said Sgt. Mark Clark, a police spokesman.


    In related news, a local AAA tow truck driver has been involved with over 100 flat tire changing incidents in the past year. Additionally, the driver's involvement with a similar number of dead battery jump starts is also being investigated . . .

    JMHO but I feel the statement that is bolded from the original article was an attempt by the original reporter to provide clarification for the general public as to a reason this specific officer has been involved in so many shootings. At least that is how it cam across to me in the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilliland87 View Post
    JMHO but I feel the statement that is bolded from the original article was an attempt by the original reporter to provide clarification for the general public as to a reason this specific officer has been involved in so many shootings. At least that is how it cam across to me in the article.
    Agreed, had that part been omitted I would believe the article was slanted a bit. The higher the exposure the greater the chances of using deadly force.
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    Still, he's shot a lot more people than most LEOs, whether it be on traffic patrol or SWAT or burglary stakeout. The man's got terrible juju.
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    Those that are put in harms way always have a higher kill ratio then those that are not. He is there because he does his job well and in the way it is needed. One cannot go namby pamby on a felon who is trying to kill you.

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    All I can say is this LEO is doing an incredible job. More power to him! Anyone else wanna do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    The man is simply doing his job. I have no problem with him shooting dirtbags in the middle of their crimes, or when resisting with violence.

    Next case please...
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    The article should be about all the tax payer money that this man has saved the state of Arizona. He sounds like a pretty good shot
    +1 on both. I'm more upset about the city paying out 75,000 on the lawsuit than I am about the officer doing his job. for him.

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    An investigation into the detective and all the shootings is a GOOD thing, for the public and the detective. It shows all the people who think he's just going around shooting people that he was justified every time. It also helps him deal with these situations. It's not easy for a LEO to "get back on the horse" after a deadly force situation.

    My hat goes off to Detective Peters for the job he does.
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