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NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — Police in Newport, N.H., say they dressed as firefighters to trick a man and arrest him after he pointed a shotgun at an officer.
Police set off a fire alarm to evacuate an apartment building Tuesday night and arrested 34-year-old Matthew Miller when he opened his door.
Earlier, an officer knocked at Miller's door after neighbors complained he was playing loud music. Miller pointed a shotgun at the officer, who talked him into setting it down. But the officer backed off when he saw other weapons and a toddler in the apartment.
Officers returned dressed as firefighters to set off the fire alarm to draw Miller out of his apartment and avoid a standoff. Police say Miller is a convicted felon with a history of violence.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire firefighters are protesting the use of police disguised as firefighters to defuse a standoff.
Members of the state's largest firefighters' union, the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs and the Seacoast Chief Fire Officers Association held a news conference Thursday afternoon, two days after Newport police officers dressed as firefighters and set off a fire alarm to arrest a man who they say had pointed a shotgun at an officer.
Union president David Lang says allowing such impersonations makes a firefighter's job harder because the public might have doubts about who's really responding to an emergency. He wants the state safety commissioner and attorney general to demand that police never do it again.
Originally posted by Common Good
I agree with the firefighters, they are the ones getting a bad rap from all of this. Its not bad enough that firefighters are getting shot at putting out fires in bad neighborhoods across the united states only to have people disguising themselves to fulfill their own means to an end.
yea yea, they got the guy and they were really 'clever' in doing so, but that doesnt mean that it was the only and best option.
I didnt know playing Ken and Barbie dress up was police procedure.
J. IMPERSONATING A FIREFIGHTER. 2005 PA 170-171. Effective January 1, 2006. It's a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 2 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000 to impersonate a firefighter or EMT with the intent to do one of more of the following. MCL 750.217f. The sentence may be served consecutively and it's a G felony under the guidelines. MCL 777.16L.
1. Perform the duties of a firefighter or emergency medical service personnel.
2. Represent to another person that he or she is a firefighter or emergency medical service personnel for any unlawful purpose.
3. Compel a person to do or refrain from doing any act against his or her will.
4. Gain or attempt to gain entry to a residence, building, structure, facility, or other property.
5. Remain or attempt to remain in or upon a residence, building, structure, facility, or other property.
6. Gain or attempt to gain access to financial account information.
7. Commit or attempt to commit a crime.
8. Obtain or attempt to obtain information to which the individual is not entitled.
9. Gain access or attempt to gain access to a person less than 18 years of age or a vulnerable adult.