Archive for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Basehor officer unscathed after suspect fires shots

May 29, 2013

A Basehor police officer was shot at while assisting in the apprehension of four armed suspects Sunday night when a car chase that began in Kansas City, Kan., crossed into Leavenworth County.

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said the incident began at State Avenue and North 69th Street, near Turner Diagonal Highway, at 6 p.m. when four male suspects stole a person’s vehicle and wallet at gunpoint. Kansas City officers pursued the suspects through the city and into Leavenworth County via Leavenworth Road.

As the chase entered Leavenworth County, Martley said, Basehor Police Officer Justin Self began following the suspects along with a Kansas City officer. The suspects eventually crashed their vehicle in a field at 185th Street and Leavenworth Road and fled on foot.

Self and the other officer apprehended one suspect immediately and began to chase the other three. During that chase, one suspect shot at Self, Martley said, and Self returned fire. Upon hearing the gunshots, a second suspect surrendered.

The remaining two suspects were found within 30 minutes, Martley said. One was trying to gain entrance to a residence when the homeowner called the police, leading to his capture. The fourth suspect was found hiding in a bush.

Neither Self nor the other officer was injured during the incident. Basehor Sgt. Frank Pflumm and officer Robert Holland also assisted at the scene.

Martley said Self did an outstanding job in the face of danger and deserves credit for his courage.

“For a young officer, he displayed exceptional professionalism and did an outstanding job of assisting in the apprehension of four dangerous felons that came into our county,” he said.

Comments

armystrong 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Good job, glad the officers are OK! In all seriousness it makes a big difference when the officers are taken care of and have the proper equipment like shotguns and good training. We are glad the city is putting money into training and purchasing new equipment! Nice work Guys! Stay safe.

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johninbasehor 10 months, 3 weeks ago

We all sleep better at night knowing that our Basehor police officers are some of the best and bravest. It is a comfort knowing that our police are just a phone call away when their help is needed. Good job and well done!

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MzR 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow! Scenes of times to come, maybe, as the economy keeps dropping. Good job to ALL officers involved, because it's hard to believe KC and Basehor had only one officer each in pursuit of 4 criminals.

"...exceptional professionalism...outstanding job..." Sounds more like a PR piece for upcoming DUI officer's court hearing in June...which begs the question of how DUI Officer Self, who's not been allowed to drive, was able to assist the KC officer in the original chase because that's two cars and Officer Self has been the passenger officer with other driver officers....which means he got his driving privileges back at the May 14 hearing that merely asked for a continuance in June(which would go against the usual DUI rules if he did, right?), OR we're only mentioning Officer Self and leaving the name of his driver out of the story, OR Officer Self left his driver and jumped into the KC officer's car, OR....?? Facts, please, not a PR piece.

After not knowing that identity theft is a crime, and not knowing the REAL laws for DUI cases, at least now maybe the Basehor Chief/Administrator can see that this real-life example is a prime reason WHY the officers need to be prepared at all times, with vehicles repaired with something besides glue, having loaded guns, etc. Interesting that DUI Officer Self is designated as "exceptional professionalism...outstanding job...," but Chief/Administrator fired the former officer who exemplified the same behaviors...admitting it's just because he "didn't like the former Chief hiring" the officer!

Speaking of firing the former officer, yeah, whatever happened to THAT "loose end," Basehor City Council? Didn't see the August 2012 federal lawsuit listed in your last PR piece, I mean, city council agenda, where there was plenty of bragging about closing all the final "loose ends" of the "past." Scheez, what a bunch of losers.

Good going to ALL officers and homeowner in taking down these 4 criminals!

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armystrong 10 months, 3 weeks ago

1st, it sounds like officer Self did a fine job!!! FYI, I was pointing out shotguns as standard equipment and the need for good training, But Good Point!! Per MzR.. ( "Now maybe the Basehor Chief/Administrator can see that this real-life example is a prime reason WHY the officers need to be prepared at all times, with vehicles repaired with something besides glue, having loaded guns, etc." ) Glue! WTH.......Yes, very one sided. So blatantly obvious once you actually pay attention...... Glad to see this positive story made the Sentinel's Facebook page.

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amontemayor 10 months, 3 weeks ago

MzR, while this is a forum to express your point of view, it is not a place for speculative and false information. Self was driving his own police vehicle. It was Self and the KCK officer who pursued the suspects in vehicles. When the foot chase began, many other law enforcement agencies came to the scene. While you may have your own opinions on Self's DUI case, that's for the courts to decide and any accusations of mishandling are purely speculative on your part.

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amontemayor 10 months, 3 weeks ago

MzR, while this is a forum to express your point of view, it is not a place for speculative and false information. Self was driving his own police vehicle. It was Self and the KCK officer who pursued the suspects in vehicles. When the foot chase began, many other law enforcement agencies came to the scene. While you may have your own opinions on Self's DUI case, that's for the courts to decide and any accusations of mishandling are purely speculative on your part. - Annie Montemayor, Basehor Sentinel

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Thinkaboutit 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Great job all police involved! No reported injuries and all bad guys caught! I don't care how self got there but I am glad he was.

Mzr..... I have had a DUI. I lost driving privliges for 30 days. This is an article about a great effort from all police involved and you turned it against the chief and officer? Clearly a personal vendetta against the city for some reason.

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LR 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Aw, gee, don't start with the victim thing again. MzR is obviously pointing out the facts, that it was an ALL-out effort of involvement, not just about 2 people, and you obviously agreed because you pointed it out twice in your own post, so give it a rest, will ya!

Way to go to ALL those who were involved and did their job!

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listentoreason 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Self acted admirally, I too have served as a LEO and been shot at. But MzR is correct, police officers CANNOT have a DUI conviction. PERIOD. Self's conviction is a mere formality, as I am sure the police of Olathe? did their duty and the DUI process is airtight. If Self is not terminated soon, DUI really doesn't matter to the Basehor PD. There cannot be a double standard!

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amontemayor 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Self has not been convicted of a DUI. And police departments in different cities handle DUIs differently. It's comparing apples to oranges. -Annie Montemayor, Basehor Sentinel

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MzR 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"...speculative and false information...accusations of mishandling are purely speculative...apples and oranges..." Wow!

Makes one wonder if all the "investigative" journalists' real employer down at the Sentinel is the local newspaper or the local City Hall, based on the paper's on-going bias and complacency towards cover-ups, double-standards, and very controlled City Hall "news" around here!

Guess bringing up a few facts, as well as a "loose end" on an ignored lawsuit obviously trying to get justice for all the many real victims, hit a few nerves!

"...When the foot chase began, many other law enforcement agencies came to the scene..." Thank you for that additional fact that we all knew had to be there! Probably more likely to be "many other agencies began pursuit as soon as the dispatcher came on," but we can accept this much for now.

Nothing personal against Officer Self, somebody was on duty and it just happened to be him, and nothing personal against even Chief Martley - just disgusted with their lack of ethical and moral behaviors being allowed to continue by the City Council, who are still ignoring justice for the many real victims out there over the years, but expecting us to buy into the above PR piece of just how great only these 2 are!

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Thinkaboutit 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Mzr... You act like u are trying do a great service to the community, when clearly you and LR are more concerned with a terminated former officer and his law suite. So please stop trying take credit from a young officer and the rest of the officers who did a great job, by bringing up your personal issues with the city. Self made a mistake that thousands If Americans make every night. He got caught. That has nothing to do with this article. And neither does a lawsuit! It is sad that you cant be happy for others because u two are so miserable.

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armystrong 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I have not read anything that isn't supportive of officer Self or could be construed as inappropriate. People have every right to express their frustrations over: ignoring problems, overlooking corruption, a lack of reporting, lack of follow up, or the lack of actions to correct problems within the city government. Everyone has congratulated and thanked officer Self. I haven't seen any wild statements or false information on here. I have seen some questions and some things that are fact, even the glue comment. ( You have to do your own research )

I fail to see how stating this is an Example of why a city needs to be prepared, relating to not dealing with whatever problems need to be addressed, talking about concerns regarding the Chief of Police / administrator, asking for clarification regarding the amount of officers and Being Supportive of officer Self is somehow inappropriate. If these comments are NOT appropriate then this is truly a public relations article. I've lived in this town a long time and I've realized one thing. The city has a bigger shovel than any of us and they only use it when it suits them.

It is a good and well written article. I also got the feeling I was reading a public relations statement because of the quotes not because of the writing. I was also wondering why only two officers chased and were able to apprehend 3 suspects when the chase started in Kansas City, Kansas. I talked with a sheriff's deputy today from Jackson County, he also had the same questions as some of us. The sentinel and the City Council need to realize that people are frustrated. If you speak out in the City Council you're labeled, if you speak out on this website, you're insulted. At one point some were even threatened regarding IP addresses. But if you're the Mayor, former administrator, Martley or the city council, it's change the subject, move on, and it's not even worth talking about or writing about!!!!!!

I don't always agree with mzr, but at least she doesn't make excuses without rhyme or reason and protect vehemently people who do inappropriate or corrupt things.

"If you're not doing anything wrong, openness and ethics is never ever a problem". Former Captain

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amontemayor 10 months, 1 week ago

Hello armystrong, Yes, you do have the right to express your concerns, however you are also commenting anonymously. If you actually have concerns you'd like addressed, as I have said before, I am more than happy to speak with you. While you may know something for a fact, we can't act on the anonymous accusations. We only report what we can get on the record. So again, if anyone can actually put their name on their opinions, I am more than happy to listen to concerns. - Annie Montemayor, Basehor Sentinel

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armystrong 10 months, 1 week ago

Don't at all disagree with you! I've seen some pretty wild comments on these blogs over the past good many years that haven't received this kind of attention. I am very supportive of you stepping up and moderating. The past year or so I have changed my thinking after reading some of these posts and frustration and doing my own research. Because of this I No longer have faith in our current City Council. I believe everyone here has shown support for this article and officer Self. Some are sharing their opinion about certain leaders and actions as they relate to this article. I don't see anything wrong with that or with you responding. You seem to always ask for information this is a great place to get it. Keep up the good work and again glad to see everyone was okay!

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