Thursday, April 15, 2010
Fallen and injured police officers-Matt Crosby
c/o “Officer Matt Crosby Charitable Fund.”
Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119
I have been feeling that I can make a more positive use of my blog, so along with my regular posts I will be helping to get the word out about various fund raisers for our fallen and injuried brother and sisters in uniform. I ran across this article for Officer Matt Crosby who was shot and gravely injured. He is very worthy of our support.
Saturday, April 17, a lemonade stand operated by a local young lady that will include Matt Crosby’s sons, Saturday at the Market at McKnight Center located at the southwest corner of Manchester and McKnight roads in Rock Hill.
At 7:30 p.m., April 30 the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association will host a fundraiser at the SLPOA Hall, 3710 Hampton Ave. Tickets will be available at the door or from the Rock Hill Police Dept. 320b W. Thornton Ave., or through Shannon Dandridge at (314) 703-3111.
At 5: 10 p.m., May 27, the Webster Groves Police Department is hosting a Tex Mex dinner/auction at Lattitude 26, 6407 Clayton Road.
His story-Link to Globe Democrat New Story
George Issac Jones, 36, of Tennessee, is charged in the shooting that left a Rock Hill police officer paralyzed.
According to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Jones is charged with five counts, including assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. Jones' bond is set at $150,000 cash only. He remains hospitalized Friday.
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Jones was on parole for a facilitation to aggravated robbery conviction. His prior convictions were robbery and aggravated assault.
Friday's charges stem from what police said started as a domestic dispute Thursday night.
Domestic disputes are some of the most dangerous assignments a police officer can face, and two Rock Hill Police officers stared danger directly in the eye Thursday night.
Matthew Crosby, 30, a three-year veteran of the department, now lays in a hospital bed, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot April 8 in the shoulder during just such an incident at the Stanford Place Apartment Homes in the 1100 block of Raritan Drive, near the 9400 block of Manchester Road.
The bullet came to rest on his spine and he remains in stable condition at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, according to police.
St. Louis County police are now handling the investigation. At a news conference Friday afternoon County police Lt. Tom Larkin said the officers were called to the multi-level apartment by a woman who said her live-in boyfriend had assaulted her. They were told that the boyfriend, identified as Jones, was armed and dangerous.
Officers say Jones walked up the stairs to an apartment on the second floor through a glass window. They entered the building and knocked on the door, identifying themselves.
Larkin said the officers then took cover down one level because they didn’t want to stand in front of a door with an armed suspect inside.
“He (Jones) came out the door, walked a few steps, I understand there is a railing there, and shot down at the officers,” Larkin said.
The suspect fired two shots from a small caliber handgun he was holding, striking Crosby. Officers returned fire, striking Jones who then tumbled down a flight of stairs to the first level.
Larkin said the woman and her child were not in the building. The two may have been beaten earlier, he said.
Both Crosby and Jones were taken to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center and both remain in critical condition Friday, Larkin said. Jones may have been struck in the torso, he said.
Rock Hill Police Lt. Galen Cox said everyone in the department is praying for Crosby’s recovery, and added Crosby’s wife, Stephanie, and his three sons are at his bedside.
“He’s a good man who knows the business,” Cox said. “He knows how to handle himself. He’s a member of our special weapons and response unit and has got a lot of experience.”
Lewis was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting, Cox said.
A St. John’s Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman said the family did not wish to speak to the media about the incident.
Cox said he spoke to Crosby’s wife, a nurse by profession, and said she “seems in pretty good spirits, considering.”
Cox called domestic dispute calls the “worst calls we have, or any department, can have.”
“You just don’t know what you’re going to encounter,” Cox said. “You already have two people who are in a combative state most of the time, and if there’s any drugs or alcohol added to the situation that certainly doesn’t help.” “You don’t want to go to them (domestic disputes) but we go to them all the time,” Cox said. “It’s just that these things happen, unfortunately. It was just a disturbance between boyfriend and girlfriend.”
Cox said he did not know if drugs or alcohol were involved in Thursday night’s shooting.
“You have to be on alert and on your toes and pay attention to your surroundings as best you can,” Cox said of responding to a domestic dispute. “It’s probably one of the worst calls, besides one involving a child.”
According to Rock Hill officials, Jones is believed to have moved here three months ago from Tennessee. Larkin said there were several outstanding warrants for Jones in Memphis involving aggravated assault and kidnapping in a domestic violence case.