What do these police deaths mean locally?


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two Indiana police officers gunned down within twelve hours of each other.

“I’m sad that somebody thinks they have to do that. That that’s a way out. I’m sad it couldn’t have been handled a different way or wasn’t handled a different way,” said Officer Ryan Adamson, Terre Haute Police Department.

It’s a scary thought for a city police officer, knowing it could have just as easily been them.

“You know, that crosses your mind. But if you think that, that hinders your ability to be able to do your job. It always crosses your mind, if you’re not cognizant of it, I don’t think you’re playing it smart. But you can’t let it rule you at the same time. You have to go out there and do your job,” said Officer Adamson.

A normal patrolman heads into work each day, knowing he’s placing his life on the line, but can you ever truly be prepared for that moment of truth..

“No. And it’s easy to sit around and say what you would do in a situation like that. But nobody knows until they’re in that situation. Nobody knows. We can sit around and train until we’re blue in the face. But until you’re involved in something like that, nobody knows how they would react when you get in a deadly force situation, until you’re there,” said Officer Adamson. “You can do everything by the book, but one thing we cannot do, is predict someone’s else’s behavior.”

Normal operating procedure doesn’t seem so normal any more.

And for Terre Haute police, it brings back bad memories of a fellow officer killed in the line of duty.

“It brought those feelings back, yes, it brought those feelings back. I was saddened by it, but it’s one thing where we as police officers have to stand strong for their families,” said Officer Adamson.

What’s appalling to some community members is the fact these suspects thought shooting and killing an upholder of the law was an option.

“What we have to understand..is that most people aren’t like this. It’s the slim few that do this. There’s more good people than there is bad. And I think sometimes the bad overshadows the good. So we have to remember that, especially us police officers,” said Officer Adamson.

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