Deputy Wearing Night Vision Goggles Stops Ambush

A King County Deputy used night vision goggles to stop an ambush (stock photo.)

A King County Deputy used night vision goggles to stop an ambush (file photo.)

A King County Deputy Used Night Vision Goggles To Stop An Ambush

Enumclaw, WA – King County deputies were able to escape being ambushed after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, thanks to one deputy’s night vision goggles.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, August 29, about 4 AM, at a residence on SE 472nd Street, according to KOMO News. Deputies responded to the home, and upon arrival ‘heard a noise and saw a light go on and off’ in the back of the house.

One deputy, who was not identified, was wearing night vision goggles and saw a man trying to sneak up on them.  He could see that the man had a rifle, and had it pointed at the deputies.

The deputy made the other deputies aware, and they commanded the man to drop the rifle several times but he refused.  One deputy, also unidentified, shot the man, who was seriously injured.

Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said that the deputy is an 18-year veteran of the agency, and “is a well-respected senior deputy.”

The suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is expected to survive.  His name was not released but he is believed to be 39-years-old.

The female victim of the domestic disturbance and two children were able to get out of the house safely.  She suffered a back injury and a leg injury during the disturbance, prior to the deputies’ arrival.

None of the King County deputies were hurt.  The investigation is ongoing.

Night vision goggles are extremely useful to police officers, but often cost-prohibitive to most agencies.  They take existing ambient life, whether it’s starlight, moonlight, or infra-red light, through the lens, making objects visible which would not be able to be seen with the naked eye.

Often agencies will apply for grants just to have one or two pairs for their officers to share.

Good job, deputy.

  • Eric Thom

    This is one reason why Police Departments need access to military tech. I dont care if its a mine resistant vehicle or night vision equipment. The way this country is going eventually the tech will be needed.

    • Retired but not Dead

      President Trump just reversed Obama’s ban on military equipment going to police this week, so things should improve soon.

    • WalterIrwin

      Well we don’t have a President anymore that hates the police.

  • Broofy

    It’s a tough balance. My brother was a Sheriff’s officer for a while and I respect the job they do and think they should be properly equipped and safe. I also see a huge issue with the over militarization of police. At the end of the day, cops are the sanctioned enforcers of the state and have a (theoretical) monopoly on sanctioned violence, except lawful self defense, obviously. When Deptartments gather larger and larger collections of expensive military gear, there is a “use it or lose it” mentality at the institutional level. If you don’t justify your budget, it might be reduced. That’s why though violent crime has been on a multi-decade decline, SWAT call-outs have risen dramatically. Coupled with no-knock warrants, asset forfeiture, etc. the militarization creates institutional problems that go way beyond individual officer safety. Being a cop is a risky job. If you try to remove all risk to the state when it has the (sometimes arbitrary) authority to instigate violence, it is a serious risk to liberty.

    • WalterIrwin

      Its only night vision. I’m not sure what the problem would be for the police to have night vision and thermal devices.

  • Raylee Freeman

    Shouldn’t it be ‘ambient light’ and not ‘ambient life’?

  • Marvin Marcelo

    digital NV is much cheaper but requires an IR source.

  • NormanRockwellAmerican

    NVG are VERY expensive.