Deputy Wearing Night Vision Goggles Stops Ambush
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.