1 year anniversary of Deputy involved shooting brings concern about assaults and resisting arrest
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - In the history of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department six (6) deputies have paid the ultimate sacrifice; dying in the line of duty for the communities they served. Often, we take for granted the service law enforcement provides and the violence they face everyday when they put on the uniform and protect our communities.
On the one year anniversary of Deputy Sheila Aull being shot and forced to shoot and kill a suspect, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference to discuss a violent trend -- assaults against police officers.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in 2013 alone his Department experienced 63 separate incidents, involving 69 deputies; where the deputies were assaulted. Sheriff Leon Lott added that in 2013 alone, 43 bullets were fired at 17 deputies.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in his 39 years of law enforcement, this is the most violent he has ever seen it toward cops. The Sheriff stated that averaging one assault on a deputy a week shows the mindset and lack of respect for authority of some in our community. The Sheriff stated that neither the Department nor the citizens of Richland County will tolerate this behavior – that he will continue to train our deputies and provide them the best equipment; while continuing to partner with the community on making Richland County the best place to work, live and play.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that with this increase in violence against law enforcement brings his continued commitment and need for training and education of the deputies. The Sheriff stated that the deputies of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will continue to attend training that teaches them professionalism, ‘verbal judo’, self defense, ground fighting, active shooter and use of force. The Sheriff stated that no deputy wants to use any force, let alone deadly force, but we will use whatever force necessary to stop a threat against citizens or law enforcement.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he is thankful that we did not add Sheila Aull’s name to the memorial but he knows that he must continue to work making sure our deputies are prepared mentally, physically and properly; so they can deal with any threat that presents itself.
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