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7/31/2014 3:41:00 PM
Police show of force in Old Town

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Police, armed with tactical automatic weapons, surrounded a mobile home in Old Town Wednesday afternoon after a report that a man had crawled through a window.

Officers came from all directions about 2:30 p.m. surrounding the home at the Greenbriar mobile park in the 700 block of Main Street.

They kept outsiders away as officers closed in on the trailer. Once at the door, they called out and asked to be allowed inside. The door opened, a pet dog ran out and officers entered.

Neighbors say the home is occupied by a woman they called "DJ" who is a regular volunteer at the Catholic Social Services and Loft across the street. Her van was parked outside.

Cottonwood Police spokesman Tod Moore says the report brought police out for a possible burglary in progress.

The sergeant says it turned out that the occupant was rightfully there watching the home for the woman while she is out of town.

"He did not have a key, so he went in through the window ... looked suspicious, but nothing more."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Article comment by: To Mr. Babbitt

I'm glad that the newspaper printed these pictures of CPD and other activities that are funded with our taxes. Without these pictures and articles, we would have no idea of which direction our city/county/state was going.



Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: No Harm No Foul

What harm did they do? No one was shot. No one was injured, not even the pet dog. Look at the location of the event. Assume no good there to start with. Glad all was well.
Give the cops a break. Why do only the anti cops comment on here? You'd be crying in your beer if it was your house!


Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: If you want to play with big boy toys then join the Military

How about securing the perimeter, the using the PA system in the police car to call the man out of the house. If he doesn't come out, send in a real police dog to locate/ confront the person in the house. But as long as the City Manager is a former police officer, expect more incidents like this.

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: Wren Tyree

This is why crime attracts to cities. Not because criminals come here but because little men want to use their big boy toys and show force. It is sad that the badge wearing servants of the state weren't braver and couldn't wait to see if there was a weapon around or being wielded. All that shows me is that these boys in blue are just a bunch of cowards and do not know how to use their heads or intuition to diffuse a situation. Seems to me they would be better as fry cooks at Burger King then a position that hold such responsibilty as a peace keeper, Servant and Protectant. How does this show of force show any of that?

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: What if?

I would rather know that the police would check on such a situation than brush it off as a family friend or something. How fortunate we are to live in a town where the police take calls seriously and respond as such.

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: Thank You Officers

If you get a call about someone breaking into MY home, you are welcome to respond in the same manner.

And I hope you do.


Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Scott Stokes

I give the Cottonwood Police Department an atta-boy. For all of you that can't find anything good in what they do, if that had been you or your family inside with a potential burglar you would have wanted them to show up with tanks, heat seeking missiles and Apache helicopters. Every situation that they are called out on is a dangerous one until they have resolved it. My hat goes of to every one of our officers, not much gratitude for putting your life on the line everyday. Thank you for all you do.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: s c

wow < golf clap>, i think some retraining is in order. its a mobile home for crying out loud. one officer goes to the door and knocks, one officer stays in the front another in the back in case anyone does try and run.... also, .223 rounds would go through that trailer like butter which could leave some collateral damage... nice work CPD at trying to be tacticool... seriously, need to stop thinking everyone is the enemy. im surprised they didnt bring out the MRAP and humvee

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: How is it Bad Behavior?

Thank goodness it was someone known to the home.
How can Police officers determine if it is a valid break in or not? They were just doing their jobs.

What if this was an actual intruder that hurt or raped someone, then you would have a different opinion!!!

It's amazing how your opionions are always anti law enforcement. No matter if they do good deeds or not, they are always criticized.


Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: OMG a dog ran out!

"The door opened, a pet dog ran out!"

Of course Cottonwood's finest needed their full paramilitary equipment to respond this threat.

We love our cops but want them to treat us as friends and neighbors, not as the enemy.


Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: John Doe

Unless they had an officer watching that window, this is a horrible way to approach the trailer. Im no expert but it seems to me theres at least officers who, had this been a real situation, would be in a compromised situation.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

It is outrageous for the newspaper and the Cottonwood police to abuse our citizens reputations to cover their bad behavior.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Seriously? of course

We could use your help at the Yavapai Jail , a little overkill like this could be useful there, not on main street. Practice with your toys somewhere else.



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