Two way radio mistake puts positive light on police standoff | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:20:00 GMT

It was a scary, and a potentially life-threatening situation that was never supposed to be heard. But because an officer accidentally hit an emergency switch on his two way radio during a standoff on North 12 Street, it was heard by many.

"During that dynamic situation as I was speaking with the suspect, as I would speak to them, it would cue the mic, and go over the normal police radio frequency," Quincy Patrol Officer Jeff Baird said.

The suspect was 44-year-old Shawn Perrine, and he was armed with several knives, police said. Officer Baird was eventually able to make an arrest after a successful negotiation with Perrine. He was arrested in connection with two reported stabbings and a vehicle theft that took place earlier Wednesday.

Officer Baird and other officers were commended by some who heard the stand-off over the scanners.

"The officers had an open mic during the standoff. I listened and want to commend the officer who talked the suspect down. Excellent job and should be textbook for the next confrontation. Kudos!!!!" viewer Chris Brocksmith posted.

"Hats off to the Adams Co. sheriff's dept. for showing that a dangerous situation can be resolved without shooting someone," viewer Robert Harrison posted.

The officers were praised for resolving the issue without using force and that's something Baird believes this is a common part of the job, but not always appreciated.

"I feel like certain incidences have been highlighted that don't portray what we do on a daily basis and the steps we take to protect people," Baird said.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley agrees, saying ??the events from the previous year in Ferguson and around the country has made it a little tougher to be a police officer because everything that an officer does involving force is being critiqued."

But when it comes to the event that took place Wednesday evening, Copley says there is nothing to critique.

"It??s one thing to expect them to do it right, when everything falls into place it makes it even better and this is one of those cases where I don't know if you can find fault, in how this was done," Copley said.

Perrine is being held in the Adams County Jail as an investigation continues.