Police have not yet disclosed publicly what, if anything, they know for certain about the teenager’s motives for aiming an air pistol at Sgt. James Shanesy and Officer Scott Thomas, who combined have nearly 60 years of experience. The officers, Davis said, are “doing well” and were placed on paid administrative leave.
Chief Bruce Robertson said his prayers are directed not only to the involved officers and their families, but also toward the injured young man and his family, too.
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“It’s a horrible situation for the parents,” Robertson said Friday. “There’s a lot of grief. We’re very empathetic to that. I’m a parent and a grandparent, and I can’t imagine the grief that they’re going through.”
Authorities said the male’s record includes seven prior contacts with Centerville police since 2014, but the nature of those interactions remains unclear. This newsroom has requested the incident reports corresponding to those interactions, as well as the personnel records of the involved officers.
What is clear, the chief said, is the Centerville community’s support for the police.
“The community supports us very well,” Robertson said. “When we pinned these badges on, what we pinned them on for was to ensure safety and service to the community, and we do that to the best of our abilities.”
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