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Law enforcement situations get edgy
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Even in cozy Warren County, tension can be high and gunfire can erupt when law enforcement officers are doing their job.Our own sheriff was shot in the line of duty back in the days when he was a city police officer.A deputy was injured last year during a high-speed chase when his vehicle was rammed and it rolled several times.And our chief of police said he was probably assaulted, by the legal definition of the term, every day he worked as a city patrolman.“I was a patrolman for 17 years and I can safely say there wasn’t a day that went by without being assaulted, in the pure technical definition of assault, while I was on the job,” said Bryan Denton, McMinnville’s chief of police.In addition to being shot in the arm, Sheriff Jackie Matheny said shots were fired at him on two other occasions, but missed.“The night after I returned to duty after being shot, I mean the very next night, I pulled over a lady and she reached for a 32-caliber in her glove compartment,” said Matheny in illustrating the dangers of being a law enforcement officer.Those dangers have reached a boiling point after two African American men were shot and killed last week in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn.Those two cases of police violence against citizens were followed by a sniper in Dallas killing five police officers and wounding nine others before he was killed by a police bomb.In Warren County last week, law enforcement officers chased a suspect through two counties in a large box truck before finally getting him to pull over. When the man exited his truck, he came out ready to swing with a baseball bat and was tased.Despite these violent situations, Matheny said community relations between officers and citizens are, for the most part, strong in Warren County. If not, he says there are usually underlying causes.