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Traverse City Isn’t
THE DELUSIONAL speeder I’d stopped a few days earlier frightened me into watching the movie Copland, a story of police corruption in New York City. In it, Sylvester ...

TRAVERSE CITY ISN’T COPLAND

Officer Karyl Moore

Traverse City, MI, Police Department

THE DELUSIONAL speeder I’d stopped a few days earlier frightened me into watching the movie Copland, a story of police corruption in New York City. In it, Sylvester Stallone takes on the NYPD to triumph over evil. Now, standing with a gun in his hand on the porch of his house, the speeder had become Stallone.

My assignment had been to find a man and child who’d left an accident scene, and I found them two doors down from the gunman. After directing them to safety, I took up a position across the street from the gunman and drew my weapon. One of our sergeants was on the sidewalk, engaged in conversation with the gunman. I felt as if I knew this man well after my prior contact and seeing the movie. I knew what to expect: He’d begin a gun battle, and I might have to shoot him! With that in mind, I began to think through such facts as the weapon I was carrying, the caliber of bullet, and the trajectory it would probably take.

Eventually a shootout did occur, and our sergeant lay wounded and bleeding on the gunman’s front porch. After the shooting I started negotiating with the man to allow us to help our officer. The gunman moved inside his house and fired several more shots. I prayed, “Lord, let my voice be that of an angel to his ears.” I started speaking again. I told him I was the officer who’d stopped him last week, and that Traverse City wasn’t Copland—that we’re good people here and didn’t want to hurt him. He remained silent. I continued to negotiate with him, praying for him, our wounded officer, the neighbors and officers around me. Suddenly, a sheriff’s deputy rushed the porch and pulled our sergeant to safety. For a long time I continued negotiating with the shooter, repeatedly asking God for the right words to say, and for an angelic voice to say them. Later, SWAT arrived and after a nine-hour standoff, the gunman was taken. Our sergeant had been shot multiple times. Unfortunately, he lost his struggle for life the next day.

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From the time I stopped the speeder until he was taken into custody, I know that the Lord was watching over me. I thank God for the Holy Spirit living within to protect, guide, and comfort me through life’s toughest challenges. I constantly listen for his voice and reassurance: “Do not fear, Karyl; I am with you always.”


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