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#1 burnsey166

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:48 PM

Hey Guys (and gals),

 

I know that I've been a no-show for the last few months, and have been kinda unreliable. For that I apologize. I can only ask for your understanding and only ask for your support (of which I know that I will get it from you all).

 

About a year ago, I re-entered into law enforcement from a reserve status to a part-time status. I did this as a favor to a Det. Lt. friend of mine to help teach the youngsters coming out of the academy a thing or two about officer safety, traffic stops, and how to interact with the civilians without getting into a citizen complaint. I'm assigned to the traffic division for North County Police in the St Louis metro area.

 

Last June 23, I was patrolling and a call came out for a bad check case at a local neighborhood grocery store (more or less in the 'hood). PO Mike Langsdorf responded, and we learned later by cctv, that he was in a fight with the suspect within 30 seconds of him entering the store. This fight ended up on the ground and Mike was unable to call for help. Mike was concerned about weapon retention, as well as trying to take this guy into custody. The suspect was able to pull his own gun, strike Mike in the head stunning him, and got out from underneath Mike. The suspect stood over Mike and shot him point blank, striking him in the neck, above his vest, with the bullet coming out by his liver. All this was going on, while the dispatcher called repeatedly to get Mike to answer her. The supervisor advised the responding officer to expedite to Mike's location. I was a two blocks from that location and I activated my lights and siren and expedited as well. As I turned onto Page Ave, everyone was running from the scene. I was concerned about not striking anyone with my police car, and I did not see the suspect running from the scene with a gun in hand. I arrived about 15 seconds before the responding officer. PO Garcia did. As he got out of car, he yelled 'gun' and pointed behind me. We then reassessed our priorities and went after the guy with a gun (all the while thinking that Mike didn't respond because he didn't turn his portable radio up). Garcia and I were able to stop this guy and he raised his hands to give up (no gun in hand). Apparently I drove over the gun he had dropped (this weapon was later determined to be the one used to kill our officer). I went gun up on the suspect and when he turned around, I holstered and went hands on and took him into custody. As I was placing the first cuff on him, another responding officer had arrived at the market and yelled into the radio, 'We have an officer down. Starting CPR. Get medics here now!'. I told Garcia that I had this guy and to go to Mike. EMS arrived a short time later, and transported him to the local hospital that handles a lot of shooting trauma. I was kept from entering the store by the road supervisor. He just shook his head and said there's nothing that we can do to help. A short time after arriving at the hospital, PO Langsdorf later passed away.

 

I know now that there was nothing we could have done for him on scene. What we were able to do was to capture the shooter before he fled the area/region. He had a rap sheet nine pages long for North Carolina, but absolutely zero interaction in St Louis metro. He was a ghost to us. We caught him properly, and by the book. We didn't violate his civil rights and abuse him in any way. We did it right so that this guy couldn't use anything we did as a way to get off the hook for murder of a law enforcement officer. For a week afterwards, as we waited for Mike's funeral, I helped stand watch over him at the funeral home. I escorted him from the Medical Examiner's office, to the Mortuary, to the Funeral Home, to the Cathederal Basillica, and then his final patrol to the cemetary. PO Garcia and myself were later given Chief's commendations for our actions and professionalism. We lost an 17 year veteran of law enforcement, and father of 2 teens.

 

So needless to say, I have been engrossed in my jobs, and in therapy with other officers since July. I haven't been on Facebook. I haven't been on here. I haven't been drinking. I've been trying to keep to myself. But I've been hanging out with a couple of guys that won't leave me alone and force me to hang out with them. The camaraderie between fellow officers and close friends has been welcome respite. 

 

But now I am wanting to get some normalcy in my life...hence the return to VTCafe!

 

I know that quite a few of the guys have left, but to those that are still here...What's up my peeps!?!

 

I'm back!

 

-Wayne

 

(P.S. talking about what happened is another step in my therapy. Thanks for listening guys)

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#2 Rollout

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 12:09 PM

Burnsey, 

 

Please accept my condolences for officer Langsdorf.

Its such a dangerous and difficult job that you and all law enforcement officers do to protect the public.

I am thankful for the bravery of all officers who run towards danger when everyone else is running away.

 

Good to see you back here Burnsey!

Take care of yourself and stay safe.


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#3 barclatheus

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 05:48 PM

Very sorry you went through that, thank you for your service. Keep hanging with your fellow officers, sounds like you are all helping each other.

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:43 PM

Sorry Burnsey. My condolences for the loss of one of Americas heroes. If only folks knew the reality of the daily life of law enforcement. Instead they fall victim to the negativity produced by the media. For all the good done by our brothers in blue, only a small percentage is reported. Society as a whole really needs to become more educated to all the good law enforcement does for our communities. Like teachers, they are by far under paid for the challenges they endure. God Bless Mike Langsdorf, and his family and friends.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:54 PM

Hey Burnsey, I too am saddened to hear of the loss of your friend and colleague.

 

The Police have such a thankless job, and they all need our support so much, good on ya for returning to the force bro!

 

Here's sending you a strong brotherly hug!  :)



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Posted 02 February 2020 - 04:44 PM

I been wondering about you Burnsey, since I,m one of those guys who has moved on since last July. Got to be a tough place for you to be in along with a tough but very important job. I am no preacher but I will say trust in God, family and true friends. Be safe brother from another mother. We are all God's children....



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Posted 04 February 2020 - 05:47 PM

Burnsey,

 

I remember this happening. I am beyond sorry for you loss and his family. If you ever just want to get a ride in and forget just hit me up. I'm still in the STL area.



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Posted 06 February 2020 - 10:06 AM

A heartfelt thanks for what you do and for others in law enforcement and military service.

#9 burnsey166

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 08:41 AM

Thanks to all of you and your support. It means alot. I will definitely watch my back, as I watch for those around me.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body...
But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride.

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 11:46 AM

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your fellow officer and friend.  Glad your safe. Stay that way.



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Posted 10 February 2020 - 01:14 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss Burnsey. The family and people effected from this type of incident is always larger then most understand. Stay safe and watch your 6 and get that bike out and ride. 


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#12 burnsey166

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 07:56 PM

My thanks to each and every one of you. It has been a hard road these last 7 months or so. Now I want to ride and get back in touch with my 'Easy Rider' inner child and I can't (because Bob keeps sending his damn cold south from Lacrosse to St Louis...hahaha).

 

And when it does get warm enough to ride...dammit Bobby! I have to work...just waiting for planets to line up!


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But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride.

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 09:32 PM

Man sorry to hear this. Be safe out there.

Everyday above ground is a good day.

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