Debrief: Josh Comitale – Officer Survival while Under Fire
NY police officers hospitalized after shootout, gunman dead
Josh Comitale is soon to be 9 year veteran of the City of Troy Police Department. Josh is a 3rd generation Officer with the department. He is a member of the Department’s SWAT team where he is currently assigned to a sniper element. Josh is a firearms / chemical agents / general topics instructor. He is the recipient of the departmental Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, as well as the New York state association of Chiefs of Police Medal of Honor. Josh has also been awarded the US Congressional Badge of Bravery.
The night of the incident, the officers responded to a call about a carjacking. Comitale was on foot, while Klein was in a police SUV when he was shot from behind in the shoulder by Faison on 112th Street between Fifth Avenue and the 112th Street Park. After Comitale saw Faison shoot Klein, he opened fire and was shot in both legs during the shootout in which 25 rounds were fired. Although he was downed and his gun jammed, he reloaded as Faison fired at him. He then applied tourniquets to his legs to stop the bleeding.
Josh’s presentation will focus on officer survival and the use of TCCC in a gunfight, specifically the utilization of a tourniquet. It covers the incident from shift start to the end of the gunfight with video of the incident, radio transmissions, wounds sustained by himself, his partner Chad, and the suspect.
Debrief: West Memphis Shootout with Cop-Killing Sovereign Citizens
Officer Michael K. Neal rammed into cop killers and stopped their attack with his rifle
Michael Kent Neal is currently the Sheriff of Monroe County and is a former Corporal for the Arkansas Game & Fish assigned to Lee County. Michael began his career in law enforcement in 1998 as a part-time officer for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. As a member of the Brinkley Fire and Rescue team, he served as fire Instructor and after ten years of service retired in 2009 with the rank of Captain.
On May 20, 2010, Officer Neal was instrumental in ending a brutal gun battle in West Memphis that resulted in the death of two West Memphis police officers and the wounding of the Crittenden County Sheriff and his chief deputy. Michael became a key factor in ending the gunfire by ramming his Game & Fish vehicle into a minivan carrying two shooters. While under direct fire, he engaged the duo in a fierce gun battle, eliminated the threat and prevented any further loss of life. In his presentation of the Medal of Valor to Officer Neal, Governor Mike Beebe stated: “His training kicked in and further tragedy was averted and avoided by his trained, heroic, selfless actions.”
Officer Neal has received numerous awards for his heroic actions that day which include: 3 Medals of Valor, Citations from The Arkansas House of Representatives, The Arkansas State Senate, The United States Senate, the 2010 Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer of the Year Award, the Southeast Regional Wildlife Officer of the Year, Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the 2011 International Officer of the year. On February 20, 2012, Officer Neal was awarded the congressional Medal of Valor from Vice President Joe Biden. Due to his excellent training, he is one of the most decorated Wildlife Officers in the history of Arkansas Game and Fish.
- “As soon as I rammed the van, I came under heavy fire from an AK-47. I received at least a dozen rounds into my truck, through my windshield, dashboard, and grill,” says Neal. “I returned fire, killing the first suspect and mortally wounding the second suspect, who later died.”
Class: ITOA Tactical Patrol Officer Program
with Jeff Chudwin and Edward Mohn
Bio: Chief (ret.) Jeff Chudwin
Jeff Chudwin served 38 years and retired as the Chief of Police for the Village of Olympia Fields IL. He has been a law enforcement officer since 1974 and continues as a sworn officer with the Peotone IL Police Department. He served as an Assistant States Attorney for both Will and Cook Counties IL. Chief Chudwin is a founding member of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) and has served as president of the association since 1995. He is a founding member and for ten years served as cochairman of the statewide law enforcement mutual aid system / the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Region 4 – of Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties. In addition, he acted as cochairman of the terrorism /emergency preparedness committees of the South Cook County Suburban Chiefs of Police Association and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.
Since 1978, Chief Chudwin has provided training to police officers and agencies on legal and practical issues of police use of force, tactical response training and officer survival at conferences throughout the country. He has worked on legal and policy issues related to officer involved shootings and represented officers involved in high-level use of force incidents. He is the executive editor of the ITOA Journal and has authored numerous articles for law enforcement publications on the issues of police use of force, firearms training, and SWAT and patrol functions.
Chief Chudwin deployed as a member of the ILEAS Task Force Illinois in response to the Hurricane Katrina EMAC request by the State of Louisiana in September 2005.
Bio: Commander Edward Mohn
Commander Edward Mohn is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and is the CEO of High-Risk Operations & Strategies LLC. He is the Vice President of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and the statewide coordinator and lead instructor for the Associations Active Threat, Urban Tactics, Tactical Patrol Officer and Rescue Task Force programs.
He has personally trained thousands of Police and Fire Department Officers in a multitude of Active Threat, Tactical Response Techniques, and Tactics, including certifying over 2,500 Active Threat, Rescue Task Force & Urban Tactics Instructors.
Ed serves as a Tactical Commander with the NIPAS Emergency Services Team and ILEAS WMD-SRT. NIPAS-EST is the largest multi-jurisdictional SWAT team in the United States; providing SWAT services to 70 communities in Northern Illinois. For over 20 years, Ed has lead the team in numerous large-scale, complex operations.
Ed has been highly decorated for his actions including the Medal of Valor, the Life Saving Medal, the Valorous Unit Citation and multitude Commendation Medals for his actions against armed felons in dangerous tactical operations and being under close-quarter gunfire on numerous occasions
Ed is a nationally recognizes Lead Instructor and has been a presenter at numerous state and national conferences and conventions.
Prior to starting his career in Law Enforcement, Ed served 5yrs as an Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer with the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment, United States Army.
The ITOA’s Tactical Patrol Officer Program is based on the belief that effective police response to unexpected, on-going violent active threat situations is enhanced when first responders have a commonality of training, tactics, techniques, equipment, verbiage and capabilities. The skill sets obtained through this training initiative better prepares officers when responding to violent criminal events, enhances their survivability, success, and improves their ability to manage crisis situations. To recognize and encourage TPO training, two levels of recognition have been established. Tactical Patrol Officer and the Master Tactical Patrol Officer.
Tactical Patrol Officer designation is granted to officers who have completed end user level training in all six of the core tactical skill sets:
- Active Threat / Rapid Deployment
- Urban Tactics / MACTAC
- Tactical Pistol / Rifle
- Self-Aid Buddy Aid
- Rescue Task Force
- High Risk Patrol Tactics
Master Tactical Patrol Officer designation is granted to officers who have been certified as instructors in all six of the core tactical skill sets.
The required training for each level of proficiency and recognition will be covered in detail during the briefing.
Class: Vehicle Assaults with Dustin Mowery
Bio: Dustin Mowery
Dustin has over twenty years of law enforcement experience, working in patrol, general investigations, and narcotics. Nineteen of those years he was also a member or Team Leader with his agency’s SWAT team. Additionally, for seven and a half years, he was assigned to a multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigations unit, working with local, state and federal agencies.
Dustin currently works as a patrol officer for The Ohio State University police, where some of his duties include firearms training, defensive tactics, SWAT and active shooter training. He is an assistant instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) in the Basic SWAT program, as well as the Executive Protection and Defensive Tactics programs. He was selected by the State of Ohio to help develop Ohio’s Solo Response to Active Threat training, currently being taught to agencies across the state.
Beyond his full-time duties, Dustin works for 88 Tactical, a training company based in Omaha, NE. He is the primary instructor and co-creator for the High Threat Vehicle Engagements course and is an assistant instructor in High Threat CQB. Dustin is also a lead instructor with the training cadre for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA).
Every day, officers across the country are attacked when they’re in and around cruisers or suspect vehicles. When these attacks happen, officers should understand what will happen when bullets strike the car and more importantly, how the car could help them. During this brief, Dustin will present the ammunition commonly used by law enforcement and their counterparts, and what the ammunition does and does not do to the cars we’re driving.
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