Wyoming, Michigan - Police officer Dustin Cook was seriously injured after his feet were impaled when he responded to a burglary alarm at a medical marijuana plant
According to WZZM On February 12th, Wyoming officers responded to a burglary alarm at a licensed medical marijuana production facility in the 5300 block of Clay Avenue. When officers arrived they observed two men dressed in black inside of the building. Both males had their faces covered and ran as soon as officers arrived. During the chase 19-year-old Tyquan Hassel of Kentwood dropped a handgun, according to police. He was captured, along with his accomplice, Andre Sims, 19.
As officers worked to secure the area and find additional evidence, they learned the pair entered through a back window that they broke. Officers also found more than 90 mature plants inside of the facility, more than the organization was licensed to possess.
As officer Cook secured the building, he scaled a gate to reach a broken window and landed on a booby-trap. A sheet of plywood with over 100 three-inch threaded decking screws pointing upward was on the other side and both of officer Cook's feet were impaled. Police Chief James Carmody explained, "He had three of these things go into his feet,’’ he said, holding a decking screw. “One in one heel and two in the other foot. One went through the center of his foot and did some damage to one of the tendons.’’
“I was very angry; and when I went to the hospital I was even more angry,’’ Chief Carmody said. “He’s a good officer, a hard-working officer and he’s been taken out of the field because of this idiot’s work."
Chief Carmody is now working with Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker on filing charges against the business owner. As of now, there is no law on the books covering this sort of trap. “We have warnings on mice traps, but this is something we don’t have a law on the book on? It kind of defies gravity as far as I’m concerned," Carmody said.
Existing laws cover spring-loaded devices and explosives but so far they have not found one that covers a bed of nails on private property. “I think anytime you set a trap of any sort that can cause harm or injury, it should be prohibited,’’ Chief Carmody said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Cook. Get well soon brother. We hope you sue the business for all of the money they've got.
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