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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Manhunt In Maine for Suspect Who Shot and Killed Deputy Early Wednesday Morning

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By Kim Arsenault
Contributor, EDM Digest

Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 25, 2018: Authorities in Maine are searching for a male suspect who shot and killed a deputy early Wednesday morning; police in Dallas, Texas have apprehended the suspect who shot and critically wounded two police officers and a civilian on Tuesday; a report says Broward County deputies took cover behind trees and cars after responding to the active shooter call at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; a judge revokes bond for the alleged suspect in the Nashville Waffle House shooting; a voluntary recall of ice pops has been issued due to fears of listeria contamination; the van driver identified in the deadly rampage in Toronto is said to be socially awkward and troubled; a portion of State Route 68 in Tennessee has been closed following its collapse; and a fourth death has occurred in Illinois from synthetic marijuana use.

1. A manhunt is currently underway in Maine after a suspect, believed to be armed and dangerous, shot and killed a Somerset County Sheriff's deputy in Norridgewock, Maine early Wednesday morning. After shooting the deputy, the suspect, identified as John Williams from Madison, stole the officer's vehicle and committed a theft at a gas station. Nearby Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock was ordered by police to be closed on Tuesday as a precaution, and parts of Route 2 have also been closed as the investigation continues.

2. Two Dallas, Texas police officers were shot and critically wounded at a Home Depot store Tuesday evening after being called to the store to assist in an arrest. The suspected gunman, identified as Armando Juarez, 29, also shot a civilian before he fled the scene and sent law enforcement on a manhunt for the suspect. After what authorities indicate was a long car chase, Juarez was arrested on multiple counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and for an outstanding felony theft warrant.

3. According to a recently released report regarding the shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff's deputies were allegedly hiding behind cars and trees when they believed the shooter was inside the school. The report, by Coral Springs Officer Bryan Wilkins, details what he saw when he arrived just minutes after the active shooter alert, including that the officers had not entered the school but instead had taken cover. The report also noted that deputies were watching what they believed to be a live CCTV feed, but it was discovered to have some type of unknown delay. In addition, the sharing of information between the Coral Springs police and Broward County Sheriff's department did not occur because they were on different radio channels and attempts to merge the channels failed.

4. A Davidson County judge revoked bond, set at $2 million, for the Nashville Waffle House's alleged shooter on Tuesday after public outcry over the suspect's possible release from jail. Members of the public inundated the Nashville District Attorney's office with angry calls on Tuesday, stating that the shooter should not be released from jail under any circumstances. The suspect shot and killed four people at a Waffle House early Sunday morning before fleeing the scene and being arrested in woods outside of Nashville on Monday.

5. A voluntary recall of about 3,000 ice pops has been issued by a West Virginia-based company, due to the possibility of listeria contamination. The Ziegenfelder Company announced that the contamination occurred at a facility in Denver and affected the following brand names: Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops, and Budget $aver Sugar Free Twin Pops. The ice pops were sold in 15 states, including Alabama, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Texas, and Wyoming. They were delivered to retailers between April 5 and April 19, and should be returned for a full refund.

6. The man identified as the driver of the van that mowed down and killed 10 people in Toronto Monday afternoon is believed to be a socially troubled individual who posted a hostile message regarding women on Facebook just prior to his deadly rampage. Police say they do not believe the incident was terror-related. However, the suspect, Alek Minassian, 25, appeared to be socially awkward and troubled, and he harbored resentment toward women. The vehicle attack is likely to be the deadliest ever in Toronto, with 10 people killed and 14 others injured, some seriously.

7. A portion of State Route 68 leading from Rhea County into Crossville, Tennessee was closed after a large crack in the road became a roadway landslide in just a short time on Tuesday. Heavy rainfall may have contributed to the instability of the ground underneath the road, causing the earth to collapse and slide down the north side of Grandview Mountain. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says the road will be closed indefinitely while they stabilize and repair the roadway.

8. Another death in Illinois from synthetic marijuana was announced on Tuesday by state health officials. The victim, a woman in her 30s whose name was not released, is the first woman to have died and the fourth death to occur in the state from the synthetic marijuana. Tests conducted on recent victims who had presented to emergency rooms with bleeding from the nose and/or mouth, coughing up blood, and internal bleeding, showed a chemical found in rat poison. This poison, brodifacoum, prevents blood from clotting.

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Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.