Last night, I went on a ride along with a Yakima Police Officer and his K-9 dog for what was initially a story about the K-9 unit.
The night started off pretty typical – a few traffic violations and loitering issues. The officer warned me that sometimes months pass without him having to bring the dog out.
There’s a little joke in the news industry about how whenever journalists go on ride alongs absolutely nothing happens. However, that evening this was not the case.
After three hours of relative silence the scanner started to get busy with calls for a possible home invasion and car theft, and we were off. By the time we arrived, the calls had evolved into an armed hostage situation.
It’s an interesting perspective to arrive at a crime scene with the first responders, and I gained even more respect for what the officers have to do in such tense situations.
Needless to say, it was a far more stressful evening that I planned for, but being in the right place at the right time gave me unique access.
Sometimes, it’s just about being at the right place at the right time.
For the full story and a video with interview from an eye witness by Donald W. Meyers click here: http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/2677505-8/video-more-details-emerge-on-west-valley-kidnapping