Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 7, 2014

Friends, family mourn loss of Brownfield police officer
VideoBriefWhen Debbie Shedd noticed her son, 27-year-old Jeremy Shedd, had not returned to Lubbock from his Brownfield Police Department shift, her motherly instincts kicked in. She called Shedd's phone, and a police officer answered to confirm her worst fears. Police said 26-year-old Sergio Vazquez from Denver City was traveling south in his truck, when he crossed the median into Shedd's lane. They had a head-on collision, and both later died. More

Arbitrator overturns Austin police officer's firing
Austin American-Statesman
An arbitrator has overturned the firing of a police officer who was accused of violating the Austin Police Department's policies in part because he didn't call other officers about finding a phone in the ceiling of a hotel shower. More

Man stabs 2 police officers at Eastfield College
VideoBriefMesquite police said they arrested a man who stabbed two police officers at Eastfield College on Nov. 3. According to the Mesquite Police Department, 22-year-old Miguel Sarinana was found in an unused classroom of the C building by an Eastfield College police officer during a routine check. Police said they had issued Sarinana previous warnings about trying to sleep on campus property.More

Young cartel leader was caught just as his reign began
Houston Chronicle
Federal agents and South Texas police recently chased down the alleged new head of Mexico's Gulf Cartel so quickly that his young, mustachioed face never even made it to a wanted poster. Few people in law enforcement circles had heard of Juan Saenz Tamez until his capture was announced by prosecutors. The arrest of the 23-year-old Saenz showed just how far one of Mexico's longest-running crime groups has fallen — and how splintered operations have become — for a syndicate that pushes tons of cocaine and other drugs into Texas. More

Texas A&M Police Department purchases new body cameras
VideoBriefThe Texas A&M Police Department is receiving new body cameras. With the additions of the 70 new cameras, every one of their officers now will have one. The cameras are capable of taking video and audio, as well as still pictures, all of which officers can review while out in the field.More

Startup unveils smart-gun technology for police
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
A Capitola startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.More

Police hold large-scale training drill at California's Ontario Airport
A large-scale training exercise brought police and fire personnel and other agencies together at Ontario International Airport in California. The drill involved the response to a gunman with an automatic-weapon shooting people inside the airport terminal.More