Christmas Day Hostage Standoff and "Red Zone" Negotiations
Presented by: Officer Ben Morris; Phoenix Police Department
On Christmas Day in 2017, celebrity weight-loss guru Milan Ross spent the morning with his two children singing and making videos portraying a happy, loving family. Milan had high hopes that when his ex-wife arrived to pick up the boys, his recent success and the spirit of the season would spark new hope for a future together. But disappointment coupled with alcohol would
lead to a much different outcome, and less than 2 hours after the singing stopped, Milan would
commit unspeakable acts of violence against his own family. A six hour hostage standoff would
ensue, with negotiators racing to understand the man and his motives, and tactical units
struggling to find advantage in an almost hopeless scenario.
Officer Morris will also present on Elements of Hostage Situations and what he calls the "Red Zone Offense" approach to negotiations.
Robberies, Barricades and Pursuits; Negotiations in Los Angeles
Presented by: Sgt. Harry Drucker; LASD Negotiations Team
The Black Friday Barricade: A suspect is suicidal and robs a drug store for oxycontin then barricades himself in another store touching off a 4 hour negotiation and standoff. Sgt. Drucker will discuss his time as an 18 year negotiator and the affect it had on him during this incident and how negotiators need to protect themselves emotionally during operations.
Stolen Squad Pursuit and Negotiation via Radio: A female suspect, high on meth and sleep deprived, steals a Los Angeles County Sheriff patrol vehicle and leads deputies in pursuit in the Antelope Valley (High Desert area of Southern California). While driving erratically, the suspect managed to talk to negotiators over the radio tactical channel. This suspect provides a post-incident interview to enlighten attendees as well.
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