SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A shooting in Philadelphia started when police officers served a narcotics warrant.
We went straight to police and they say serving a warrant of any kind can be extremely risky for officers.
"It is extremely dangerous. They are dealing with the most violent and dangerous people in the area when they serve these warrants," Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh tells us.
Walsh describes to Western Mass News what, he says, is one of the most dangerous parts of this profession.
"They are often going in with no knocking. announcing their presence. They are going through a door with the subject or subjects in the home and. sometimes, there are people in there that they don’t know are inside, and, sometimes, there are weapons. As you see in the unfortunate event in Philadelphia, weapons and the amount of ammunition that is involved you just can't predict," explained Walsh.
The shooting in Philadelphia Wednesday started after police officers served a narcotics warrant.
Last year, Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant in Cape Cod.
Walsh says, each time a department serves a warrant, it goes case by case as to how many police officers are on scene.
"We are talking approximately eight to ten, but, for some of the higher profile cases where someone may have a large amount of firearms involved, we have brought in our tactical response unit, we have brought in our narcotics unit. When we know a situation could potentially turn for the worst, we make sure our officers are protected," said Walsh.
As for executing narcotic warrants...
"Our narcotics investigators have been doing this a long, long time and the type of evidence and probable cause that they see to get these warrants, you know, the warrants aren't signed off if they do not have enough evidence for those. People sometimes don’t want to be taken into custody and, often times as well, when officers come through, these criminals might think they are getting robbed as well so they fight back and it's so quick," added Walsh.