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10 People In Law Enforcement Share Their "Oh Sh*t" Moment

Here are some accounts of times things got extra real. Whether it was a transformative moment, a shocking one, or when something super awkward happened. If you're looking for a funnier change of pace, here's a hilariously stupid call Lawrence PD had to respond to.

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    Text - 19 hours ago edited 7 hours ago StubbornDutchman 25.0k points 2 Was doing a welfare check at a house for a suicidal male. Only person living at the house, car in driveway, and house was locked up. Gathered some more info and was told where a key was. Opened the door, announced myself and starting searching the house expecting to find a dead body. Opened a closet door and the guy was hiding in there with a rifle next to him. If he wanted me dead I wouldn't be typing this. Dude was having s
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    Text - 20 hours ago handsprings 18.3k points We were looking for a guy who stole guns from his ex and found him under a pile of clothes in a closet at a different house. Unfortunately there was like 7 kids sleeping in the same room so I start getting them out of there while my partner cuffs the guy who is pretending to sleep. We decide to drag him out and I go to move the mattress to get it out of the way and we find the stolen guns under where the kids were sleeping.
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    Text - PCpolicemanofficer 13.5k points 21 hours ago When I was being trained on what to do if someone (particularly myself) gets acid thrown in their face. Being told what the procedure is if I get pricked with a junkie's needle and what can happen to me. My two biggest fears on the job.
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    Text - silveriobmdc 10.5k points 21 hours ago edited Went to a domestic violence call. Spoke to the 16 hours person reporting. She stated she had an active restraining order against her boyfriend. She stated he was trying to break in. Conducted a perimeter search around the apartment building. Checked bed of trucks, under cars, dumpsters, guy was GOA. My partner and I were walking back to her apartment when I find an access panel on the side of the building. I open it and guy is crouching in the
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    Text - alphagusta 4.2k points 21 hours ago My mate had an oh shit moment on his first week of solo traffic patrols. Pulled a drunk guy over and the trunk literally had 2 people just chilling in it asleep
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    Text - accioadvil 10.5k points 19 hours ago edited 8 hours ago Does it count if it was my dad? Mom took me and my siblings to the doctor one day, turned off her cell as per doctor's office policy back then. Fast forward a few hours, we pull up to our house and there's a cop car waiting for us in the driveway...not my dad's. Anyone with family in law enforcement knows having a cop at your door that isn't your loved one is something you NEVER want to experience. Long story short, my dads flash ban
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    Text - SpartacusVII 5.7k points 18 hours ago I was a rookie cop in a small town. I was driving to a check on a report of a large group of kids causing a disturbance at a school parking lot late at night. I realized I had not tested my PA speaker, which I planned on using to disperse the crowd. On my way to the call, slowly rolling down a residential street at 2am with my windows down, I decide to tap my PA mic a couple times to check it. First two taps, can't tell if its working. I slow down. I
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    Text - edited 17 hours ago TastingTheKoolaid 4.7k points 23 hours ago Back when I was an MP, I was assigned to write up abandoned vehicles on an area on post and found nasty one with busted out windows no plates and while checking it out noticed a couple wires running from the front to the back. Lifted something in the back and: https://imgur.com/a/QUGuOee Edit: lots of people asking... A lot of phone calls above my head determined that it was an unlabeled training tool that had been left just l
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    Text - Ponderota 1.6k points 18 hours ago I'm a paramedic (yeah not a cop, sorry), and about six months back I was called to back up a crew to drug affected bloke who had a knife and had taken off into this abandoned two storey house. Called for the police, they were busy and ages away. "Fuck it, I can handle this" I say. "Give me your torch" I said to the crew, who are all like "fuck that" So into this house I go, look through all the rooms, no deranged dude found. Get out to the backyard, look
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    Text - 21 hours ago Ajchandler 1.2k points When I was responding to a simple trespass after warning call and upon me making contact with the trespassed individual, he charged myself and my zone partner with a pair of scissors.
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