Shackleton, David
Holmes, Brad
Incident Debrief: Negotiating with a Potential Third-Strike Convicted Felon

While investigating a shooting in 2016, Mount Vernon Police Department officers attempted contact at a residence in the area when shots came from the house striking one officer in the head. Shortly after, the suspect called 911 saying he had hostages, a bomb, and that he had texted the mayor. Officers eventually learned that the suspect was a potential third-strike convicted felon looking at the possibility of life in prison. This presentation will discuss how the negotiating team found itself communicating with a subject who had little incentive to surrender, dealing with the politics of having the mayor on-scene, outside influences from the media, and working through a transition of negotiating teams.

David Shackleton - Bio
Sgt. Dave Shackleton has been with the Mount Vernon Police Department for 22 years. He has served in the patrol division, crime prevention, school resource officer, and as a detective where he was the lead investigator on the Cascade Mall Mass Shooting in 2016. He now serves as a patrol sergeant. Shackleton has been a crisis negotiator for nine years and team leader for six years

Brad Holmes - Bio
Deputy Brad Holmes started in law enforcement 19 years ago and has been with the Skagit County Sheriff's Office for the past 17 years. He has served in the patrol division most of his career with time spent as the search and rescue coordinator, marine division operator, and the past five years as a crisis negotiator.