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[NSFW] If you're a police officer or police detective, how would you handle this situation?

Asked by HungryGuy (15949 points ) December 1st, 2010

You are a police detective. There have been numerous reports of missing people in your precinct over the past few weeks. You and your partner go door-to-door in the neighborhood seeking a possible witness or perp. One house you go to, a noted physician, is highly defensive and agitated. He has a large cage as the centerpiece of his living room. His answers to your questions are inconsistent. Your years of experience scream at you that this is the perp. He refuses to let you search his home. You return an hour later with a search warrant. Nobody answers the door, so you break in. You and your partner split up to search the house. When you look in one of the rooms, you see a bizarre scene: Three naked people are on their hands and knees. One man is clearly dead with his throat cut and a pool of blood under his body. A woman behind him has her face his his ass and waves frantically at you. Another woman is in the rear with her face in the first woman’s ass, who also appears to be dead. As you start to approach, you hear gunshots elsewhere in the house. What do you do?

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AmWiser's avatar

Jump out the nearest window and call for backup.

Tuesdays_Child's avatar

Call for backup and start toward the direction of the gunshots.

HungryGuy's avatar

Are you both police detectives? Is that what a police detective would do in that situation? Ignore the people in their grizzly predicament and go to the gunshots?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Are you asking for the actual protocol in a situation like this… or just a make-believe assumption of how we would behave?

HungryGuy's avatar

I assume how you would behave would follow actual protocol. If not, then please specify actual protocol, and then how you would actually behave, and why you would stray from protocol.

Zaku's avatar

I’m not in the police, but I don’t think police these days would tend to send two detectives unassisted to a suspected mass murderer’s house to execute a search warrant, and have them split up like that.

Is the alive woman visibly stuck in between the dead bodies somehow?

Basically, I would draw gun, call in the situation on radio, and try to contact and regroup with my partner by radio, and then on foot tactically approach the area with the gunshots. The woman in the predicament needs to be left there until the gunfire situation is resolved.

bkcunningham1's avatar

I’m just curious what the search warrant says you are looking for inside the house?

iamthemob's avatar

Call for back up. Remove the survivor to a place of safety. Attempt to find where the gunshots were coming from.

bkcunningham1's avatar

A police officer would never serve a search warrant alone in this situation.

Randy's avatar

DO NOT CLICK MY LINK IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH!!! You’ve been warned.
Oh, the horrors of The Human Centipede.
I haven’t and won’t watch that movie because just the premise makes me sick and disgusted.

In that situation, I’d go look for the doctor and call medics to deal with the “centipede”.

bob_'s avatar

Four simple words: run like a bitch.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I’d still be trying to explain to a District Attorney and a disbelieving judge where we came up with probable cause for a search warrant as “this doctor doesn’t seem to like us” and has a cage in his living room.

Supacase's avatar

@Randy I searched for a non-visual explanation and read Roger Ebert’s review. I figured it couldn’t find a more PG answer, but even that was a bit too descriptive.

bkcunningham1's avatar

CyanoticWasp, I like your answer. It is a great answer. Perfect.

Trillian's avatar

Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Thanks, @bkcunningham1. Be sure to check out my slew of other perfect answers throughout the site.

You and I are in a minority on the topic, btw. But I like being a member of a minority group.

john65pennington's avatar

Pretty good imagination.

First, after securing a search warrant, you always take uniformed officers with you on the search. uniformed officers tell the neighbors that this house is not being burglarized.

Second, seeing possible injured or dead people, you call for an ambulance.

Third, a cursory search is made first. this eliminates any possible criminals hiding in the house and laying in wait to assault officers.

Fourth, gunshots should not be heard, if the criminal had been discovered in the original search of the house.

Fifth, secure the house and continue with the search. crime scene investigators are called and neighbors are questioned. evidence is collected and tagged for court.

A judge is not going to issue a search warrant without probable cause. since the question did not address the criminal history of the doctor, you can assume the detectives had enough probable cause for the judge to issue a warrant. i have done this before, myself. most of the time, an outstanding traffic or criminal warrant, is enough to arrest the suspect and to enter his house. what is viewed in plain view can be sufficient to establish probable cause for a search warrant. also, the detectives could have or noticed something out of the ordinary, in order to establish probable cause. the human cage in the living room would be stretching probable cause to the limit, but it has been done before with good results.

Finally, your gunshot could be the doctor committing suicide.

tigress3681's avatar

Breaking and entering with out a warrant? Good idea!

ragingloli's avatar

Conclude that the man is a normal law abiding citizen and move to the next house.

perspicacious's avatar

I’m not convinced there would have been a search warrant—PC was missing.

HungryGuy's avatar

@Zaku and @iamthemob – The survivor is surgically attached to the two dead bodies, and is unable to move.

@john65pennington – Thanks for the answer from someone in law enforcement! I appreciate everyone’s comments, but I had wanted an answer from an actual detective. So thanks! Oh, BTW, the gunshot was the doctor waiting at the other side of the swimming pool shooting your partner. He’s going to shoot you next as soon as you step into the pool area. Be careful. That trapped woman is counting on you to kill the mad scientist and save her!

@Randy – What is this Human Centipede that you speak of? I never heard of such a thing…

@everybody – If none of these things constitutes probable cause (the missing people, the cage in the living room, the inconsistencies in his statements, etc.), then the mad scientist would have been able to keep his “monster” that he created? Cool :-p

HungryGuy's avatar

Yes, everyone, this scenario is from a horror film titled, The Human Centipede. Your basic horror/monster movie set in modern times that claims to be medically possible—a mad scientist kidnaps a bunch of people and cuts them up and reconnects them to build a monster: a human centipede. Pretty grizzly film. As @Randy said, don’t watch it before eating or if you have a weak stomach…

Collegeguy's avatar

Well it depends on a couple of different things. 1. What was the probable cause for the first encounter. 2. What “Exactly” was in the warrant.

I would hope that the Warrant covered a couple of things that would allow us to act on something. We very well could have been walking in on a rimming session and not the death and danger that you describe here.

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