Magazine article Law & Order

Officer Survival and Winning

Magazine article Law & Order

Officer Survival and Winning

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Detective Jared Reston of the Jacksonville, Fla. Sheriffs Office was working extra duty at a shopping mall when he was called to a shoplifting situation involving two suspects. He became involved in a lengthy foot pursuit that ended in a deadly shootout. When it was over, Reston had been shot seven times and the suspect was dead. There are three reasons that Reston prevailed: 1) he was wearing body armor, 2) he was physically fit, and 3) he had the mental attitude to win.

It is critically important to have a winning mindset, not just one of survival. A seemingly 'everyday' shoplifting call turned into a challenging foot chase and ultimately a shootout in which 13 rmUlds were fired by the suspect and 14 rounds were fired by Reston in the course of a few seconds.

The first fOood was fired by the suspect. The bullet struck Reston squarely in the chin, causing his jaw to collapse before exiting out his neck. At first, Reston thought he had been physically struck, but thatquickJy changed as the suspect continued shooting at him. Reston returned fire while lying on his back and continued to fire as he struggled into an upright position. In the midst of the gunfight, Reston fired three close-range shots, ending the battle. Reston sustained gW1Shot wooods to his face, arm, thigh and buttocks. Three rounds to his chest were stopped by the body armor.

During our interview, he was asked, "In your mind, as this was going on, your training? A survival mindset? What kicked in?" His memorable answer was, "Not a survival mindseta winning mindset! That's what J always have. I'm a very competitive person. U you bring something to me like that I'm not going to just survive," Reston sa.id. "I probably could h."we laid there and hid and hoped he missed me, but that's not how it's going to go. I'll take the fight to him."

Here is the point: A will to win, not just survive, is absolutely key to officer safety. …

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