AAR (AFTER ACTION REPORT)
During Combative Training the Tactical and Tracking team was given their orders. An officer was attacked while checking on some campers. The officer was wounded in the attack, and when the backup officer came to assist he received gun fire from a woodline and could not get to the wounded officer. The officer gave information on the two suspects, who were known to law enforcement as anti-government survivalists and have had confrontations with LEO’s in the past.
After being given the scenario, the TNT team did a map recon of the area and saw that there were only two ways to get to the downed officer. One was through the woods via a 1.5 mile hike; otherwise the team could make an approach from the water. The team leader contacted members of the maritime unit and was authorized for use of the department landing craft.
The team assembled on the landing craft at the Suquamish dock and made the 2 mile ride. The boat operator used fishing vessels in the area to mask the approach of the team. As the boat was approaching the shoreline, the designated marksman saw movement to the north in the woodline. As the team departed the DM gave the team instructions on where the suspects were moving. The primary mission was to get to the downed officer and begin aid.
As the team approached the officer, the Medic made contact and learned that the officer was hit by two bullets and was losing consciousness and blood. The medic started to perform aid as the team formed a protective perimeter around the scene. When the scene was secure the team leader called in an aid car and ordered the detectives to start their investigation.
The secondary mission was to arrest the suspects. Because the DM had caught movement of the suspects in the woodline, we were able to bypass the initial track up and move directly to the woodline. As the team entered the woodline the right flanker had hit an anti-personnel device causing a loud explosion. The team was able to pick up the trail of the suspects and follow them through heavy wooded area. The team recognized several different anti-tracking techniques, but determined the suspects were continuing to travel at consistent southeast direction. This information was given to perimeter officers, who positioned their vehicles where they could observe any suspects leaving the wooded area to the road.
The team leader noticed bird movement and called directly ahead of the team, giving the TL an indication that the team was close to the suspects. The two flankers moved up the track line and the right flanker then spotted the suspects. The team moved in and surrounded the suspects. When the team was in place the challenge was given and the suspects gave up. The track was overall just over 1.25 miles in length. It went from the water across an open beach, through swampland and into the thick wooded area where suspects were apprehended. The team was trained in not only tracking but trap identification along the way, in addition to moving suspects to an area of advantage for officers and how to avoid being sucked into the suspect’s area of advantage.
All training goals were met.