Wednesday, February 28, 2018
First Person: Stand Off
My phone's message light was flashing when I returned to my bedroom after the shower. That's never good. Morning producer Kim was informing me that a homicide suspect was engaged in a stand off with police in Shamokin. We already had photographer Jason there, and I'd be traveling to Shamokin as soon as I hit the door.
After zooming in to work, I reviewed the information we had, checked a map, grabbed car keys and headed for the door.
Shamokin was an armed camp, and you could understand why. That homicide suspect was still in his apartment, refusing to leave. I gathered more facts at the scene, talked with a few people, took a deep breath, and I was on the air for Newswatch 16 This Morning at 4:30. Photographer Jason had some great video, which we transmitted back to the station.
The assignment was a challenge. It was constantly changing, and there was one half-hour where I made my position before the camera with seconds to spare. I was off getting the latest info
Editor Dave took photographer Jason's video, and we put together a report for Newswatch 16 at Noon that friend and coworker Nikki Krize introduced from the scene. She would be doing follow ups for our afternoon and evening broadcasts.
It was a long and uncomfortable day, but at least, as I told a police officer, unlike him, no one was shooting at me.
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