Recently, Officer M. Vollert and Officer B. Ng, both
assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, were dispatched to a family disturbance
call at 1500 Munger Street. A citizen stated that she had had issues in the
past with the suspect, her son, and that he had assaulted his ex-girlfriend and
damaged her phone. She further stated that she was concerned for their safety.
Officer Vollert was able to talk to the agitated suspect,
who had locked himself inside the house, and tried to calm him down using a professional
and respectful tone.
Officers S. Duron and A. Ripley arrived to assist with the
call since Officer Duron was familiar with the location from prior calls to
that address. Officer Vollert called a Harris County assistant district
attorney who, based on the facts of the incident, accepted felony family
violence charges against the suspect. Officer Vollert also discovered that the
suspect had a theft warrant out of Harris County. Now the officers had to
develop a plan of action for placing the suspect into custody.
All doors and windows to the residence were locked from the
inside. Officer Vollert continued to develop a positive rapport with the
suspect and was able to convince him to open the door for officers. The suspect
was placed into custody without incident.
After making sure the suspect understood the charges,
officers explained the procedures for family violence arrests to the victims
and faxed a Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection to the Harris County
District Attorney’s office.
Officer Vollert is to be commended for his outstanding
dedication to duty and exemplary police work due to the face that he was able
to verbally communicate and deescalate a very volatile situation. Due to the
professionalism and diligence exhibited by all officers on the scene, a family
violence felony suspect was arrested without incident and taken to jail.