Leland Police Officer Jacob Schwenk was in the middle of a routine DUI arrest and write up, when the criminal in question decided to suddenly open fire on the officer. What the officer did next stunned everyone, earning him a legendary title.
Schwenk took 6 bullets from the crook’s gun, and still managed to get up, fight back, and take out the criminal in a lethal shootout that ended to the cop’s advantage.
“When you’re pulling somebody over, you really don’t know what their head space is or what their involvement in other crimes might be,” District Attorney Jon David said. “There was nothing about showing up on a DWI call which would have led a reasonable officer to conclude that his life was in danger. Fortunately, consistent with his training, as he approached the car, the officer already had his hand on his service weapon. He was being careful as he approached. So, it was that training that ultimately put him in a position to save his own life.”
Another officer was able to respond to the scene quickly enough to give Schwenk a life-saving tourniquet, which is not usually standard issue to police officers.
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Officer Charles McGee responded to assist and was able to apply a tourniquet on Officer Schwenk’s leg, saving his life.
“I will tell you that I was deeply concerned at the first time I talked to the press that he might succumb to his injuries because he had a very damaging injury to his femoral artery,” District Attorney Jon David said. “But for that tourniquet that was applied by Officer McGee, he might not be here.”
“We spend more time with each other than we do our own families. So, these guys are like family. These ladies are like family. Whether you are born from the same parent or not, you spend that much time with people you care about, and something bad happens to them, of course, it’s natural that it should upset you,” Leland Police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. “No one wants to lose a loved one. The bad side to this is that what happened to this officer, it’s terrible, but there is more than just one family that is affected by it as well. It hits home because that could be anyone.”
Officer Jacob Schwenk would not be alive if not for a tourniquet, which are not issued to most officers. If you would like to buy a tourniquet for an officer (Amazon links) the SOF-T Tourniquet is one of the highest quality tourniquets you can buy with metal pieces that won’t break. For people looking for a more portable tourniquet, the RATS Tourniquet is an excellent portable tourniquet.