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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Hesston PD Provides Support At Triple Homicide

Posted 3/1/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston Police officer Joshua Crowe was one of the first officers on the scene at the triple homicide in Newton in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Crowe, who has been on the Hesston Police department for only a month (see his profile on page 4), was working third shift when the 911 call and dispatch came out.

“I was initially there with the rest of the first responders. I got there within a couple minutes of everyone else,” said Crowe.

Crowe was part of the initial tactical team approaching the house.

“We went in with very little information,” he said.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said officers continuously train for circumstances like what Crowe and other responders faced. 

“We train so that they can put together what information they have and remain safe to reduce further casualties or fatalities,” said Schroeder.

Crowe said in situations like the one in Newton, officers always exercise the utmost caution when approaching the scene. 

“If you’re on scene, do as you’re told. We don’t know who has guns and who is a victim. You’re going to be handcuffed and shouted at. Don’t make any sudden movements; you’re going to be OK.

“If we go in and make considerations and give people opportunities then we could get hurt or they could get hurt,” he said.

In this instance, Crowe said officers were also challenged with a large geographical area to cover.

“We might not have had enough people, but we made due with what we had,” he said.

Schroeder said at this point in the investigation Hesston PD is “on the outskirts of the investigation.” 

“Our role at this point is pretty well done, unless we are asked,” he said.

Hesston Police turned over electronic evidence to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, including recordings from the Hesston police vehicle.

“The next big question on the horizon is what’s going on. Why are we having this influx of crime and significant violent crime?” said Schroeder.