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Narcan administered to two GPD officers

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Sunday, August 28, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Gainesville Police Department (GPD) Officers were dispatched to Wawa (1614 W. University Ave) after an employee reported a suspect stealing, making threats, and damaging store property. The employee provided a description of the suspect. A responding officer observed a suspect matching the description at the 1300 block of W. University Ave. The suspect was identified by the witness as the person who stole from the store. The suspect, a 33-year-old male, was taken into custody and placed under arrest. After being placed in handcuffs, the arrestee pulled away and ran. Officers immediately gave chase and he was apprehended a short distance away. The arrestee was in possession of various suspected narcotics, including a white powdery substance.

The arresting Officer transported the arrestee to jail while the assisting Officer turned the evidence into GPD Property and Evidence secured storage. At approximately 11:33 a.m., the Officer who was at GPD Property and Evidence requested EMS via the radio. Dispatchers recognized possible distress and conveyed this information to responding personnel. GPD supervisors were on scene and administered GPD-issued Narcan to the Officer. EMS responded and transported the Officer to the hospital.

A short time later, the arresting Officer at the jail began to experience negative health symptoms and was administered Narcan. EMS responded and transported the Officer to the hospital.

The arrestee was transported to the hospital from the jail where he was physically combative striking a nurse. The arrestee was placed under a Baker Act and a Sworn Complaint was filed for the criminal charges.

Both Officers have been released from the hospital and are recovering. We are thankful for the swift actions of our fellow law enforcement officers, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Jail Staff, EMS, hospital staff, and Dispatchers. GPD would like to emphasize to our neighbors the dangers of illicit narcotics and chemical substances. Even a minor exposure can cause serious medical complications.

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  • Thank God these officers are OK. When are we going to get serious about drug dealers killing our fellow citizens?

  • OMG! I just threw away a new box , because I could not find anyone who wanted it.

  • Interesting it didn’t take 90 days to investigate. Oh wait, they didn’t sic an eye-eating dog on the suspect. Hard to believe so e of the stuff in this propaganda release.

    • The dog is only trained to eat the eyes of convicted felons in possession of narcotics and guns.

    • You stupid idiot! Can’t you read? It wasn’t the cop that was combative, it was the arrestee (aka the criminal that was arrested) that was combative. Directly quoted from the above article: “The arrestee was transported to the hospital from the jail where he was physically combative striking a nurse. The arrestee was placed under a Baker Act and a Sworn Complaint was filed for the criminal charges.”.

      • Thanks Kathy for straightening out Tallydork. A typical Gainesville half wit.

    • “Where he belongs”???? He belongs in the graveyard. Thieving junkie scum.

    • How do you think a very commonly prescribed Fentanyl pain patch works?
      Have you ever worked in an environment where it’s being given? Always gloves and tweezers never ever touching them.

    • Per CDC: ROUTES OF EXPOSURE: Fentanyl can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion, or skin contact.

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