I was amazed to see recent stories of the domestic violence call and standoff on S. Townsend and the complaint that excessive numbers of law enforcement were present.
What nonsense! Do the complainers forget that just three years ago, we lost a good officer here in peaceful Montrose? Remember the sheriff's deputy shot in another domestic call just weeks ago? One reason I moved here was the death of a good friend in Phoenix, a police officer killed by a sniper (embroiled in a bad divorce case) who had barricaded himself in a house with purported explosives. Domestic violence calls are by far the most deadly for any law enforcement. I was not at the scene on Townsend, but as a former judge, deputy and legal specialist, I have experienced these incidents first hand, along with their deadly consequences. Good people die in these circumstances and from my perspective, there cannot be too many officers to assure public safety.
– John W. Nelson, Montrose