Policeman recognized by Bristol chief

BRISTOL On the evening of Sept. 25, 2007, Bristol Police Patrolman Edward Shepard disarmed an incapacitated civilian attempting to brandish a knife. Shepard was attempting to speak to a resident who had committed a minor traffic violation and who was acting in a combative nature. The individual who later admitted an intent to force an officer into the use of deadly force was taken into custody and secured without serious injury to the citizen or the officers who arrived to help Shepard. Bristol Police Chief Kevin E. Gibbs recently honored Shepard for his response to the incident in a public statement issued to local news outlets. Shepard was instrumental in preventing injury to the citizen and other officers and in assisting that same citizen in behavioral changes that have enabled that citizen to work toward a successful and positive return to the community, Gibbs said. Shepards actions were, and continue to be, selfless, according Chief Kevin E. Gibbs. He is a credit to the Bristol Police Department, the law enforcement profession, and the greater Bristol community.

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