Friday, May 10, 2002

SWAT shines in limelight

City manager watches team in action

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Cincinnati City Manager Valerie Lemmie observes as members of the Cincinnati police SWAT team run to their positions Thursday before arresting Christopher Sanders, 21.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The Cincinnati police SWAT team arrested a man Thursday afternoon after he briefly barricaded himself in a South Cumminsville house.

        Police responded to the Bowling Green Court address after learning from Montgomery County authorities that Christopher Sanders was wanted on a parole violation for a felonious assault charge, and that he was believed to be in the house. They spoke to him by phone, a conversation during which police said he threatened to kill himself.

        Mr. Sanders, 21, was arrested about an hour later.

        City Manager Valerie Lemmie was on the scene. She was meeting with Cecil Thomas, director of the city's Human Relations Commission, when her pager went off, notifying her about the incident. She said she decided to go to see how the SWAT team works.

        “Clearly, when something major happens, I like to be there to see for myself how we're doing — especially with everything that's happened recently,” she said. “But I'm certainly not planning to go out on every call.”


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