On March 29, 2016 at around 1725 hours Glendale, Ohio police officer Josh Hilling responded to a pedestrian walking down a very busy Interstate 75 highway. Glendale is only a village of about 2150 people, but it is a part of the suburban sprawl of Cincinnati. In the few minutes of contact, Officer Hilling is trying to determine where the man came from, where he is going, and where he has been staying. The man has the appearance of a drifter, and everything at first appears to be a rather routine citizen contact.
Pedestrians are prohibited on Interstate highways, and Officer Hilling tries to explain that it very dangerous for the man to be walking on the highway. When Hilling takes the man to his patrol car, he tells the man he’s going to frisk him for “officer safety”. What happens next nearly costs Officer Hilling his life, and will be the focus of this BlueSheepDog Officer Safety training post.