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Uploaded: July 13, 2002
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  • PDK (Private)
    11 years 8 months ago
    Some years ago, a Park Ranger from the National Park Service was shot and killed on the Blue Ridge Parkway as it meets tribal lands. Federal law enforcement agencies throughout the region were alerted and sent all sorts of agents, officers, rangers, and associated cruisers and helicopters into the area to launch a dragnet. While there was no radio interoperability in place, Cherokee law enforcement officers routinely monitored federal frequencies using scanners mounted in their vehicles. As the radio traffic indicated that the suspect was on foot and moving towards tribal lands, there was still no notification made to the Cherokee Police Department for mutual aid or even to broadcast a lookout. Yet, a well trained and experienced fish and game enforcement officer from the Eastern band of the Cherokee Indians who has been monitoring the progress of the search figured out where he believed the suspect would come out of the woods, based on his knowledge of the lands. His estimation paid off. It was this same tribal fish and game warden that arrested the suspect wanted for the murder of a federal law enforcement officer. Nice police work!