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CPD: Man used ex-girlfriend as 'human shield' in home invasion

Posted: February 18, 2014 - 3:34pm
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Xavier Carter (Faulkner County Detention Center booking photo).
Xavier Carter (Faulkner County Detention Center booking photo).

Conway police were able to use a taser on a man holding a knife to the throat of a woman officers say was being used as “a human shield.”

According to a news release from the Conway Police Department, officers responded Saturday afternoon to reports of a hostage situation at a South German Lane apartment complex where a man identified by police as 24-year-old Xavier Carter of Conway was armed with a knife and holding his ex-girlfriend and her family inside an apartment against their will.

A woman in her 60s and three children came out of the apartment after officers arrived, and the officers entered the apartment. Inside, they confronted Carter in a storage room holding a young woman police say was his ex-girlfriend with a knife to her neck, according to the report.

“[When t]hey demanded Carter drop the knife, he did not comply but instead he threatened to kill the woman,” the report states. “The situation continued to escalate to a more dangerous point as the suspect held the knife to the woman’s neck and used her as a shield between him and officers.

“Officers quickly determined that because of the proximity of the suspect and the victim, the use of deadly force could potentially put the victim’s life in further danger; in the end they were able to take Carter down by deploying a taser.”

The young woman was treated for cuts to her fingers and a small cut on her neck. Two other family members were also allegedly “punched” by Carter, according to the report.

Carter was arrested on suspicion of attempted capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, five counts of kidnapping and first- and third-degree battery.

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conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/18/14 - 03:41 pm
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What a relief...

Conway police were able to use a taser on a man holding a knife to the throat of a woman officers say was being used as “a human shield.”
“[When t]hey demanded Carter drop the knife, he did not comply but instead he threatened to kill the woman,” the report states. “The situation continued to escalate to a more dangerous point as the suspect held the knife to the woman’s neck and used her as a shield between him and officers.

Thank God he didn't have a gun.
The gun would have shot her...but the knife knew better.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/18/14 - 05:10 pm
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Thank God he didn't have a gun

If he would have had a gun he likely would be dead. With a knife, officers could stand at a safe distance and attempt to negotiate. With a gun, any movement by him and the officers would have been forced to shoot.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/18/14 - 05:29 pm
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hmmm

Maybe Igor can correct you on how deadly a knife is when placed at the neck.
He's mentioned police studies about the lethality of a blade before.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/18/14 - 06:09 pm
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Cute

You're so cute when you try to patronize. Of course a knife to the neck can kill. At point blank range a knife and a gun are almost equally deadly. But a knife would have a hard time hurting police officers across the way. A gun pointed at officers would be an immediate threat to them and others, to which they would have to respond. You know that but are so blinded by NRA worship that you cannot bring yourself to acknowledge it.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/18/14 - 06:23 pm
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You assume

That the officers are more concerned about themselves than the victim.

I find that viewpoint, flawed.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/18/14 - 06:52 pm
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I find your reasoning, flawed

I made no such assumption. Let me break it down to baby steps.

The man has the woman as a hostage. Gun or knife, he could kill her in an instant if he chose to. He could have done it at any time and the officers could not have prevented it. They know, however, that he is hesitant to do so because a dead hostage is no good to him and because he knows the moment he does it he will be killed. If he takes a knife away from her throat and motions it toward the officers, in that instant he is less a threat to her and no threat to the officers, giving them the possibility of acting, which is apparently what they did. If he takes a gun from her head and aims it toward the officers, he is less a threat to her and an immediate threat to them, a threat to which they would have to respond immediately.

That is not being more concerned about themselves. That is dealing with reality.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/18/14 - 10:06 pm
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oh please

--They know, however, that he is hesitant to do so because a dead hostage is no good to him and because he knows the moment he does it he will be killed.--

By that "logic", no hostage-taker would ever kill a hostage.
Again, flawed logic and certainly not living in 'reality'.

--If he takes a knife away from her throat and motions it toward the officers, in that instant he is less a threat to her and no threat to the officers--

Again wrong, google "Tueller Drill" and get back with me.
The magic number (thank you Igor) is 21 feet, so moving the knife away from the neck isn't changing the dynamic as much as you alledge.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 02/18/14 - 05:37 pm
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Ex-girlfriend?

I can't understand how a lady could let go of such a wonderful catch. He's a keeper, ladies. However, it now appears that the Faulkner County Jail has first dibs.

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