Mental health professionals discuss the psychology of shootings involving an officer

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Chilling footage has surfaced after a suspect pointed a gun at a Cincinnati police officer, leading to a fatal officer-related shooting in Madisonville on Saturday. Officer Genesis Steele’s body camera reveals the fatal shooting in great detail. Steele was initially responding to a call for an erratic driver who was drowsy behind the wheel. Police say the suspect, Leonard Brewington, was driving a car that was stolen in Springfield Township. Body camera footage shows the suspect, Brewington, 34, pulling a gun out of a car in the parking lot of a United Dairy Farmer and pointing it at Steele. Police later said the gun was loaded. Of Brewington’s actions seen in body camera, she said, “Not only is he armed, he brings his firearm up to eye level with Officer Steele as his target.” Theetge said Steele followed CPD protocol explaining: “Officer Steele gave several verbal orders to Mr. Brewington to get down. Steele ended up firing five rounds. Brewington later died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to find out when she’s fit to return to work.When it comes to recovery, it’s important to note that Steele found herself in two realities: pulling the trigger that ended her Brewington’s life and narrowly escape death herself after a loaded gun was pointed at her.To understand how Steele is moving forward, WLWT spoke to mental health professionals. HealthCare Connection’s director of behavior integration, Karen Bradley-Anderson, said someone like Steele would be observed by therapists to see how she is doing both in the immediate and ongoing time frames and identify the different work matisms suffered to know what types of potential triggers may result from the shooting. From there, someone like Steele may be able to recognize and avoid these triggers, especially when she is deemed capable of returning to work. “Because how can anyone, in any circumstance, your job, my job, any job, have that kind of experience, whether you’re a police officer or not, and not be traumatized? And it’s not something that we can be traumatized about and like, ‘Okay, I’m better now.’ It doesn’t happen that way. You know, we’re not designed to kill people or to be shot at and so even with the most dangerous job you still can’t anticipate that,” Bradley said. -Anderson about the officer- involved shooting. WLWT also spoke with psychologist and UC Health associate professor Erica Birkley. Its goal is to provide services and support to first responders and their families. Birley said that after officers experience a highly traumatic situation, they will immediately experience an acute stress reaction which can vary from body to body. Birley said the adrenaline released in the body could linger for up to two days after the initial incident. a split-second decision like pulling someone’s trigger. Birley said managing recovery and post-traumatic stress for local first responders is a moment-to-moment journey that must be handled with the same mindset and care as those in the military. “With our police officers, for example, they are really every day, their families say goodbye to them not knowing if they will return home,” Birkley said. “And, therefore, they are charged with the same duty that we charge our service members and absolutely deserve our high quality care afterwards to promote resilience and aid recovery after a traumatic event such as this. Birkley said that the timeline for someone like Steele’s return to work will be determined by following CPD protocol and through assessments and recommendations made by a team of mental health professionals observing his physical and mental well-being. Reinstatement could extend longer than the first five days of administrative leave. Birkley encourages those in need of first responder-related trauma care to contact her for assistance and resources. People can contact Birkley at 513-585-7742 and email Erica.Birkley@uc.edu.

Chilling footage has surfaced after a suspect pointed a gun at a Cincinnati police officer, leading to a fatal officer-related shooting in Madisonville on Saturday.

Officer Genesis Steele’s body camera reveals the fatal shooting in great detail. Steele was initially responding to a call for an erratic driver who was drowsy behind the wheel.

Police say the suspect, Leonard Brewington, was driving a stolen car in Springfield Township.

Body camera footage shows the suspect, Brewington, 34, pulling a gun from a car in the parking lot of a United Dairy Farmer and pointing it at Steele.

Police later said the gun was loaded.

Acting Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa Theetge described the scene at a press conference. Of Brewington’s actions seen in body camera, she said, “Not only is he armed, he brings his firearm up to eye level with Officer Steele as his target.”

Theetge said Steele followed CPD protocol, explaining, “Officer Steele gave several verbal orders to Mr. Brewington to get down.” Steele ended up firing five shots. Brewington later died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.”

Steele is on administrative leave for at least five days and must follow counsel.

WLWT looked at what kind of counseling someone like Steele might encounter and how someone, including herself, might know when she’s fit to return to work.

When it comes to recovery, it’s important to note that Steele found herself in two realities: pulling the trigger that ended Brewington’s life and narrowly escaping death herself after a gun. loaded was pointed at it.

To understand how Steele is moving forward, WLWT spoke with mental health professionals.

HealthCare Connection’s director of behavior integration, Karen Bradley-Anderson, said someone like Steele would undergo observation by therapists to see how she is doing both in the immediate and ongoing timelines.

This includes potential engagement and identifying the various traumas experienced to know what types of potential triggers may result from the shooting.

From there, someone like Steele may be able to recognize and avoid these triggers, especially when she is deemed capable of returning to work.

“I think just in terms of being human, the counseling is going to be ongoing,” Bradley-Anderson said. “Because how can anyone, in any circumstance, your job, my job, any job, have that kind of experience, whether you’re a police officer or not, and not be traumatized? And it’s not something that we can be traumatized about and like, ‘Okay, I’m better now.’ It doesn’t happen that way. You know, we’re not designed to kill people or to be shot at and so even with the most dangerous job you still can’t anticipate that,” Bradley said. -Anderson about the officer- involved in the shooting.

WLWT also spoke with psychologist and UC Health associate professor Erica Birkley. Its goal is to provide services and support to first responders and their families.

Birley said that after officers experience a highly traumatic situation, they will immediately experience an acute stress reaction which can vary from body to body.

Birkley said the adrenaline released in the body can stay up to two days after the initial event.

She said it was important to check an officer’s physical and mental well-being immediately, as they may find it difficult to carry out their daily tasks when their brain catches up with their body, especially after making a decision in a hurry. split second, like pulling someone’s trigger.

Birley said managing recovery and post-traumatic stress for local first responders is a moment-to-moment journey that must be handled with the same mindset and care as those in the military.

“With our police officers, for example, it’s really every day that their family says goodbye to them not knowing if they’ll be going home,” Birkley said. “And, therefore, they are charged with the same duty that we charge our service members and absolutely deserve our high quality care afterwards to promote resilience and aid recovery after a traumatic event such as this.

Birkley said the timeline for someone like Steele to return to work will be determined by following CPD protocol and through assessments and recommendations made by a team of mental health professionals observing his physical and mental well-being. This reinstatement period could extend longer than the first five days of administrative leave.

Birkley encourages those in need of first responder post-trauma care to contact her for help and resources. People can contact Birkley at 513-585-7742 and email Erica.Birkley@uc.edu.

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