In September 2008, Officer Jamison traveled to Utah to attend a law enforcement training conference. On Saturday, September 13, prior to leaving for the airport to return to Chicago, Officer Jamison stopped for breakfast. What began as a quiet travel day soon took a turn that no one could have predicted.
As Officer Jamison exited the restaurant to wait for his partner, he observed a couple in the parking lot apparently saying goodbye to each other. Before they separated, a stranger approached the couple, walked up to the man, and simply stated, “I’m sorry.” With lightening speed he drew a pair of scissors and proceeded to stab the victim in the face, neck, and arms. Officer Jamison witnessed the attack and rushed to help the victim and subdue the assailant.
A firearms instructor at the Chicago Police Education and Training Division, Officer Jamison announced that he was an officer, drew his weapon, and as he approached the offender, ordered him to drop the weapon. When the offender made further movements to stab the victim once again, Officer Jamison fired his weapon. Wounded, the suspect attempted to flee. Officer Jamison gave chase, apprehended the offender, and held him for the responding local police.
Officer Jamison’s actions not only saved the life of the person being attacked, but also prevented any other individual on the scene from being injured by the suspect. It was later learned that the suspect, who had been under doctor’s care, had stopped taking his medications.
“Officer Jamison’s heroic actions exemplified the very core values that we instill in each and every Chicago police officer: professionalism, obligation, leadership, integrity, courage, and excellence,” said Commander Ronald Pontecore of the Chicago Police Department’s Recruit Training Section.
Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department seven years ago, Officer Jamison was a United States Army Ranger-Airborne Division and a Certified Sniper. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 and the United States Practical Shooting Association. In addition, he is a Certified Firearms Instructor with the Spartan Tactical Training Group, a member of his department’s Gang Tactical Team, and a Carbine Rifle Trainer.
I am a police officer with the Chicago Police Department and have more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement. I have served as a patrol officer and gang officer with special details to the Area 5 Robbery Mission Team and Targeted Response Unit.
I previously served as a full-time firearms instructor at the Chicago Police Academy and was the lead instructor for the Chicago Police Department’s 40-hour Patrol Rifle Operator Certification Course.
In 2010, I took a short hiatus from law enforcement and served a one-year contract overseas in Afghanistan with a major Department of State private security contractor company.