Police Officer of the Year Awards
Officer Andrew Lane
Choosing to protect his community, a brave police officer subdued a hysterical man who was armed with knives and had the motive to attack.
On April 9, 2018, Troy police officer Andrew Lane was dispatched to a call in the 4900 block of Saddle Brook. A caller reported his brother was having a manic bipolar episode and was not taking his prescribed medication. The brother in question believed President Trump was coming to get him and armed himself with two knives. This wasn’t the suspect’s first encounter with the Troy Police Department – they had been called many times for domestic situations involving the suspect.
As officers arrived at the scene, they encountered the suspect outside the residence. Officers gave repeated commands for him to drop the knives. A TASER was deployed but was unable to subdue the suspect. The suspect then charged at Officer Lane and was subsequently shot five times. Aid was immediately given, but the suspect ultimately succumbed to his wounds.
The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office ruled the shooting was a “lawful use of force and was in defense of the officer and their fellow officers at the scene.”
For protecting fellow officers and the City of Troy, the Police Officers Association of Michigan would like to bestow the 2019 Police Officer of the Year Award to Troy Police Department’s Officer Andrew Lane. Thank you for your continued work and dedication.