TROY, N.Y. - The Troy Police Department is giving high praise to Officer Danielle Ashe, who they say used "exceptional communication" to prevent what could have been a very violent situation.
It all began with a dispatch call to the area of 87 4th Street, for a report of a scream for help and a possible fight between two men.
Officer Ashe arrived and the suspect ran from the scene.
"When I initially approached him, he was grabbing at his waistband and that's when I drew my weapon," says Ashe. "He refused commands for me to see his hands and then the chase was on."
Officer Ashe kept constant communication on her radio while running after the suspect, who had a fully loaded, semi-automatic handgun in his possession the entire time.
"All of us think in the moment I suppose," says Ashe. "You're not really nervous, you're just thinking, number one how am I going to keep the public safe and number two how am I going to keep myself safe if something were to go awry."
"During their training they deal with video simulators, they deal with facsimile weapons," adds Captain John Cooney. "Today they dealt with the real thing."
Cooney says Ashe deserves high praise for her actions.
"There was some strong potential for tragedy here today, especially once the officers encountered the subject with gun in hand," says Cooney. "But based on their training, we made out fine."
The suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Lewis of Cohoes will be arraigned Thursday morning in Troy court.