Friday, March 8, 2013
On a quiet Sunday morning in October, hell broke loose in Brookfield, Wis. Radcliffe Haughton was on a killing rampage, and it was up to regular patrol officers to rescue the innocent survivors. They did, putting their lives on the line.
When shooting mayhem broke out on a quiet Sunday morning in a Milwaukee suburb, local police did not wait for specialized units to arrive. They responded to rescue innocent survivors at the risk of their own lives. Patch Editor Jim Price has compiled a detailed video documenting the actions and heroism of law enforcement who responded to the Azana Spa Shooting in Brookfield, WI on Oct. 21, 2012. Information was compiled from records released by Brookfield and Wauwatosa police departments and original Patch reporting. Related coverage of the shooting:
Friday, March 1, 2013
When a quiet Sunday exploded into a scene of mass terror at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, officers from the western suburbs took the initiative to save lives — while risking their own.
Through a door marked "Quiet Zone" and along a long, turning hallway on the second floor of Azana Spa and Salon are 10 massage therapy rooms, each with a name: Serenity, Ecstasy, Bliss... Purity, Unity, Harmony... Peace, Joy, Spirit... Tranquility. Those ideals were shattered on Oct. 21. The mass shooting that day at Azana Spa in Brookfield has been widely reported, with a handful of witness accounts painting a jagged, partial picture of the chaos and terror inflicted that day by killer Radcliffe Haughton, who took four lives, including his own. But a fuller view of what police officers found when they arrived, what they did in response, what more witnesses have told them, awaited the release of reports by the Brookfield Police Department …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A total of 25 officers who went above and beyond the call of duty, 9 of them Wauwatosa's own, are given the highest honor the Brookfield Police Department can award.
Twenty-five police officers, including nine from Wauwatosa, were presented Thursday with the highest honor that the Brookfield Police Department bestows. The officers, from Tosa, Brookfield and four other area departments, were given Meritorious Service Awards for their parts in rescuing 19 women from Azana Salon and Spa on Oct. 21. Called to confront an “active shooter” after Radcliffe Haughton murdered his wife, Zina Haughton, a stylist at the salon, and then opened fire indiscriminately at other employees and customers, the sergeants, patrol officers, detectives, deputies and one state trooper risked their lives outside and inside Azana Salon. Two more women died of gunshot wounds, and four more were wounded, one critically. Police …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tosa School District has trained for the day, with police and fire departments, when it might have to deal with crisis – and has dealt with it before.
The Wauwatosa School District, no stranger to tragedy, has quietly taken steps to prevent or deal as swiftly and effectively as possible with the kind of threat that ended in horror Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, with 27 dead, most of them young children. "We have a crisis response plan in place," said Dan Chanen, human resources and communications director for the district. "We all have different response roles should anything like this happen. "Last spring, we conducted a multi-agency drill, with the police and fire departments, to react to just this sort of tragedy." The police and fire departments also regularly conduct their own departmental and joint trainings for "active shooter" and "multiple victim" …
A town once voted the safest place to live in America experiences horrific violence in one of its elementary schools.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Details of shooting suspect begin to emerge as Patch obtains interview with Haughton's father in Florida.
The father of Brookfield shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton told Patch Sunday afternoon that his son was in the local car business and that he "put his wife on a pedestal." But the father—named Radcliffe Haughton Sr.—acknowledged the marriage had problems. He said that his son was a Jamaica native who moved to Milwaukee as an adult. "I'm his father," his dad told Patch from his home in Florida before his son's body was discovered inside the spa Sunday afternoon. "My son is a good person. I can't tell you what I think happened. My son loved his wife, and he put his wife on a pedestal, and he cared about her. He raised her daughter which he accepts as his stepdaughter, and they have one child together. She is now 13." The younger Haughton …