KY: Blood and debris trail to def’s open door and his refusal to talk about who was inside or what happened justified entry

Exigent circumstances justified the officers’ entry into defendant’s home. There was a blood trail that did not go all the way back to his apartment, but there was a debris trail, too, he was badly hurt and bleeding, and he refused to talk about what happened inside. His door was left open and the light was on suggesting people still inside. Goben v. Commonwealth, 2016 Ky. LEXIS 630 (Dec. 15, 2016).

Police got an anonymous 911 call about three men loitering behind a residence in a “high crime area” and the tipster said they didn’t live there and one had a gun. The police arrived and one of the three put a baggie in his mouth. They were ordered to show their hands and get on the ground. Defendant didn’t comply. Defendant was put up against a chain link fence and frisked, but he turned his body to attempt to conceal a gun. A .45 was found anyway. Based on what the officer saw when he got there and defendant’s refusal to comply, there was reasonable suspicion. State v. Taylor, 2017-Ohio-139, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 128 (6th Dist. Jan. 13, 2017).*

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