PA: Screams that drowned out officer’s knocking led to exigent entry

“In this case, exigent circumstances justified the officers’ warrantless entry into Appellant’s house. The evidence adduced during the suppression hearing demonstrates that on the evening in question, police officers received reports of someone screaming, someone bleeding, and someone with a gun at the Wilmot Street residence abutting Appellant’s house.” Neighbors sent the police to Ditman Street. “As the officers approached 4663 Ditman Street, they heard multiple voices screaming inside. … Officer Biles knocked on the front door, but nobody answered, possibly because the screams drowned out the knocks.” Commonwealth v. Ford, 2017 PA Super 358, 2017 Pa. Super. LEXIS 920 (Nov. 14, 2017).*

Consent to search a suitcase and its contents revealed two identical attache cases that were empty but felt too heavy. The officer concluded that there were false compartments in both, and the small cut that revealed the contents wasn’t unreasonable. Motion to reconsider denied. United States v. Sanchez, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191831 (D. N.M. July 21, 2016).*

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