VA: Fear of suicide attempt objectively justified warrantless entry as facts developed

Officers had an objectively reasonable basis for an entry and sweep under the emergency aid exception. Defendant was reportedly suicidal, wasn’t communicating at first, and then strange sounds were coming from where he was. “Based on these troubling circumstances, the officers had an objectively reasonable basis for believing that the occupant inside the apartment needed—whether welcomed or not—immediate aid.” Merid v. Commonwealth, 2020 Va. App. LEXIS 143 (May 12, 2020).

Plaintiff called the defendants and asked that his records be taken. They did. This was not a seizure. Reno v. Nielson, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82672 (D. Haw. May 8, 2020).

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