Bits n Pieces Panic 911 episode details odd crime case


first_imgThe apparently random East Minnehaha home invasion that led to the death of an inebriated intruder last summer was “the strangest case I’ve ever worked,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lindsay Schultz.The makers of “Panic 911” found it strange, too. Last month, a crew from the A&E Network thriller show, which analyzes and dramatizes actual 911 calls, turned a sheriff’s office conference room into a television studio while interviewing Schultz and K-9 deputy Brian Ellithorpe about the case.“It was a unique experience. I’m not used to doing stuff like this,” said Schultz, who worked as a patrol officer for five years before moving up to detective with the Major Crimes Unit. Her own crime investigation interviews have been known to grow “long and stressful and tiresome,” she said — but nothing like her own interrogation by a TV crew. That lasted for four long hours and was minutely detailed, she said. “It was a little bit fun and incredibly stressful,” she said.It was also quarterbacked from afar. The interviewer who sat opposite Schultz was in constant electronic contact with a producer back at the home studio; that producer monitored the interview and prompted the interviewer, in real time, about what details to pursue.“They really knew the case. I was impressed with their accuracy and research. They were very, very well prepared,” Schultz said. Also, she added, the A&E crew was “very sensitive to the family.”last_img

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