20 January, 2023 Hotel Attacks
There are four takeaways here. First, domestic violence situations at hotels are not uncommon, and they occasionally spiral out of control, especially with persons experiencing emotional problems, extreme stress, and/or harboring disdain for the police. Some domestic violence perpetrators are high on narcotics, and some try to induce a “suicide by cop” scenario. It is not clear if that was the case here, but it has some hallmarks of a “suicide by cop” situation.
Second, based on current reporting, it appears the police handled the situation professionally and effectively. They applied negotiating procedures, collected intelligence on the threat via intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance (ISR) technology, and the breach and arrest ended without anyone else but the perpetrator being harmed.
Third, hotels are the world’s most violent commercial sector, and the US has more hotel violence than any other country. Domestic violence cases like this one are not uncommon, but most US hotel violence is drug and prostitution based and perpetrated by ex-felons who are not allowed to own firearms. Gun laws are meaningless to these career criminals.
Fourth, cases like this also demonstrate the need for niche “hotel crime insurance” to cover said damages. Estimated damages are:
Cleanup by a licensed human trauma cleaning crew, temporary repairs of the hotel window and door, and permanent repairs and replacement costs could easily run over $5,000.00.
Muir Analytics runs the world’s largest, most sophisticated hotel violence database – the SecureHotel Threat Portal – with over 2,400 hotel attacks (and growing.) We can provide the hospitality sector with intelligence that facilitates full-spectrum risk reduction, which helps hotels protect guests, staff, buildings, brands, and revenues. Contact us for a consultation: 1-833-DATA-444.
“Suspect in West Columbia hotel shooting faces attempted murder charges, bond denied,” WIS News 10, 18 January 2023.
“Police: Man shot out of West Columbia hotel window during 7-hour standoff,” WLTX News 19, 17 January 2023.
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