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I'm sure any LEO who reads Police Marksman, or has attended a Street Survival seminar has heard this story. I have also heard the story recounted in a training class that included civilians. If you have a few minutes in your day, read the following and send out your thoughts and comments to address listed in the article. This is not a money solicitation, but an opportunity to tell a parole board to do the right thing. My letter to them is on its way today....

Street Survival Newsline Extra

Ohio crimefighter and Street Survival hero needs our help!

One of the cornerstone's of the Off Duty section of the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar is the inspiring story of Officer Tony Luketic. Now assigned to the fugitive unit of the Ohio State Parole Authority, Tony was a municipal police officer near Cleveland, OH when he was involved in the off duty shooting that nearly ended his life.

On November 30th, 1995 Tony and his mom Kathryn were in line at the Society National Bank in Cleveland, OH to make a brief transaction. Tony, a true "5%-er" who was never unarmed, had left home without his pistol (for the first and last time) because the bank was less than two minutes from his house. Ollie Tate, already a convicted bank robber in both Ohio and Georgia, entered the bank intending to rob it.

Since he was unarmed, Tony decided to "be a good witness" until Tate threatened to shoot one of the tellers. Luketic identified himself as a cop, intervened in the robbery and a struggle ensued. Tony was shot once in the leg but managed to knock the gun out of Tate's hand. Kathryn, age 51 at the time, tried to pick up the gun but the barrel was so hot that it burned her and Tate managed to rip it out of her hand, shooting Tony's mom in the stomach.

Luketic, who had attended his first Street Survival Seminar in 1993, saw the felon take a second aim at this mother so he reached out to grab for the gun a second time. Tate managed to shove the gun into Tony's left arm and fire, leaving Tony totally disabled, his arm held on only by his sweatshirt and leather coat. Ollie Tate stood over Officer Luketic, put the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. The five-shot revolver was empty. Tate took the bag of stolen money and the "Cleveland PD K-9 Unit" hat off Tony's head, and exited the bank, leaving Tony and his mom to die.

Both mother and son faced long recoveries and many struggles, including the refusal of Tony's police department to pay him worker's compensation benefits because he was "off duty" during the incident, but they are both now recovered. (The Ohio Supreme Court later ruled that the department indeed owed Tony worker's comp benefits) Tony faced a three month depression, years of surgery and physical therapy, and recovered only partial use of his left arm. Katherine cannot discuss the incident without tears.

Now a parole officer for the state of Ohio, it's ironic that Tony's assailant, Ollie Tate, who was convicted on a plea bargain agreed to by Tony only to spare his mother the trauma of a trial, becomes edible for parole in February of this year.

Tony Luketic has allowed Calibre Press to tell his story countless times, both in the seminar and in print. He has made several guest appearances at Ohio-area seminars (Tony will be making a personal appearance at the Cleveland, OH Street Survival Seminar during National Police Memorial Week, May 16 and 17, 2007) and continues to inspire police officers to learn from his mistakes and to also Keep Fighting No Matter What!

Now it's our turn to help out Tony.

Ollie Tate, who at the time of his arrest was already a career felon and violent offender, was convicted of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Robbery and remanded to the custody of the State of Ohio. This is a man who failed at the cold-blooded execution of a man he knew to be a police officer only because he had run out of ammunition. Tate is now up for parole. If paroled, he may be assigned to the very region where Tony Luketic works as a parole officer.

"The stress would be enormous, especially if I have to see him," Tony recently told Newsline. A married father of two, he has one hope: that the Ohio State Parole Board does not grant Ollie Tate parole.

Law enforcement personnel everywhere can help by writing a letter asking that Ollie Tate's parole be denied. Send letters to:

Ohio Parole Board

1050 Freeway Drive North

Suite 300

Columbus, OH 43229

RE: Ollie Tate A321120

Please share this information with as many people as possible. Officer Tony Luketic is a law enforcement hero who deserves the respect and assistance of his brother and sister officers. You can read more about Tony's inspiring story and the lessons learned in the Street Survival Newsline #752
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