Assault With a Deadly Weapon: How to File a Police Report

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Definition of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW)

Assault with a Deadly Weapon is referred to ADW and means a person intentionally threatens another person with any object, weapon or instrument, including a firearm that could cause or causes great bodily injury.

Also, depending on injuries, a person can be beaten so severely that the deadly weapon can be parts of the body.

How to file the Police report

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or go into your nearest Police station for help.

You are a victim in the jurisdiction where the ADW occurred.  You can call the local Police department of the area and advise them of what happened to you, and then find out what reporting options are available to you.

As a victim you can go to the Police station in person or have the Police respond to your location to conduct the investigation and take a report.  

If the ADW is after the fact, you may be able to file the report on-line, over the phone or in person by going to the Police station.  Some Police departments may send a Patrol car to your location to take a report.   

What you need to file the report

You will need proper identification to start the report.  You will need to provide the Police with a full and complete account of the incident and any information on the suspect and witness information.

Why file a report

You are filing an ADW report for several reasons.  First, if someone has threatened you with a weapon, hurt you for no reason then it is your choice to have that person arrested, answer in a court of law for what they did and be responsible for any damages or injuries to you.

Filing Police reports also help the Police track where crime is occurring so they can put more Police resources in the areas where crime is highest. 


Filing this Police report is a very simple process.   The Police will fill out a report from your account of the situation and any witness statements and collect any evidence.

Once you have filed a report, make sure, that you always get your Police report case number and either a receipt that you filed a report or an actual copy of the report for your records.  

Article also posted on Associated Content by Scott Hallock


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