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Name: United States v. Martinez
Case #: 04-30098
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 05/16/2005

Officers responded to a 911 call concerning domestic violence at a residence known for prior incidences of domestic violence. On arrival, police observed a woman crying in the front yard and heard angry yelling in the house. Officers believed there was an emergency and an immediate need for assistance, entered the house, and proceeded to the bedroom where appellant was located. Officers seized firearms, motivated by concern for safety, not by an intent to arrest or seize evidence. The appellate court affirmed the denial of appellant’s suppression motion. The requirements of the emergency doctrine were satisfied, which justified the officer’s warrantless entry into the home and seizure of firearms. Further, the officer was entitled to make inquiries about the weapons under a public safety exception to Miranda. Therefore the denial of appellant’s motion to suppress evidence of statements made prior to a Miranda warning was also proper.