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    SWAT officer killed serving warrant in Columbus, Ohio...

    Columbus Police Officer Succumbs to Wounds
    April 12, 2016 - SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith died Tuesday evening, two days after he was shot in the head while attempting to serve a warrant.
    Columbus police SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith had one final act of service. He donated his organs, giving life to up to eight people. Smith died Tuesday evening, two days after he was shot in the head while SWAT officers tried to serve a warrant on a man who had barricaded himself in his Clintonville home. Columbus police say that Smith, 54, died just before 5 p.m. at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He had been with the Columbus Police Division for 27 years, serving on the SWAT team, helicopter unit, narcotics bureau and dive team, among others. "He lived life 100 percent and 100 miles per hour," said police Chief Kim Jacobs. "He got more out of it then most people ever will." Funeral arrangements, Jacobs said, are pending.

    Smith is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lisa Smith; a son, Jesse, and a daughter, Brittany. The man accused of shooting Smith, Lincoln Rutledge, appeared in court earlier on Tuesday, his eyes downcast and his hands cuffed. Rutledge, 44, is being held without bond. Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jim O'Grady said he agreed with a motion made by Prosecutor Ron O'Brien that Rutledge should not be afforded the chance to bond out of the Downtown jail while he awaits trial. "I don't feel that there are conditions of release that will ensure the safety of the public," O'Grady said. Rutledge said nothing during his brief court appearance on a charge of felonious assault. That was before Smith died; homicide charges are expected to be filed since the death, but that hadn't yet occurred late Tuesday.


    Rutledge also has been charged with arson, which accuses him of setting fire to his ex-wife's home Saturday morning. It was that warrant that SWAT officers were attempting to serve on Rutledge about 13 hours later when they became enmeshed in a standoff with him at his apartment on California Avenue in Clintonville. Rutledge shot at SWAT officers approaching in an armored vehicle, and one of the bullets struck Smith in his head, detective Anne Pennington testified in court on Tuesday. Pennington is a homicide detective and a member of the Division's Critical Incident Response Team, which is made up of veteran homicide detectives who investigate high-profile incidents such as police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths. Pennington said witnesses placed Rutledge at the scene of the earlier fire, that he had threatened to harm his estranged wife, and that he left Ohio after learning of a judge's probate order in March that his mental health be assessed.

    O'Brien said after the hearing that Rutledge eventually turned up in Missouri in late March, where he has family. Officers there spoke to him but had no cause to arrest him, and he did not face any felonies in Ohio that could have resulted in his extradition. Ultimately, O'Brien said, he came back to Ohio on his own. Family and co-workers of Rutledge's reported to police in recent weeks that his mental state had deteriorated markedly. He resigned on April 3 from his $87,000-a-year job as an IT security engineer at Ohio State University, a few weeks after OSU had cut off his access to the university's buildings and computer systems due to his increasingly erratic behavior since taking personal leave on Feb. 1. One co-worker said he became more troubled when he and his wife separated in August.

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    It's a Dangerous Government Job that every American Citizen relies on and they don't get Paid enough!

    ... the same for Firefighters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post


    Long before anyone can be respected as a Police Officer ... they have to have respect for themselves, and respect for others.

    The fact there's even a (fill in the blank) Lives Matters, says at one point, these lives didn't matter.

    All you need to do is be able to read a History Book, that's if History Matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    Long before anyone can be respected as a Police Officer ... they have to have respect for themselves, and respect for others.
    That applies to police officers and everybody else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post
    That applies to police officers and everybody else.

    Exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    Long before anyone can be respected as a Police Officer ... they have to have respect for themselves, and respect for others.

    The fact there's even a (fill in the blank) Lives Matters, says at one point, these lives didn't matter.

    All you need to do is be able to read a History Book, that's if History Matters.


    History, while vital to understanding, has passed, and no matter how much you wail, pull at your hair or gnash your teeth, you won't change one tiny iota of it.

    Attempting to do so, is no more than kicking against the $#@!s.

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    Pennsylvania Police Officer Fatally Shot during a traffic stop...

    Pennsylvania Police Officer Fatally Shot
    Nov. 17, 2017 - A police officer died after he was shot during a traffic stop in New Kensington Friday night.
    Acting as a spokesman for New Kensington police, Lower Burrell Chief Tim Weitzel confirmed the officer's death. He declined to name the man and the police department he worked for. The officer was shot in the chest during a traffic stop, according to emergency radio transmissions. Numerous first responders were sent to the scene in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at about 8:10 p.m., according to Westmoreland County 911. In a series of alerts, police instructed other departments to look for a tan, medium to small-sized SUV, possibly an older model Jeep, "involved in an officer's shooting." They warned police to use "extreme caution" when approaching the car.


    A police officer died after he was shot in the chest during a traffic stop in New Kensington Friday night.

    The transmission said the car had a temporary license plate that was registered to a Penn Hills resident. They also gave what appeared to be a full registration number. One resident said that police were going to residences and telling people to stay inside. Police swarmed the scene from numerous neighboring towns and at least as far away as Cheswick, West Leechburg and Washington Township.

    At least eight police dogs searched the neighborhood. A Pittsburgh SWAT team and a crew from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was on hand. Many police along the wide perimeter of the scene carried rifles. A number of officers and New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo met behind closed doors and the blinds drawn at the police station. The mayor was not immediately available.

    https://www.officer.com/tactical/swa...-gunman-sought

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    Sounds like it was an in-house whack...

    Baltimore officer killed day before scheduled testimony in cop corruption case
    Nov. 23, 2017 -- A Baltimore police officer who was fatally shot last week was scheduled to testify in front of federal grand jury against fellow officers the next day, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis confirmed Wednesday.
    Det. Steve Suiter was shot on Nov. 15 and died the next day. On Nov. 17, Suiter was set to testify against eight officers accused of conspiring with drug dealers in a scheme that went from the streets of Baltimore to the streets of Philadelphia. "I am now aware of Detective Suiter's pending federal grand jury testimony surrounding an incident that occurred several years ago with BPD police officers who are federally indicted in March of this year," Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a press conference Wednesday.

    Davis pointed out that Justice Department attorneys said Suiter was not a target of the criminal investigation. "There is no information that has been communicated to me that Detective Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father," Davis said. Davis also said that authorities do not have evidence that Suiter's death is related to the testimony he was scheduled to give to federal prosecutors. "The BPD and FBI do not possess any information that this incident..is part of any conspiracy," Davis said, according to the Baltimore Sun.


    Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis holds a press conference Wednesday on the shooting death of Det. Sean Suiter.

    In the case Suiter was scheduled to testify, seven Baltimore cops were charged in March with racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including robbery, extortion, and overtime fraud. The Justice Department accused one of those cops, Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo, of joining a drug dealing conspiracy with five civilians. The seven police officers were all part of an elite gun task force team created to get guns off Baltimore streets in an effort to decrease the city's recent rise in violence.

    On Nov. 14, just one day before Suiter was shot, FBI agents arrested Philadelphia police officer Eric Troy Snell. Snell is accused of conspiring with the indicted Baltimore police officers who federal officials believe stole drugs from people in Baltimore to sell in Philadelphia.

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017...p&utm_medium=1

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