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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.
    This one appears to be an inside job with officers that did not want this guy to testify against them.

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    Granny says he's a liar - he wasn't doin' God's work by a long shot...

    Cop-Killer Claimed to be God
    Nov. 27, 2017 - Christopher Berak is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Overall on Thanksgiving.
    A Macomb Township man, who authorities say claimed to be God, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy on Thanksgiving Day. Magistrate Marie Soma entered a not-guilty plea Saturday on behalf of Christopher Berak, 22, during a video arraignment at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. Berak, who was denied bond, is accused of leading police on a 22-mile chase that began in Lapeer County. Authorities say Berak intentionally steered his vehicle into Deputy Eric Overall, 50, causing Overall's death.


    Christopher Berak, left, and Deputy Eric Overall

    Overall, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, had gotten out of his car at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road in Oakland County to place stop sticks on the road and end the chase. Overall’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Oakland County Medical Examiner. At Saturday's arraignment, Berak was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of murder of a peace officer. Both counts carry a penalty of life in prison without parole upon conviction.

    Berak, who works at a pizzeria and lives with his parents, has prior misdemeanor convictions, including possession of marijuana and attempted fleeing and eluding law enforcement, for which he’s currently on probation in the 41B District Court, said his lawyer, Stephen Rabaut. Berak’s probable cause conference has been scheduled at the District Court in Clarkston on Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. Funeral services for Deputy Overall will be held at Mt. Zion Church, 4900 Maybee Road in Clarkston at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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    Texas Police Officer Working on Off Day Shot Multiple Times While Serving Warrant...

    Texas Police Officer Working on Off Day Fatally Shot While Serving Warrant
    December 5, 2017 = San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland was serving a warrant at the El Camino Real subdivision Monday afternoon when he was shot multiple times.
    A San Marcos police officer who was working on his day off was shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant on the shooting suspect, who was wounded and taken into custody after a standoff with authorities, city officials said. Officer Kenneth Copeland, a 58-year-old father of four and a husband who was previously in the U.S. Coast Guard, is the first San Marcos police officer to be killed in the line of duty, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said. Copeland was serving a warrant at the El Camino Real subdivision when he was shot multiple times, officials said. Police did not provide the exact street where the shooting happened. “We lost a hero today. … He knew we were short-handed and needed the help,” Stapp said. City Manager Bert Lumbreras said San Marcos officers are devastated by Copeland’s death. “I saw a lot of crying,” he said. “I saw people’s hearts ripped out.”


    Copeland and other officers went about 2:20 p.m. to a home in El Camino Real, near Old Bastrop Road and Guadalupe Street, to serve the warrant, Stapp said. The charge was for a violent crime, but Stapp did not provide the exact charge or the name of the shooting suspect. “Shortly after their arrival, it appears that this individual began firing at the officers,” Stapp said. “Officer Copeland was struck several times.” Another officer grabbed Copeland, got in a police vehicle and sped toward Central Texas Medical Center, where Copeland was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m., Stapp said. Copeland was wearing what authorities described as a protective vest when he was shot, officials said. The bullets did not pierce his vest, but Stapp declined to share more information on Copeland’s wounds. The officers who remained on the scene and Hays County/San Marcos SWAT formed a perimeter around the home where the shooting happened and tried to get the suspect to come out, Stapp said.



    Officer Kenneth Copeland - San Marcos Police Department


    The suspect eventually came out and surrendered to officers, Stapp said. The man had gunshot wounds and was taken to an Austin hospital. It was unclear Monday whether he had been shot by police or had inflicted the injuries himself, Stapp said. Neighbor Tana Manners said she was stunned to learn that something like this had happened in the subdivision where she has lived for three years. “This is a wonderful, quiet neighborhood,” she said. San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides spoke alongside Stapp at a news conference Monday evening. “No city is prepared for this, and we’re all mourning together,” Thomaides said. “We’ll continue to mourn even as we all get back to the business of serving our citizens. The city of San Marcos is a family business, and Officer Copeland was a member of our family. My message to our city in this time of tremendous tragedy is that we need to come together now more than ever, and I ask that all our citizens show their support for all the men and women in our public safety divisions. This is their daily reality, and I think that the best way I heard this described is this just rips your heart out. And that’s where we are now.”


    Texas officials also reacted to the shooting Monday, with Gov. Greg Abbott promising that the shooter will receive “swift justice” and Attorney General Ken Paxton saying the officer’s death had left him “deeply troubled and saddened.” This is the second officer-involved shooting in Hays County in three weeks. Last month, a Hays County sheriff’s deputy was wounded in an apparent ambush in Wimberley. The suspect was shot and later found dead in the area. The injured officer, Deputy Benjamin Gieselman, was released from the hospital last week.


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    Granny says, "Dat's right - dey's too busy investigatin' Trump...

    FBI refuses to investigate murder of Baltimore police officer
    Dec. 27, 2017 -- The FBI refused a request from the Baltimore Police Department to investigate the murder of a detective who was killed one day before he was scheduled to speak to federal agents conducting a probe into allegedly corrupt police officers.
    In a letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun, FBI Assistant Director Stephen E. Richardson told Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis that it had no evidence to suggest Det. Sean Suiter's death was "directly connected" to the police corruption probe. "For this reason, we believe it prudent for your office to continue as the lead in this investigation, with our current commitment to assist and support you fully, including providing FBI analytical, forensic, and investigative support," Richardson wrote. Richardson said the FBI will continue to offer analytical, forensic and investigative support, as well as a $25,000 towards the total reward "for information leading to the arrest of anyone who may have been involved in this matter," ABC News reported.


    Det. Sean Suiter was shot on November 15 and died on day later. No arrests have been made in the murder.

    Davis said that he took the "unusual step" in asking the FBI to lead the murder investigation because of suspicions that other Baltimore police officers might have been involved, due to the timing of the murder one day before the scheduled testimony. But Davis said the FBI's decision to not lead the investigation suggested there's no evidence to suspect other police officers were involved. "If Detective Suiter's pending testimony was somehow a factor in his death, I believe the FBI would have taken [the case] in a heartbeat, and I believe they would have taken it in grand style. I think they would have brought in every resource at their disposal to Baltimore to get to the bottom of it," Davis said. "The fact that they didn't tells me that they don't believe it."

    Davis also said there was "zero evidence" suicide was an explanation for Suiter's death. Suiter, a 43-year-old father of five who served on the BPD for 18 years, was shot in the head on Nov. 15 and died one day later. Suiter was scheduled to testify in front of a federal grand jury on Nov. 17 involving seven Baltimore police officers who were charged for racketeering, fraud, robbery of criminal suspects and other crimes. No arrests have been made in the murder.

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    Road rage claims officer's life...

    California Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Road Rage Attack
    January 3, 2018 - San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence "Larry" Falce died Tuesday evening after being violently attacked by a driver following a minor off-duty crash on New Year's Eve.
    A 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department died Tuesday evening after a violent attack following a minor off-duty crash on New Year's Eve, authorities said. Lawrence "Larry" Falce, 70, was hospitalized after he was attacked following a traffic accident about 11 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Kendall Drive and University Parkway, according to a statement released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Employees' Benefit Assn., of which Falce was a member. According to the association, Falce "contacted the party in the other car and was brutally attacked." Officials have declined to identify the suspect, pending further investigation.


    San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence "Larry" Falce died Tuesday evening after a violent attack following a minor off-duty crash on New Year's Eve.

    Falce, an Army veteran, worked patrol at the department's Central Station for 32 years, according to the sheriff's department. Falce also worked corrections at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center and the Central Detention Center, both in San Bernardino. "I think that in itself describes his commitment to the department and to the community," Cindy Bachman, a public information officer for the department, said Tuesday night. The department described Falce as a man who was "loved by his peers and the community members he served." Falce is survived by his sister, Marjorie, and his longtime companion, Deborah.

    The sheriff's employees' association said Falce was the oldest sworn member of the department. "Larry was a hard-working, dedicated professional, who loved his job as a deputy sheriff," Sgt. Grant Ward, president of the association, said in a statement. "I worked with him, and I can tell you his commitment to this profession was second to none. He was generous to all those he cared about and gave willingly from the bottom of his heart." Officials said there would be a procession beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday from the Loma Linda University Medical Center to the San Bernardino coroner's office.

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    Washington Deputy Slain...

    Manhunt on in Killing of Washington State Deputy, Navy Vet
    8 Jan 2018 — Authorities in Washington state appealed to the public for help Monday in tracking down a man believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy overnight.
    Pierce County deputy Daniel McCartney, a 34-year-old Navy veteran and married father to three young boys, was shot during a foot chase late Sunday as he responded to a home invasion near the small community of Frederickson, 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Tacoma, said sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer. One suspect was found dead at the scene, but another got away, authorities said. They said they were looking for a mixed race or white man who is tall and thin, with curly dark hair in a ponytail; a large, pointy nose; and pock marks on right side of his face.


    Officers and medical staff take part in a procession for officer Daniel McCartney, of Yelm, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.

    Police closed off roads in the area and conducted a manhunt in an area that includes industrial sites as well as wooded areas, asking local residents to stay indoors, but did not find the man. It was unclear whether he had access to a vehicle. The sheriff's office asked anyone with information about the shooting to come forward, and a nearby school district canceled classes in what it described as an abundance of caution. "There's a sadness that will be felt and should be felt in the community," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "He is a young deputy who signed up to watch over other people. He had an ethic in his heart for doing something for other people."

    McCartney was hired at the sheriff's department in 2014 after stints with police departments in the small Washington state cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam. After the shooting he was taken to a Tacoma hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His family members and dozens of law enforcement officers gathered at the hospital to say goodbye, The News Tribune newspaper reported . More than a dozen officers and deputies saluted as McCartney's body was carried from the hospital in a flag-draped coffin and loaded into a van. A memorial fund was set up to benefit his wife and children.

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    Washington Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot During Foot Pursuit
    January 8, 2018 - Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney was shot and killed late Sunday night while chasing two burglars in the Frederickson area.
    It was about 11:25 p.m. when deputies were called to a home in the 5100 block of 200th Street East for a home invasion. During the 911 call, dispatchers said they could hear screaming and the sounds of a scuffle. Deputy Daniel A. McCartney arrived six minutes later and gave chase as the burglars ran, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Three minutes later, shots rang out. McCartney suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. The 34-year-old Yelm man died just after 2 a.m. It’s unclear whether he was able to return fire. “There’s a sadness that will be felt and should be felt in the community,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said. “He is a young deputy who signed up to watch over other people. He had an ethic in his heart for doing something for other people.”

    One suspected burglar was found dead near the home next to a handgun. The other suspect, who is also believed to be armed, is on the run. He was described as white or mixed race, tall and thin with dark curly hair in a ponytail, a large pointy nose and pock marks on the right side of his face. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie. Deputies were doing a K-9 track in the area and closed 176th Street East to 200th Street East, and 38th Avenue East to Canyon Road East. By 6:30 a.m., they’d opened everything except 200th Street East from 42nd Avenue to 50th Avenue. Drivers were asked to avoid the area and residents were asked to stay inside their homes. “We have somebody who is very dangerous out there,” Troyer said.


    Deputy Daniel McCartney

    All schools in the Bethel School District were cancelled Monday due to the investigation. Neighbors woke up confused by the commotion and large presence of law enforcement officers in the area. Soobie Yoo, a 32-year-old who lives less than two blocks from the scene, woke up when she saw flashing lights outside her window. She never heard the shots and said she was surprised when she finally learned what happened on Monday morning. “It’s a pretty safe neighborhood,” Yoo said, pointing out that she left her garage door open while walking to the scene. “... There are a lot of kids in the area.” McCartney was hired in 2014, previously worked in Aberdeen and Hoquiam and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He leaves behind a wife and three young sons.

    His family members gathered alongside dozens of law enforcement officers at the hospital to say goodbye to McCartney and join a procession to the Medical Examiner’s Office. More than a dozen officers and deputies saluted as McCartney was carried outside in a flag-draped coffin and loaded into a van. From here on out, McCartney’s body will never be alone. The Honor Guard and fellow deputies will stand watch until he is buried. Planning for his funeral will begin at 10 a.m., officials said. A donation site is also expected to be created later Monday. The Sheriff’s Department has set up a tip line and is asking anyone with information on the shooting or the suspect at large to call 855-798-8477.

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    Cop-killer suspect captured...

    Suspect in Slaying of Washington Sheriff's Deputy Captured
    January 9, 2018 - A man suspected in the fatal shooting of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney was sitting in jail as officers were mounting a massive manhunt Monday in the Frederickson area.
    The 32-year-old suspect was taken into custody not far from where McCartney was killed in a shootout shortly after responding to a 911 call late Sunday night. A suspect was killed in the shootout, but deputies believed a second person was involved. An “alert” Washington State Patrol trooper working near the scene of the shooting stopped a person just after 8 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. But the man did not match the initial description of the suspect and gave the trooper a false name. The man was initially detained for obstruction, but was later booked into the Pierce County Jail for felony warrants out of Shelton, Troyer said. Meanwhile, detectives at the scene of McCartney’s shooting received updated witness reports on the second suspect’s description and found that it matched the 32-year-old man already in custody, Troyer said. “Our detectives spent the whole day tying evidence to him to identify him as the second suspect,” Troyer told reporters Monday afternoon.

    The suspect was booked on a first-degree-murder charge and is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday, he said. The Seattle Times is not naming the man because he has not been charged or appeared before a judge. No further details on the suspect were released Monday. McCartney, 34, of Yelm, died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma just after 2 a.m. The married Navy veteran and father of three boys ages 4, 6 and 9 had been a Pierce County deputy for three years. He was a “good, solid, stalwart man,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said. “During the 911 call, dispatchers could hear screaming and a scuffle taking place,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. McCartney arrived on the scene and chased a suspect on foot. During the chase, shots were fired. Troyer said that detectives believe McCartney fired shots during the fatal encounter. “We believe our deputy did fire shots and that there was a gunbattle,” Troyer said, adding that investigators won’t know for sure until ballistics tests are done.


    Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney

    A handgun was recovered at the scene, and Troyer said investigators believe preliminarily that it may have been the gun used to “shoot our deputy.” He said a second weapon was recovered after the arrest of the second suspect. The wounded deputy was found near the dead suspect’s body, about a block from the home on 200th Street East. McCartney was rushed into surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center, but his wounds were “too catastrophic” to survive, Troyer said. Troyer said the dead suspect and the man in jail have felony criminal records and would have been prohibited from possessing firearms. Pierce County detectives were working with agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine where the guns came from. No further details on the deceased suspect were available, Troyer said, as the Pierce County medical examiner has yet to identify him.

    Before joining the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, McCartney served as a Hoquiam police officer for four years and as a detention officer at the Grays Harbor Juvenile Facility. He was deployed to Afghanistan while in the Navy. “Daniel was the kind of person that if you called 911, you would want him to show up at your house,” friend Shon Malone told The (Tacoma) News Tribune. “If you had a problem, if you were in a crisis, you would want him there to handle that.” Donation to McCartney’s family can be made through tpcrimestoppers.com by using PayPal, or visiting any TAPCO Credit Union location, the Sheriff’s Department said. A procession bearing the slain officer’s body from the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tacoma to Mountain View Memorial in Lakewood is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Officials will confirm the schedule Tuesday morning. McCartney is the first Seattle-area law-enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty since Tacoma police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, 45, was fatally shot on Nov. 30, 2016, while responding to a domestic-violence call. The gunman was killed the next day, after an 11-hour standoff.

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    Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot...

    Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot
    January 25, 2018 - Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was shot and killed Wednesday night after responding to a call, with a search for suspects sending a suburb north of Denver into lockdown.
    A Colorado sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed after responding to a call, with a search for suspects sending a suburb north of Denver into lockdown. The unidentified officer for Adams County was called to an alleged assault in Thornton Wednesday night before the killing, according to the sheriff's office.


    Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, who was chasing a suspect in an assault case, was shot and killed Wednesday night.

    Officers chased one suspect behind a house, where one, identified by the Colorado Police Officers Foundation as 32-year-old Heath Gumm, was fatally shot in the chest. “We are deeply saddened to learn that the deputy has died from injuries sustained in the shooting,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. The suspected shooter was later taken into custody after fleeing on foot, according the sheriff's officials.

    The search for two additional suspects set the area on alert, including a lockdown at nearby Regis University that was later lifted. Police searched a local Walmart as customers fled the store, KMGH reported. Gumm had served as a sheriff's deputy in Adams County since 2013 and leaves behind a wife and family, according to the Officers Foundation. This is a developing story and will be updated

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    FBI Closely Tracking Attacks on Law Enforcement Officers by Extremists
    January 25, 2018 | WASHINGTON — Far-right and black identity extremists have killed 62 law enforcement officers since 1990.
    White supremacist and other far-right extremist groups have killed 51 police officers since 1990, according to a report published by the Anti-Defamation League last week. Left-wing extremist groups, including black nationalists, killed 11 during the same period. In 2017 alone, black nationalists and other leftists killed no police, while white supremacists and anti-government extremists fatally attacked a police officer and two corrections officers, the report said. But while the FBI tracks so-called “black identity extremists” as domestic terror threats — as a report from the bureau completed in August and leaked in October revealed — it doesn’t have an equivalent designation for white extremists. Experts worry that the broad labeling of black groups, and not white ones, is an indication that federal law enforcement’s targeting of certain groups is based less on evidence than on politics.

    That targeting can significantly affect how law enforcement chooses to police protests or events organized by specific groups. Many worry the report on black identity extremists specifically could be used to home in on members of Black Lives Matter — possibly infringing on their right to speak freely and protest peacefully. The Congressional Black Caucus asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a private meeting in November, as well as during public testimony in December, to rescind the report. Wray did not commit to doing so, and FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said Tuesday there was “no update” since then.


    FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks before laying a wreath at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 15, 2018.

    The FBI counterterrrorism report, titled “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” defines black identity extremists as people who seek to commit acts of violence motivated by “perceived racism and injustice in American society.” The report said the increase in violence against law enforcement “likely” began after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and subsequent grand jury decision not to indict the police officers involved. It lists six attacks since 2014, including Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter who killed five police officers in July 2016, and Gavin Eugene Long, the Baton Rouge, La., shooter who killed three officers 10 days later, as examples of black identity extremists. “This document essentially says we don’t care about your ideology, we care about your black identity,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who worked in the counterterrorism division. “It’s an enormous classification that could encompass any violence by a black person.”

    Nusrat Choudhury, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program, referred to the term black identity extremist as a “manufactured threat.” The six attacks named in the report span 2014 to 2016 and resulted in eight deaths to police officers and several injuries. The last time black nationalist groups fatally assaulted police officers before 2016 was in the 1970s, according to German. Between 2011 and 2017, there were 11 officers killed by right-wing extremist groups compared to those eight officers killed by left-wing groups, according to ADL. That’s a much narrower gap than in the previous two decades: From 2001-2010, right-wing extremists killed 24 officers while those on the left killed two, and from 1991-2000 the figures were 16 and one, respectively.

    Joshua Freilich, co-creator of the Department of Homeland Security-funded U.S. Extremist Crime Database, had similar findings on far-right extremists: 45 police officers have been killed by far-right extremists since 1990, with four additional killings still under review. Far-right extremists have killed one officer in 2017, according to his research, while far-left extremists have killed two, with another death still under review. (Freilich’s numbers don’t include the killings of the two corrections officers that were part of the ADL’s tally; while the two Georgia inmates were members of a white supremacist gang, their attacks on the corrections officers came during an escape attempt and were not seen as ideologically motivated, a requirement in Freilich’s calculations.)

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    Detroit Officer Shot in the Head Dies...

    Detroit Officer Shot in the Head Dies
    January 29, 2018 - Officer Glenn Doss died days after being shot in the head during a domestic violence call.
    Doss had been in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital. "As you now know, our officer just passed 45 minutes ago," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said outside the hospital Sunday afternoon. "He fought a good fight. He is truly what we call one of Detroit's finest. He is what we call an American hero. He did what we expect each and every officer to do: Go out and serve this community with distinction and honor." Craig introduced Doss's father, who is also a Detroit police officer. Also named Glenn, he could be heard in the flurry of scanner traffic Wednesday night after Doss was shot. His request over the airwaves was resounding: "Please pray for my son."

    And those sentiments were echoed Sunday as he reflected on his family's loss. "First of all we want to thank everyone for their prayers and their support that they sent up to God for my son," the father said. "I want to thank God for the 25 years that have allowed me the honor and the pleasure to raise such a great young man, who was so positive and who was so humble. "He never gave me any problem at all." Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones stood with Craig and Doss’s father “The whole Doss family is a family the city should be proud of, and in our thoughts and prayers today,” Duggan said.


    Glenn Doss, the 25-year--old Detroit police officer who was shot in the head responding to a domestic violence call last week, has died.

    Duggan said 46-year-old officer Waldis Johnson, should also not be forgotten – he is still fighting for his recovery after he was shot in the head while responding to a domestic call in April. “There has never been a time, it has been more dangerous to be a Detroit police officer than the last year and a half," the mayor said. "There have been more shootings of police officers than I can ever remember, and yet the 2,500 men and women of the department go out there every day. And I would say to the folks of this city: When you see a police officer, thank them for their courage and their service.” Doss’s partner, officer Samuel Anderson also spoke at the news conference. He thanked God and recognized the people who have trained him throughout the years, because this allowed him to react quickly the night his partner was shot. “To this day I still remain ambitious, I still remain courageous, I still get out there and do the job,” Anderson said.

    Doss, who joined the force nearly two years ago, was answering a call on the 5500 block of McDougall Street near East Kirby when a man with a long gun shot him in the head before he could get out of his patrol car. Around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday a man called police and said he assaulted his wife, then a woman called and said her father might have fired shots. When officers arrived, they saw a 43-year-old man standing outside a home with a weapon. He then took a stance and fired shots at the police squad car, hitting Doss. Doss’ partner transported him to Detroit Receiving Hospital. The gunman barricaded himself inside the home until officers threw tear gas into the house and he was eventually captured. Decharlos O. Brooks, 43, was arraigned Saturday on eight counts of assault with intent to murder, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Brooks' family has said he has a history of mental illness.

    https://www.officer.com/tactical/swa...-violence-call
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    Execution Called Off for Alabama Cop-Killer
    January 29, 2018 - Vernon Madison, one of the longest serving inmates on Alabama's Death Row, was scheduled to be executed for the April 1985 killing Mobile Police Cpl. Julius Schulte.
    Vernon Madison, one of the longest serving inmates on Alabama's Death Row, was scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. last Thursday, but 30 minutes before the scheduled execution the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay. The stay was later granted, and Madison was not executed. Madison, 67, has been on death row for over 30 years after being convicted in April 1985 of killing Mobile police Cpl. Julius Schulte. He was set to die by lethal injection at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore Thursday night, but escaped execution for the second time via a court order. Madison was 34 when he was charged Schulte's death, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call. Madison also was charged with shooting the woman he lived with at the time, 37-year-old Cheryl Ann Greene. She survived her injuries.

    According to court records filed by the Alabama Attorney General, here's a police account of what happened that night: Madison's neighbor's had called police, and Schulte was assigned to protect Greene and her 11-year-old daughter as Madison moved out of their house. After pretending to leave the property, Madison retrieved a pistol, crept behind the police car Schulte was sitting in, and fired two shots into the back of the officer's head. After shooting Schulte, Madison then shot Greene as she tried to flee. There were three eye witnesses. Madison's first trial took place in September 1985. He was convicted, but a state appellate court sent the case back for a violation involving race-based jury selection. His second trial took place in 1990. Prosecutors presented a similar case, and defense attorneys again argued that Madison suffered from a mental illness. They did not dispute the fact that Madison shot Schulte, but said he did not know that Schulte - dressed in plain clothes and driving an unmarked police cruiser - was a police officer.


    Vernon Madison, left, and Cpl. Julius Schulte

    He was again convicted, and a jury recommended a death sentence by a 10-2 vote. An appellate court again sent the case back to Mobile County for a retrial, this time based on improper testimony from an expert witness for the prosecution. His third and final trial took place in April 1994. He was convicted, and the jury recommended a life sentence after both Madison and his mother, Aldonia McMillan, asked for mercy. Mobile County Circuit Judge Ferrill McRae sentenced Madison to death-- this time overriding the jury's recommendation. In April 2017, Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that says juries, not judges, have the final say on whether to impose the death penalty. That law officially ended Alabama's judicial override policy, as Alabama was the last state to allow it.

    Late Wednesday, Madison's attorneys filed two more petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court-- an application for a stay of execution, and a petition for a writ of certiorari focused on the issue of judicial override. Madison's attorneys argued that since he was sent to death under the judicial override statue, he is entitled to a stay and a review of his case. Attorneys filed similar motions to the Alabama Supreme Court, but they denied the request earlier Wednesday. "Because a death sentence is no longer permissible in cases where the jury has returned a sentence of life, Mr. Madison filed a challenge to his death sentence and scheduled execution in the Alabama Supreme Court. He contended that this execution would be arbitrary and capricious and constitute a violation of the Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment," the petition states. "The judicial override in this case resulted in a death sentence that is arbitrary, disproportionate, and unconstitutional..."

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    Missouri Police Officer Fatally Shot, Two Others Wounded
    March 7, 2018 - Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was killed and two other police officers were shot and wounded while responding to a 911 call Tuesday night.
    A Clinton, Mo., police officer was killed and two others were shot Tuesday night while responding to a 911 call. Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was identified as the officer shot and killed, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. A suspect in the shooting also died. The incident occurred seven months after Clinton officer Gary Michael was shot to death during a traffic stop.


    Investigators inspect the outside of a house where Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was killed and two were injured on Tuesday night, March 6, 2018, after they responded to a 911 call.

    Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the 911 call came about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday from a home near downtown Clinton. During the call, two women were heard screaming in the background, and police officers were dispatched. Officers arrived at the home at 9:25 p.m. and were fired on, Lowe said. Officers entered the residence as a suspect retreated inside. The three officers were shot, including one officer who died inside the home.

    The injured officers were taken away from the scene and the Missouri Highway Patrol arrived to help. A highway patrol SWAT team made a plan to enter the residence. It entered about 12:10 a.m. The suspect was found dead inside the home. Lowe said it was unclear whether officers killed the suspect or whether he killed himself. Lowe said he didn’t know what happened to the women on the 911 call. Hours later, investigators with the highway patrol continued to work at the scene.

    https://www.officer.com/tactical/swa...ng-to-911-call

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