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    Suspected cop killer caught...

    Georgia man suspected of killing officer caught after manhunt
    Sept. 29, 2017 -- Authorities in Georgia said they arrested a man suspected of shooting two officers, killing a detective, before fleeing and prompting a manhunt Friday.
    Police said Brandon Spangler, 31, pulled out a handgun and opened fire on Cedartown, Ga., officer David Goodrich and detective Kristen Hearne. The officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle around 6 a.m. when Spangler and 22-year-old Samantha Roof approached them from nearby woods, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said. Goodrich was shot in his bulletproof vest and was treated for injuries. Hearne died from her injuries. "It was more or less an ambush," Polk County police Chief Kenny Dodd said at a news conference. "[Spangler] drew the gun before they knew what happened."



    Police arrested Brandon Spangler after he allegedly led them on a manhunt. Officials say he opened fire on two police officers in Georgia, killing a detective.


    Roof and Spangler ran from the scene after the shooting, and a short time later, police captured Roof. Police captured Spangler around 2:45 p.m. when he emerged from the woods naked and surrendered. Spangler had warrants for his arrest for felony probation violation. He served more than a year in prison for methamphetamine possession and a weapons charge, and was released in August 2016.


    Hearne's death is the first time an officer has died in the line of duty in the Polk County Police Department's 60-year history. The 29-year-old served on the department for five years and is survived by her husband, an officer in Aragon, Ga., and a 3-year-old daughter. "Words can't express the sorrow, and the hurt that we feel right now as a agency, and our heart goes out to the family," Dodd said. "Kristen was the type of officer who lit up any room that she was in. You always knew when she was present."


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    Officer Kristen Hearne Killed During Investigation
    September 29, 2017
    This morning, Officer Kristen Hearne was serving as backup to Officer David Goodrich in an investigation of a suspicious vehicle on Santa Claus Road near Highway 100 between Cedartown and Cave Spring. Seth Spangler and Samantha Roof came out of the woods and began having words with the officers. At some point, Spangler pulled out a handgun and shot both officers. Officer Goodrich was wearing a bulletproof vest and survived the shooting. Officer Hearne, a detective, was not wearing a vest at the time of the shooting. Officer Goodrich was a retired EMT and tried to administer first aid to Officer Hearne. Unfortunately Officer Hearne did not survive the shooting.




    Kristen Hearne was 29 years old and a mother to a a three year old child. She also leaves behind a husband. Hearne was a detective with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Polk County Police Department. According to officials, it’s not routine for an investigator to wear a vest. Hearne was going out just as a backup for Goodrich. After a search that involved several different agencies, Seth Spangler was arrested after walking out of the woods, naked, and dirty. He has been charged with felony murder. Spangler has already had bond denied. His next appearance in Superior Court has not been scheduled.


    Spangler had outstanding warrants out of Walker County for probation violations. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is working with Polk County police during this investigation.Officer Kristen Hearne was the first officer to lose their life in the line of duty in Polk County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hearne family and to all of our officers that selflessly put their lives on the line everyday to keep us all safe.

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    Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook killed responding to a call Sunday in Louisiana...

    More Details Released in Slaying of Louisiana Police Officer
    October 2, 2017 - Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook was killed responding to a call Sunday.
    A Lafayette police officer was shot and killed Sunday night at a convenience store on Moss Street by a gunman who was soon taken into custody, said State Police spokesman Master Trooper Brooks David. Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook, a 9-year veteran with the Lafayette Police Department, died Sunday night in the incident, said Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Karl Ratcliff. Two other people were injured in the shooting but are expected to survive, David said. Police were called to the Big Boy Discount Zone around 10:30 p.m. Sunday about an aggravated assault with a gun, but the call was upgraded to a shooting before officers arrived, David said. When police arrived, gunfire was exchanged with a shooter, David said, with at least one bullet striking and killing Middlebrook. The shooter has not been identified. State Police were called in to investigate the shooting.


    Avery Cross, 29, went to the convenience store, 3601 Moss St., to buy a drink minutes before the Lafayette police officers arrived, he said Monday morning. The front doors to the shop were locked, which was uncharacteristic for the 24-hour store, he said, but soon a store employee came out front to explain there had been a shooting, even pointing out the bullet holes in the window. A cashier had been injured in the shooting and was in the bathroom waiting for help, Cross said he was told. Css said soon after two officers showed up, and one went inside to check on the injured employee. Cross said no one knew the gunman was inside the store. "The cop didn't know that the (armed) guy was still in there," Cross said. "So when he walked in, the guy popped out and started shooting."



    Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook


    Cross said he heard at least five shots from inside the store. He said the shooter then came outside and fired into the air, yelling at people to back up. "I heard the shooting and I just started running," Cross said. "When it was happening, the only thought was just to make it home." After living in that part of Lafayette, Cross said he has seen other shootings before, but he expected the violence to end once police officers arrived. "When you see a cop you think everything will settle down," Cross said. "It didn't happen like that." Lisa Zerbe lives across Moss Street from the convenience store, and said she heard at least 40 shots over the span of the shooting Sunday night. She called 911. "When I heard that many (shots) and I heard people crying, I was like, 'I'm dialing right now,'" Zerbe, 48, said. She said she was on the line with the dispatcher as shots rang out, squatting to stay below the windows. "I mean, it is ridiculous."


    Middlebrook was born in Thibodeaux and spent his career in the patrol section of the Lafayette Department "helping and truly serving the community, as was his passion," Ratcliff wrote in a news release. In March, Middlebrook was honored with the state's Heart of Law Enforcement Award for collecting food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to those in need. "The Lafayette Police Department is devastated by this sudden loss," Ratcliff wrote. "We ask that you keep Corporal Middlebrook’s family and the Lafayette Police Department in your thoughts and prayers." Middlebrook leaves behind a wife, a 3-year-old daughter, two stepdaughters, and his parents, police said in the release.


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    Suspected druggie student shoots, kills police officer...

    Texas Tech Police Officer Killed, Campus On Lockdown
    October 09, 2017 — Texas Tech University in Lubbock was placed on lockdown after a campus police officer was shot and killed.
    University spokesman Chris Cook said campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers then brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing.



    Crime scene investigators collect evidence from the pavement as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio.



    While at the station, Cook said the suspect pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, killing him. The suspect then fled on foot and remains at large. In a statement, the university identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old Hollis Daniels.


    Texas Tech officials issued a lockdown alert to students on social media, noting that the suspect had not been apprehended. The alert urged those on campus "to take shelter in a safe location.'' Additional information was not immediately available.


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    New Orleans Police Officer Fatally Shot While on Patrol, North Carolina Corrections Employees Slain...

    New Orleans Police Officer Fatally Shot While on Patrol
    October 13, 2017 - The police officer shot to death early Friday in New Orleans East was 29-year-old Marcus McNeil, who leaves behind a wife and two children.
    The police officer shot to death early Friday in New Orleans East was 29-year-old Marcus McNeil, who leaves behind a wife and two children, according to authorities. McNeil's mother said she learned about her son's slaying shortly after it happened. She politely excused herself after a brief conversation with a reporter, saying, "I just need to be with my family." Authorities have released little information about the incident that left him dead. But they said McNeil and three of his colleagues were on some sort of patrol when they encountered a 30-year-old man who shot at them near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard. McNeil was struck several times and taken to University Medical Center, where he died. At least one officer shot the suspect, Darren Bridges, who hid in a nearby apartment before surrendering and being taken to the hospital himself.


    A man living near the scene of the shootings, Ronald Thomas, said he saw the violence, and he recalled gunfire erupting on the officers before they had even stepped out of at least one unmarked car. Thomas said he thought there could have been two unmarked cars on the scene, and it appeared the gunfire erupted after a traffic stop. "When the first two got out, he opened fire on them," Thomas recalled. "They didn't really have a chance ... because he fired on them before they could get the door open." New Orleans Magazine profiled McNeil as part of a story on a police recruit class that graduated on April 2, 2015. His wife, Brittiny, said in that story that her husband had "always wanted" to join NOPD because of his desire to make a difference in a city plagued with crime and poverty.



    Officer Marcus McNeil


    The story noted that Brittiny spoke as she held her and Marcus' newborn daughter, Camille, who was wrapped in a white-and-yellow blanket. The couple has two children, ages 2 and 5, NOPD said in a statement Friday. McNeil found success early in his career with the 7th Police District, which patrols New Orleans East. He was among four members of the district to win "officer of the month" honors in August 2016. That was the month after McNeil formed part of a task force operation that resulted in the arrest of a former NOPD officer on allegations of selling marijuana out of a parked car in New Orleans East. His colleagues affectionately nicknamed him "Milk Dud," a moniker that was originally assigned to him by a man he had arrested while he was completing his field training with the department.


    The suspect "was attempting to get a rise out of me by calling me 'Milk Dud' because of my shiny bald head that he believed resembled the candy milk duds," McNeil told the department's public information officer as part of an internal human interest feature. "Everyone (at work) found it hilarious, saying it was true and then began calling me 'Milk Dud.' I've since embraced the name often referring to myself as 'The Dud' when bragging about a good arrest.'" Civil service records described him as a resident of Kenner. As of March, he was assigned to a task force in the 7th District. McNeil's widow was with family members in Algiers and said she wasn't ready to speak about her husband. A niece of hers, who identified herself only as Evelyn, described him as "a great husband and dad."


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    North Carolina Corrections Employees Slain
    Oct. 13, 2017 - Corrections Officer Justin Smith and Corrections Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were killed and three others were critically injured Thursday during an attempted escape.
    Two prison employees were killed and three others critically injured Thursday during an attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution. The attempted breakout from the prison in Elizabeth City began around 3 p.m. when inmates set a fire in the prison’s sewing plant, where about 30 inmates produce embroidered logo items, safety vests and other items for government agencies and nonprofits, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said. Several inmates tried to escape as the fire was being extinguished, but they were unsuccessful, officials said. The prison was put on lockdown, with all inmates accounted for.


    DPS identified the employees who died as Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, who provided security in the sewing plant, and Correction Enterprises manager Veronica Darden, 50, who supervised inmates working in the plant. Three other prison employees remain hospitalized in critical condition, and seven others were treated and released, according to DPS. Four inmates were also treated for injuries. Over emergency radio, first responders could be heard describing the scene: “Be advised, we do have a mass casualty incident. I have multiple patients,” said one. “Some of them are critical. … There are probably no more than two critical. But I have many, many patients.”



    Corrections Officer Justin Smith, left, and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden


    Another responder described the condition of an officer who was “struck multiple times with a hammer.” Prison officials believe the fire at the sewing plant was set by inmates who were planning to escape. It’s not yet clear how many inmates were involved. One inmate who attempted to escape was pulled off a prison fence, prison spokesman Keith Acree said, “but no one made it outside the fence.” Like other prison workers, Darden and Smith had dangerous jobs. Once every eight hours, on average, a North Carolina prison officer was assaulted last year.


    A perilous job


    Statewide, there were 1,160 assaults on state prison staff in 2016 – up from 1,136 the previous year, state figures show. At Bertie Correctional Institution, about 60 miles to the southwest of Pasquotank, prison Sgt. Meggan Callahan was killed in April. Authorities say an inmate there set a fire in a trash can, then beat Callahan with the fire extinguisher that she had brought to douse the flames. Prior to Callahan’s death, it had been seven years since the last North Carolina prison officer died as a result of an inmate assault. “Those who work in our prisons do a difficult and demanding job that is critical to our safety,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement issued late Thursday. “We're grateful to these fallen prison employees for their service, and we offer our condolences to their families, friends, coworkers and community on this tragic loss.”


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    Texas Tech Police Officer Fatally Shot by Suspect Inside Police Station Identified
    Oct. 10, 2017 - A Texas Tech University police officer was shot and killed Monday night at the Police Department's headquarters, prompting a lockdown at the Lubbock school that lasted for more than an hour as officials searched for the gunman.
    University police made a welfare check at a student's room earlier in the night and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia, school spokesman Chris Cook said. Authorities haven't said what led to the welfare check. Hollis A. Daniels III was taken to the police station on a drug charge. According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, Daniels — who was not wearing handcuffs — was standing near an officer in the department's briefing room while he completed paperwork for Daniels' arrest. Another officer left the room and heard a bang. When he came back in, he saw the officer — identified Tuesday as Floyd East Jr. — fatally shot in the head. His service weapon was still in the holster, but Daniels and the officer's body camera were gone. He ran off but was captured near the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium when a Texas Tech officer tackled him, Lubbock police said. Police found a loaded .45-caliber pistol and a police body camera nearby. East told officers "that he was the one that shot their friend," the affidavit says.

    During an interview later, Daniels said he messed up and did "something illogical," according to the affidavit. The campus and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center were placed on lockdown as police searched for Daniels. The lockdown was lifted about 9:30 p.m. after he was taken into custody. Daniels, of Seguin, was being held Tuesday at the Lubbock County jail on a charge of capital murder of a peace officer. His bail is set at $5 million. Gov. Greg Abbott extended his condolences to the family of the officer killed in the shooting, and said he has mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer any assistance needed. "As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community," he said.

    In a statement, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec thanked the campus and city police, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and other agencies for their help. "Please join me in extending our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family of one of our Texas Tech police officers who was mortally wounded Monday evening," he said. "I know that the Texas Tech community will respond with support for the family and one another." Schovanec and university police Chief Kyle Bonath planned a news conference for 3 p.m. Tuesday to address the shooting.

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    Dindu Nuffin gets his just reward...

    Cop-Killer Put to Death in 1997 Slaying of Alabama Police Officer
    Oct. 20, 2017 - The state of Alabama on Thursday executed Torrey McNabb for the Sept. 24, 1997 murder of Montgomery Police Cpl. Anderson Gordon III.
    It was the fifth execution Alabama has conducted since January 2016, and took place almost exactly 20 years after McNabb shot and killed Gordon. McNabb expressed defiance shortly before the execution began at 8:56 p.m. Thursday night, speaking to family members through a glass window. "Mom, sis, look at my eyes," he said. "I've got no tears in my eyes. I'm unafraid . . . to the state of Alabama, I hate you m-----f-----s. I hate you." McNabb, strapped to a gurney, raised both middle fingers toward witnesses galleries as the execution began. He appeared to be breathing for the first 20 minutes of the execution and moved slightly.

    At 9:17 p.m., McNabb raised his right arm and rolled his head in a grimace before falling back on the gurney. Witnesses in the room -- including McNabb's two sisters and two attorneys -- expressed concerns he was not unconscious. He was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. after an execution that lasted approximately 35 minutes. Speaking Thursday evening, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said they followed proper procedures. "I’m confident he was more than unconscious at that point," he said. "Involuntary movement is not uncommon. That’s how I would characterize it."


    Torrey McNabb, left, and Cpl. Anderson Gordon III.

    Staff conducted two consciousness tests on McNabb during the execution, one more than is common. A correctional officer in the room calls out the condemned inmate's name, opens one of his eyes and pinches his arm. Dunn did not say if there were any changes to the administration of drugs, but said the two consciousness checks were meant to "err on the side of caution." McNabb refused his breakfast Wednesday and did not ask for a final meal. The inmate also asked that the prison chaplain not enter the death chamber with him; a chaplain was present but did not pray with McNabb. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said McNabb did not want "anything of a religious nature performed before or during his execution."

    Gordon's family thanked the attorney general's office; the Montgomery Police Department; former Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks; current Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey, and Sarah Green of Victim's Services. "Over twenty years ago, we lost a companion, a father, a brother, and a friend who only wanted to make a difference in his community," the family said in a statement. "'Brother,' as he was affectionately called, worked to make a difference in his community until his life was taken on September 24, 1997." McNabb, then 20, was fleeing a bail bondsman when he got into the accident on Sept. 24, 1997. When Gordon pulled up to respond, McNabb approached his patrol car and fired at least four times at Gordon. The police officer, the father of a toddler, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    Man suspected of shooting six people - three fatally - in Maryland, Delaware taken into custody
    Oct. 19,`17 -- A man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed three people and critically injured two others was in custody Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt. State and federal authorities located Radee L. Prince
    A man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed three people and critically injured two others was in custody Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt. State and federal authorities located Radee L. Prince, 37, late Wednesday in Delaware, the Harford sheriff's office confirmed. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the arrest occurred in Newark, Del., "without incident." Further details of his arrest were not immediately available.

    Prince is believed to have shot five people about 9 a.m. Wednesday at a kitchen countertop company in an Edgewood business park where he had worked for the past four months, police said. The five victims were all employees of the business, Advanced Granite Solutions. Prince also is alleged to have later shot another person in Delaware. "There's an individual out there on the loose who's committed one of the most heinous acts in our county; we certainly consider him armed and dangerous," said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. Gahler called the shooting "a targeted attack, limited to that business." Later in the day, however, police in Wilmington, Del., said Prince was also being sought in connection with a shooting that occurred around 10:45 a.m. at a used car dealership there.

    A single victim was shot in the head, but is expected to survive, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said. He said the victim was shot twice, but was alert and identified Prince as his attacker. Tracy said Prince had a prior history with the shooting victim, and that the two men had a "beef." "Every one of the victims that this individual shot, the victim and the attacker knew each other," Tracy said at a news conference. "This is targeted. This individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot. This was not a random act of violence." Prince was believed to be traveling in a black 2008 GMC Acadia with Delaware tags: PC64273. Authorities described him as being armed and dangerous, and urged anyone who believes they see him to use "extreme caution." The FBI and ATF were both involved in the search and Prince's information was put on highway billboards from Philadelphia to Washington DC and from Atlantic City, N.J. to Salisbury.

    Tracy said he believed the gun used in the shooting in his city was the same weapon that was used in the Edgewood shooting. The ATF declined to discuss the firearm used, but said it had command staff, two violent crime units, and canines that can sniff out spent shell casings on the case. Gahler said he would tell Prince to "consider what he's already done and put an end to it and turn himself in." Police did not identify those wounded or deceased in either shooting. The two wounded victims from the Edgewood shooting were listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center as of Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barak Caba, the owner of Advanced Granite Solutions, said Prince worked as a machine operator. The company said in a statement: "Words cannot express our feelings. We mourn the loss of our friends. ... May God give our friends eternal rest and the families the strength to bear the great pain."

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    Ohio Police Officer Fatally Shot Responding to Domestic Incident...

    Ohio Police Officer Fatally Shot Responding to Domestic Incident
    Oct. 22, 2017 - Girard Police Officer Justin Leo died while in surgery at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
    A 31-year-old police officer was shot and killed Saturday night while responding to a domestic situation in Trumbull County. Officer Justin Leo died while in surgery at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, said James Melfi, the mayor of Girard, according to The Vindicator. Girard is a suburb just northwest of Youngstown.


    Officer Justin Leo

    Leo was shot about 10:15 p.m. while at a home with a man who had several firearms, according to 911 calls released to the The Vindicator. Melfi told FOX 8 Cleveland that Leo's partner shot and killed the suspect. Leo was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

    The Ohio Attorney General's Office's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting Girard police with their investigation. The probe into the circumstances surrounding the shooting continues, The Vindicator reports.

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    North Carolina Corrections Officer Dies Weeks After Prison Attack...

    North Carolina Corrections Officer Dies Weeks After Prison Attack
    October 31, 2017 - Corrections Officer Wendy Shannon died Monday night from injuries she suffered during an Oct. 12 inmate escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City that left two other prison employees dead.
    Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon died Monday night from injuries she suffered during an Oct. 12 inmate escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City. She is the third prison employee to die as a result of the attack.


    Corrections Officer Wendy Shannon

    Shannon, 49, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. She began her Department of Public Safety career at Pasquotank on Oct. 21, 2013, as a correctional officer. “I’m deeply saddened that this brutal attack has taken the life of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, who was doing her job protecting the public,” Gov. Roy Cooper said late Monday. “Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, friends and coworkers. “Prisons and their employees help keep our communities safe, and I’ve directed state prison officials to take the necessary steps to improve prison safety,” Cooper said. “Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon,” N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time.”

    Four inmates were charged with first-degree murder in the attacks that also killed prison employees Veronica Darden and Justin Smith. The assaults also injured 10 other employees. Law enforcement authorities said the inmates were working inside the prison’s sewing plant when they tried to carry out the escape plan. Inmates at the Eastern North Carolina prison beat employees with hammers and stabbed them with scissors, according to prison workers who called 911. It was the deadliest escape attempt in North Carolina prison history. The prison remains on lockdown. Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team from other state prison facilities continue to help the staff at Pasquotank.

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    Prison is a dangerous place to work...

    Fourth North Carolina Prison Employee Dies After Escape Attempt
    November 3, 2017 - Maintenance Mechanic Geoffrey Howe is the fourth prison employee who has died as a result of injuries received during the Oct. 12 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
    A fourth prison employee -- maintenance mechanic Geoffrey Howe -- has died as a result of injuries received during the Oct. 12 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution. Howe, 31, died Thursday at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. "Geoffrey Howe was a valued member of his community and his workplace, and he will be greatly missed," Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday night. "We send our heartfelt sympathies to his loved ones and wish for them comfort during this difficult time. "We owe it to Geoffrey and his fallen coworkers to do all we can to keep an attack like the one that claimed their lives from ever happening inside our prisons again, and that's what I've directed prison leaders to do," Cooper said.

    Correctional officers Justin Smith and Wendy Shannon, and Correction Enterprises sewing plant manager Veronica Darden also died as a result of injuries from the attack. Howe celebrated his one-year anniversary with the Department of Public Safety in August. "Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Howe family," Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said. "This tragedy has horribly impacted the lives of four families, as well as co-workers and friends." The assaults at the Eastern North Carolina prison also injured eight other employees. Four inmates were charged with first-degree murder in the attacks. Law enforcement authorities said the inmates were working in the prison's sewing plant when they tried to carry out the escape plan.


    Maintenance Mechanic Geoffrey Howe

    The inmates beat employees with hammers and stabbed them with scissors, according to prison workers who called 911. It was the deadliest escape attempt in North Carolina prison history. One of the inmates charged in the attacks was in prison for shooting a state trooper in the face. Another had repeatedly stabbed an Army sergeant's wife with a kitchen knife. A third was incarcerated for shooting a co-worker to death behind a west Charlotte gas station. Some current and former prison officers questioned whether the inmates with violent histories should have been put to work in a sewing plant, where they would have access to potentially lethal tools.

    Just one officer -- Justin Smith -- was overseeing the more than 30 inmates in the sewing plant when the violence erupted, sources told the Observer. In October, more than 30 percent of the officer positions at the prison were vacant, state Department of Public Safety records show. The prison continues to be on lockdown. Members of the prison emergency response team from other state prison facilities continue to assist Pasquotank staff. Pasquotank Correctional Institution houses 676 male inmates in close, medium and minimum custody.

    https://www.officer.com/features/hon...escape-attempt

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    Off-Duty D.C. cop killed...

    Off-Duty D.C. Officer Slain
    Nov. 6, 2017 - An off-duty Washington police officer was killed and a woman was wounded Saturday in a shooting in West Baltimore.
    At about 12:45 a.m., officers found the two shooting victims in the 2800 block of Elgin Ave. in the Panway/Braddish Avenue neighborhood. Tony Anthony Mason Jr., 40, who lived in Baltimore, was found with gunshot wounds to his body, according to police. Mason is a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and was off duty when the shooting occurred. The D.C. Police Union could not immediately be reached for comment. He was taken to an area hospital where he died.

    The second victim, a 43-year-old woman, was shot in her leg, police said, and treated at a hospital. Police said investigators believe the victims were inside a parked car when an unknown suspect approached, began shooting, then fled, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department said Mason was a 17-year veteran of the force. He lived near the Frankford area of Baltimore, according to public records. There was no answer at the phone listed for the address.


    An off-duty Washington police officer was killed and a woman was wounded Saturday in a shooting in West Baltimore.

    David Simonetti, the director of the police academy at Hagerstown Community College, said he worked with Mason in D.C. from 2004 to 2009. He said Mason worked in the 6th District vice unit at that time. “He was just the nicest guy — always happy to see you and greeted you with a smile,” Simonetti said. “He'd do anything for you, without having to be asked. He was a tough, fair, hard-working and diligent officer.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824. The Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is offering up to $10,000 for information about the shooting.

    https://www.officer.com/on-the-stree...d-in-baltimore

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