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    Was a horrible crash - tore the front end off the car...

    Louisville Police Officer Dies Following Crash
    March 30, 2017 - Officer Nick Rodman was assisting in a high-speed chase of a man allegedly involved in a shooting when he was involved in a crash Tuesday night.
    A Louisville Metro police officer succumbed to injuries on Wednesday that he sustained in a crash during a pursuit the previous night. Officer Nick Rodman was assisting in a high-speed chase of a man allegedly involved in a shooting around 8 p.m. Tuesday at 26th and Duncan Streets, according to WLKY-TV.


    Officer Nick Rodman

    After the crash, Rodman's cruiser caught fire and he was freed from the vehicle before being transported to a local hospital. The three-year veteran of the force was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital. Rodman is survived by his wife, son and newborn daughter.

    An account has been opened at the Louisville Police Officers Credit Union in Rodman's name. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Square police memorial.

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    Arkansas Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop
    May 11, 2017 - Yell County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart was fatally shot along with two other people Thursday morning and the suspected gunman was in an ongoing standoff with authorities.
    A Yell County, Arkansas Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot along with two other people Thursday morning and the suspected gunman was in an ongoing standoff with authorities. Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart was shot after he made a traffic stop on Highway 27 near the junction of Slo Fork Road around 7:15 a.m. after spotting a vehicle believed to be associated with an earlier disturbance call, according to KARK-TV.

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    The 46-year-old deputy was pronounced dead on the scene after a passing driving discovered he had been shot. Officers responded to 10024 Gum Springs Road where the earlier disturbance was reported and found the bodies of two other people outside the home. The idenities of the two civilians found dead and the suspect have not been released.

    Authories are currently in a standoff with the suspect and were attmepting to make contact with him. Mainhart served with the Yell County Sheriff's Department for five years and had previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department following a career of more than 20 years.

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    Deputy Constable's Killer Committed Suicide
    April 11, 2017 - A massive manhunt for the killer who ambushed veteran lawman Clint Greenwood came to abrupt end Monday, when investigators discovered their prime suspect had been lying in cold storage at the Harris County morgue.
    After an exhaustive search for a suspect in the brazen slaying that had so far yielded few leads, investigators finally got their break Sunday and identified William Francis Kenny, 64, as the man behind the April 3 attack. Shortly before they were set to announce publicly they were searching for Kenny, they learned he had killed himself the day after the lawman's death. Kenny shot himself in the head about 8 a.m. April 4 near Ben Taub General Hospital with a gun just like the one he used to kill the lawman, police said. "The man was a coward -- a coward in life and death," said Montgomery County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Cannon, Greenwood's close friend since middle school. "This just proves it."

    The incident ended a saga that gripped Houston for the last week, but raised nearly as many questions as it answered. Kenny's animus appears to have originated from a Valentine's Day incident in 2012 in which his estranged father-in-law called police to say Kenny had threatened him, according to court documents. No charges were filed against anyone, but the incident nevertheless appeared to consume him. He wrote letters to the judge in his divorce case and posted rambling grievances on a website, www.fryroad.com, against dozens of officials -- including Greenwood -- from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and the County Attorney's Office.


    William Francis Kenny, left, and Assistant Chief Depty Clinton Greenwood

    Greenwood was one among those included on what one investigator termed a "hate list" that accused them of failing to take action against deputies who responded to the 2012 call without questioning the father-in-law's allegations. "HCA (Harris County Administration) conspired to cover-up co-worker crimes by framing an innocent citizen," Kenny wrote on the website. He told the judge that "a police cover-up occurred and a criminal is going unpunished," in a letter sent just one day before his divorce was finalized. He does not appear to ever have met Greenwood, noting on the website that he had made numerous failed attempts to contact Greenwood, who later oversaw the sheriff's internal affairs division. "I'm thankful no other officers were injured, or we had to confront the guy," said Steve Marino, chief deputy at the Precinct 5 Constable's Office, another close friend of Greenwood's. "And that the family doesn't have to endure a trial."

    Greenwood is survived by his widow, Leatha Greenwood, and their four children. They have said little publicly, asking for privacy in the case. A man who identified himself as Kenny's brother apologized to Greenwood's family. "I just wanted to express our condolences to the family of Constable Greenwood," John Kenny told reporters Monday outside his northwest Harris County home, where William Kenny had lived briefly. "We're so very sorry, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. I don't know what to say. We're in shock, too."

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    More Details Released in Slaying of N.D. Deputy
    May 3, 2017 - Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong in January.
    North Dakota investigators say the suspect in the January shooting death of a Rolette County sheriff's deputy shot the officer first and that law enforcement was justified in using deadly force. But the Rolette County state's attorney still considers the case ongoing and open. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has closed the case on the murder of Colt Allery, a 29-year-old Rolette County sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, N.D. Documents obtained in a records request by the Herald indicate that Delong fired first in the confrontation. "The video depicts Deputy Allery being shot in the face and Deputy Allery not firing any shots," the incident reports stated.

    The reports include 77 pages of interviews and dash cam analysis, as well as video and supporting documents. The documents detail how the stop of a suspected stolen Chevrolet pickup turned into a fatal shootout. A review of a Rolette County deputy's dashcam shows officers stopping the vehicle, reportedly stolen in Devils Lake, at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 18 at a rural intersection about 5 miles northeast of Rolette after pursuing the pickup for several miles. The chase at times exceeded 80 mph, according to initial reports. OnStar, a vehicle security system, eventually initiated technology to slow the pickup down before it came to a stop near 89th Street Northeast and 42nd Avenue Northeast.


    The video showing the shooting and the minutes that followed were redacted under North Dakota law, but a timeline describing the events states Allery approached the driver's side of the pickup with his gun drawn. When he was near the side mirror, Allery was shot twice by the suspect, identified as Delong. Delong tried to drive away but stopped several times as Deputy Joseph Kaufman fired multiple shots at the vehicle with his handgun and shotgun. Rolla Police Chief Joe Boehm and Officer Nathan Gustafson eventually arrived at the scene, with Boehm asking why Kaufman fired so many shots. "Deputy Kaufman stated that the truck continued to move," the reports state. "The truck would creep ahead." Boehm fired about 15 to 20 rounds from an AR-15 rifle into the stolen vehicle's driver seat after seeing movement in the pickup cab. Gustafson also fired shots at the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Was a horrible crash - tore the front end off the car...

    Louisville Police Officer Dies Following Crash
    March 30, 2017 - Officer Nick Rodman was assisting in a high-speed chase of a man allegedly involved in a shooting when he was involved in a crash Tuesday night.
    Sad, his family and fellow officers are in our prayers.

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    Casper wrote: Sad, his family and fellow officers are in our prayers.

    Chic-fil-a had a fund raiser today...

    ... I got the chicken strips meal...

    ... lotta cops were there.

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    More cop killings...

    Montana Deputy Fatally Shot During Pursuit
    May 16, 2017 - Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was fatally shot while pursuing a vehicle along U.S. Highway 287 near Three Forks early Tuesday.
    A Broadwater County, Montana Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while pursuing a vehicle on a highway early Tuesday morning. Deputy Mason Moore was involved in the pursuit along U.S. Highway 287 near Three Forks around 3 a.m. when the shooting occurred, according to The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

    Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said that local law enforcement and the Montana Highway patrol responded after the deputy lost contact with dispatchers and found the three-year veteran of the force dead on the side of the road. "This is a tremendously sad day for all of us here in Broadwater County," Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan told reporters. "It's difficult to adequately describe how devastating it feels to lose one of our own in the line of duty. Our deputy died protecting the citizens of our county and displayed remarkable courage until the very end. His actions will never be forgotten."


    Deputy Mason Moore

    The deputy's patrol car was found in a ditch and its dashboard camera video was used to identify the vehicle being pursued. The SUV was later located in Butte-Silver Bow County near Anaconda, and a pursuit began that ended about 35 miles east of Missoula after the vehicle's tires were flattened by spike strips.

    The passenger in the SUV, identified as 39-year-old Marshall Barrus, got out and began shooting at officers and was shot by officers before being taken to a hospital. The driver, identified as the gunman's father, 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus, was taken into custody without further incident. The incident is currently under investigation.

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    Ohio Chief, Two Others Killed; Suspect Dead
    May 12, 2017 - Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario was shot and killed along with two other people in a shooting at a nursing home Friday morning.
    The chief of the Kirkersville Police Department was killed in a shooting Friday morning. Three other people, including the shooter, are dead. The chief responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Pine Kirk nursing home at 7:50 a.m. in downtown Kirkersville in western Licking County. He was shot after he entered the nursing home. When authorities entered the nursing home, they found three other people dead. Two victims were employees of the nursing home, and authorities believe the person was the shooter, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said. Chief Steven Disario, 38, had only been police chief about three weeks, Thorp said.

    In the last communication authorities received from the chief, he said he had the shooter in sight. Thorp said he assumes Disario had engaged the suspect. Debbie Messer, who lives on E. Main Street, said she heard at least one gunshot. After that, her five dogs “went crazy,” making it difficult to know if there were more fired. “I was in my driveway,” she said. “My neighbor told me that someone had shot a police officer and to go inside and lock my doors and call 911, and that’s what I did.” Messer said others apparently called, too.


    Ohio Chief, Two Others Killed; Suspect Dead

    She said she didn’t see the officer. “This is a really small town and everybody knows everybody,” she said. “These things don’t happen here.” Chris Roush also lives on E. Main Street near the nursing home. About 7:30 a.m. he was getting his kids ready for school when he heard a shot. “There’s a lot of hunting in this area, so I didn’t think much of it,” he said.Shortly afterward, however, police cruisers started swarming the area and police were walking around with shotguns and automatic weapons looking for a suspect.

    The family stayed in the house and followed the news. About 10 a.m., word came that the threat had ended. But shortly after 11 a.m., the road in front of Roush’s house was still closed. “I think at this point, we’re going to keep (the kids) at home today,” Roush said. He said they were never ordered to stay inside, but they did “out of respect” for the situation. Pine Kirk Care Center is a 24-bed facility in a converted residential residence, said Peter Van Runkle, executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group.

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    Corrections Officer Dies after Incident With Inmate...

    Corrections Officer Dies in Incident With Inmate
    June 10, 2017 - Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit.
    A Texas Department of Correctional Justice officer died following a confrontation with an inmate Friday afternoon.

    Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit female prison in Gatesville, according to The Killeen Daily Herald.


    Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit female prison in Gatesville Friday afternoon.

    Texas Department of Correctional Justice spokesman Jason Clark said that prison staff began life-saving measures and called emergency medical personnel, but efforts to revive Tedder unsuccessful.

    The 41-year-old officer was pronounced dead by a Coryell County justice of the peace at 3:22 p.m. An investigation into the incident between the inmate and corrections officers is ongoing.

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    Driver Describes Scene of Deputy's Slaying
    June 9, 2017 - The driver of a Toyota Corolla that was pulled over for a traffic stop by Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tephford late on Nov. 11, 2006 took the stand Tuesday to describe the deputy's murder to the jury.
    The driver of a Toyota Corolla that was pulled over for a traffic stop by Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tephford late on Nov. 11, 2006 took the stand Tuesday to describe the deputy's murder to the jury. Shante Spencer couldn't answer several key questions because, she said, she could not positively identify the shooters and was hiding in panic during the chaos. One shooter had on a dark shirt, she said. Spencer's testimony did manage to put one of three defendants at the scene of the shooting. She and Eloyn Ingraham were dating at the time and she was driving him home to his apartment in the Versailles Gardens complex in Tamarac, Spencer said.

    Tephford stopped her Toyota because the license tag did not match the car. Spencer told the jury that it was a mixup, but that the tag she was using was not stolen. She said she asked Tephford for permission to call her father to help clear things up. Ingraham was in Spencer's car throughout the stop, identifying himself as "Kevin" and saying he was not carrying identification, she recalled. Spencer said she was rummaging through her glove compartment for her vehicle's registration and Ingraham was on his cell phone when shots rang out. "I turned around and started screaming and put my head down," she said. At one point she looked up and saw a shooter with "fire coming from his hand." But she did not see his face, she said.


    Prosecutors say the shots were fired by the other two defendants in the case -- Andre Delancy and Bernard Forbes. All three face the death penalty if convicted. Another deputy, Corey Carbocci, was wounded in the shooting and is expected to testify for the prosecution. Defense lawyers H. Dohn Williams and Hilliard Moldof, representing Delancy and Forbes, focused their cross examination of Spencer on the fact that she never identified their clients as the shooters and that she was dishonest about Ingraham's identity when police later questioned her about who was in her car.

    Spencer admitted she lied to police, identifying Ingraham initially as "Kevin." Spencer's testimony about Ingraham's phone call is a key part of the prosecutions case. State Attorney Mike Satz said during opening statements on Tuesday that jurors will learn Ingraham was on the phone with the other defendants at the time. Spencer is scheduled to be cross examined by a third defense lawyer, representing Ingraham, on Friday.

    http://www.officer.com/news/12342470...ting-of-deputy

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    Cop killer on the loose...

    Ark. Lieutenant Fatally Shot; Suspect Sought
    June 13, 2017 - Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford was fatally shot while assisting a fellow officer at a traffic stop.
    A Newport, Arkansas police lieutenant was fatally shot while assisting a fellow officer at a traffic stop Monday evening. Lt. Patrick Weatherford was in the Remmel Park area west of the Newport High when he responded to the call for assistance around 6:15 p.m., according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The 41-year-old officer, who was a 15-year veteran of the force, was transported to Unity Health in Newport where he was pronounced dead.


    Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford

    A suspect was arrested and taken into custody following the shooting. According to media reporters, a dive team is currently searching for the firearm used by the gunman. "We're in shock," Newport Mayor David Stewart said Monday evening. "We are trying to put the pieces together right now."

    Weatherford graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Program in Quantico, Va. in April 2016 and was named Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in October 2016. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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    Ga. Corrections Officers Killed by Inmates ID'd
    June 13, 2017 - Putnam County Corrections Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed after their prison bus was hijacked by two inmates Tuesday.
    Two corrections officers were killed after a pair of inmates overpowered them on a prison bus with 31 other prisoners on board in eastern Putnam County early Tuesday. The Georgia Department of Corrections identified the guards as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue. Billue joined the department in 2007, with Monica beginning in 2009. Two armed inmates escaped with the guards’ .40-caliber Glocks. Authorities were hunting for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe. Rowe, who is white and in his 40s, stands 6-foot-1 with brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 180 pounds. He was serving time in Baldwin State Prison for an armed robbery in Bibb County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. Dubose is a white male, about 6-foot-1 and weighs about 140 pounds. He was serving time at Baldwin State Prison for armed robbery in Elbert County. Recent photos show him with tattoos on his face and neck.

    The inmates were last seen after commandeering a passerby’s a four-door, dark green 2004 Honda Civic, with Georgia license plate number RBJ6601 and were headed west toward Eatonton about 6:45 a.m. The first call for help came in shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as inmates apparently took control of a prison bus on Ga. 16 below Lake Oconee, not far from the Han$#@! County line. The two prisoners were said to have overpowered the two corrections officers on the transport bus. At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills said the alleged killers took the passerby’s cellphone and took off in his Honda. Sills said the escapees appeared to have ditched the cellphone soon after. “He happened to be coming along at the wrong time,” Sills said of the carjack victim, a local man. “He stopped. He thought it was a work detail. ... Next thing he knew, two guys approached him armed with pistols. ... He then flaggged down a car.”

    The sheriff said the attack on the bus happened about six miles east of Eatonton and that the killers had somehow managed to get into the locked area where the driver, who was a corrections officer, and another corrections officer were. Those men were the only two corrections officers aboard. Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said at a news conference shortly before noon, “Obviously it’s a tragic day for the family of corrections and the loved ones of these two officers. ... My heart is still in the soles of my shoes.” The prison bus was en route to various prisons but was thought to have begun its trip in Baldwin County and then gone to Han$#@! before heading into Putnam. Asked how the two suspect prisoners may have been able to overpower the guards, Dozier said, “We have secure vehicles and that should not have happened.”

    Sills, the sheriff, said, one corrections officer was driving and that the escapees somehow went through a gate while the bus was moving on the highway. “There was a physical altercation and they took (the guards’) guns away from them,” Sills said. “They were both shot on the bus. I have their blood on my shoes.” When asked by a reporter how authorities might go about catching the escapees, Sills, anger welling in his voice, said, “We get these guys by the public looking for this green Honda Civic. We need somebody to find this car. ... They are armed. They are dangerous. ... We have no idea where they are. ... They may well have dumped that vehicle and stolen another car.” The sheriff added, “I would suggest that they surrender before we find them.” Said Dozier: “We will find them and they will pay the price.”

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    'No Effort Will be Spared' in Hunt for Inmates
    June 14, 2017 - Officials say that inmates Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe overpowered Corrections Officer Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, killed them and then sped away in a stolen vehicle.
    Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday "no effort will be spared" to track down two escaped inmates who police say overpowered two Georgia correctional officers, shot and killed them and then sped away in a stolen vehicle. "Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice," Deal said. "No effort will be spared in pursuit of the killers, and no state resources required in this endeavor will be spared."

    Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the fatal shootings happened before 6 a.m. on Ga. 16 in the middle Georgia county. He said two inmates, identified as Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, overtook guards driving a transport bus, disarmed them and then killed them. The governor warned residents near Putnam County to be "vigilant and cautious" while the suspects remain at large: "They are extremely dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts should immediately contact 911."

    Several local, state and federal agencies have joined the manhunt to bring the suspects to justice, Deal said, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And he said the "selflessness and courage" of the two victims -- Sgt. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue -- would not be forgotten. "Two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards," said Deal, adding: "The selflessness and courage of these two brave souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service."

    http://www.officer.com/news/12343573...tions-officers
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    Escaped Inmates Sought in Killing of Georgia Corrections Officers Captured in Tennessee
    June 16, 2017 - Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two Georgia corrections officers on a prison bus were captured in Tennessee Thursday night.
    Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two corrections officer on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by car and foot, authorities said. Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. Police in Shelbyville, Tennessee, responded to a call about a home invasion, where Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple captive and then fled in the couple's vehicle, Miles said. Officers responded and chased the pair. The inmates got into a wreck, left the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase before both men were taken into custody in the community of Christiana, she said.

    Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public. "They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our Officers," he said, also expressing gratitude to all of the law enforcement officers who provided support and assistance in the search for the two men. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement but also turned his thoughts to the families of the two officers, saying their pain remains. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service," Deal said.


    Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two corrections officer on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by car and foot.

    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said the bureau's agents will take part in processing the scene. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said traffic was being diverted on Interstate 24 east in Rutherford County until about 11 p.m. The two men had been on the run since early Tuesday, when they are accused of having killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.

    The two inmates overpowered and disarmed the guards about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday as 33 inmates were being driven between prisons, authorities have said. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said. The two inmates then fled in the stolen Honda Civic and drove about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north to Madison, where they ransacked a home, stealing food and clothes and leaving their prison uniforms behind around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Off-Duty Deputy Killed in Domestic Dispute
    June 16, 2017 - Richmond County Sheriff's Cpl. Gregory Cooke was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in south Augusta.
    An off-duty Richmond County Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in south Augusta, according to the sheriff's office. The officer, Cpl. Gregory Cooke, 43, was a road patrol deputy hired in December 2014. He was taken to AU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:52 p.m, Coroner Mark Bowen said in a news release. Bowen said Cooke was shot at least one time in what authorities are calling a domestic dispute. The shooting occurred in the 2400 block of Lennox Road off Windsor Spring Road.

    Paul Jones, who lives four doors from the residence where the officer was shot, told an Augusta Chronicle reporter that he heard about five or six shots fired. "We were going to Walmart up here but after the shots we just held up for awhile," he said. "I have never seen anything like that on this street." Four people surrendered to a Burke County Sheriff's deputy who they said they knew, according to Burke County Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard. Two of the suspects who turned themselves in were cousins, he said. All four were turned over to Richmond County, Blanchard said.


    Cpl. Gregory Cooke

    Two people, Naheem Rashad Caldwell, 17, of 3410 Aspen Court, who is out on bond after being indicted on a charge of theft by taking -- accused of possessing a stolen 2004 Dodge Ram, and Donnelle Osborne,18, were arrested in connection to Cooke's death, according to Lt. Allan Rollins of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. No charges had been filed as of late Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon authorities from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office filled the parking lot of Skateland, located on Windsor Spring Road as helicopters flew above in search of suspects, who fled the scene.

    Richmond County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton said the shooting involved a domestic situation between the officer and a couple and their two children. Cooke was not related to the suspects but was acquainted with them, he said. Caldwell's first cousin, Latisha Lewis, who came to the scene on Lennox Road later in the evening, said he had become different person. "He wasn't raised that way, he was brought up well-mannered, but at some point he got into this world and made a horrible decision."

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    Corrections Officers killers to face death penalty...

    Prosecutors Will Seek the Death Penalty for Accused Killers of Corrections Officers
    June 23, 2017 - The two Georgia convicts accused of killing a pair of corrections officers on a prison bus last week and then escaping were back in Putnam County Wednesday for a first-appearance hearing in court.
    The two Georgia convicts accused of killing a pair of corrections officers on a prison bus last week and then escaping were back in Putnam County Wednesday for a first-appearance hearing in court. Murder suspects Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe, who fled to Tennessee after corrections officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica were shot and killed June 13, were whisked back to Georgia in the wee hours of the morning.

    A caravan of five SUVs delivered the men to the Putnam jail shortly before 6 a.m. "I'm confident they didn't know we were coming," said Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills, who led the group of lawmen who retrieved the fugitives from a jail in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, not far from where the escapees were captured last Thursday. At Wednesday's hearing, prosecutors, as The Telegraph reported late last week, said they intended to seek the death penalty against Rowe and Dubose. They will file the formal notice later.


    Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Rowe

    Rowe and Dubose sat shackled side by side in the courtroom. Rowe, already serving a life-without-parole sentence for a string of violent crimes including a Macon armed robbery in 2001, appeared to listen intently, while the younger Dubose seemed aloof. He glanced around the room as camera shutters clacked in a balcony behind him.

    Rowe answered the judge with a "yes, ma'am" once, but neither prisoner said much if anything during the 12-minute proceeding. After the hearing, a sheriff's caravan drove the pair to the state prison in Jackson, where they were en route last week when they escaped.

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    Man Convicted in Slaying of Columbus Officer
    June 23, 2017 - Lincoln S. Rutledge is eligible for the death penalty after a Franklin County jury convicted him Thursday of purposely killing Columbus SWAT Officer Steven Smith last year.
    Lincoln S. Rutledge is eligible for the death penalty after a Franklin County jury convicted him Thursday of purposely killing a Columbus police officer. The jurors will return to Common Pleas Court next week for a hearing at which the defense will present mitigating factors in hopes of convincing them to recommend a life sentence rather than death. The jury deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before finding Rutledge, 45, guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Officer Steven Smith, who was shot in the head during a SWAT standoff outside Rutledge's Clintonville apartment on April 10, 2016.

    In addition to the conviction for aggravated murder, the jury found that Rutledge knew he was shooting at a law-enforcement officer, was attempting to kill two or more people and that he committed the crime to escape detection or apprehension. All of those findings, known as specifications, make him eligible for a death sentence. If the jury decides that death isn't the appropriate penalty, they must recommend a sentence of life in prison without parole or life with a chance of parole after 25 or 30 years. A Franklin County jury hasn't recommended a death sentence since 2003. The jury of seven men and five women also convicted Rutledge of two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault for other officers who were in the line of fire during the standoff; 10 gun specifications; and one count of aggravated arson for setting his estranged wife's house on fire.


    Lincoln S. Rutledge, left, and SWAT Officer Steven Smith

    Officers were attempting to serve Rutledge with an arrest warrant on the arson charge when he barricaded himself inside his apartment on West California Avenue near North High Street, setting off an all-night standoff with SWAT officers. Rutledge's now ex-wife testified that he exhibited increasingly erratic, threatening behavior in the weeks before the fire was set. He had walked away from an $87,000-a-year IT job at Ohio State University. Testimony showed that he fired shots from a 9mm handgun several times during the standoff. The fatal gunfire occurred at 2:33 a.m. when a SWAT officer began using a pole to clear glass and blinds from a rear bedroom window to get a better look inside. Smith was in the turret of an armored vehicle, providing cover for the officers outside the window, when he was struck just above the left eye by a shot fired from inside the bedroom.

    Key to the evidence of his purpose to kill officers was testimony that he invoked the Castle Doctrine when a SWAT team slammed open the front door of his apartment. That law allows citizens to use deadly force against an unlawful entry into their home, but not against officers with a warrant. Rutledge had announced his intention to use deadly force toward officers and reinforced it with his behavior throughout the standoff, Assistant Prosecutors Daniel Hogan and Warren Edwards told the jury in closing arguments. Defense attorney Jefferson Liston said in his closing argument that Rutledge was shooting at the pole that was placed in the bedroom where he was holed up, not at the officers outside. He argued that a conviction for a lesser charge of murder was more appropriate than aggravated murder.

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    Seems like lot more cops are being killed than blacks. Uncle resister say's "maybe dey ouhgtta march bout police lives matter" .

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