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Cops: Man Who Shot Officer Is Newly Paroled Gang Member

He allegedly opened fire on police after car accident in Whittier, California

(Newser) - "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," says a California police chief after a gang member paroled earlier this month allegedly killed a relative and a police officer . At least two officers had responded to the scene of a vehicle accident in Whittier... More »

Officer Shot Dead While Responding to Traffic Accident

Another police officer wounded in California incident

(Newser) - Officials say a California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier, the AP reports. Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the two city police... More »

Cops Responding to Burglary Fatally Shoot Homeowner

Pittsburgh man had rushed to protect mother

(Newser) - Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a Pittsburgh homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house. Police say they aren't sure who shot at them while they were on Christopher... More »

Police: Florida Cop-Killer Placed in Victim's Handcuffs

Cops say 'maniac' is off the streets

(Newser) - The suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer was captured Tuesday night after eluding a massive manhunt for more than a week, authorities say. Orlando Police Chief John Mina says Markeith Loyd, 41, was flushed out of an abandoned house and taken into custody, ending a manhunt... More »

State Trooper Killed While Investigating Domestic Incident

His alleged killer is dead

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday—just six months after graduating from the state police academy, PennLive reports. And his alleged killer is dead following a manhunt. According to the Centre Daily Times , Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was responding to a reported... More »

New Video Seems to Show Cop Shooting Man in Back

Footage contradicts what Fort Worth PD said after July shooting of David Collie: attorney

(Newser) - A black Texas man was shot over the summer and paralyzed during an incident with two police officers, and a newly released dashcam video appears to show one of the cops shooting him in the back as he was walking away from them, CNN reports. Attorney Nate Washington posted the... More »

In 2 Years, Cops Killed 86 People Carrying Fake Guns

May be 'virtually impossible' for police to tell real firearms from phony ones at a distance

(Newser) - Tamir Rice was one of the highest-profile examples of a person carrying a fake weapon who was gunned down by cops, but as the Washington Post reports in an exclusive, he was far from the only one. Those statistics, per the Post's internal database of US fatal police shootings,... More »

Man With Dementia Shot Dead by Cop Was Armed— With a Crucifix

Francisco Serna was killed after officer from Bakersfield, Calif., fired 7 rounds

(Newser) - More details are emerging out of California on the 73-year-old man with dementia who was shot dead by police on Monday. Police now say that Francisco Serna wasn't holding a gun, as one Bakersfield neighbor who called 911 reported, but instead a crucifix, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Calif. Cop Kills Unarmed Man With Dementia

Police say 73-year-old ignored officers' requests

(Newser) - Family members are demanding answers after they say a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 73-year-old man with dementia in Bakersfield, Calif., on Monday. Authorities say they were responding to a call about a man brandishing a gun outside a home around 12:30am when a witness on the scene... More »

Dad Angry Police Shot Son Who Was Allegedly Wielding Knife

He says 14-year-old is expected to 'pull through'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy was shot by a school police officer as he allegedly lunged at classmates with a large knife at Reno's Hug High School Wednesday morning. In a series of Facebook posts written Wednesday and Thursday but later removed from social media, the boy's father ranted against... More »

Man at Large After Allegedly Shooting 2 Cops, Killing 1

Police were responding to a domestic violence call in Georgia

(Newser) - Authorities have identified an officer who was shot and killed in south Georgia and another who was critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call, the AP reports. Americus police chief Mark Scott said Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jodi Smith was airlifted... More »

Mistrial Declared for SC Cop Charged in Walter Scott's Death

Jury can't come to a decision in Michael Slager murder trial after 4 days of deliberating

(Newser) - South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared a mistrial after a jury said it could not reach a verdict after four days of deliberation in the murder trial of a white police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist, reports the AP . Former patrolman Michael Slager... More »

Cop's Fatal Shooting Sparks 12-Hour Standoff

Suspect shot while using child as shield: cops

(Newser) - It started with the fatal shooting of a police officer and ended almost 12 hours later with the death of a suspect in Washington state. Authorities say a 45-year-old officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in Tacoma around 4pm Wednesday. He was taken to... More »

No Charges in Police Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

DA found that North Carolina man was armed at the time

(Newser) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges over the fatal Sept. 20 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer reports. Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was carrying a gun when he stepped out of his SUV during a confrontation with police officers outside his... More »

Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart

Police say they fired after 50-year-old attacked one of their own with long wooden rod

(Newser) - Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City, Kan., retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod, the AP reports. Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Walmart in Olathe around 10:30pm Sunday after striking... More »

Texas Trooper Injured by Gunfire From Mexico

Federal agent was also hit

(Newser) - A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gun battle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound in the Friday afternoon incident, the AP reports. The trooper... More »

Another Cop Shot in Head, This Time in Detroit

It's the first-ever shooting of a Wayne State cop

(Newser) - A sad first in Detroit: Police say a Wayne State University police officer was gravely injured Tuesday evening in the first-ever shooting of an officer on the campus force. Police say the shooting victim, a 29-year-old K9 officer who has been on the force five years, is in "very... More »

After Mistrial, Another Try at Murder Conviction for Cop

Ohio prosecutor not giving up on conviction for Ray Tensing, accused of killing Sam DuBose

(Newser) - An Ohio prosecutor said Tuesday he'll again seek a murder conviction against a white former University of Cincinnati cop who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he wants to move the case to seat a jury that won't be... More »

Police 'Ambush' Suspect Was Upset Over Custody Battle

'I lashed out at someone who didn't deserve it'

(Newser) - The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective says he was angry about a child custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it." Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when... More »

Suspect Arrested in Murder of San Antonio Police Officer

Otis Tyrone McCain, 31, arrested without incident

(Newser) - A manhunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a veteran Texas police detective ended Monday evening with an arrest in the slaying, which was one of several weekend attacks that authorities say targeted law enforcement in multiple states, the AP reports. The San Antonio detective as well as... More »

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