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2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush

Miami-Dade police looking for 6 suspects

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway after two undercover officers conducting gang surveillance were shot in Brownsville, Florida, late Monday in what police describe as an ambush, say Miami-Dade police. The officers of the Homicide Street Violence Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the parking lot of an apartment... More »

Cop Found Guilty of Killing Autistic Boy, 6

La prosecutor called it an 'execution.'

(Newser) - A Louisiana deputy marshal charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an autistic 6-year-old boy was convicted of the lesser offense of manslaughter Friday. Derrick Stafford was one of two officers who fired 18 bullets at the car of Christopher Few after a chase in 2015, unaware that... More »

Cops Trying to Stop Suspect End Up Killing Pregnant Teen

Elena Mondragon was in car with robbery suspect when cops tried to pull them over

(Newser) - A 16-year-old California girl who was fatally wounded during an incident with police earlier this week was pregnant, KTVU and KGO report. The teen, IDed as Elena Mondragon, was a passenger in a car that had been reported stolen and was being sought in a bunch of armed robberies. When... More »

Prosecutor Won't Seek Death Penalty, Fla. Governor Reacts

Gov. Rick Scott takes murder probe away from Aramis Ayala, hands it to Brad King

(Newser) - Orlando's police chief said this week he was "extremely upset" to hear prosecutors wouldn't be going for the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing a cop and his own ex-girlfriend, the Orlando Weekly reports. Those feelings may be soothed after hearing Florida... More »

Cops Shoot Man Chasing Kids in Park

Bloodied man was wielding bottle

(Newser) - Jose Sanchez was coaching his soccer team of 13-year-old girls when a wild-eyed man began chasing children with what looked like a broken wine bottle at a California sports complex. People ran as the bloodied and shirtless man, later identified as 29-year-old Steven Schiltz, followed an adult soccer player over... More »

City Fires Cop Who Killed Woman, 73 in Drill

Fla. officer had been on leave since last summer

(Newser) - The Florida cop who killed a 73-year-old librarian when he fired real bullets during a role-playing exercise is now an ex-cop. Punta Gorda Officer Lee Coel has been on administrative leave since last summer, when he shot Mary Knowlton dead in front of her husband of 55 years, but he... More »

Manslaughter Charge for Cop Who Mistakenly Killed Librarian

Mary Knowlton was shot during Punta Gorda role-playing drill

(Newser) - An elderly Florida woman taking part last August in a citizen's role-playing drill with police was accidentally killed during the exercise. Now, per WINK News , Lee Coel, the cop who pulled the trigger has been arrested and charged with felony manslaughter—and Tom Lewis, the chief of the Punta... More »

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 »

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