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Cops: Deputy Shot, Killed by Pedestrian He Stopped

Suspect fled after shooting in New Orleans suburb

(Newser) - A pedestrian walking down a busy commercial strip of a New Orleans suburb in the middle of the afternoon shot a sheriff's deputy multiple times, killing him, after being stopped by the officer Wednesday, an official said. Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesperson, announced the officer'... More »

Veteran Fatally Shot After Police Go to Wrong House

Someone had called 911 about gunshots in the area

(Newser) - A Georgia homeowner and Air Force veteran shot in the neck after police went to the wrong house has died, a lawyer for the family said Friday. William Powell, 63, died Thursday afternoon at Atlanta Medical Center, attorney Keith Martin said. Someone had called 911 a little before midnight Tuesday... More »

Cop Charged With Murder in Death of Florida Musician

Corey Jones was waiting with his broken-down car when he was shot

(Newser) - A Florida police officer was arrested on manslaughter and murder charges Wednesday in the October shooting death of a musician whose car had broken down on the highway, ABC News reports. A grand jury found Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja's shooting of 31-year-old Corey Jones wasn't... More »

Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Charged With Murder

Jason Stockley, 35, charged in death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Prosecutors have charged a former St. Louis police officer with first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting that killed a 24-year-old man after a chase, the AP reports. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged 35-year-old Jason Stockley on Monday and a judge ordered him held without bond. Prosecutors say Stockley... More »

Florida Pizza Deliveryman Shot By Cops

He allegedly hit an officer with his car

(Newser) - Florida police shot a pizza delivery driver after authorities say he struck an officer with his vehicle, the AP reports. According to the Orlando Sentinel , police responded Friday to the Italian Garden Pizzeria in Winter Garden, about 15 miles west of Orlando, after a call about an employee assaulting the... More »

Manhunt in NH for Armed Suspect Who Shot 2 Cops

Schools are closed in Manchester area

(Newser) - Two New Hampshire police officers were shot Friday and a manhunt is underway for an armed suspect, police in Manchester say. Police Chief Nick Willard says the two officers were shot at separate locations after 2am, and they're recovering at hospitals and expected to be OK, the AP reports.... More »

Cops Shoot Man in Animal Suit With Bomb Made of Chocolate Bars

'This is a very, very unusual event'

(Newser) - A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device, the AP reports. The 25-year-old... More »

Reserve Deputy Convicted for Accidentally Shooting Suspect

He's facing four years in prison for manslaughter

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, the AP reports. Robert Bates, a wealthy 74-year-old insurance executive, was accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris... More »

13-Year-Old With BB Gun Shot by Baltimore Police

He's expected to survive

(Newser) - Baltimore police say an officer shot and wounded a 13-year-old who refused to drop a BB gun that was a replica of a semiautomatic pistol, the AP reports. Commissioner Kevin Davis says two detectives were driving in West Baltimore when they saw the teen carrying what appeared to be a... More »

Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice $6 million over the boy's fatal shooting in 2014, reports CNN . The payment settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family after a trainee police officer shot and killed Tamir at a city park. Under the settlement—Tamir'... More »

NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter Gets House Arrest

He also had his crime reduced to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Facing 15 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction, NYPD officer Peter Liang will avoid jail, instead getting six months of house arrest and five years of probation, NPR reports. Liang, 28, was convicted of killing Akai Gurley in 2014 when he was startled by a noise while patrolling a... More »

Witness: Chicago Cop Shot Teen Scaling Fence

Cops say 16-year-old had a gun

(Newser) - Chicago is on edge after the shooting of yet another black teenager in disputed circumstances. Pierre Loury, 16, was shot dead after a foot chase Monday night. Police say he fled a vehicle believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting and was shot when he turned and pointed... More »

White Officer Gets Probation in Black Driver's Killing

SC officer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor

(Newser) - A white South Carolina police officer who was charged with a felony for shooting and killing a black driver at the end of a chase took a plea deal Monday and was sentenced to three years of probation. Justin Craven, 27, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misconduct in office. A prosecutor... More »

Officer Shoots Hatchet-Wielding Woman in Wal-Mart

The developmentally disabled woman died Friday

(Newser) - A police officer fatally shot a developmentally disabled woman inside a Wisconsin Wal-Mart after she refused to drop a hatchet she had grabbed from a shelf, the AP reports. Chippewa County sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the woman was shopping with chaperones Friday at the store in Lake Hallie. The sheriff... More »

Ex: Man Who Killed Trooper Hated Police

Trooper may have been trying to make small talk at Greyhound station

(Newser) - More information is emerging about the shooter and Virginia state trooper killed in Thursday's violence at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The AP reports 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, a former Marine, was participating in a counterterrorism exercise at the bus station with a dozen or so other troopers. Part... More »

Police Union Hires Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

Jason Van Dyke is making $12 an hour as a 'jack-of-all-trades'

(Newser) - Jason Van Dyke , the white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald , has a new gig with the police union: janitor. The AP reports Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police hired Van Dyke—who is on unpaid leave from the... More »

Cop Fired for Shooting Naked, Unarmed Teen

David Joseph killed by Texas officer who says 17-year-old charged him on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Officer Geoffrey Freeman had a stun gun, pepper spray, a baton, and a beanbag gun at his fingertips when he confronted a 17-year-old running naked through the streets on Feb. 8, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, the Texas cop with 10 years on the Austin police force drew... More »

Other Officer 'Deliberately Aimed' at Maryland Cop in Fatal Shooting

But with no malice, police chief says

(Newser) - Jacai Colson, the Maryland police officer killed by friendly fire during a shootout outside a police station Sunday, was shot by another officer who "deliberately aimed at him," the Prince George's County police chief said Wednesday. The chief clarified that there was no malice involved, but the... More »

Cops: Gunman's 2 Brothers Filmed Police Station Attack

Friendly fire believed to have killed officer

(Newser) - Police in Maryland have been devastated to discover that the officer killed in a gun battle after a suspect opened fire on a police station was apparently shot by a fellow officer. Authorities say Jacai Colson, an undercover narcotics officer in plainclothes, arrived at the station in an unmarked car... More »

Maryland Cop Shot Dead Outside Station

It was totally unprovoked, police say

(Newser) - Flags were at half-staff across Maryland Sunday night after what authorities say was the totally unprovoked killing of a police officer outside a police station in Prince George's County. Undercover narcotics officer Jacai Colson, who would have turned 29 in a few days, was killed in a firefight after... More »

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