Showing posts with label police officers killed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label police officers killed. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Orlando Police Increase Reward to $100,000 For Loyd's Capture

Hundreds searching for suspect in Orlando officer's death; reward raised to $100,000
WESH 2 News
Updated: 3:08 PM EST Jan 10, 2017

Authorities have increased the reward to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the slaying of an Orlando police sergeant.
Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot by Markeith Loyd, 41, after she spotted him outside the Walmart on Princeton Street around 7:15 a.m. Monday, police Chief John Mina said.

Loyd has managed to elude authorities since the shooting, despite hundreds of Central Florida law enforcement agents joining the search.

After shooting Clayton, authorities said Loyd fled toward the Pine Hills neighborhood, where he fired shots at a deputy’s cruiser and carjacked a vehicle.

Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was killed in a crash as authorities gave pursuit.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kansas National Guardsman--Police Officer Killed in Drive-By

Kansas City Police Officer Killed After Drive-By Shooting
NBC News
Erik Ortiz
July 20, 2016

A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was killed Tuesday afternoon after pursuing suspects wanted in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.

Kansas City, Kansas, police captain Robert David Melton has died following a shooting, July 19. KSHB
Kansas City, Kansas, police Capt. Robert Melton was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said two people are in custody and they are not looking for any other suspects, NBC affiliate KSHB reported.

"There's a lot of pain and brokenness in our community and nation right now," Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland said at a news conference, pleading with residents to "not go down a path" of fear and hatred.

Melton's death is the latest to rock the law enforcement community in the city of 467,000 people after KCK Police Detective Brad Lancaster was killed in May.

Melton, 46, was a 17-year law enforcement veteran, served in the Kansas National Guard and was known for consistently wearing a bullet-proof vest — something he regularly reminded his colleagues to do as well, officials said.

Police Chief Terry Zeigler said details of Melton's shooting would be made public at a news conference Wednesday morning.

The fatal chain of events began when a person called 911 at around 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET) to say multiple people were firing at them from a car, reported NBC affiliate KSHB.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Police Officers Know Their Jobs Can Kill Them

Stepping Up For Those Who Show Up
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
July 12, 2016

When we go to work, we worry about traffic and if we are going to do something to get fired.  When police officers go to work, they worry about traffic too. They also have to worry about getting killed on their jobs.  We never manage to think of that very much. It comes with their jobs.

They usually have pretty "normal" days considering what their jobs demand. 

They may have to respond to an accident, robbery, domestic violence calls and stopping idiot drivers.  Then they may have the rare days like in Dallas when they were protecting protestors. Five were killed and nine were wounded but all were changed.
Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens’ children had already gone to bed Thursday night when the Dallas police officer was wheeled into the emergency room at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

On Friday morning, the kids woke up to the news that their father was dead.

Cedar Hill Public Information Officer Lieutenant Colin Chenault places his hand on the shoulder of police chaplain Victor Jackson during a prayer service at the Cedar Hill Government Center in Cedar Hill, Texas Friday." Dallas Morning News
They were there to protect the protestors. Parents brought their kids because they thought it would be safe for them to march against what a few police officers do because other officers were there to make sure no one got out of control.
A mother tries to calm her daughter as Dallas Police respond to shots being fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas. (Maria R. Olivas/Special Contributor)
After all that is what police officers do but we do not notice that until we need them.

To blame all police officers instead of what is happening all over the country ends up heating up anger all the way around. We need to stop putting people into groups we can blame instead of the person who decided to do it.

In Orlando, hate caused a man to open fire at the Pulse nightclub. Over a hundred people were shot and forty nine were murdered.  They thought their biggest worry would be how to get home if they had too much fun drank too much.

"For those who were gay, for those who were tortured and stigmatized throughout their lives, I am just praying that now they're in heaven and they're together and that they'll know they didn't die in vain. Hopefully, they will see all the people coming together to honor them and show them love." Kristine Rosendahl

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” 
Maya Angelou

It was police officers showing up to prevent more from being gunned down. 

When they were on their way to the massacre, they did not know what they were going to have to do or if they would go home at the end of their shift.

Even most of the protestors appreciate the fact police officers are there because they do not blame all of them. Dallas police officers were seen in pictures supporting the protestors as well as being there to protect them. People are stepping up for those who show up to protect all of us.
“We actually felt like they were protecting us.” one demonstrator wrote.
All of us have jobs to do. All of us do the best we can everyday no matter what we have to do. So do police officers. Most of the folks in Dallas understand that. Most of the folks all across the country understand that and appreciate their willingness to keep doing their jobs.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Officer Patrick Zamarripa Survived 3 Tours in Iraq, Gunned Down in Dallas

Officer Patrick Zamarripa survived three tours in Iraq before being killed in Dallas
Washington Post
By John Woodrow Cox
July 8, 2016

He just liked to help people, his father said.
Patrick Zamarripa (left), one of five officers killed in a shooting incident in Dallas, Texas. (Family photo)
It had been 12 hours since he’d lost his son to one of the country’s worst mass police shootings, and he still couldn’t understand why.

Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had survived three tours in Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous places, his father, Rick Zamarripa, said Friday. And then this.

“He comes to the United States to protect people here,” his dad said. “And they take his life.”

Rick was watching television Thursday night when news broke that someone had opened fire in downtown Dallas around 9 p.m. at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in the city. He knew that his son had recently begun working as a bike officer in the downtown area, an assignment he enjoyed.
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The murderer was an Army Reservist and Afghanistan veteran.

Johnson served as an Army reservist until April 2015, defense officials said. He was trained and served in the Army Reserve as a carpentry and masonry specialist, they said. Johnson deployed to Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, according to his service record. He had the rank of a private first class.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

'Assassinated': Shock After Two NYPD Officers Gunned

'Assassinated': Shock After Two NYPD Officers Gunned Down in Their Car
NBC News
December 21, 2014

Investigators believe the gunman who ambushed and fatally shot two New York City Police Department officers Saturday boasted on social media that "I'm putting wings on pigs today" before the killings. The Instagram post also references Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in confrontations with police.

Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to a police car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at 2:47 p.m. and shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos through the passenger side window, fatally striking both in the head. Brinsley then ran to a nearby subway station where he turned the gun on himself, police said.

"Today two of New York's finest were shot and killed, with no warning, no provocation. They were, quite simply, assassinated," Police Commissioner William Bratton said. "Targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe."
Police said Brinsley — who has an extensive rap sheet, with more than 15 arrests in the past 10 years — is suspected of shooting and wounding an ex-girlfriend in a Baltimore suburb earlier Saturday before he traveled to New York and ambushed the officers. While Baltimore County Police sent a fax warning that Brinsley was a suspect in that shooting and might be in New York, that message came in just as Brinsley was carrying out the attack, according to Bratton.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Shooter shouted "revolution" gunning down police officers and woman

Source: Couple who killed 2 Las Vegas officers, 1 civilian held extremist views
By Saeed Ahmed and Kevin Conlon
Mon June 9, 2014

Witnesses: The shooters said 'This is a revolution'
Police search an apartment believed to be their home
"My officers were simply having lunch," says sheriff
A woman was also killed

The slain officers are Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. Both were married with children: Beck left behind a wife and three children; Soldo, a wife and a baby.
(CNN) -- A married couple yelling "revolution" gunned down two Las Vegas police officers at a pizza restaurant, then ran across the parking lot to a Walmart, where they killed a shopper at the store's entrance.

The duo's Sunday morning shooting rampage ended when the wife fatally shot the husband and then herself as police closed in.

A day later, police don't know -- or haven't disclosed -- the pair's motive. Witnesses told police the shooters said "This is a revolution" during their attack.

A law enforcement source told CNN the couple held extremist views toward law enforcement.

Late Sunday night, police -- black bands around their badges in mourning -- cordoned off the area outside an apartment in downtown Las Vegas. Neighbors say the couple lived there and that police had deployed a flash grenade at the home.

Authorities, however, deferred all questions to a news conference they have scheduled for 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET).

"This was a senseless and cruel act killing three innocent people," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "Two who dedicated their lives to protecting all of us in our community and one who was innocently going about her daily life."
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Police officer killed during traffic stop

Windermere police officer, 2 others, dead
Officer Robert German, 31, was killed
Orlando Sentinel
By Kevin P. Connolly, Staff Writer
9:05 a.m. EDT, March 22, 2014

A Windermere Police Officer has died after an overnight shooting.

Two suspects — a man and a woman — are also dead, possibly after killing themselves.

The officer was identified as Robert German, 31. What happened remains unclear.

Windermere's police chief, Dave Ogden, just briefed the media outside of Orlando Regional Medical Center, where German was declared dead.

Ogden said German called for assistance after a stop at about 4 a.m.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Laguna Beach officer and Iraq-Afghanistan War veteran dies in crash

Laguna Beach officer and Iraq-Afghanistan War veteran dies in crash
September 22nd, 2013
Courtesy Laguna Beach Police Officers Association
Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie, 42, was hit and killed Saturday night on the South Coast Highway.

Laguna Beach police are mourning the loss of a motor officer who died in the line of duty Saturday night.

Officer Jon Coutchie, 42, was hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Cleo Street, the Laguna Beach Police Employee's Association said in a statement. He was attempting to locate a speeding car that had been spotted by another officer around 11:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Accused Conway Cop Killer is Veteran with PTSD

Attorney: Accused Conway Cop Killer is Veteran with PTSD
By: KARK 4 News Updated: February 11, 2013

We've learned Monday the man accused of hitting and killing a Conway police officer is reportedly a war veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The suspects' attorney says his client is a celebrated war hero, one who was discharged from the military and is considered disabled for PTSD.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

19,2000 mourners expected for memorial for fallen officers gunned down

Procession for slain Lakewood police officers arrives at Tacoma Dome
The memorial procession and service honoring four slain Lakewood police officers gets underway in Tacoma.

Seattle Times staff

Flag-draped caskets for the four slain Lakewood police officers were wheeled into the Tacoma Dome as hundreds of members of law enforcement, holding crisp lines in their dress uniforms, watched in silence.

The procession for the memorial service began at 10:05 a.m. at McChord Air Force Base as 2,000 law enforcement vehicles, red-and-blue lights flashing, crawled along a somber, 10.3-mile route. The procession was so sprawling that the tail end was still at the base as the hearses were parking at the Tacoma Dome.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, scheduled to speak at the memorial, called it "the darkest day in the history of law enforcement in Washington."

The service will begin about 45 minutes later than the planned 1 p.m. start time because of the size of the procession.

The enormous contingent represented more than 300 agencies and thousands of law-enforcement officers, among them an estimated 600 from British Columbia, 100 each from Chicago and New York, and others from Boston, Bozeman, Mont., Salem, Ore., and every corner of Washington state. FBI Director Robert Mueller planned to attend.

Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronnie Owens were gunned down by Maurice Clemmons on Nov. 29 at a Pierce County coffee shop. It was worst attack on law enforcement in the state's history.

About 19,2000 mourners, mostly law-enforcement officers, were anticipated at today's memorial, making it the biggest such event in state history. About 2,500 seats were set aside for the public, on a first-come basis. Others will be watching on live television and at three off-site viewing locations.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cop-killer allegedly violated restraining order

"Why is my sister dead?"
Cop-killer allegedly violated restraining order
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

(09-08) 20:44 PDT Martinez -- Twice within the past year, Margarita Sandoval complained to Martinez police that her estranged husband, Felix Sandoval, had violated a restraining order and threatened her. And twice, police turned their findings over to Contra Costa County prosecutors, but no charges were filed.

Now, after Sandoval fatally shot his wife's cousin and a Martinez police sergeant on Saturday, family members want to know why a man who had repeatedly threatened to kill his wife wasn't behind bars.

A Martinez police officer shot and killed Sandoval after Sandoval shot and killed Catalina Torres, 44, and Martinez police Sgt. Paul Starzyk, 47, during a six-minute rampage that started when he went looking for his wife at her Elegant Hair Design salon, police said.

"Why is my sister dead?" asked a crying Silvia Torres Limon, Torres' younger sister, as she interrupted a police news conference in Martinez on Monday afternoon. "Why wasn't he in jail? Why couldn't this have been prevented?"

According to court papers, Felix Sandoval, 49, had threatened his wife for years.
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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Martinez cop, woman slain - gunman dead

Martinez cop, woman slain - gunman dead
Henry K. Lee, Rachel Gordon,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers

Sunday, September 7, 2008

(09-06) 16:54 PDT MARTINEZ -- A gunman in search of his estranged wife killed her cousin and a police sergeant in Martinez on Saturday morning before officers fatally shot the suspect, according to authorities as well as friends and relatives of the dead.

A shaken Martinez police chief announced that Sgt. Paul Starzyk, a 12-year veteran of the force, was shot to death after he responded to a domestic violence call at Elegant Hair Design, a beauty salon on Pacheco Boulevard, near Morello Avenue and across the street from the Shell Martinez Refinery. He leaves behind a wife, who is a deputy sheriff with Contra Costa County, and three young children.

Starzyk, a 47-year-old Antioch resident, was airlifted by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek but did not survive his life-threatening injuries, said Police Chief Tom Simonetti.

"As a department and a community, we are devastated by this tragedy," Simonetti said. "We are a department in mourning."

According to police and witnesses, Jose Felix Sandoval, the suspected gunman, arrived at the shop with a gun, broke a window and said he was looking for his wife, Margarita Sandoval, the owner of the salon. He was told she wasn't there, and patrons and workers began to flee.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

One month from today, 9-11 7 years later

This is one of the sites the Bush administration would rather you did not see when you remember the day heroes rushed in while others were running away. They came from all over to help after one of the most traumatic events this nation had ever seen and many did it without pay then or pay back after. They are the police, firemen and first responders who spent weeks on end searching for the remains of the fallen and the civilians. They have been paying for it all ever since. They were volunteers for the most part and are not compensated by workmen's comp. Their health has kept far too many of them from working and most of them have received no financial help at all. All of this after they were called heroes after 9-11. They breathed in air the government knew could kill them and then deserted them. When the bell tolls a month from today, when the names are read of the fallen, remember these men and women and those who paid the price for their service to NY that day. They died and are dying for attention but no one wants to remember any of them in the position to take care of them.

There were contractors who rushed in from all over the country as well just trying to whatever they could and they are dying as well. Who is doing anything about any of this after all this time?

Here is just one picture you'll see on this site.

I'd like my wife to be remembered as a person who wasn't afraid to do her job, and her most important thing was the kids. Really, everything she did was for our two kids. When it came time to do her job she did her job, no questions asked. She was a very good mother, a good wife, and an excellent paramedic." - Husband David Reeve, FDNY Paramedic

The wake for FDNY Paramedic Deborah Reeve, who died of cancer from working at Ground Zero after 9/11. The Bronx, New York, 3/19/2006.