Des Moines, Iowa -- Law enforcement officials are scratching their
heads over a recent string of deadly police shootings.
four times this year, police in Iowa have fatally shot men considered
dangerous. Officials are trying to determine if the men wanted
police to kill them.
Division of Criminal Investigation director
Gene Meyer said it's something police have thought about, but there's
no way of knowing for sure because the suspects did not indicate if
that was their motives.
One Iowa psychologist who counsels officers
involved in shootings said the phenomenon isn't easily spotted and is
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A University of Northern Iowa professor said
suicide-by-cop has grown steadily nationwide. She said studies
estimate 11 percent of fatal shootings by police have suicidal
elements, but the percentage is probably higher.