The Suicide by Cop topic page offers news, expert opinion, and advice for dealing with the possible aftermath of the unique type of officer-involved shooting that occurs when a suspect deliberately provokes an officer to shoot.
On April 14, 2011, 34-year-old Guy Ronald McDowell abruptly stopped his car, and instead of complying with officers’ clear instructions to get out of the car with his hands up, “McDowell chose to exit with the firearm, pointed it at officers and then made a racking motion with the weapon as he leveled it at the officers,” said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.
A teen who watched a man open fire near a high school in Issaquah, Wash. on Saturday has raised questions of whether the shooter wanted to harm people or if he sought gunfire from officers. Suicide by cop?
QUINCY, Mass. — Police shot and killed a 65-year-old Quincy man yesterday after he attacked officers with a knife as they responded to a report of an attempted suicide.
Police and an emergency unit responded to a 911 call and found James Hart with self-inflicted knife wounds inside a small shed. When officers tried to force Hart out of the small structure with a chemical spray, he ran out and attacked with a 12-inch kitchen knife.
Mr. Hart lunged at two of the officers while urging them to shoot him - Full Story