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August 19, 2014

Mo. officers fatally shoot knife-wielding man

A large crowd gathered at the scene, not far from Ferguson, which has seen days of protests after a fatal police shooting - Full Story
August 08, 2014

Video: Calif. standoff ends in shooting of man waving gun

San Diego police Wednesday shot and wounded a gun-waving man who may have wanted to commit "suicide by cop" - Full Story
July 21, 2014
Video: Ohio cop pulls suicidal man from freeway during traffic stop

Video: Ohio cop pulls suicidal man from freeway during traffic stop

Patrolman Matt Beck had just pulled over the suspected drunk driver when the man bolted into traffic - Full Story
June 27, 2014
Video: Cops TASER knife-wielding man seeking ‘suicide by cop’

Video: Cops TASER knife-wielding man seeking ‘suicide by cop’

Surveillance video captured a tense standoff between a knife-wielding man and officers in a jail - Full Story
June 21, 2014

Texas cop kills man charging with knife in-hand

Officers were investigating a disturbance call when the man charged at them and was shot several times - Full Story
May 25, 2014
Reality Training: Encountering a 'suicide by cop' situation

Reality Training: Encountering a 'suicide by cop' situation

This week, Dave Smith shows a video of a tense standoff between police and a subject who appears to be... - Full Story
April 30, 2014

Man who wanted 'suicide by cop' settles excessive force suit

A man who said he wanted to die during a 2009 shootout alleges that the amount of force used by the defendants was objectively unreasonable - Full Story
April 25, 2014

Video: Wash. police fatally shoot suicidal armed veteran

Body camera shows sheriff's deputies pleading with a despondent Jedadiah Zillmer, 23, to put down his gun before they shoot him - Full Story
April 01, 2014

Lawsuit tossed out in CHP 'suicide by cop' shooting

Officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a suicidal South San Francisco man who had led them on a high-speed chase and then walked toward them holding a large rock on his head - Full Story
March 10, 2014

Video: NM man shot by police wanted 'suicide by cop'

Prior calls made it clear the suspect wanted to commit suicide by police officer - Full Story



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