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Suicide by Cop

Suicide by Cop

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.
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Tenn. suicide-by-cop incident caught on dashcam

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.

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Friends tried to reason with 'suicide by cop' man

43-year-old Timothy Dillon was shot, injured by SWAT operator after pointing loaded weapon at deputies in attempt to force them to kill him - Full Story

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Are you ready for suicide-by-cop?

Are you ready for suicide-by-cop?

A suicide-by-cop incident can happen to any officer, at any time, on any shift — are you ready for the event as well as the aftermath? - Full Story

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Helping a fellow cop after an SBC Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Helping a fellow cop after an SBC

What can you do to help support a fellow officer in the aftermath of a suicide-by-cop event? - Full Story

Columns

Are you ready for suicide-by-cop? Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Are you ready for suicide-by-cop?

A suicide-by-cop incident can happen to any officer, at any time, on any shift — are you ready for the event as well as the aftermath? - Full Story

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Video shows armed man in police lobby, office cleared in shooting

A man attempted suicide-by-cop when he pulled an unloaded gun on police in station's lobby.

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Ex-cop who wanted 'suicide-by-cop' killed by police

It was the former cop's last stand after fleeing police on attempted murder charges - Full Story

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Police shoot armed man at station; find suicide note in pocket

The man aimed a fake gun, forcing the officer to fire; the note claimed he had cancer and apologized for burdening police - Full Story

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Fla. man killed by police after dousing self in gasoline, wielding scissors

The suicidal man came at officers and refused to back off, forcing the officers to fire - Full Story

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Suicidal corrections officer killed in standoff with Texas police

The man beat his ex-girlfriend, staged a car accident to explain her wounds, then barraged himself in his home for hours - Full Story



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