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February 03, 2015

Mont. man shot by 6 officers at hospital had escalating legal problems

Officers were trying to arrest man for violating the terms of his release on a burglary charge when he ran away, tripped and a shot fired from his gun - Full Story
February 02, 2015
Mich. officer, suspect shot in gun battle

Mich. officer, suspect shot in gun battle

An officer was shot in a gunfire exchange with a suspect early Monday while investigating a home invasion - Full Story
February 02, 2015

Video: Man hit by pepper spray during protest sues Seattle PD

Officers deployed pepper spray into a crowd and used bikes to form a barricade after an officer went to the ground during a Jan. 19 protest - Full Story
January 31, 2015
Video: Ill. cop suffers career-ending wounds in shootout

Video: Ill. cop suffers career-ending wounds in shootout

Police released video of the 2012 traffic stop shooting of an officer after the gunman received a 40-year prison sentence Thursday - Full Story
January 31, 2015
Teen killed by Colo. police previously cited for resisting arrest, eluding

Teen killed by Colo. police previously cited for resisting arrest, eluding

17-year-old who was fatally shot Monday while driving a stolen car was accused in a separate incident of eluding an officer and resisting arrest 3 weeks prior - Full Story
January 31, 2015

Sheriff: Gun in Minn. City Hall shooting came from straw buyer

Shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer - Full Story
January 30, 2015

NY troopers union opposes proposed changes to grand jury system

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed to create an independent review of police-related deaths of civilians if an officer is cleared by a grand jury - Full Story
January 30, 2015

Mich. cop, suspect shot in domestic disturbance

Officer was met with gunfire Thursday after the 30-year-old suspect exited the back of the residence and began shooting - Full Story
January 30, 2015
Final charge dropped against Detroit cop in deadly raid

Final charge dropped against Detroit cop in deadly raid

Judge has dismissed the last charge against an officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010 that was recorded by a reality TV crew - Full Story
January 30, 2015
Denver chief: Not clear how officer was hurt in deadly OIS

Denver chief: Not clear how officer was hurt in deadly OIS

Officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car - Full Story



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