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May 12, 2015

SC deputy responding to break-in shoots armed homeowner

Attorneys said they had plenty of questions about the shooting, including whether man had time to comply with the deputy's order to drop his gun.
May 08, 2015

Reality Training: Surviving a confrontation after you're shot

The shooting of Albuquerque Officer Lou Golson during a traffic stop is a harrowing reminder of how quickly police can find themselves in a battle for survival. Dave Smith takes a look at the body camera footage and offers key tactics to help officers win the fight.
May 04, 2015

NC teen wearing vest shoots cop during domestic call

Lt. James Quattlebaum is expected to recover.
April 25, 2015

Fla. OIS under renewed scrutiny after footage released

Officer said he believed suspect was reaching for a gun and only fired shots after the man failed to comply with commands in the 2013 incident.
April 24, 2015

Okla. man killed after shooting 2 cops, setting house on fire

A sheriff’s deputy and a police officer were shot Thursday by a suspect who was then killed by police.
April 24, 2015

Officer, suspect shot in Philadelphia

Bicycle officer was shot Thursday night by a drug suspect who told him "I don't want to have to do this," before firing at him.
April 23, 2015

New footage shows mentally ill man point gun at cop in Okla. OIS

In the interest of transparency, officials sought out the help of a computer forensics expert, who was able to recover the new footage of the April 11 incident.
April 23, 2015

Inmate inside Calif. prison shot, killed by CO

An inmate at a California state prison was shot and killed to stop an attack on another who had fallen to the ground unconscious.
April 21, 2015

Former Texas cop cleared in traffic stop OIS

Michael T. Martin had faced a maximum of a year in jail if convicted of the class A misdemeanor of official oppression.



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