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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.
April 20, 2015

Protests, investigation after Md. man dies in custody

25-year-old man died one week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore officers.
April 19, 2015

Ohio cop refuses to shoot murder suspect charging at him

An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a slaying suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, "shoot me."
April 17, 2015

Okla. reserve deputy disputes claim he lacked training

73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications.
April 16, 2015

Okla. police fatally shoot armed mentally ill man

Deputy police chief called shooting a "tragic incident."



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