Key considerations for countering an ambush attack

We are targeted in restaurants, in our cars, while on foot patrol, when responding to calls for service, and while protecting large scale events — here are some thoughts on each kind of attack


I have tracked ambush killings of American police officers since 1997, when we first noticed a growing trend. Now, almost 20 years later, the technique has reached almost epidemic proportions. Last week, on July 7, five Dallas officers were killed and seven more were wounded in perhaps the highest single-shooter ambush tally — so far. 

Two more officers were shot on July 8: One in Missouri and another in Georgia

An ambush attack can happen anywhere, any time, and to any officer — or group of officers. We are targeted in restaurants, in our cars, while on foot patrol, when responding to calls for service, and while protecting large scale events. Here are some thoughts on each kind of attack. 

Ambushes While Taking Meal Breaks
Looking at the 2009 Forza Coffee Shop ambush in Lakewood, Washington and the 2014 ambush at a CiCi’s Pizza Parlor in Las Vegas, Nevada, we must recognize that meal breaks can be very dangerous if you are not vigilant. Here are some thoughts to consider.

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