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Mike Williams' 08.21.06 local cop news

Nevada: A motorist killed in what authorities describe as a pre-dawn Thursday shootout with a Mineral County sheriff's deputy on U.S. 95 just north of Hawthorne has been identified as Leon James Buck, 43, of Fallon.

California: Teen's friend puzzled by his actions before shooting by police.

Washington: Citing the "political climate" of the local sheriff's race, Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge is referring the investigation of a sheriff's deputy who shot a man out of a tree to the state's attorney general's office.

New York: NYPD officer involved in gun battle after shots ring out in the Bronx.

Chicago: Officer struck by own squad car. Empty car accidentally backed into him when not parked.

Florida: A 25-year-old man was shot and killed by a Tallahassee police officer about 4:15 a.m. today, officials said.

New York: A Nassau County police officer shot out a tire of a fleeing car that held a gunman and an abducted Elmont woman yesterday morning, police said.

New York: A firefighter who saw his ex-girlfriend in a police officer's car beat the officer so badly he suffered a brain hemorrhage, prosecutors said Thursday.

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