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Thursday
May302013

Former Police Officer Killed in Police Shooting Wanted 'Suicide by Cop'

WPVI/ABC News(UPPER DARBY, Pa.) -- Heavily-armed U.S. Marshals and Pennsylvania state police opened fire on a wanted ex-cop who on the run for attempted murder, breaking open a hotel room door and firing 52 shots as the man stood in the corner holding a handgun.

Four officers toting an AR-15 rifle, a sub machine gun, and handguns burst into the room Tuesday where Anthony Galla, 31, was waiting with a handgun pointed at them and hundreds of rounds of ammunition stored around him, according to Mike Chitwood, superintendent of police in Upper Darby, Pa., where the shooting occurred.

Galla had attempted to shoot and kill his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend earlier in the day in northern Pennsylvania, police said.

After Galla broke into his former girlfriend's house, he fired seven shots at the new boyfriend, striking him once in the foot, fracturing multiple bones. Galla then fled, and police issued a statewide alert notifying authorities that Galla, who was a former police officer and had military training, was armed and dangerous.

Authorities believed that Galla had an AR-15 rifle and .40 caliber Glock handgun.

"Galla had stated that to take him down it would have to be a suicide by cops or be taken down by shooting," said Chitwood. "That information was broadcast statewide and the U.S. Marshals state task force took up the hunt for Galla."

The hunt led swarms of officers to the Summitt Inn Hotel in Upper Darby, where police surveilled Galla with two other individuals. Eventually they entered the hotel, and a man coming down the stairs saw the police officers and took off running, yelling, "I'm not Anthony, I'm not Anthony," Chitwood said.

They later identified the man as Galla's brother, who told police he had been trying to get Galla to surrender.

Three U.S. Marshals and one Pennsylvania state trooper then entered the hotel room and opened fire on Galla for about 10 seconds, Chitwood said. Galla died at the scene. Chitwood said the officers fired 52 rounds at Galla, but did not know how many times he had been hit by bullets.

In the hotel room and Galla's rental car parked outside cops found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, including 120 rounds for an AR-15 rifle, as well as ammunition for a .40 caliber Glock handgun, a bullet proof vest, and a smoke grenade or tear gas grenade like the type used in tactical implementations, Chitwood said.

"It's more difficult to buy a cheesesteak than it is to buy a gun," Chitwood said. "This guy was ready for war. This was his last stand type of thing."

Chitwood said that the investigation, which is still ongoing, found that Galla had cleaned out his bank account before the attempted homicide. He was dressed in military-style camouflage when he was killed in the hotel room.

He had worked in several different police departments but not for long periods of time, Chitwood said. Galla lived in Lebanon County, Pa.

"I thought the shooting was a good shooting," Chitwood said."If Galla had access to this AR-15 and all that ammunition he could have cause significant damage. He wanted to die."

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Sunday
Apr142013

Trayvon Martin Shooting Targets Were ‘No-Shoot’ Tools, Fired Cop Says

(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- A Port Canaveral, Fla., Port Authority police officer who was fired for bringing shooting targets bearing a likeness of Trayvon Martin to a weapons training session said in a video posted online that his intentions for how the targets were to be used have been misunderstood.

“I would like to start my statement by first apologizing to the family of Trayvon Martin for being used as a pawn in somebody’s political agenda,” Sgt. Ron King said in a video posted on YouTube.

King confirmed to ABC News that he is the man in the video.

King, who had been with the department since January 2011, was fired Thursday, authorities said.

Port Canaveral Port Authority CEO John Walsh said that on April 4, when two fellow cops discovered King intended to use the Trayvon Martin shooting targets in their weapons exercise, they told the sergeant “they didn’t think it was appropriate.” The next day, Walsh said, the officers informed the Port Authority police chief, who called in internal affairs.

In the YouTube video, King said he had no intention of using the targets for target practice, instead, he said he viewed the targets as a training tool for “a no-shoot situation.”

“As a result of last year’s Trayvon Martin shooting, a company offered for sale a target of a faceless silhouette wearing a hoodie with his hands in his pockets, one of which was holding two objects, these objects in the hand were non-threatening and the target was something that I viewed as a no-shoot situation,” he said.

“While others used it as a novelty, I view it as a tool for scenario based firearms training. Although to date, the targets have never been used, I did possess the targets for those training reasons,” he said.

The incident comes two months before the scheduled start of the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who told police he followed Martin because the teen was acting suspiciously.  Zimmerman later told police he shot Martin in self-defense after the 17-year-old punched him in the face, knocked him down and began slamming his head into the pavement. Martin was unarmed.

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Friday
Nov022012

Tasered 10-Year-Old Boy Sues Police

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TULAROSA, N.M.) -- A 10-year-old boy attending a Tularosa, N.M., Intermediate School’s Career Day expected it to be fun and educational, but instead he ended up in the emergency room.

The boy, identified as R.D., blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer’s Taser gun.

Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the child’s privacy filed a lawsuit Oct. 26 in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe County against Police Officer Chris Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of R.D., claiming that Webb fired his electronic control weapon at the boy on May 4, 2012.

Webb has been charged with battery, failure to render emergency medical care, unreasonable seizure and excessive force.

Higgins will appear in court to represent the boy because the family members live in a small town and do not want to reveal their identities.

The lawsuit claims police officers drove their patrol cars onto the intermediate school campus, where Webb asked a group of boys which one would like to clean his patrol unit.

R.D. raised his hand to say he did not want to clean the police officer’s car.

Webb then said, according to the lawsuit, “Let me show what happens to people who do not listen to the police.”  He then “shot his Taser gun at the boy’s chest,” said the family’s attorney Shannon Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Firm of Albuquerque.

Kennedy said instead of calling paramedics over, who were also on campus for the Career Day event, Webb pulled the barbs from the Taser out of the boy’s chest.

“He grabbed the wires, he yanked them and it came out of the prongs, and then he went up to me and he ripped the prongs out of my chest,” R.D. told ABC News in September.

The boy said the officer then took him to the restroom to wash off and then to the nurses office.

“R.D.’s mother arrived at the school in absolute shock and rushed him to the emergency room,” said Kennedy.

The lawsuit claims that as a result of the battery, the boy now has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He wakes up in the middle of the night holding his chest afraid his heart will stop,” said Kennedy. “He says, 'Mommy I’m afraid I’ll never wake up again.'”

According to the police report, Webb said a group of students had asked him to show them his Taser gun, and when he pulled it out, it accidentally went off and hit R.D. in the chest.

Webb stated in the report that he immediately shut off the power switch, removed the cartridge and threw the Taser gun to the ground.

Calls to the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Department by ABC News were not returned.

Kennedy said she received a response to a public records request that showed an officer had tested the Taser gun to check for any malfunctions.

“Officer Michael Walker generated a Taser X26 report showing that the Taser had no problems with its battery, that it fired correctly, and that it did not deploy when shaken from side to side,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said there was no monetary cap for damages in the lawsuit, but because it’s a federal case it could end in a multi-million dollar verdict.

ABC News did reach out to Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School, but the school said it couldn’t comment because of the pending litigation.

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Thursday
Oct252012

Dallas to Recognize Heroic Efforts of Homeless Former Crips Leader

This still from a surveillance video shows Charles Alexander assisting in subduing a man who attacked a Dallas Police officer. (KTVT)(DALLAS) -- The Dallas City Council will invite a homeless former gang leader to be honored at one of its meetings as a hero for protecting the life of a police officer.

Charles Alexander, who was a Crips gang member at one point in his life, stepped in during a drug-addled attack on an officer near Alexander's homeless shelter in Dallas, according to city councilman Dwaine Caraway.

In surveillance video of the attack, Dallas cop Billy Taylor is seen backing away from a man who, according to the councilman, was high on PCP and violent. Alexander crosses the street and steps between Taylor and the attacker, later pulling the man off the police officer and throwing the attacker to the ground.

"(He was) basically doing something heroic, in my opinion, in breaking up something that could have really gone bad," Caraway said Thursday.

Alexander told local news station KTXA that the attacker was going "ballistic" and he felt he had to step in.

The Dallas police department did not return calls seeking comment.

Caraway said that Alexander would be invited to an upcoming council meeting for a special ceremony and certificate to honor his good deed.

"I view it as someone that was in a gang who has gone on to saving lives. Hopefully we can take that and show other gangbangers that there are some good things you can do versus some of the other things," Caraway said.

Alexander could not be reached through the Bridge, the homeless shelter where he stays.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep252012

Texas Police Officer Pushes Woman Away from Car Crash

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Texas) -- A quick-moving police officer saved a woman from serious injury or possible death in Texas when a van crashed into a parked police car, sending it careening toward them.

Police officer Philip Standefer was investigating a minor car accident in Lubbock, Texas, when he leaped into action and pushed Sarah Beaty out of the way as an alleged drunken driver hit a police car, sending it flying toward her.  The entire incident was caught on the dash-cam in another parked police car.

Both escaped with minor injuries, but Beaty, 19, still struggles to put her gratitude into words for a man she calls her “hero.”

“Thank you doesn’t really cover the fact that I’m here and talking,” Beaty said.

It was in Lubbock on Sept. 17, when Beaty was talking to officers about a fender-bender she had just witnessed.  Beaty’s car was parked alongside the median in the middle of the road when suddenly a van slammed into a parked cop car on the other side of the concrete median.

The mangled police car was hit with such force that it did a full 360-degree spin over the median where Standefer and Beaty were standing.

“I knew that she didn’t see the car coming.  I just moved and got her out of the way and wasn’t quick enough to get out of the way myself,” Standefer said.

After the crash, Standefer was pinned between the police car and Beaty’s car.

“I looked at my leg and it didn’t look like it was pointing in the right direction,” Standefer said.

Standefer was taken to the hospital but only suffered a bruised leg and a few pulled muscles.  Beaty escaped with a few minor scrapes on her face.

“If he hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened to me,” Beaty said.  “I call him a hero.”

Standefer said, “My job is to serve and protect people.  I’m just humbled I got the opportunity to do so.”

The driver of the van was arrested at the scene of the accident.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun252012

Denver Cop Shot and Killed at Jazz Concert

Comstock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A female police officer was fatally shot Sunday night while trying to break up a fight at a jazz concert in Denver, according to police.

The officer, who was identified by The Denver Post as a single mother and a seven-year veteran of the Denver Police Department, was struck in the head just after 8 p.m.  She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The shooting sent hundreds of City Park Jazz concert-goers running in panic.

"We were just sitting here listening to the music, and all of a sudden we saw everybody running, saying, 'Everybody get down.  Everybody get down," a woman who attended the concert with her two young daughters told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV.

"We first thought it was a fight.  But everybody was running, saying, 'Somebody got shot,'" the woman said.

One person was taken into custody Sunday night, but it is not clear if he or she is the alleged shooter.

"We did make one arrest for an individual with a weapon ... It is not confirmed if that individual was involved in the shooting," Denver Police Chief Robert White said.

White said he hopes to know more details by Monday.

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Tuesday
May152012

Mississippi Cops Warn Drivers About Stopping for Homicidal Fake Cop

Thinkstock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi authorities are urging drivers to be wary when being pulled over by a police officer after two people were shot and killed by someone police think could be posing as a cop to get motorists to stop.

"We urge everyone to be cautious while driving, especially at night," the Tate County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page. "If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON'T PULL OVER. Use your cellphone and dial 911 and if it's a real officer then the dispatcher will confirm it for you and if it's not a real officer they will send help to you."

"Our deputies have been told not to overreact if someone does not immediately pull over," the sheriff's office wrote. "Your safety is our primary concern."

Two drivers were killed on northern Mississippi highways within days of each other and investigators in multiple counties and federal officials are working to find out who may be behind the killings.

One driver, Tom Schlender, 74, from Nebraska, was found in his car on Interstate 55 in Panola County on May 8 about 1:30 a.m. Three days later, Lori Carswell, 48, from Mississippi, was found near her car on Mississippi Highway 713 in nearby Tunica County about 2:15 a.m. The shootings appear to be random and there is no known connection between the victims. Police are analyzing shell casings discovered at both scenes.

Authorities suspect the shooter may be pretending to be a cop because the perpetrator may have been driving a gold unmarked Crown Victoria sedan, which can resemble a police car.

"There's been instances where a vehicle described as a white unmarked Crown Victoria attempting to pull people over," Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance had said. On Tuesday, the white Crown Victoria was ruled out and authorities are now searching for a gold Crown Victoria.

Authorities have launched a dragnet, saturating the area, looking for clues and a possible suspect.

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Tuesday
May152012

Mississippi Highway Murders: Killer Posing as Cop?

Thinkstock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi police fear that a killer posing as a police officer is pulling over motorists late at night on dark highways and then shooting them.

Authorities suspect the shooter may be pretending to be a cop because the perpetrator may have been driving a white, unmarked Crown Victoria sedan, which can resemble a police car.

One driver, a 74-year-old Nebraska man, was found in his car on Interstate 55 in Panola County on May 8 about 1:30 a.m.  A 48-year-old Mississippi woman was found near her car on Mississippi Highway 713 in nearby Tunica County about 2:15 a.m. -- three days later.

The shootings appear to be random and there is no known connection between the victims.  The Nebraska man was en route to Florida to get his grandson, and the female victim worked at nearby casino.  Police are analyzing shell casings discovered at both scenes.

Authorities have launched a dragnet; saturating the area, looking for clues and a possible suspect.

"We urge everyone to be cautious while driving, especially at night," the Tate County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page.  "If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON'T PULL OVER.  Use your cell phone and dial 911 and if it's a real officer then the dispatcher will confirm it for you and if it's not a real officer they will send help to you."

"Our deputies have been told not to overreact if someone does not immediately pull over," the sheriff's office wrote.  "Your safety is our primary concern."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb232012

Cop Charged With Stealing from Office Refrigerator

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A Houston area cop nabbed in a sting operation will be in court Thursday to face theft charges -- for stealing from the office fridge.

Kevin Yang, an officer in Deer Park, Texas, was busted after complaints that lunches, drinks and 60 pounds of deer sausage had disappeared from the officers' shared fridge started piling on the desk of his boss, Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported.

Griggs approved a sting operation, setting up a hidden camera above the fridge and filling it with bait food -- Monster energy drinks and sandwiches -- in order to nab the lunch leech.

According to police, the video, released to the public by the department, caught Yang in the act pulling one of the unopened Monster energy drinks, clearly marked with the initials of one of the department's detectives, out of the break room refrigerator on Nov. 19.

When confronted with the evidence, Yang told investigators he was cleaning the office fridge.

Yang was allegedly caught again on camera Nov. 22 taking a sandwich, again marked with a detective's initials, and then again on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, each time pulling out a drink marked with initials not his own, police said.

In addition to the misdemeanor charge of theft, Yang was hit with a 30-day unpaid suspension that began on Tuesday and could cost him as much as $4,500 in lost wages. He will be able to return to work as an officer because the charge is below a class B offense.

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Wednesday
Sep142011

NYPD Launches Probe of Dirty-Dancing Cops Video

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York Police Department is initiating an investigation after a video of on-duty police officers gyrating with scantily-clad parade dancers surfaced online, reports The New York Post.

The video shows two police officers dancing with passing dancers in the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Sept. 5.  The dancers were bent over as the officers grinded closely against them as people cheered nearby.

This year’s festival was much more violent than in years past.  Nine people were shot near the route of the parade and two people died.  One of the dead was a grandmother who may have been hit by a stray bullet during a shoot-out between police and two suspects.  One of those suspects was also killed.

Shots were also fired just blocks away from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was taking part in the festivities.

A police spokesman told The New York Post that the officers are being investigated.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he wishes that the officers hadn’t taken part in the provocative dancing, but also said he didn’t want to make too much of it, telling a radio station that it wasn’t unusual for police assigned to patrol the parade to get caught up in its rowdy spirit.

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