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Obama Pays Tribute to Fallen Police Officers

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama Tuesday honored police officers who died in the line of duty and their families, saying the nation is “forever in your debt."

“Every American who wears the badge knows the burdens that come with it -- the long hours and the stress; the knowledge that just about any moment could be a matter of life or death. You carry these burdens so the rest of us don’t have to,” the president told an audience of thousands gathered outside the Capitol Building for the annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

“The rest of us can never fully understand what you go through. But please know that we hold you in our hearts -- not just today, but always. We are forever in your debt. And it is on behalf of all of us, the entire American people, that I offer my thoughts, my prayers, and my thanks,” Obama said.

The president paid tribute to three officers who sacrificed their lives to save others: Detective John Falcone of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Deputy Bryan Gross of Douglas, Wyo.; and Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper of Clark County, Ohio.

“Our country’s law enforcement officers use force when they have to. They are well armed and they are well trained. But they never forget that theirs is a mission of peace,” the president said. “Their job is to keep the peace, to allow all of us to enjoy peace in our neighborhoods and for our families. And today, with heavy hearts, we honor those who gave their lives in the service of that mission. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers, as we remember the quiet courage of the men and women we have lost.”

Following his brief speech, the president spent over half an hour meeting with the families of the fallen. Tuesday marked the second time the president has addressed the event.

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New Hampshire Shootout: Suspects Found Dead, Police Chief Killed

ABC News(GREENLAND, N.H.) -- Two deceased individuals were found Friday in the New Hampshire home where an earlier shootout left one police officer dead and four other officers injured in what is believed to have ended in a double suicide or murder suicide.

The shooting occurred Thursday in Greenland, a coastal town of 3,500 outside Portsmouth, after a standoff with a suspect believed to be armed with a rifle.

The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Malone.  Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others have been released from the hospital.

Chief Malone, who had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days.

"In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," Attorney General Michael Delaney said early Friday.

SWAT teams placed a robot into the residence to gain entry early Friday.  The robot detected two deceased individuals, one of whom has been identified as Cullen Mutrie, the man believed to have killed the police chief and shot the others, according to Detective Eric Kulberg.  The other individual, a female, is still unidentified.

The shooter and woman remained holed up in the home into Friday morning, Delaney said.

Early reports from the crime scene indicated the use of a "sniper rifle," though questions at a later press conference suggested an "automatic weapon" was used.

The incident may have been the result of a drug bust gone south, according to reports.

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Former New Orleans Cops Sentenced for Bridge Shootings

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A federal judge in New Orleans handed down long sentences on Wednesday to five former cops who were found guilty last year of obstruction of justice charges in the shootings of six people on the Danzinger Bridge following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in late August 2005.

Four of the ex-New Orleans cops, Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius and officers Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso, received terms of 38 to 65 years from U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Englehardt.

Former Sgt. Arthur Kauffman was given six years behind bars for taking part in the ensuing cover-up.

After responding to a radio call that fellow officers were under fire, prosecutors said Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso fired on an unarmed family on the bridge, killing James Brissette, and wounding four others.

Two brothers were also shot at, with Ronald Madison hit in the back and then kicked and stomped on before he died.  His sibling, Lance Madison, was first charged with attempting to kill police officers and was then released three weeks afterwards when it was determined that he was falsely charged.

The incident prompted the Justice Department to launch a probe of the New Orleans Police Department, leading to its finding that officers "show a lack of respect for the civil rights and dignity" of the people they serve.

While the officers will likely appeal their sentence, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the convictions brought "significant closure."

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Caught on Tape: NJ Police Officers Pull Man from Burning Car

Thinkstock/Getty Images(BARNEGAT, N.J.) -- Two New Jersey police officers pulled a man from his burning car in a dramatic rescue that was caught on tape by a dashboard camera in the officers’ cruiser.

Barnegat, N.J., police officers Lauren Keilitz and Michael Diblasi responded to reports of a fire in a residential neighborhood around 8 p.m. Monday, authorities from the Barnegat Police Department said.

When they arrived, they discovered a car parked in the driveway of one of the neighborhood’s two-story homes fully enveloped in flames.

“Fully involved,” one of the officers can be heard saying in the video, right before both officers rushed to the burning car, a 2005 BMW 745.

Police say Keilitz and Diblasi found a man, described as “incapacitated,” sitting in the car’s driver seat, but were unable to reach him because the driver’s door was stuck.

Diblasi, a nine-year veteran of the police force, ran back to the patrol car to retrieve a window punch, which he then used to smash through the window, department spokesman Lt. Keith Germain told the Asbury Park Press.

Keilitz, on the force for eight years, was then able to open the driver’s door and pull the man, identified as Mario Dischiavi, from the burning vehicle.

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Dischiavi, 57, who lives at the home where the car was parked, was seen by neighbors listening to music inside the vehicle before it caught fire, Germain said.

He was treated for smoke inhalation at a nearby hospital and is now recovering at home.

Neither Keilitz nor Diblasi suffered any injuries in the rescue.

The cause of the vehicle fire remains under investigation.

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Shooting at Utah Home Kills Cop, Injures Six

Comstock/Thinkstock(OGDEN, Utah) -- One police officer is dead and five other cops remain hospitalized after gunfire erupted Wednesday night in Utah during the service of a search warrant.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 9 p.m. at a home in Ogden.  Six officers from the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force were wounded in the shootout, as was the suspect.

All seven victims were transported to nearby hospitals, where one officer -- who's been identified as Agent Jared Francom by Ogden City Police Department -- died from his injuries.  The other cops are still being treated for serious to critical injuries.

The suspect also remains hospitalized, under guard, with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.  The suspect has not been identified.

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Deadly Year for Law Enforcement Officers, Report Shows

The casket of NYPD officer Peter Figoski is brought out following his funeral in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran was gunned down during an attempted robbery in December. Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This year was one of the deadliest in recent history for U.S. law enforcement, according to a new report.

In-the-line-of-duty deaths among police officers ticked up for the first time in four years, the report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said. A total of 173 officers were reported killed in the line of duty, up 13 percent from the year before.

“We've seen drastic budget cuts affecting law enforcement agencies across the country and those budget cuts have put our officers at grave risk,” the organization’s Craig Floyd said, adding that “These numbers we’re releasing today are a wake-up call to legislators across this country that when it comes to public safety, we must stop cutting.”

This year marks the first time in 14 years that firearm deaths were higher than the number of officers killed in traffic. Of the 68 firearm deaths, Floyd says, 14 were shot making an arrest.

The report found that 64 officers died in traffic accidents this year, down from the 71 killed in 2010.

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Oklahoma Shootout Injures Three Cops; Gunman Killed

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(VALLEY BROOK, Okla.) -- Three police officers in Oklahoma were hospitalized with gunshot wounds overnight after responding to an attempted burglary report Thursday evening.  The suspect was shot and killed at the scene, according to authorities.

As ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV reports, the three cops -- two from Oklahoma City and one from Valley Brook -- were injured during a shootout at the Valley Brook City Hall.  Valley Brook police had called Oklahoma City for assistance around 10:45 p.m.

The trio were taken to nearby hospitals and are said to have non-life-threatening injuries. According to KOCO, the Valley Brook officer was released early Friday morning.  Their names have not yet been released.

Police have identified the dead gunman, KOCO reports, but the suspect's name is also being withheld.  An investigation is currently underway.

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FBI Stats Show Increase in Police Officers Killed, Assaulted in 2010

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has released its annual figures on law enforcement officers killed and wounded for last year. The report shows that 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in 2010, and more than 53,000 officers were assaulted last year, an increase in the death rate over 48 from the previous year.

The FBI notes that it's hard to draw conclusions about the data, for example, in 2001, 70 officers were killed in the line of duty (excluding the events of 9/11), and five years ago, 48 officers were killed in felonies.

The 2010 report also shows 72 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty; almost all of those deaths involving vehicles.

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