Entries in Police Shootings (5)


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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Justice Department Investigates Miami Police Shootings

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department is opening an investigation into the Miami Police Department and its policies concerning the use of deadly force after eight young men have been killed by department officers since July 2010.

The investigation, known as a “pattern and practice” investigation, is being launched by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to examine the police shootings that, in two cases, involved unarmed individuals.

“In the past 16 months, we have seen nine police-involved shootings that are of concern and are the premise of our investigation,” said Tom Perez the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for civil rights.  “Since July 2010, MPD officers shot and killed eight young men and critically wounded a ninth man.  By comparison, the country’s largest police force, the New York City Police Department, had one fatal shooting for every 4,313 officers in 2010, while Miami had one fatal shooting for every 220 officers.”

The Justice Department had been reviewing the shootings in a preliminary investigation after the last shooting occurred in February of this year, but has decided to launch a full investigation to determine if federal laws have been violated.

The chief of the department, Miguel Exposito, was fired in September after a disagreement with city leaders over staffing issues.

“Of the shootings since July 2010 until the last shooting in February 2011, all but one occurred within the proximate neighborhoods of Little Haiti, Overtown and Liberty City, in northeast Miami,”  Perez said in prepared remarks.  “In two of the shootings, the subject was unarmed.  Six out of the eight fatal shootings were by MPD officers in specialized units like the gang unit, SWAT, tactical robbery unit and the canine unit.”

The investigation will involve Justice Department officials from Washington and investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami working with law enforcement experts to review the police department’s policies.  The investigators will review documents and conduct extensive interviews with officers and staff.

The Justice Department is expected to notify the Miami Police Department of any changes that should be made in real time as the review proceeds.

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Ambush-Style Killings of Cops on the Rise

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While violent crime keeps going down in the U.S., 50 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year.

The incidence of police slain by gunfire has jumped 32 percent from this same point in 2010, reports USA Today.  More disturbing is the fact that 40 percent of the fatalities were the result of ambush-style attacks, according to the newspaper's reviews of case summaries and discussions with cops.

Commenting on this trend, Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this month, "Too many guns have fallen into the hands of those who are not legally permitted to possess them."

He has ordered a review of officer safety, in particular, to find way for officers to survive ambush-style attacks.

Ambush killings of police have risen steadily over the years when just 10 percent of these fatalities were reported in 1994.

Criminologists told USA Today that it appears gunmen are now aiming their weapons above bullet-proof vests in order to strike their targets in either the head or neck.

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Ga. Police Shooting Latest in Deadly String Nationwide

Comstock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- A police officer was killed and another wounded in a shootout with an armed carjacker Tuesday afternoon near Athens, Ga., the latest in a string of police shootings nationwide since the beginning of the year.

The shooting took place at 1:30 p.m. and officers are still looking for a suspect, according to the Athens-Clarke Police Department.

The wounded officer was transported to a local hospital, as uniformed police began a house-by-house search for the suspected gunman, identified only as a 33-year-old man.

Five nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a result.

The Georgia shooting occurred just minutes after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with chiefs of police to discuss the historic number of police shootings in the past three months.

Last year "really marked the deadliest year for law enforcement in nearly two decades and that is obviously very worrisome," Holder said before his meeting with police chiefs from more than 25 cities and representatives from several federal law enforcement agencies.

"This year we are unfortunately on track to exceed the number we saw last year," Holder said. "These numbers are simply unacceptable. Our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm's way every day."

Twenty-three officers and federal agents have been gunned down this year compared to 15 officers killed by guns at the same time last year. A total of 49 officers have been killed so far this year, including five federal agents, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Those figures do not include Tuesday's shooting in Athens.

A total of 162 officers were killed in 2010, 61 of whom died from gunshots.

On Sunday, Craig Birkholz, a 28-year-old police officer was shot and killed in a shootout with a suspected gunman in the shooter's Fond du Lac, Wisc., home.

Two other officers were also wounded in that shooting.

Earlier this month, a U.S. marshal was killed and two St. Louis police officers wounded following a standoff with a suspect they were attempting to arrest.

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