Entries in Suicide By Cop (3)


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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Police: Teen Committed Suicide By Cop

WSYR/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New York police are trying to determine what prompted a teenager to trick police into thinking he was an armed carjacker, chase him to a dead-end street, and then apparently goad them into killing him by pointing a pellet gun at the officers.

"Everything that we know, we would be able to use that term suicide-by-cop," Lt. Troy D. Little, with the New York State Police, told ABC News.

Justin Arnold, 17, of Cazenovia, N.Y., had no criminal history. Police are investigating his mental state or any mental health issues that may have led to Thursday's deadly shooting.

"We're trying to identify anybody who might give us some insight to Justin, family siblings, other relatives, other friends, co-workers, just anybody that might have been in touch with him in recent times," said Little.

Early Thursday afternoon, 911 received a call reporting an armed car robbery. Dispatchers relayed a description from the caller telling police the suspect was a young, white male wearing sunglasses and driving a silver car. The description matched Arnold.

Police spotted the car in Canastota Village, about 25 miles from Syracuse. They tried to stop the driver, but he fled, leading two police officers and a state police sergeant on a four mile chase that led to a dead-end road in Madison County.

When the 17-year-old got out of the car, police told him to show his hands. Instead, he pointed the black pellet gun at the officers.

The police officers fired 10 rounds at Arnold, four of which hit and killed the teen.

It was later determined that it was Arnold who made the 911 phone reporting an armed carjacking.

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Did Bank Hostage-Taker Teen Commit Suicide by Cop?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CARY, N.C.) -- A North Carolina teen who was killed by police when he came out of a bank where he had held seven people hostage was holding something to the head of one of those hostages, but it was not a gun, officials said Sunday.

The revelation added to the mystery about what was going through the 19-year-old Cary, N.C., man's mind when he went to the bank Thursday, setting off a two-hour standoff with police.

Devon Mitchell had told hostages inside the bank and a police hostage negotiator that he had a gun during the standoff at a Wachovia branch in the town, Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said at a news conference Sunday. But Mitchell had also told a teller to call 911 when he went into the bank, and he apparently did not demand any money.

Police shot Mitchell when he came out of the bank holding something concealed in a red hat to the head of a hostage, Bazemore said.

"We were left with no other choice than to do exactly what we did," she said.

The police chief said Sunday she did not know what the young man was actually holding when a police sniper shot and killed him.

"Despite what the original 911 call reported, despite what he said to the hostages, despite what he told our hostage negotiator, despite what we all thought we saw when he came out of the bank with something pointing at one of the hostages heads, we now know there was not a gun," Bazemore said.

The police chief said their investigation indicated that Mitchell wanted police to kill him, so-called "suicide by cop."

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