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When an officer discharges his or her weapon, nothing is ever the same. Not for the officer, not for the suspect, not for the community.

Shots Fired is the most popular section in POLICE Magazine. In each article, we examine an incident that required an officer to use deadly force, interviewing the participants and looking at the case with the hindsight needed to help officers prevent shootings. These stories are also instructional to help officers improve their own tactics and training.

You can read the articles here AND listen to them read to you on our podcast (either listen to them on your computer, or subscribe to them on iTunes so you get the newest update when it’s ready). We’ve also included all the supplemental material that we may have on an incident, including police reports, audio of a 911 call (also on the podcast), and photo galleries.


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Posted on March 26, 2010
Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007

A 17-year-old member of the 41 Delmar Mob gang stopped, spinning and opening fire on the two officers with his 9mm pistol.

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Posted on February 23, 2010
Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 02/23/1984

Hastings walked to the Fireside Lounge on the corner of Fourth and Lake Streets, dialed up his favorite federal agent on a pay phone, and fessed up to having some 13 stolen antique knives and a stolen Beretta on his person. Oh, and he wanted to turn himself in.

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Posted on January 31, 2010
Shots Fired: Gaston County, N.C. 07/06/2009

Shaw tried to deflect the gun with the flashlight in his left hand. But hearing the shot, he jumped back, landing on his backside about seven feet away from Burris.

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Posted on December 29, 2009
Shots Fired: San Antonio, Texas 09•08•2008

As rounds smacked into the walls and furniture about Garcia and Roell, Garcia fired two quick bursts toward the top of the stairs.

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Posted on November 19, 2009
Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
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"But you're making it my problem," Hendrix told Ripley. "I can't just let you shoot these people. This is not the way to handle this."

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Posted on October 14, 2009
Shots Fired: Brownsville, Oregon 02•16•2008
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Sgt. Lawler popped up over the hood of the Pontiac just as Thompson's upper torso rose off the pavement, his gun again swinging in Lawler's direction.

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Posted on September 17, 2009
Shots Fired: Minneapolis, Minnesota 06•12•2000

The officers didn't know how many people were in the apartment and who else could either be at risk of injury from the knife-wielding Schneider or pose a threat to them.

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Posted on August 19, 2009
Shots Fired: College Park, Maryland 11•06•2006

As rounds flew back and forth before him like some ballistic tennis match, Soden got back to his feet and in the fight. Lining up his sights on the suspect nearest him, he fired.

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Posted on July 22, 2009
Shots Fired: Spring Hill, Tennessee 11•05•2003

This is what Magro had trained for, why he had spent his nights performing the mundane duties associated with being a small town police officer, to take down a dangerous threat to the community.

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Posted on June 18, 2009
Shots Fired: South Congaree, S.C. 09•20•2003

Pruitt had to go on the offensive. His mind went to his backup gun, which he kept in his uniform pants. He reached for it.

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