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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 May 22, 2009
Shots Fired: Edina, Minnesota 08•15•2002

Elasky rose and aimed his Gun at the robber using a Weaver stance, his feet centered and his body positioned for as much cover as the counter could afford. Then he opened fire.

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Posted on April 17, 2009
Shots Fired: Falls Church, Virginia 01•21•1999

The hair on the back of his neck stood on end as though the very air about him suddenly became ionized with some ill-defined threat. The officer couldn't suppress the sensation that something was terribly wrong.

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Posted on March 11, 2009
Shots Fired: West St. Paul, Minnesota 05•10•2007

An "ambush" alarm brought West St. Paul officers to a credit union where they discovered a robbery in progress.

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Posted on February 12, 2009
Shots Fired: Santa Ana, California 12•27•2006

The red dot of the suspect's laser sights pinballed back and forth between the Crown Vic and Hernandez.

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Posted on January 12, 2009
Shots Fired: Great Bend, Kansas 01-01-2007

Weber fixated on the short barrel of Johnson's shotgun, mentally committing himself to fire his Glock if Johnson elevated the weapon to a certain level.

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Posted on December 3, 2008
Shots Fired: Mesa, Arizona 04-14-2007

Kennedy could see something was wrong. Molander gave her a "we've got a liar" smirk, and she knew that anytime a passenger started playing a felon's game of Truth or Consequences, there's usually a reason.

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Posted on November 1, 2008
Shots Fired: Corona, California 11-07-2002

Barton's gun swung toward him, and its barrel spit fire. Flashes of amber split the night as Barton's Ruger blazed at Dunnigan a mere 10 feet away.

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Posted on October 1, 2008
Shots Fired: Jersey Village, Texas 01-31-2006

Officer Holly Mong had just gotten into the vehicle in her driveway and no sooner closed the driver's side door than it flew back open. She was being carjacked.

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Posted on September 1, 2008
Shots Fired: Little Rock, Arkansas 01•20•1996

Ellison then went to work, ramming the door with his shoulder. He repeatedly charged the door, slamming it as hard as his body could withstand.

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Posted on August 1, 2008
Shots Fired: Ogden, Utah 05-26-2006

Sgt. Burnett had worn the vest religiously throughout his career, but on this day he told his wife that for the first time he would go to work without it. She wasn't happy with his decision.

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