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Penn Hills Officer Killed As He Waited For Backup

December 7, 2009
Penn Hills police officer Michael Crawshaw was shot and killed as he waited in his patrol car for backup units to arrive, after responding to a crime scene, WTAE TV reports.

20,000 Officers Expected at Lakewood Memorial Service

December 7, 2009
"It takes a lot of practice to learn how to fold the flags so they don't bleed," said Frank Kampsen, 63, a retired Seattle police detective who in the past four decades has attended some 50 memorial services for officers.

Texas Convict Who Faked Paralysis Escapes On Foot

December 7, 2009
A wheelchair-bound Texas prisoner pretending to suffer from paralysis is being sought, after he took two correctional officers hostage at gunpoint and escaped, the U.S. Marshals Service announced.

Extreme Home Makeover Episode Features Family of Fallen Officer

December 4, 2009
On October 17, 2009, ABC's popular television series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, travelled to Woodlawn, Tenn., to give widow Trina Scott and her three daughters the good news that their trouble-ridden home would be rebuilt, according to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Search Broadens For Fla. Thanksgiving Day Shooter

December 3, 2009
A national manhunt is now underway for Paul Merhige, a Thanksgiving Day dinner guest who allegedly killed four relatives with a handgun.

Clemmons' Aunt Chose to "Do the Right Thing"

December 3, 2009
Chrisceda Clemmons couldn't do that. She had to think of her family. And she knew her nephew was not well. There was the time last May at his house in Tacoma when "he got angry at something" and started throwing rocks at his neighbors' houses and cars. One hit an elderly man. Later Clemmons assaulted two sheriff's deputies.

Clemmons Planned to Kill Schoolchildren as Well as Cops

December 3, 2009
A witness told Pierce County sheriff’s detectives that Maurice Clemmons told friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s home in Pacific that he planned to kill “cops, children at a school” and “as many people as he could in an intersection,” according to an affidavit filed by prosecutors.

Justice Department Researcher Who Developed Kevlar Vest Dies

December 2, 2009
Lester Shubin, who is credited with developing the first body armor for law officers, has died at age 84.
TASER Axon

Arkansas Prosecutor Calls TASER Axon Technology 'Quantum Leap'

December 2, 2009
Cpl. Brandon Davis of the Fort Smith (Ark.) PD was wearing the TASER Axon on-officer recorder November 11th when he shot and killed 41-year-old Eric Berry. Berry refused to drop a handgun he aimed at officers. The video was a key piece of evidence used to clear Davis in the case. This is a first for law enforcement in Arkansas, if not the nation.

Three Men Jailed on Suspicion of Aiding Clemmons

December 1, 2009
Three men have been booked into the Pierce County Jail, accused of rendering criminal assistance to Maurice Clemmons, the man accused of killing four Lakewood police officers on Sunday.
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