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What It's Like to Be Shot

What It's Like to Be Shot

Perhaps the most significant factor in an officer's ability to recover from a shooting incident is the level of support offered to him by his department. Departments that provide post-shooting support and advocate for their officers in the media and with health care providers are more likely to benefit from their actions in the long run.

September 17, 2013

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

July 16, 2013

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

August 12, 2011

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

July 25, 2011

Station Attacks

Station Attacks

Most assaults on cops are borne of desperate bids to evade justice. But what of those who go so far as to engage and assault cops on their home turf? What makes these time bombs tick? Revenge, for one.

May 16, 2011

Shots Fired: Clackamas County, Oregon, 12/05/2005

Shots Fired: Clackamas County, Oregon, 12/05/2005

Seemingly as insensate to his own pain as that he inflicted on others, Donald Graham also possessed a reputation as a man who backed his words. And no promise meant more to him than the one he'd made his wife that he'd never go back to prison. He'd do what he had to do.

April 12, 2011

Shots Fired: Acworth, Georgia 03/21/2007

Shots Fired: Acworth, Georgia 03/21/2007

As a narcotics interdiction officer, Van Alstine knew he'd put a damper on quite a few illicit operations. But when it came to speculating just which dope-slinger could be talking about killing him, he was at a loss.

November 29, 2010

Shots Fired: Bozeman, Montana 06/02/2006

Shots Fired: Bozeman, Montana 06/02/2006

Gottfried had made threats to his ex-girlfriend that he would kill her and any cop that tried to come between them. Lt. McLane didn't know that when he pulled him over for speeding.

July 26, 2010