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Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Kentin Dion Brooks' life had spun out of control long before his car did. Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Fleming's only misgiving about the tactics of the incident was the relative proximity of Brooks' vehicle to the deputies' cars at the terminus of the pursuit. But even this is understandable given the speeds and the officers' needs to react to its sudden conclusion.

March 23, 2011

Shots Fired: Bloomfield, Vermont 08/19/1997

Shots Fired: Bloomfield, Vermont 08/19/1997

New Hampshire State Trooper Charles West halted a town's troubled resident who had killed two officers and a newspaper editor during a murderous rampage while armed with an AR-15 and ballistic vest.

February 25, 2011

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Non-cops might generously color such cognitive powers as acts of "intuition;" others less taken with the idea of extra sensory perception are more apt to dismiss them as some form of "profiling." By any name, Investigator Christopher Scallon had it working for him the night of April 15, 2007.

January 21, 2011

Shots Fired: Portland, Oregon 12/14/1996

Shots Fired: Portland, Oregon 12/14/1996

After a mentally ill woman fired on a paramedic responding to her call that she ingested poison, Portland Police Officer Scott Westerman was tragically forced to counter her attack.

December 21, 2010

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

May 13, 2010

Suicide by Cop

Suicide by Cop

When a person jumps to his death, we don't persecute the sidewalk, but time and again, society will blame the cop.

April 30, 2010

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008
Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007
Police Ambush Murders

Police Ambush Murders

Ambush murders are perhaps the cruelest and most inexplicable of law enforcement deaths. Often, they are not a means to an end, but an end in and of itself, an event consciously orchestrated with no purpose other than the killing of an officer.

January 5, 2010

Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
Shots Fired: Brownsville, Oregon 02•16•2008
Shots Fired: South Congaree, S.C. 09•20•2003
Shots Fired: Corona, California 11-07-2002
Lessons of Survival

Lessons of Survival

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

May 1, 2008

Shots Fired: Seattle, Washington 03/17/2004

At the sound of McDonald's voice, Pruitt reflexively raised his Glock in the direction that his partner's speech had been directed. He looked up to see a large black male just beyond the glass, staring down at him, a waist level shotgun barrel pointed at his head.

September 1, 2006