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Detroit Police Sniper Kills Barricaded Hostage Taker

A sniper on the Detroit Police Department Special Response Team fired a single shot as the gunman became increasingly violent and posed a serious threat to the hostage’s life, Chief James Craig said.

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Utah Officers Fatally Shoot Man Who Took Woman and Boy Hostage

Officers with the Toole City (UT) Police Department fatally shot an armed man who had taken a woman and a boy hostage early Sunday following an hours-long standoff.

3 Texas Officers Shot While Responding to Domestic Call

Three police officers with the Cedar Park (TX) Police Department were shot while responding to a call at a home over the weekend.

First Look: LETS 2020 is Much More Than a Wire

The new LETS 2020 from Law Enforcement Technologies is a platform for powerful smartphone applications that can covertly record undercover operations, stream footage from drones, facilitate successful crisis negotiations, and provide situational awareness for tactical and investigative teams.

3 Michigan Officers Shot, Wounded by Intruder During Hostage Rescue

Despite the suspect firing multiple rounds at the officers, law enforcement did not fire back out of concern a bullet could strike one of the innocent victims still inside the house. Sheriff Fuller said that decision allowed the suspect to be taken into custody alive.

Video: Commissioner Talked to Suspect to End Philadelphia Standoff

To end a lengthy Philadelphia standoff that left six officers shot and wounded, Police Commissioner Richard Ross used some "unorthodox" tactics, including speaking directly with the suspect.

Philadelphia Suspect in Custody After Hours-Long Standoff, 6 Wounded Officers OK

The suspect in Wednesday's hours-long standoff in Philadelphia in which six officers were shot surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air.

Two Georgia Officers Shot, Gunman Barricaded in Home

Two officers with the Henry County (GA) Police Department were seriously wounded when gunfire broke out in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge on Thursday. The officers were transported to a local hospital where they were listed in serious condition.

Suspect Shot, Hostages Freed at New Jersey UPS Facility

​Police in Logan Township, NJ, were able to shoot, wound, and arrest a suspect who reportedly took two women hostage at a UPS facility on Monday.

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Oregon Police Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Holding Woman Hostage

Portland (OR) police fatally shot a man—reportedly armed with a knife—holding a woman hostage at the Del Rancho Motel in Southeast Portland, according to OregonLive.com.