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The Ambush topic page features safety tips, columnist commentary and the latest news updates on the growing threat of targeted attacks against police officers.

Ambush attacks on police officers do not discriminate in gender, assignment or age, and they affect all category of assignment
A squad car can feel like a little bubble of safety, but it’s not
A compelling look into the stark realities faced by rural police officers through a rigorous five-year data collection effort
The suspect attacked the Carlsbad Police officer from behind without warning; the officer fired shots at the suspect because he thought he had been shot
“Officer Jacob Derbin is a hero. He did everything right,” Euclid Police Department Chief Scott Meyer said
Officer Jacob Derbin, 23, had served with the Euclid Police Department for less than a year
Sheriff Robert Luna stated that the suspect had a lengthy criminal history and documented gang affiliations and “had no business being in possession of a firearm”
Syracuse-area law enforcement officials said the shooter lured officers to his home, where he sprayed them with bullets from an illegally modified AR-15
The Albany PD officer was pursuing a speeding vehicle when the driver got out and immediately fired several shots at the officer, hitting him in the leg
Video shows the escalating violence of a day-long crisis that left multiple officers wounded and ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting
A Lexington police detective testified that the men involved in the shooting had exchanged multiple Snapchat messages about the undercover car Detective Nicholas Music was using to conduct surveillance
Preparing for an all-options response to a multiple-person attack requires a commitment to training beyond the sporadic defensive tactics sessions
The two officers immediately came under fire after responding to the home; six to eight people, including children, remain unaccounted for following the fire
The officers, who were called to the house on a report that an 11-year-old girl had been wounded by gunfire, immediately came under fire
In 1987, Tom Weitzel was issuing a parking ticket when he was ambushed and shot by a gang member; the incident taught him the importance of standing by his officers in the best and worst of times
“Many will often look at this data and just see numbers, but we MUST remember that they represent heroes—fathers, mothers, sons and daughters,” the national FOP president stated
Training techniques designed to safeguard police officers against increasing ambush threats in diverse environments
The chaotic event killed officer Jake Wallin, 23, and wounded officers Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes; the only officer left standing, Zach Robinson, stopped the heavily armed shooter without hesitation
Approach planning as if you were the criminal element
After the man ambushed and wounded the deputies, he fled in their cruiser, running over one deputy’s leg
“I still carry the vivid image of my partner holding his neck and blood all over the front of his uniform,” Sgt. Brian Hanlon said
Sgt. Terrence Carraway died the day of the shooting and Deputy Farrah Turner died nearly three weeks later from her wounds
When the suspect attacked the officer, the officer’s firearm had been dislodged from its holster, leading to a struggle between the officer and the suspect over the handgun
The suspect ambushed the deputies while they were sitting in a cruiser and shot both deputies at point-blank range before running away
Officer Alec Iurato was given the Courage in Service award after shooting the gunman who shot him and killed two other officers in an ambush
“Turn yourself in. We will find you,” Police Chief Lawrence Revell said. “We will not rest, we will not sleep, we will not pause until we find you and bring you to justice”
“Another case of someone who should have been in jail”; police chief angered after sixth officer shot within two weeks
Gun handling lessons from the July ambush of Fargo police officers
This incident shows good tactics to end an ambush and offers a display of great courage. This is how it is done