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Trending Topics: When a suspect sets a trap

By Police1 Staff

A brutal attack on a Colorado police officer is just the latest incident in the disturbing trend of tricking cops into life-threatening situations. From setting booby traps to luring cops into ambushes via hoax 911 calls, take a look at these five stories of traps suspects set for responding officers and tell us what steps you take to stay safe.

Colo. cop’s head sliced open, cruiser stolen after helping ‘stranded’ driver

As the officer went to help, the driver “tackled him from behind and struck him with a sharp object.”

Calif. suspect lures cop out of squad, attacks him

The officer got out of his vehicle to help the suspect who falsely reported a gunman was in the area.

2 Fla. cops shot after 911 call lures them into home

A 59-year-old man who asked for help in a 911 call fired gunshots at police officers as they arrived.

Colo. cops angry ‘as hell’ over booby traps

Theater shooter James Holmes rigged his apartment with explosives aimed at killing first responders.

Calif. man sentenced in booby trap police attacks

In one foiled plot, natural gas was rerouted into the office of a gang task force and rigged to explode. In another, a training rocket was fired from the roof of a market and started a small fire.

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While officers were detaining the car’s driver, a passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off, hitting two officers