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Officer-Involved Shootings

The Officer-Involved Shootings topic page provides news about cops in deadly confrontations, as well as tactical tips and columnists’ perspective on how to handle such situations.

Imagine how policing could improve if instead of just investigating incidents to find blame, we also investigated incidents to learn how to avoid them happening in the first place
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
The actions of Officer Michael Tschida serve as a valuable case study for officers to learn from and adapt their response strategies in similar high-risk situations
The responding officer deployed a TASER at the suspect twice with no effect after the suspect punched him in the face and punched a train worker with brass knuckles
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K-9 Luca was deployed to stop a suspect after a vehicle pursuit; when the suspect shot Luca, deputies returned fire, killing him
Administrators were applauded for confining the student to an office until Mesquite Police Department officers arrived; the officers shot the student, grazing his leg
Officers at the scene said they believed the man was holding a knife or screwdriver; an officer shot the man when he continued to approach officers after being hit with less lethal weapons
“We need more armor. Do we have a fire truck? We need a firetruck or something parked out in front of this house, we’re all pinned down,” an officer radios
As Suffolk County officers opened the front door, the suspect emerged with a large knife and lunged at an officer, “clearly attempting to kill him,” the police acting commissioner said
Deputy Greg McCowan was killed and Deputy Shelby Eggers was severely wounded after a reckless driving suspect shot them during a traffic stop
Ex-Columbus officer Jason Meade was charged with murder and reckless homicide for fatally shooting Casey Goodson Jr.; Meade testified that Goodson pointed a gun at him before the shooting