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Suicide by Cop

The Suicide by Cop topic page offers news, expert opinion, and advice for dealing with the possible aftermath of the unique type of officer-involved shooting that occurs when a suspect deliberately provokes an officer to shoot.

How policy, training and tactics are evolving to address these volatile situations
Falsehoods and myths when responding to mentally ill or suicidal subject calls for service
Officers should maintain awareness that any uninvited entry into a person’s home or onto their property – however they define it – could be seen as a mortal threat
Fresno police worked to de-escalate the situation several times, but the man remained agitated, threatening to force officers to shoot him
“These are some of the most challenging calls we as law enforcement respond to,” said Chief Al Jones. “Officers go into these situations wanting to save lives”
If you think so, you are out of your mind
‘From the sound of the bullets passing by my head, I would say I was inches from injury or death that evening.’
Understanding community care, emergency aid and exigent circumstances will help officers make better legal and tactical decisions
The de-escalation tactics used by the officers saved the 69-year-old’s life, said Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher Delmonte
Anecdotal evidence seems to support that suicide by cop incidents are on the rise
Law enforcement may encounter this phenomenon more frequently in the coming weeks as people seek ways to deal with COVID-19 illness or catastrophic financial losses