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The United States Honor Flag arrived in Anchorage on Friday, September 3, 2010, to honor Hoonah Police Sgt. Anthony Wallace and officer Matthew Tokuoka. The Honor Flag was flown at Ground Zero during the recovery efforts after September 11, 2001, and has since traveled around the US to honor fallen police officers and firefighters. About 75 police, fire and military members met the flag at a State Trooper helicopter on the Delaney Park Strip and marched with the flag to Evergreen Memorial Chapel to be placed by the caskets of Wallace and Tokuoka. Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Juarez, center, a US Marine Corp reservist and officer with the Anchorage Airport Police and Fire Department, carried the flag. He said the ceremony was an important reminder of the sacrifices of law enforcement and military personnel. "There, but for the grace of God, go I," he said. "That could've been any officer."
services next wednesday.





Utah Deputy Harris' funeral attended by thousands.

the shooter was in court.

KANE COUNTY -- Friday was an emotional day for Kane County residents as they said goodbye to one of their own -- a deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week.

More than 2,000 people packed the gymnasium at Valley High School in Orderville for the funeral of Deputy Brian Harris, 41. Hundreds more watched a video feed of the service from other locations nearby.

Law enforcement agencies from throughout Utah, Arizona and other states were there to support Harris' family. Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Mark Shurtleff were also in attendance.

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Funeral in Alaska today.

Fallen officers begin the journey home
Tuesday dozens honored Hoonah police officers Matt Tokuoka and Tony Wallace with a motorcade through the streets of Anchorage.

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Slain San Diego police officer described as 'dedicated protector'
October 28, 2010
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At an emotional press conference Thursday, San Diego police and city officials described slain police Officer Christopher Wilson as a man much respected by his peers.

Wilson Wilson, 50, was married with two teenage children and was a Navy officer before joining the San Diego Police Department 17 years ago.

Mayor Jerry Sanders, a former police chief, his voice breaking, said, "Every mayor and police chief dreads a day like today."

Sanders said Wilson routinely was given the highest compliments by fellow officers who called him "good cover" when they needed help.

Police Chief William Lansdowne praised the doctors at Scripps Mercy Hospital who, while knowing that Wilson could not survive, kept him alive long enough so that his family could come to the hospital to see him.

He too praised Wilson: "He's the type of person you want in your city, you want as your neighbor."

Councilman Tony Young said, "The city has lost a dedicated protector," adding that Wilson had served his community with "dignity and respect."

Wilson had served all 17 years on the department in Southeast, the most racially diverse section of San Diego.

Wilson was killed Wednesday night in the Skyline neighborhood, where five suspects were holed up in an apartment. Two of the suspects were killed and three were arrested.

At the time the shots were fired, authorities said there were six San Diego officers inside the apartment. They declined to say how many shots were fired or how the two suspects in the back bedroom died.

Wilson and other officers had gone to the apartment to assist probation officers and U.S. marshals in finding a probationer considered to be harboring a suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon case.

After the probationer was arrested, others in the apartment opened fire, striking Wilson. Police returned fire.

Police then left the apartment, Hours later, a SWAT squad stormed the apartment, using tear gas and a flash-bang grenade.

Before the SWAT assault at about 6:45 a.m., two persons had surrendered. Once inside the back bedroom of the apartment, police found two more persons, dead, with weapons near the bodies, officials said.

In the gunbattle, a San Diego police dog was wounded but survived.

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HELENA, Mont. – Police are trying to piece together what led a dog trainer to shoot and kill a state trooper along a roadside in southwestern Montana, prompting a manhunt that ended with the suspect found dead in his truck.

That's only the first of several unanswered questions surrounding the killing of Montana Highway Patrol officer David DeLaittre, 23, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his vehicle on Wednesday afternoon.

Police later found the shooter, Errol Brent Bouldin, 56, dead in his 1999 green Ford F250 pickup truck in Broadwater County south of Townsend, which is about 35 miles north of Three Forks.

Still unknown is what led to the encounter between Bouldin and DeLaittre off Montana Highway 2 just outside of Three Forks, where the Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison rivers converge to form the Missouri River.

Gallatin County Sheriff James Cashell said police also don't know yet how Bouldin died, whether he took his own life and what weapon or weapons were used to kill DeLaittre and himself.

Cashell said more information would be released at a 2 p.m. press conference on Thursday.

Bouldin's ex-wife, Debra Bouldin of Camp Verde, Ariz., told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he was a dog trainer and that she had not spoken to him since he left Arizona in January 2006.

The year before, he nearly died from a rattlesnake bite. Debra Bouldin said that experience left him a changed man.

"You know how when people have trauma they either become so thankful about everything about life or else they become bitter against life? Brent went to the bitter side," she said. "That was a very life-changing thing for him. What happened after that, I honestly can't tell you.

She said her prayers were with the trooper's family.

More than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement officers from across southwestern Montana responded to the shooting and authorities closed Highway 2 from the junction of U.S. Highway 287 to Interstate 90 at Three Forks, about 70 miles southeast of Helena.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said Bouldin lived in Three Forks. Public records show he previously lived in Belgrade, a town about 20 miles away.

Belgrade police Sgt. David Keen said a warrant for Bouldin's arrest was issued on Dec. 3, 2009, on a contempt charge, meaning Bouldin either failed to appear in court or did not comply with a court order. Keen said he did not know why the contempt warrant was issued.

DeLaittre was sworn in as a trooper in November 2008. He initially was stationed in Chinook and then transferred to Bozeman in April 2010, Department of Justice spokeswoman Judy Beck said.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that DeLaittre was from Three Forks, where his parents and two sisters live.

Seven other Montana Highway Patrol officers have died in the line of duty, two by shooting, according to the Association of Montana Troopers.

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Oh God. There is nothing worse than a cop lost in the line of duty. I've only had to deal with the death of two officers in one shooting and I pray to God I never have to autopsy another for the rest of my life. So fucking sad.

Go fascinate someone else.
There should be a special prosecution of those who do harm to police officers. I'm pretty fearless but there is no way I could muster the nerve to do what cops do.

The criminals are only hurting themselves when they kill a cop. I can't see why they don't understand they are hurting the very ones that are protecting their (the perps) families.

I believe some sort of awareness should be taught in schools. I was taught as a child to have respect for police officers and never to be afraid to find one if you needed help. Maybe teaching that to little kids would help..but maybe not.

I worked in a trauma unit for a few years and made some good cop friends. I also saw what is going on out there and it could quite possibly be beyond saving.
young deputy murdered on duty last night.
waiting for name of officer and a photo.

December 9, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Investigators still are not sure at this point if there is a second suspect involved in the fatal shooting of an Orange County deputy.

The 27-year-old deputy was killed about 8:30pm Wednesday night in the area of Holden Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail. He was shot in the head moments after pulling over a truck.

The incident all started with a traffic stop. The deputy’s cruiser still sits where it was parked, but it is now surrounded by small cones used as evidence markers.

The shooting happened on a dark street behind an Orange Blossom Trail strip mall, where rescuers responded to calls from residents that an officer was down.

“We started to get units on scene and we discovered that we did have one of our officers down. He was critically injured and transported to the hospital,” said Capt. Angelo Nieves with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

But there was nothing doctors could do to save the young officer who had been on the force for just four years.

he was married to another deputy.

accomplice may be at large.
Deputies located a suspect's pickup at a nearby apartment complex after the shooting and found a man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area. The man was identified as 29-year-old Brandon Lyals.

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The entire law enforcement community in Central Florida is reeling Thursday morning over the death of the young Orange County deputy.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be with his fallen deputy's wife. The victim's wife is also a deputy.

The couple got married just one year ago, but last night the deputy's wife heard the terrible news that her husband and comrade had been murdered in the line of duty.

The sheer number of law enforcement officers at ORMC was a strong indication of their brotherhood, and a somber indication of what happens when one of their own is so tragically taken. Troopers, officers and deputies arrived by the dozens, all to remember a fallen comrade.

"We lost a 27-year-old deputy sheriff tonight, out patrolling the streets of Orange County," said Demings.

In a split second that brotherhood was shattered, and so was the deputy's young life.

He had been on the force for four and one half years. A young officer perhaps, but no doubt up and coming.

"This was a very professional law enforcement officer who enjoyed coming to work every day," said Demings.

The deputy married a fellow deputy just one year ago. Both normally worked the overnight shift, but his wife was off last night when she received a dreaded knock on the door.

Most of the deputy's family members have been notified of his death, but a sheriff's office spokesman said the agency will wait until 9:00am Thursday to release his name.

"While we may be weakened tonight, we are not broken," said Demings.

The sheriff said the couple had no children. He also told the media that the deputy who was killed was very popular amongst his co-workers.

Orlando police Chief Val Demings accompanies her husband, Sheriff Jerry Demings, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where the sheriff disclosed the death of a deputy shot during a traffic stop.

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The gunman had a string of local arrests in 2000 and 2001 — mostly for property crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft.
In one of those cases, he pleaded guilty to breaking into a home on Wakulla Way. During the burglary, a revolver, jewelry and electronics were stolen.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Lyals spent seven years in prison without a single visit from family or friends. Several people who requested to visit him were denied access, possibly because they had felony records, according to state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff
He spent most of his time in prison at Sumter Correctional Institution where he worked on the ground crew and cleaning dorms before getting a water and wastewater treatment job which allowed him to work outside the prison, she said.

Deputy Brandon Coates, who served as a U.S. Marine, was shot and killed while patrolling one of Orange County's most dangerous areas — a neighborhood near South Orange Blossom Trail known for violent crimes, drugs, prostitution and murder.

"Deputy Sheriff Brandon Coates was indeed a hero and one of the best deputies we have here in this agency," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said today.

Officials said accused gunman Brandon Lyals shot the 27-year-old deputy in the head twice after Coates pulled over Lyals' white truck near Nashville Avenue and 45th Street at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"What we now know is that there was some kind of struggle, or circumstance that caused Deputy Coates to fire his Taser," Demings said. "At some point, Deputy Sheriff Coates was shot in the head twice and succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where the trauma team worked on him diligently."

Coates, who had been on the force nearly five years after serving two tours of duty in Iraq — in 2003 and 2005 — didn't have a chance to signal for help, said Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Earlier today, Demings and his wife, Orlando police Chief Val Demings, stood outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center emergency room and offered their condolences to Coates' family, specifically his widow — who also is a Sheriff's Office deputy.

"I said to [Coates' widow] that our law-enforcement agency, our law-enforcement family, we stand behind her," he said. "While we may be weakened tonight, we're certainly not broken."

The flags outside the Sheriff's Office, off West Colonial Drive; and the Orlando Police Department, off Hughey Avenue, flew at half-staff this morning. Deputies and Orlando officers are wearing black bands over their badges.

Coates and his wife, Virginia Anne Wright, married in October 2009, court records show. She is from Tavares. Demings said they have no children.

Demings said he spent time with Wright and the couple's family last night and early this morning.

"He's going to be missed," Demings said.

Sheriff's records show Coates worked on the Tactical Anti Crime, a specialty squad known as TAC that targets high-crime areas and hot spots in Orange County.

Demings said Coates had won an award on Tuesday for his work in taking down a gang known for drug trafficking, violence and murder.

On Wednesday night, Coates had been patrolling the area as part of the agency's Operation Safe Holiday — an initiative that focuses on thieves looking to steal recently purchased Christmas gifts from homes or vehicles.

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Deputy Coates just received award the day before he was killed.


Condolences have been pouring in for a deputy who is being remembered as one of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s finest.

Deputy Brandon Coates died Wednesday night after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop along South Orange Blossom Trial.

Funeral arrangements for Coates could be announced as early as Friday.

In addition to his work with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Coates, 27, served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, deploying from Tampa.

“He was one of those people that, if you had him in a room, he’d make the best out of any bad situation,” said Peter Nolan, Coates’ friend and fellow Marine.

“He survives Iraq twice, beats the odds two times, and then gets killed on the street defending his own community. It’s terrible,” said Thomas Angarano, another fellow Marine.

Just the day before he was killed, The Sheriff’s Office honored Coates for his involvement in an effort to crack down on gangs in Orange County.

Sheriff Jerry Demings gave Coates an award for his work in “Operation Fallen Cobra,” which led to the arrest of dozens of suspected gang members.

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wake is going on now. funeral in morning.
wreath is placed on his patrol car.
photo of he and his wife~~

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Rest in Peace~Hero

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works for me Chief 7959

The Orlando Police Department's year-end review of success and challenges came with a warning from Chief Val Demings for potential cop-killers.

The Orlando Police Department's year-end review of success and challenges came with a warning for potential cop-killers.

"If you pull a gun, or point a gun, at an Orlando police officer, we are going to shoot you," Chief Val Demings said during a 90-minute roundtable discussion this morning.

Officers have used deadly force seven times this year, the highest number of officer-involved shootings in the past decade, according to department statistics.

"We are the thin blue line that stands between the innocent and a tragedy," Demings said. "If police have to fire, we know all hell has broken loose."

a few illegal guns taken from the local thugs.

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last night, here in Mass.

WOBURN (CBS) – Two Wakefield men were charged Monday in the shooting death of a Woburn police officer on Sunday evening. A third suspect was shot and killed.

Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire was killed when he responded to a report of an armed robbery at the jewelry counter of the Kohl’s department store on Washington Street.

Investigators say two men robbed the store just before 9 p.m., in the middle of the blizzard. When police arrived on the scene, they began chasing the two men on foot. During that chase, one suspect exchanged gunfire with officer Maguire. Both men were killed.

“This is a horribly tragic and troubling incident in which a veteran officer was fatally shot in the line of duty,” District Attorney Gerry Leone said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Maguire’s family and his colleagues on the Woburn Police force at this time.”

The second man allegedly involved in the robbery, 19-year-old Scott Hanwright of Wakefield, was captured down the street where 51-year-old Kevin Dingwell, also of Wakefield, was allegedly trying to pick him up.

Hanwright is charged with first degree murder and armed robbery. Dingwell is charged as an accessory after the fact. Both men are due in Woburn District Court on Monday afternoon.

The deceased suspect’s name has not been released.

edit to add, Dec. 31:

More than 2,000 brethren in blue came out today to bid a somber farewell to Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire, a beloved father of three killed in the line of duty Sunday night as he chased down an armed jewelry thief.

Woburn police chief Philip Mahoney was overcome with emotion as he recalled his fallen officer’s final heroic moments before a congregation of about 2,500 police officers, family and friends who gathered for Maguire’s funeral.

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A state trooper was shot and killed late Monday following a chase in northwest Atlanta, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy, 38, of Marietta was shot twice in the face by a suspect he had tried to pull over, the GSP said. Atlanta and Cobb County police arrested the suspect shortly after the shooting.

The incident began shortly after 11 p.m. when LeCroy tried to pull over a 2007 Mazda, on Bolton Road near James Jackson Parkway, for having a broken headlight, the GSP said. After a brief pursuit, the Mazda crashed at St. Paul Avenue and Hightower Road.

LeCroy approached the Mazda, and at some point the driver opened fire, GSP spokesman Gordy Wright told WSB Radio, adding it is unclear whether any struggle preceded the shooting.

"That's part of the investigation, to determine if there was a struggle or he was just approaching the vehicle and the violator opened fire," Wright said. "We're just not sure."

LeCroy died while being rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Following the shooting, the suspect drove off in LeCroy's patrol car, the GSP said. The patrol car was ditched a few blocks away on Gun Club Drive. Atlanta and Cobb police arrested the suspect nearby, and authorities also found the gun believed to have been used in the killing.

Police have not released the suspect's name or identified a motive. Wright said the GBI and Atlanta police are leading the investigation.

LeCroy is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 8 and 21. He had been assigned to the Atlanta area since graduating from GSP's Trooper School in August 2008.

He was the first trooper to be killed by gunfire since 1975, and the 27th trooper killed in the line of duty since the GSP was organized in 1937.

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The number of U.S. law enforcement fatalities spiked by 37 percent in 2010, a figure characterized as an alarming increase that follows two years of declining deaths among the nation's policing professionals.

The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, with support from the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police, provides at least $1,500.00 in emergency assistance for the families of officers killed, as well as $500.00 for grief counseling for each family member.

A total of 160 federal, state and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 12 months, according to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). This represents a dramatic increase over the 117 officer fatalities in 2009, which marked a 50-year low.

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video of shootout here:

A female police officer has been shot dead and another wounded after a dramatic trailer park gun battle in Ohio.

Mother-of-two Suzanne Waughtel Hopper, 40, had driven to the trailer park after reports came in of shots being fired in the Enon Beach area late Saturday morning.

It was as she examined the area and took photos that the door of a nearby silver trailer opened and a man fired a single shot from a shotgun.

Deputy Hopper was killed instantly by the blast.

The officer who had accompanied her desperately tried to reach her body as a gun battle then ensued at the trailer park just southwest of Springfield and about 50 miles west of Columbus.

Sergeant Dustin White had been interviewing a family whose trailer had been shot at when he heard his partner scream.

Enon Beach resident Angelina Inman said: 'He was itching to get her. He kept radioing in, can he please get her, and he was told no because it wasn't secure. You could see him crying - he wanted to get her, he wanted to get her bad.'

The as-yet unidentified man fired again on police who responded to the 'officer down' call, sparking a furious gun battle as officers returned fire with handguns and automatic weapons.

It was during this firefight that Patrolman Jeremy Blum, 32, was also wounded.

Blum was flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The shooter, who has not been named until relatives have been notified, was also killed in the gunfight as officers from several different agencies converged on the scene.

Clark County Sheriff Gene A Kelley, who held an emotional press conference at the scene, said he was sure the gunman had been brought down by the hail of police bullets.

With his voice breaking and fighting back tears, Sheriff Kelley said: 'When we entered the trailer the suspect was deceased, apparently from the exchange of gunfire.

'Our deputy never had the opportunity to return fire or take cover. She was an outstanding deputy, is married and a parent of two children.

'This is my worst day in 24 years as a sheriff of Clark County.'

Two Enon Beach residents first made the call to police, saying they were inside their mobile home when they were shaken by a boom and spraying glass.

A shot had been fired at their trailer, shattering a window.

Deputy Hopper, described as a diligent and careful investigator, attended the scene and was taking photos of the scene when a man in a nearby silver trailer emerged, pointed his shotgun at the deputy and fired.

Hopper, 40, was known for her dedication to the job and adherence to keeping herself safe, Kelly said. The former officer of the year was wearing a protective vest Saturday, but it didn't shield her from the gunfire that killed her, he said.

"If she would have known there was a suspect in that trailer she'd have never walked that way without additional units and without taking cover," Kelly said.

Hopper once went six straight years without calling in sick and often put on charity events for the Special Olympics and other causes, Kelly said.

"Her personnel file is filled with accolades and commendations and always service before self," he said.

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When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

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Saw the video, it's a sick world.