BREAKING: Kansas City Police Officer Shot; in Critical Condition Pronounced Dead 

An officer has been shot at 22nd and Haskell in Kansas City, Kan. and by 2:45 p.m. one person was in custody and police had detained another person.

UPDATE:

Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted at 2:02 p.m., “We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.”

The officer was in critical condition.

The incident began about 1:33 p.m. when police received a call about an armed disturbance at Second Street and Edgerton Drive. The caller told police that several people in a car were firing shots at them, according to a statement from KCK police.

Officers arrived within minutes. At that time, three or four people bailed from the car.

An officer took one person into custody near there.

Shortly before 2 p.m., an officer attempted to stop another person. Multiple shots were fired and an officer was hit. Police were advised that an officer was down at 1:58 p.m.

The officer was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Police are searching the area for others who were involved. One person is in custody.

Police have blocked off 18th Street north of Parallel until 24th Street in their search for suspects.

Police swarmed the area with dozens of officers, some with rifles. Several police were taking cover behind cars at 16th and Quindaro. A woman at a house there came out of a home with her hands up. Several officers were kneeling down in the street with their guns drawn. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s Not Just Dallas or Baton Rouge — Police Officers Have Been Killed Across the Country

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 It’s a dangerous time to be a cop.

Erica Evans and Razzan Nakhlawi report: When five police officers were killed and nine wounded in an attack during a protest march in Dallas on July 7, it rattled the nation.

Ten days later, three officers were killed and three injured in Baton Rouge, La., as they were responding to a call about a suspicious person with an assault rifle.

“A direct attack on an officer like this is not common. It was a very open and very blatant ambush.”

Between the two attacks, law enforcement officers from Georgia to Michigan were shot in incidents that drew far less attention but have added to the growing sense that it’s a dangerous time to be a cop.

With the Dallas shootings, 31 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty so far this year, compared with 18 officers who had died at this point in 2015, according the statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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“Certainly there is a climate now — and the Dallas case indicates that there is a climate now — that certainly should have police on guard.”

Nick Breul, director of research for the memorial fund and a former Washington, D.C., police officer, said that there have also been a number of surprise attacks targeting and killing police officers.

“As we see increases, it becomes very concerning, particularly when you see increases in the cases of the nature of Dallas,” Breul said.

[Read the full story here, at LA Times]

“Certainly there is a climate now — and the Dallas case indicates that there is a climate now — that certainly should have police on guard,” he added.

A black Army veteran, Lakeem Keon Scott, targeted police in a shooting on July 7 along a highway in Bristol, Tenn., authorities said. One woman was killed and three other people were injured, including one officer who is white. Scott was charged with one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted first-degree murder. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] RIP Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald: His Life Mattered

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Suspect Had Career As a Marine

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The Baton Rouge gunman, whom the authorities identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Mo., was a Marine veteran who had served in Iraq.

Yvonne Carlock, the deputy public affairs officer for the United States Marines, provided these details of Mr. Long’s military service:

Rank: Sergeant

Date of Rank: July 1, 2008

Dates of Service: Aug. 22, 2005 to Aug. 21, 2010

Military Occupational Specialty: 0651, Data Network Specialist

Awards:
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal;
Iraq Campaign Medal;
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award);
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal;
National Defense Service Medal;
Navy Unit Commendation Medal

Place Entered Service: Kansas City, Mo.

Deployments: Iraq: June 2008 to January 2009

Duty Assignments:
Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot San Diego;
School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif.;
Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, Twentynine Palms, Calif.;
Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan;
Marine Aircraft Group 38, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego

Source: The New York Times


[PHOTO] RIP Baton Rouge Police Officer Montreal Jackson: His Life Mattered

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New York Post Cover: ‘COP KILLER: This Gun Used to Shoot NYPD Hero’ May 5, 2015

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