Georgia Cop Fatally Shot by Suspect in Ambush

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Fulton County police officer has died after being shot in the head by a suspect.

According to Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles, the shooting took place at around 1:30 a.m. in the Cedar Grove subdivision near Fairburn.

Police responded to a shots fired call early Wednesday. They were told the suspect was possibly intoxicated. Neighbors said the man was going from house to house, banging on doors and firing a long barrel gun.

“This is not the first officer that we have lost. It’s heartbreaking.”

The suspect then began shooting at the officers, striking one in the head.

Stiles described the situation as an ambush, saying the officers “were trying to do their job, they were trying to protect this neighborhood from someone who was shooting. And they had no other option but to do their job. And the way it appears to me, they were ambushed without warning.”

The officers returned fire and hit the suspect, who is being treated while in custody at Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.

The injured officer’s ambulance was given a police escort to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 a.m. His name has not yet been released, but Stiles said he was a veteran officer with many years of service. Read the rest of this entry »


CHILL: Washington Times Sues Homeland Security over Seizure of Reporter’s Notes

SEAL_s160x160Kellan Howell reports: The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.

In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August.

The newspaper alleged that federal agents accompanying Maryland State Police on the raid took materials from Ms. Hudson’s office that were not covered by the search warrant that authorized the collection solely of evidence about guns and a potato launcher allegedly possessed by her husband, Paul Flanagan.

The seized materials included documents the newspaper had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as well as notes and memos that identified confidential sources from a series of investigative stories that exposed problems inside the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service.

The seizure violated Ms. Hudson’s and the newspaper’s constitutional rights, the court filing argued. Read the rest of this entry »


Feds Confiscate Confidential Files from Investigative Reporter Who Probed DHS Corruption

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The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas reports: A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter.

A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates that the August raid allowed law enforcement to search for firearms inside her home. Read the rest of this entry »