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Louisville Police Officer Dies Following Crash
March 30, 2017 - Officer Nick Rodman was assisting in a high-speed chase of a man allegedly involved in a shooting when he was involved in a crash Tuesday night.
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A Louisville Metro police officer succumbed to injuries on Wednesday that he sustained in a crash during a pursuit the previous night. Officer Nick Rodman was assisting in a high-speed chase of a man allegedly involved in a shooting around 8 p.m. Tuesday at 26th and Duncan Streets, according to WLKY-TV.


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After the crash, Rodman's cruiser caught fire and he was freed from the vehicle before being transported to a local hospital. The three-year veteran of the force was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital. Rodman is survived by his wife, son and newborn daughter.

An account has been opened at the Louisville Police Officers Credit Union in Rodman's name. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Square police memorial.

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Houston Police Sergeant Kills Self at Station
March 31, 2017 - The sergeant was found around 8:35 a.m. Friday morning inside of a stairwell on the fourth floor at the Westside Patrol Station.
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The man found dead Friday morning at a west Houston police patrol station was a sergeant in the department. The 21-year Houston Police Department veteran apparently killed himself with a single gunshot to the head, Chief Art Acevedo said. The sergeant was married and had two children, ages 10 and 12. The sergeant was found around 8:35 a.m. inside of a stairwell on the fourth floor at the Westside Patrol Station, where he worked, at 3203 South Dairy Ashford, Acevedo said. The fourth floor is not currently in use, so no one heard the gunshot.

Officers working in the station decided to search the facility after they discovered at 7 a.m. the sergeant had not come to work. "You can't explain these things," Acevedo said. "We ask that people please just pray for the family, pray for those young children." Police have not yet released the sergeant's name, and the investigation continues. HPD psychological services and chaplain services were on site at the Westside Patrol Station on Friday morning. More law enforcement officers die each year by suicide than in the line of duty, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo addresses the media during a press conference Friday following the dead of a sergeant at the Westside Police Station.

Risk factors for officers include "exposure to violence, suicide, or other job-related stressors; depression, anxiety, or other mental illness; substance abuse; domestic abuse; access to means to killoneself (e.g., firearms); and poor physical health," according to research cited by the U.S. Department of Justice. An expert who studies police suicide, John Volanti, found that officers actually have a slightly lower suicide rate than the general public (12 per 100,000 versus 13 per 100,000). He calculated that police have are 8 times more likely to die by suicide than homicide and 3 times more likely to die by suicide than by accidents. About 100-150 officers die by suicide each year, Volanti found.

The FBI cited Volanti's work in describing the profile of officers most at risk for suicide: "91 percent were male, 63 percent were single, and those between the ages of 40 and 44 with 15 to 19 years of service were most at risk. This profile represents a significant percentage of those currently employed by law enforcement agencies. Some of these officers are experiencing mid-career burnout and malaise, but have too many years invested to change careers and are years away from retirement eligibility." The most recent known suicide by a Houston Police Department officer came in August 2014 when 21-year veteran Rudolph Farias III, under investigation in a ticket-rigging scam, fatally shot himself in a patrol car in a downtown police parking garage.

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Officer Attacked by Man He Tried to Help
March 31, 2017 - Richmond Police Sgt. D. Nelson was punched by a belligerent man he was trying to help, after finding him in the middle of a busy street on Wednesday night.
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A police sergeant was punched by a belligerent man he was trying to help, after finding him in the middle of a busy street on Wednesday night, authorities said. Richmond police Sgt. D. Nelson suffered a broken nose when he was punched by the man, who had been laying in the 700 block of 23rd Street at about 10:15 p.m., according to police. Nelson also suffered other cuts but will be OK, police said.


Richmond Police Sgt. D. Nelson was punched by a belligerent man he was trying to help, after finding him in the middle of a busy street on Wednesday night.

The man he was trying to help was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. According to police, Nelson saw the man in the middle of the street, which is typically a busy one and has four lanes of traffic. Nelson made a U-turn in his patrol car to block off a section of 23rd street after several cars swerved to avoid the man, police said.

Nelson then tried to help the man across the lanes of traffic and onto a sidewalk. Once there, police said, he asked the man his address, only to see him become agitated. Police say the man then threw a punch without warning, and the two started to struggle. Nelson subdued the suspect eventually and got him into handcuffs. Nobody else was injured.

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North Carolina Police Chief Commits Suicide
March 31, 2017 - The death of Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston II has been ruled a suicide after he was found dead in his home Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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The death of Rolesville's police chief has been ruled a suicide, Wake Forest police said Thursday. Bobby Langston II, 45, was found dead in his home around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a news release. A woman who called 911 said her husband had shot himself in a bedroom and that he "left a note," without disclosing what it said. The caller said her daughter was also at the home. Rolesville police asked the Wake Forest department to investigate because of "the tragic nature of this loss and severe emotional impact on all members of the Rolesville Police Department," the release said.

Langston served in law enforcement for more than 20 years, starting his career in Wendell where he grew up. After he was sworn in as an officer with the Wendell Police Department in 1994, he rose through the ranks and became a captain. He joined Rolesville police in 2013 and became chief in 2015. The town, located about 15 miles northeast of downtown Raleigh, has seen major growth that put more demands on the small-town police department. With a population of roughly 6,000, Rolesville is a popular bedroom community for families looking for a suburban setting. Langston oversaw two cases that shocked the community and catapulted the town into the news.


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In December 2015, police determined that Kristy Bryan started a fire at her Rolesville home that killed her and her 3-year-old son, Tyler. Tyler's twin was injured in the blaze, which was ruled a murder-suicide. Two months ago, a video was posted on Twitter showing a police officer slamming a Rolesville High School student to the floor. Ruben De Los Santos, who was working as a school resource officer for the Rolesville Police Department, was placed on administrative leave and later resigned. Flags in Rolesville were lowered to half-staff Thursday to honor Langston, and town hall is closed for the rest of the week.

In a news release from the town, officials said Langston was "admired and respected" in the community. "He stood for character and ethics and ran the Department likewise," it said. "He will truly be missed." "I'm at a loss for words," Town Manager Bryan Hicks said Thursday. "Not only has the community lost our chief of police, I've lost my friend." The town has set up the Langston Family Trust Account with the State Employees' Credit Union to accept donations. Money will help with funeral costs and education expenses for Langston's children, according to the town. Wendell Town Manager Teresa Piner said Langston was a dedicated employee during his time with the town.

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Massachusetts Police Union Takes Steps to Stop Officer Suicides
April 4, 2017 - The Massachusetts Coalition of Police is instituting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s anonymous screening tool to help distressed cops.]
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In 2006, one of the officers who was a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (MASS C.O.P.) died by suicide. He was afraid to seek help because he didn’t want to lose his badge. With over 700 police officers present at the President’s Dinner on Friday, March 31, the MASS C.O.P. President Scott Hovsepian announced that his union, which represents nearly 4,300 police officers in Massachusetts, would be instituting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s anonymous online screening tool, the Interactive Screening Program, a Self-Check Quiz to reach distressed police officers and help connect them to peer support officers and mental health services before a crisis emerges. “If this can save one life, it is money, time, and energy well spent. You can’t put a price on a life. If we had had this program in place, we might not have lost our collegue to suicide in 2006,” said Scott Hovsepian, a 23 year police officer for the city of Waltham, MA, and president of MASS C.O.P. “I want police officers nationwide to know that there are tools like the Self-Check Quiz that can help them through the hard times. We are starting with police officers in the Bay State.”


The Massachusetts Coalition of Police is instituting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s anonymous online screening tool to reach distressed police officers.

Brian Fleming, the owner and operator of Peer Support Services, LLC., held a four-hour training session in early 2017 for some of Massachusetts’ police officers about mental health education, alcohol and drug abuse, and how to prevent suicide among their colleagues. After the session, he was approached by Hovsepian about doing more. Luckily, years ago Fleming had helped arrange for another Massachusetts police department to contract with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Screening Program and so he arranged an introduction for the officers from MASS C.O.P. to meet with staff from AFSP to talk about how the foundation could help the union from losing its members to suicide. “We are honored to be partnering with MASS C.O.P. to offer the Self-Check Quiz to its members. Police officers are accustomed to servicing others, and this is a way for them to ensure they stay healthy and strong,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, AFSP chief medical officer. “Seeking help for your mental health is the brave thing to do.”

The Self-Check Quiz is an online tool offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and used by institutions of higher education, workplaces, law enforcement agencies, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to reach distressed people and help connect them to mental health services before a crisis emerges. It is also known as the Interactive Screening Program. The program expansion to MASS C.O.P. has been made possible by a generous grant from the law firm of Sandulli and Grace. Those who are interested in bringing the Self-Check Quiz to their precinct can learn more here: https://afsp.org/isp.

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Officer Fatalities Up 10 Percent So Far in 2017
April 7, 2017 - The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year has increased by 10% compared to the same time period in 2016.
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A total of 34 officers have been reported killed while doing their jobs, compared to 31 line of duty deaths last year, according to data compiled by the Law Enforcmeent Officers Memial Fund.

Despite the jump in deaths, gun-related fatalities are down almost 40 percent. Of the gunfire-related deaths this year, 34 percent occurred while responding to a domestic disturbance call, 22 percent attempting arrest, 22 percent during a tactical situation, 11 percent during an investigation and 11 percent in an ambush.


The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year has increased by 10 percent compared to the same time period in 2016.

Statistics show a 27 percent increase in traffic-related deaths as well as a150 percent increase in "other" causes of death. These include deaths caused by aircraft crashes, drowning, electrocution, falling, fire-related incidents, and job-related illness and poisoning.

Last year, 135 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. These officers will be honored during Police Week 2017, which runs from May 15-21 in Washington D.C.

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Oklahoma Deputy Killed serving an eviction notice at a home in Mulhall...

Oklahoma Deputy Killed; Suspect in Custody
April 18, 2017 - Logan County Sheriff's Deputy David Wade was shot and killed while he was serving an eviction notice at a home in Mulhall Tuesday morning.
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The man accused of fatally shooting a Logan County sheriff's deputy Tuesday and leading authorities on a manhunt is in custody, according to Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux. Authorities identified Nathan Aaron Leforce, 45, as the person who shot Logan County Sheriff's Deputy David Wade while Wade was serving an eviction notice at a home in Mulhall. Wade was flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center, where he died.

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A Logan County Sheriff's Deputy David Wade died Tuesday after being shot while he was serving an eviction notice, authorities said. The shooter has been identified as Nathan Aaron Leforce, 45, who was described as white, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and mustache. He was wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt with a white shirt underneath. He also wore jeans and tennis shoes. Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux said Tuesday afternoon that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had Leforce in custody. The deputy was flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m.


Law officers set up an area to search about 5 miles west of Langston between Midwest Boulevard and Post Road between east-west county roads 77 and 76, said trooper John Vincent, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman. The deputy went to a home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on an eviction notice at a home in Mulhall. The shooter reportedly stole the deputy's patrol pickup and drove to just west of Langston where another car was stolen at gunpoint at Smitty's One Stop, a convenience store, at State Highway 33 and Henney Road.

A worker said video surveillance showed Leforce trying to break into a car before he stole a woman's car at gunpoint. Worker Bashir Ahmed was inside when the woman's car was stolen. "I was so busy with customers until she came in I didn't know what happened," Ahmed said. The car stolen from the convenience store was located Tuesday morning near Jaxton Road and County Road 77.

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Police: Facebook Live Killer Takes Own Life
April 18, 2017 - Erie police confirmed that Steve Stephens, the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting a Cleveland man that was posted on Facebook, killed himself while being followed by police Tuesday.
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Erie police have confirmed the suicide in Erie on Tuesday of Steve Stephens, the Cleveland resident suspected of fatally shooting a Cleveland man on Sunday and posting video of the slaying on Facebook. Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving a white Ford Fusion near Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue around 11:10 a.m., police said.


State police were following the car as it headed west into Erie after leaving a nearby McDonald’s, police said. The car, pointed west, is stopped in the westbound lane of Buffalo Road, across from the former Burton Elementary School, 1660 Buffalo Road. Police are blocking off the entire school grounds. Erie police are also at the scene, with Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook and the FBI and Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri.

Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott said early Tuesday afternoon that he did not have much information about the incident, but he expected to be briefed later in the day by Police Chief Don Dacus, “Obviously when you’ve got a fugitive out there, you’re pleased to see it come to some quick resolution,” Sinnott said.

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Arkansas Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop
May 11, 2017 - Yell County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart was fatally shot along with two other people Thursday morning and the suspected gunman was in an ongoing standoff with authorities.
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A Yell County, Arkansas Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot along with two other people Thursday morning and the suspected gunman was in an ongoing standoff with authorities. Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart was shot after he made a traffic stop on Highway 27 near the junction of Slo Fork Road around 7:15 a.m. after spotting a vehicle believed to be associated with an earlier disturbance call, according to KARK-TV.

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The 46-year-old deputy was pronounced dead on the scene after a passing driving discovered he had been shot. Officers responded to 10024 Gum Springs Road where the earlier disturbance was reported and found the bodies of two other people outside the home. The idenities of the two civilians found dead and the suspect have not been released.

Authories are currently in a standoff with the suspect and were attmepting to make contact with him. Mainhart served with the Yell County Sheriff's Department for five years and had previously retired from the West Memphis Police Department following a career of more than 20 years.

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Deputy Constable's Killer Committed Suicide
April 11, 2017 - A massive manhunt for the killer who ambushed veteran lawman Clint Greenwood came to abrupt end Monday, when investigators discovered their prime suspect had been lying in cold storage at the Harris County morgue.
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After an exhaustive search for a suspect in the brazen slaying that had so far yielded few leads, investigators finally got their break Sunday and identified William Francis Kenny, 64, as the man behind the April 3 attack. Shortly before they were set to announce publicly they were searching for Kenny, they learned he had killed himself the day after the lawman's death. Kenny shot himself in the head about 8 a.m. April 4 near Ben Taub General Hospital with a gun just like the one he used to kill the lawman, police said. "The man was a coward -- a coward in life and death," said Montgomery County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Cannon, Greenwood's close friend since middle school. "This just proves it."

The incident ended a saga that gripped Houston for the last week, but raised nearly as many questions as it answered. Kenny's animus appears to have originated from a Valentine's Day incident in 2012 in which his estranged father-in-law called police to say Kenny had threatened him, according to court documents. No charges were filed against anyone, but the incident nevertheless appeared to consume him. He wrote letters to the judge in his divorce case and posted rambling grievances on a website, Harris County Texas 2Big 2Jail, against dozens of officials -- including Greenwood -- from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and the County Attorney's Office.


William Francis Kenny, left, and Assistant Chief Depty Clinton Greenwood

Greenwood was one among those included on what one investigator termed a "hate list" that accused them of failing to take action against deputies who responded to the 2012 call without questioning the father-in-law's allegations. "HCA (Harris County Administration) conspired to cover-up co-worker crimes by framing an innocent citizen," Kenny wrote on the website. He told the judge that "a police cover-up occurred and a criminal is going unpunished," in a letter sent just one day before his divorce was finalized. He does not appear to ever have met Greenwood, noting on the website that he had made numerous failed attempts to contact Greenwood, who later oversaw the sheriff's internal affairs division. "I'm thankful no other officers were injured, or we had to confront the guy," said Steve Marino, chief deputy at the Precinct 5 Constable's Office, another close friend of Greenwood's. "And that the family doesn't have to endure a trial."

Greenwood is survived by his widow, Leatha Greenwood, and their four children. They have said little publicly, asking for privacy in the case. A man who identified himself as Kenny's brother apologized to Greenwood's family. "I just wanted to express our condolences to the family of Constable Greenwood," John Kenny told reporters Monday outside his northwest Harris County home, where William Kenny had lived briefly. "We're so very sorry, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. I don't know what to say. We're in shock, too."

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More Details Released in Slaying of N.D. Deputy
May 3, 2017 - Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong in January.
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North Dakota investigators say the suspect in the January shooting death of a Rolette County sheriff's deputy shot the officer first and that law enforcement was justified in using deadly force. But the Rolette County state's attorney still considers the case ongoing and open. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has closed the case on the murder of Colt Allery, a 29-year-old Rolette County sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, N.D. Documents obtained in a records request by the Herald indicate that Delong fired first in the confrontation. "The video depicts Deputy Allery being shot in the face and Deputy Allery not firing any shots," the incident reports stated.

The reports include 77 pages of interviews and dash cam analysis, as well as video and supporting documents. The documents detail how the stop of a suspected stolen Chevrolet pickup turned into a fatal shootout. A review of a Rolette County deputy's dashcam shows officers stopping the vehicle, reportedly stolen in Devils Lake, at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 18 at a rural intersection about 5 miles northeast of Rolette after pursuing the pickup for several miles. The chase at times exceeded 80 mph, according to initial reports. OnStar, a vehicle security system, eventually initiated technology to slow the pickup down before it came to a stop near 89th Street Northeast and 42nd Avenue Northeast.


The video showing the shooting and the minutes that followed were redacted under North Dakota law, but a timeline describing the events states Allery approached the driver's side of the pickup with his gun drawn. When he was near the side mirror, Allery was shot twice by the suspect, identified as Delong. Delong tried to drive away but stopped several times as Deputy Joseph Kaufman fired multiple shots at the vehicle with his handgun and shotgun. Rolla Police Chief Joe Boehm and Officer Nathan Gustafson eventually arrived at the scene, with Boehm asking why Kaufman fired so many shots. "Deputy Kaufman stated that the truck continued to move," the reports state. "The truck would creep ahead." Boehm fired about 15 to 20 rounds from an AR-15 rifle into the stolen vehicle's driver seat after seeing movement in the pickup cab. Gustafson also fired shots at the vehicle.

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Fallen Honored at Peace Officers' Memorial
May 15, 2017 - The 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service is being held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Monday.
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The 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service is being held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Monday morning.


President Trump and Vice President Pence are set to give remarks during the annual memorial service, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts about two hours.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service.

Fallen Honored at 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
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President Trump to Light White House Blue to Honor Fallen Officers
May 15, 2017 - President Donald Trump announced at a proclamation signing that he'll light the White House blue to honor fallen law enforcement officers as part of Officer Memorial Day Monday.
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President Donald Trump announced at a proclamation signing that he'll light the White House blue to honor fallen law enforcement officers as part of Officer Memorial Day Monday night.


President Trump previously lit the White House blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day in April.

During the signing, Trump also said he will request that American flags fly at half-mast to memorialize fallen officers, according to The Hill. "During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities. Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours," Trump said in a statement.

Out of the 118 officers who died on duty last year, 66 were "victims of malicious attacks," which represents an increase of almost 40 percent from the previous year. Trump previously lit the White House blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day in April.

President Trump to Light White House Blue to Honor Fallen Officers
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AG Sessions Pledges Redoubled War on Drugs
May 12, 2017 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising to renew the federal government’s war on drugs, saying tough new sentencing policies are necessary to combat what he described as a surge of violent crime in cities.
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The Justice Department on Friday released a memo from Sessions ordering federal prosecutors to pursue the highest charges possible, including those that carry mandatory minimum sentences, for drug offenders. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way,” Sessions said Friday at the Justice Department. “We will not be willfully blind to your conduct.” Sessions is ending Obama administration policies that told federal prosecutors to avoid charging low-level offenders with crimes that carry heavy mandatory sentences.

The new Justice Department policy was met with fierce criticism from sentencing advocates, some former federal prosecutors and even some Republicans in Congress who have been pursuing sentencing-reform measures. “To be tough on crime we have to be smart on crime,” tweeted Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). “That is why criminal justice reform is a conservative issue.”

Violent crime has increased over the last two years in many of the nation’s cities, though it is still far below rates in the 1990s. Overall, according to the FBI, the nation’s crime rate fell 50 percent between 1993 and 2015. Sessions said the crackdown was “a key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” linking drug trafficking to increased homicide rates in some cities. “Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business,” he said. “If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.”

He said heroin is cheaper, more pure and more easily available than ever. Advocates of justice reform say that the nation’s opioid crisis is evidence that tough policies of the past have failed. But Sessions said that tougher enforcement could “reverse that trend.” “So we are returning to the enforcement of the law as passed by Congress – plain and simple,” he said.

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Montana Deputy Fatally Shot During Pursuit
May 16, 2017 - Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was fatally shot while pursuing a vehicle along U.S. Highway 287 near Three Forks early Tuesday.
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A Broadwater County, Montana Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while pursuing a vehicle on a highway early Tuesday morning. Deputy Mason Moore was involved in the pursuit along U.S. Highway 287 near Three Forks around 3 a.m. when the shooting occurred, according to The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said that local law enforcement and the Montana Highway patrol responded after the deputy lost contact with dispatchers and found the three-year veteran of the force dead on the side of the road. "This is a tremendously sad day for all of us here in Broadwater County," Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan told reporters. "It's difficult to adequately describe how devastating it feels to lose one of our own in the line of duty. Our deputy died protecting the citizens of our county and displayed remarkable courage until the very end. His actions will never be forgotten."


Deputy Mason Moore

The deputy's patrol car was found in a ditch and its dashboard camera video was used to identify the vehicle being pursued. The SUV was later located in Butte-Silver Bow County near Anaconda, and a pursuit began that ended about 35 miles east of Missoula after the vehicle's tires were flattened by spike strips.

The passenger in the SUV, identified as 39-year-old Marshall Barrus, got out and began shooting at officers and was shot by officers before being taken to a hospital. The driver, identified as the gunman's father, 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus, was taken into custody without further incident. The incident is currently under investigation.

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Ohio Chief, Two Others Killed; Suspect Dead
May 12, 2017 - Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario was shot and killed along with two other people in a shooting at a nursing home Friday morning.
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The chief of the Kirkersville Police Department was killed in a shooting Friday morning. Three other people, including the shooter, are dead. The chief responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Pine Kirk nursing home at 7:50 a.m. in downtown Kirkersville in western Licking County. He was shot after he entered the nursing home. When authorities entered the nursing home, they found three other people dead. Two victims were employees of the nursing home, and authorities believe the person was the shooter, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said. Chief Steven Disario, 38, had only been police chief about three weeks, Thorp said.

In the last communication authorities received from the chief, he said he had the shooter in sight. Thorp said he assumes Disario had engaged the suspect. Debbie Messer, who lives on E. Main Street, said she heard at least one gunshot. After that, her five dogs “went crazy,” making it difficult to know if there were more fired. “I was in my driveway,” she said. “My neighbor told me that someone had shot a police officer and to go inside and lock my doors and call 911, and that’s what I did.” Messer said others apparently called, too.


Ohio Chief, Two Others Killed; Suspect Dead

She said she didn’t see the officer. “This is a really small town and everybody knows everybody,” she said. “These things don’t happen here.” Chris Roush also lives on E. Main Street near the nursing home. About 7:30 a.m. he was getting his kids ready for school when he heard a shot. “There’s a lot of hunting in this area, so I didn’t think much of it,” he said.Shortly afterward, however, police cruisers started swarming the area and police were walking around with shotguns and automatic weapons looking for a suspect.

The family stayed in the house and followed the news. About 10 a.m., word came that the threat had ended. But shortly after 11 a.m., the road in front of Roush’s house was still closed. “I think at this point, we’re going to keep (the kids) at home today,” Roush said. He said they were never ordered to stay inside, but they did “out of respect” for the situation. Pine Kirk Care Center is a 24-bed facility in a converted residential residence, said Peter Van Runkle, executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group.

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Details Released in Slaying of Ohio Police Chief
May 17, 2017 - When Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario pulled into an alley behind the Pine Kirk Care Center on Friday morning, he was killed by a shotgun blast immediately after exiting his cruiser.
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The Licking County coroner's office released its initial findings Monday in the deaths of DiSario, two female employees and the gunman which occurred at the Kirkersville nursing home. Toxicology results will come back in 8 to 10 weeks. Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica, identified as the gunman, used the shotgun and a handgun to kill his girlfriend, Marlina Medrano, 46, a nurse who was in the nursing office at Pine Kirk Care Center. Medrano died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner's office said. The third victim, Cindy Jean Krantz, 48, a nurse aide, died from a close range shotgun wound in a nursing home hallway.

The gunman, Hartless, was found dead in the nursing office from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the coroner's office said. The incident started at 7:50 a.m. Friday with a 911 call about an armed man, later identified as Hartless, holding two passersby as hostages behind the Kirkersville nursing home. DiSario was the first law enforcement officer to respond, and in his last radio transmission he said he had the suspect in sight. The village's part-time police chief had only been working for the department for a month and had only been chief for three weeks.


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The hostages escaped unharmed after Hartless shot DiSario, authorities said. Hartless then went into the nursing home and shot Krantz and Medrano before killing himself. Hartless' car was later found at the Flying J off I-70 and Route 158 just over a mile from the nursing home. Hartless had a history of violence against Medrano, who had obtained three prior court protection orders against him this year. Funeral arrangements for DiSario have been set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road. Calling hours are set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Schoedinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Krantz's funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Vineyard Christian Church of Pataskala at 9286 York Road. The Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service in Kirkersville is in charge of funeral arrangements. Calling hours for Medrano will be 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Dr., Newark, Ohio. Medrano's funeral service will be private.

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