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K-9 Partner of Cop Killed Four Years Ago Dies
May 24, 2017 - Four years after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was killed in the line of duty, K-9 Figo has died.
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Figo was the partner of Officer Jason Ellis, 33, who died after being shot multiple times at an exit off Bluegrass Parkway while driving home on May 25, 2013. Ellis was a K-9 officer with the Bardstown police. Figo, a drug-sniffing German shepherd, was not with him when he was shot. Figo was made famous after he was photographed placing a paw alongside the casket at Ellis' funeral. After Ellis' death, Figo retired to live with Ellis' family, including his wife, Amy, and sons Hunter and Parker.


The dog's death was announced by the Facebook page Friends of Figo, where it was reported that he had been battling illness for several months. The page said the family hopes to bury Figo alongside Ellis. "He died peacefully in his sleep, at home," the Facebook post stated. "Every officer should be so lucky." Ellis' slaying remains unsolved. Two former Kentucky State Police troopers recently were brought out of retirement to investigate that case and several others.

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Border Patrol Agent Dies After Being Stabbed
May 25, 2017 - U.S. Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales died at a hospital Wednesday after being stabbed during an assault while he was off-duty over the weekend.
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent died at a hospital Wednesday after being stabbed during an assault while he was off-duty during the weekend, El Paso police officials said. Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, 30, was fatally wounded when he was stabbed several times in a confrontation in the parking lot of The Union Draft House on Tierra Este Road next to Zaragoza Road, police said.

Morales was "a kind, big hearted person who has the ability to light up any room with just his smile. Isaac has impacted many people, who can all attest to what an amazing person he is," states an online GoFundMe account set up when he was hospitalized. Hisaias Justo Lopez, 39, who was initially arrested on a charge of attempted murder, will now face a murder charge, police said. Lopez is being held at the El Paso County Jail on a $500,000 bond.


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Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Morales, his girlfriend and another couple were walking to their cars when Lopez began an unprovoked confrontation in the bar parking lot, police said. After Morales identified himself as a Border Patrol agent, Lopez allegedly attacked him with a knife and then ran. Morales, a friend and witnesses ran after Lopez, who during the chase allegedly turned around and stabbed Morales in the face and an eye, police said.

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Virginia State Police Special Agent Dead; Suspect in Custody
May 28, 2017 - Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter was killed in a shooting Friday.
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A Virginia State Police special agent who was killed in a shooting in Richmond was a 18-year veteran of the force, according to the Virginia State Police. VSP Special Agent Michael T. Walter of Powhatan County was 45. He was a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond Field Office Drug Enforcement Section Walter was riding in a marked Richmond Police Department SUV Friday as part of an ongoing partnership between the two agencies Walter and the Richmond officer pulled up behind a silver Chevrolet Cobalt that was parked in the wrong direction on a street near the Mosby Court public housing complex around 7:35 p.m. They approached the car to speak with the occupants. While the Richmond Police officer was talking to the driver, Walter walked over to the passenger side where police say 27-year-old Travis A. Ball was sitting.


Special Agent Michael T. Walter

Ball shot once, police said, and took off running. Walter was rushed to VCU Medical Center, where he died shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday. The driver of the car was detained and a handgun was recovered at the scene near the car. Ball, of Richmond, is in custody after a manhunt that went on through the night. He was apprehended shortly after 6 a.m. at a home in Northumberland County. Ball has been charged with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in a felony. Additional charges are pending, state police said. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tweeted a statement Saturday morning expressing gratitude for Walter's service, which noted that Walter was married and had children. "Special Agent Walter was one of our brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every single day to protect their fellow Virginians. We will be forever grateful for his service and sacrifice," McAuliffe said in the statement.

Walter is the 63rd member of the Virginia State Police to die in the line of duty since 1932, according to the state police. The special agent was remembered Saturday by Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty as someone who worked to improve his community, founding a non-profit youth wrestling group in Powhatan County. "Mike is well-known not only for his passion for criminal justice, but also for his commitment and passion to bettering the lives of local youth," Flaherty said, according to a release from state police. Walter was a United States Marine Corps veteran and spent two years as an officer with the Virginia Division of Capitol Police before joining the state police in 1998, first working in Northern Virginia and then moving to Richmond. His survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy sheriff among 8 killed in Mississippi shooting; 'I ain't fit to live,' suspect says
28 May,`17 - Authorities in Mississippi say a suspect is in custody after eight people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed in a shooting.
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Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in Lincoln County. Strain says charges have not yet been filed against the suspect and that it would be “premature” to discuss a motive. It was not clear whether the suspect knew his victims before allegedly killing them.

However, the suspect himself gave some insight into the events that led to the shootings in an interview with a newspaper. “I ain't fit to live, not after what I done,” Cory Godbolt told The Clarion-Ledger after his arrest. The newspaper recorded video of the suspect talking as he sat with hands cuffed behind his back on a roadside surrounded by law enforcement officers.

Authorities in Mississippi say a suspect is in custody after eight people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed in a shooting. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in Lincoln County. Strain says charges have not yet been filed against the suspect and that it would be “premature” to discuss a motive.

It was not clear whether the suspect knew his victims before allegedly killing them. However, the suspect himself gave some insight into the events that led to the shootings in an interview with a newspaper. “I ain't fit to live, not after what I done,” Cory Godbolt told The Clarion-Ledger after his arrest. The newspaper recorded video of the suspect talking as he sat with hands cuffed behind his back on a roadside surrounded by law enforcement officers.

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Corrections Officer Dies in Incident With Inmate
June 10, 2017 - Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit.
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A Texas Department of Correctional Justice officer died following a confrontation with an inmate Friday afternoon.

Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit female prison in Gatesville, according to The Killeen Daily Herald.


Corrections Officer Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath and collapsed after the use of force incident at the Christina Melton Crain Unit female prison in Gatesville Friday afternoon.

Texas Department of Correctional Justice spokesman Jason Clark said that prison staff began life-saving measures and called emergency medical personnel, but efforts to revive Tedder unsuccessful.

The 41-year-old officer was pronounced dead by a Coryell County justice of the peace at 3:22 p.m. An investigation into the incident between the inmate and corrections officers is ongoing.

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Driver Describes Scene of Deputy's Slaying
June 9, 2017 - The driver of a Toyota Corolla that was pulled over for a traffic stop by Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tephford late on Nov. 11, 2006 took the stand Tuesday to describe the deputy's murder to the jury.
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The driver of a Toyota Corolla that was pulled over for a traffic stop by Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tephford late on Nov. 11, 2006 took the stand Tuesday to describe the deputy's murder to the jury. Shante Spencer couldn't answer several key questions because, she said, she could not positively identify the shooters and was hiding in panic during the chaos. One shooter had on a dark shirt, she said. Spencer's testimony did manage to put one of three defendants at the scene of the shooting. She and Eloyn Ingraham were dating at the time and she was driving him home to his apartment in the Versailles Gardens complex in Tamarac, Spencer said.

Tephford stopped her Toyota because the license tag did not match the car. Spencer told the jury that it was a mixup, but that the tag she was using was not stolen. She said she asked Tephford for permission to call her father to help clear things up. Ingraham was in Spencer's car throughout the stop, identifying himself as "Kevin" and saying he was not carrying identification, she recalled. Spencer said she was rummaging through her glove compartment for her vehicle's registration and Ingraham was on his cell phone when shots rang out. "I turned around and started screaming and put my head down," she said. At one point she looked up and saw a shooter with "fire coming from his hand." But she did not see his face, she said.


Prosecutors say the shots were fired by the other two defendants in the case -- Andre Delancy and Bernard Forbes. All three face the death penalty if convicted. Another deputy, Corey Carbocci, was wounded in the shooting and is expected to testify for the prosecution. Defense lawyers H. Dohn Williams and Hilliard Moldof, representing Delancy and Forbes, focused their cross examination of Spencer on the fact that she never identified their clients as the shooters and that she was dishonest about Ingraham's identity when police later questioned her about who was in her car.

Spencer admitted she lied to police, identifying Ingraham initially as "Kevin." Spencer's testimony about Ingraham's phone call is a key part of the prosecutions case. State Attorney Mike Satz said during opening statements on Tuesday that jurors will learn Ingraham was on the phone with the other defendants at the time. Spencer is scheduled to be cross examined by a third defense lawyer, representing Ingraham, on Friday.

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Ark. Lieutenant Fatally Shot; Suspect Sought
June 13, 2017 - Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford was fatally shot while assisting a fellow officer at a traffic stop.
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A Newport, Arkansas police lieutenant was fatally shot while assisting a fellow officer at a traffic stop Monday evening. Lt. Patrick Weatherford was in the Remmel Park area west of the Newport High when he responded to the call for assistance around 6:15 p.m., according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The 41-year-old officer, who was a 15-year veteran of the force, was transported to Unity Health in Newport where he was pronounced dead.


Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford

A suspect was arrested and taken into custody following the shooting. According to media reporters, a dive team is currently searching for the firearm used by the gunman. "We're in shock," Newport Mayor David Stewart said Monday evening. "We are trying to put the pieces together right now."

Weatherford graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Program in Quantico, Va. in April 2016 and was named Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in October 2016. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Ga. Corrections Officers Killed by Inmates ID'd
June 13, 2017 - Putnam County Corrections Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed after their prison bus was hijacked by two inmates Tuesday.
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Two corrections officers were killed after a pair of inmates overpowered them on a prison bus with 31 other prisoners on board in eastern Putnam County early Tuesday. The Georgia Department of Corrections identified the guards as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue. Billue joined the department in 2007, with Monica beginning in 2009. Two armed inmates escaped with the guards’ .40-caliber Glocks. Authorities were hunting for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe. Rowe, who is white and in his 40s, stands 6-foot-1 with brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 180 pounds. He was serving time in Baldwin State Prison for an armed robbery in Bibb County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. Dubose is a white male, about 6-foot-1 and weighs about 140 pounds. He was serving time at Baldwin State Prison for armed robbery in Elbert County. Recent photos show him with tattoos on his face and neck.

The inmates were last seen after commandeering a passerby’s a four-door, dark green 2004 Honda Civic, with Georgia license plate number RBJ6601 and were headed west toward Eatonton about 6:45 a.m. The first call for help came in shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as inmates apparently took control of a prison bus on Ga. 16 below Lake Oconee, not far from the Hancock County line. The two prisoners were said to have overpowered the two corrections officers on the transport bus. At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills said the alleged killers took the passerby’s cellphone and took off in his Honda. Sills said the escapees appeared to have ditched the cellphone soon after. “He happened to be coming along at the wrong time,” Sills said of the carjack victim, a local man. “He stopped. He thought it was a work detail. ... Next thing he knew, two guys approached him armed with pistols. ... He then flaggged down a car.”

The sheriff said the attack on the bus happened about six miles east of Eatonton and that the killers had somehow managed to get into the locked area where the driver, who was a corrections officer, and another corrections officer were. Those men were the only two corrections officers aboard. Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said at a news conference shortly before noon, “Obviously it’s a tragic day for the family of corrections and the loved ones of these two officers. ... My heart is still in the soles of my shoes.” The prison bus was en route to various prisons but was thought to have begun its trip in Baldwin County and then gone to Hancock before heading into Putnam. Asked how the two suspect prisoners may have been able to overpower the guards, Dozier said, “We have secure vehicles and that should not have happened.”

Sills, the sheriff, said, one corrections officer was driving and that the escapees somehow went through a gate while the bus was moving on the highway. “There was a physical altercation and they took (the guards’) guns away from them,” Sills said. “They were both shot on the bus. I have their blood on my shoes.” When asked by a reporter how authorities might go about catching the escapees, Sills, anger welling in his voice, said, “We get these guys by the public looking for this green Honda Civic. We need somebody to find this car. ... They are armed. They are dangerous. ... We have no idea where they are. ... They may well have dumped that vehicle and stolen another car.” The sheriff added, “I would suggest that they surrender before we find them.” Said Dozier: “We will find them and they will pay the price.”

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'No Effort Will be Spared' in Hunt for Inmates
June 14, 2017 - Officials say that inmates Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe overpowered Corrections Officer Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, killed them and then sped away in a stolen vehicle.
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Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday "no effort will be spared" to track down two escaped inmates who police say overpowered two Georgia correctional officers, shot and killed them and then sped away in a stolen vehicle. "Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice," Deal said. "No effort will be spared in pursuit of the killers, and no state resources required in this endeavor will be spared."

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the fatal shootings happened before 6 a.m. on Ga. 16 in the middle Georgia county. He said two inmates, identified as Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, overtook guards driving a transport bus, disarmed them and then killed them. The governor warned residents near Putnam County to be "vigilant and cautious" while the suspects remain at large: "They are extremely dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts should immediately contact 911."

Several local, state and federal agencies have joined the manhunt to bring the suspects to justice, Deal said, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And he said the "selflessness and courage" of the two victims -- Sgt. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue -- would not be forgotten. "Two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards," said Deal, adding: "The selflessness and courage of these two brave souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service."

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Escaped Inmates Sought in Killing of Georgia Corrections Officers Captured in Tennessee
June 16, 2017 - Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two Georgia corrections officers on a prison bus were captured in Tennessee Thursday night.
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Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two corrections officer on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by car and foot, authorities said. Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. Police in Shelbyville, Tennessee, responded to a call about a home invasion, where Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple captive and then fled in the couple's vehicle, Miles said. Officers responded and chased the pair. The inmates got into a wreck, left the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase before both men were taken into custody in the community of Christiana, she said.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public. "They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our Officers," he said, also expressing gratitude to all of the law enforcement officers who provided support and assistance in the search for the two men. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement but also turned his thoughts to the families of the two officers, saying their pain remains. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service," Deal said.


Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two corrections officer on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by car and foot.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said the bureau's agents will take part in processing the scene. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said traffic was being diverted on Interstate 24 east in Rutherford County until about 11 p.m. The two men had been on the run since early Tuesday, when they are accused of having killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.

The two inmates overpowered and disarmed the guards about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday as 33 inmates were being driven between prisons, authorities have said. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said. The two inmates then fled in the stolen Honda Civic and drove about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north to Madison, where they ransacked a home, stealing food and clothes and leaving their prison uniforms behind around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Off-Duty Deputy Killed in Domestic Dispute
June 16, 2017 - Richmond County Sheriff's Cpl. Gregory Cooke was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in south Augusta.
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An off-duty Richmond County Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in south Augusta, according to the sheriff's office. The officer, Cpl. Gregory Cooke, 43, was a road patrol deputy hired in December 2014. He was taken to AU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:52 p.m, Coroner Mark Bowen said in a news release. Bowen said Cooke was shot at least one time in what authorities are calling a domestic dispute. The shooting occurred in the 2400 block of Lennox Road off Windsor Spring Road.

Paul Jones, who lives four doors from the residence where the officer was shot, told an Augusta Chronicle reporter that he heard about five or six shots fired. "We were going to Walmart up here but after the shots we just held up for awhile," he said. "I have never seen anything like that on this street." Four people surrendered to a Burke County Sheriff's deputy who they said they knew, according to Burke County Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard. Two of the suspects who turned themselves in were cousins, he said. All four were turned over to Richmond County, Blanchard said.


Cpl. Gregory Cooke

Two people, Naheem Rashad Caldwell, 17, of 3410 Aspen Court, who is out on bond after being indicted on a charge of theft by taking -- accused of possessing a stolen 2004 Dodge Ram, and Donnelle Osborne,18, were arrested in connection to Cooke's death, according to Lt. Allan Rollins of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. No charges had been filed as of late Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon authorities from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office filled the parking lot of Skateland, located on Windsor Spring Road as helicopters flew above in search of suspects, who fled the scene.

Richmond County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton said the shooting involved a domestic situation between the officer and a couple and their two children. Cooke was not related to the suspects but was acquainted with them, he said. Caldwell's first cousin, Latisha Lewis, who came to the scene on Lennox Road later in the evening, said he had become different person. "He wasn't raised that way, he was brought up well-mannered, but at some point he got into this world and made a horrible decision."

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Prosecutors Will Seek the Death Penalty for Accused Killers of Corrections Officers
June 23, 2017 - The two Georgia convicts accused of killing a pair of corrections officers on a prison bus last week and then escaping were back in Putnam County Wednesday for a first-appearance hearing in court.
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The two Georgia convicts accused of killing a pair of corrections officers on a prison bus last week and then escaping were back in Putnam County Wednesday for a first-appearance hearing in court. Murder suspects Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe, who fled to Tennessee after corrections officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica were shot and killed June 13, were whisked back to Georgia in the wee hours of the morning.

A caravan of five SUVs delivered the men to the Putnam jail shortly before 6 a.m. "I'm confident they didn't know we were coming," said Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills, who led the group of lawmen who retrieved the fugitives from a jail in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, not far from where the escapees were captured last Thursday. At Wednesday's hearing, prosecutors, as The Telegraph reported late last week, said they intended to seek the death penalty against Rowe and Dubose. They will file the formal notice later.


Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Rowe

Rowe and Dubose sat shackled side by side in the courtroom. Rowe, already serving a life-without-parole sentence for a string of violent crimes including a Macon armed robbery in 2001, appeared to listen intently, while the younger Dubose seemed aloof. He glanced around the room as camera shutters clacked in a balcony behind him.

Rowe answered the judge with a "yes, ma'am" once, but neither prisoner said much if anything during the 12-minute proceeding. After the hearing, a sheriff's caravan drove the pair to the state prison in Jackson, where they were en route last week when they escaped.

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Man Convicted in Slaying of Columbus Officer
June 23, 2017 - Lincoln S. Rutledge is eligible for the death penalty after a Franklin County jury convicted him Thursday of purposely killing Columbus SWAT Officer Steven Smith last year.
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Lincoln S. Rutledge is eligible for the death penalty after a Franklin County jury convicted him Thursday of purposely killing a Columbus police officer. The jurors will return to Common Pleas Court next week for a hearing at which the defense will present mitigating factors in hopes of convincing them to recommend a life sentence rather than death. The jury deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before finding Rutledge, 45, guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Officer Steven Smith, who was shot in the head during a SWAT standoff outside Rutledge's Clintonville apartment on April 10, 2016.

In addition to the conviction for aggravated murder, the jury found that Rutledge knew he was shooting at a law-enforcement officer, was attempting to kill two or more people and that he committed the crime to escape detection or apprehension. All of those findings, known as specifications, make him eligible for a death sentence. If the jury decides that death isn't the appropriate penalty, they must recommend a sentence of life in prison without parole or life with a chance of parole after 25 or 30 years. A Franklin County jury hasn't recommended a death sentence since 2003. The jury of seven men and five women also convicted Rutledge of two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault for other officers who were in the line of fire during the standoff; 10 gun specifications; and one count of aggravated arson for setting his estranged wife's house on fire.


Lincoln S. Rutledge, left, and SWAT Officer Steven Smith

Officers were attempting to serve Rutledge with an arrest warrant on the arson charge when he barricaded himself inside his apartment on West California Avenue near North High Street, setting off an all-night standoff with SWAT officers. Rutledge's now ex-wife testified that he exhibited increasingly erratic, threatening behavior in the weeks before the fire was set. He had walked away from an $87,000-a-year IT job at Ohio State University. Testimony showed that he fired shots from a 9mm handgun several times during the standoff. The fatal gunfire occurred at 2:33 a.m. when a SWAT officer began using a pole to clear glass and blinds from a rear bedroom window to get a better look inside. Smith was in the turret of an armored vehicle, providing cover for the officers outside the window, when he was struck just above the left eye by a shot fired from inside the bedroom.

Key to the evidence of his purpose to kill officers was testimony that he invoked the Castle Doctrine when a SWAT team slammed open the front door of his apartment. That law allows citizens to use deadly force against an unlawful entry into their home, but not against officers with a warrant. Rutledge had announced his intention to use deadly force toward officers and reinforced it with his behavior throughout the standoff, Assistant Prosecutors Daniel Hogan and Warren Edwards told the jury in closing arguments. Defense attorney Jefferson Liston said in his closing argument that Rutledge was shooting at the pole that was placed in the bedroom where he was holed up, not at the officers outside. He argued that a conviction for a lesser charge of murder was more appropriate than aggravated murder.

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Suspected Cop-Killer Said He 'Smoked' Officer
June 26, 2017 - Michael Christopher Mejia is accused of killing his cousin and Whittier Police Officer Keith on Feb. 20.
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The man police believe killed his cousin and a Whittier police officer later the same day described the deadly shootout with police in an interview with sheriff's detectives, according to audio of the interview played in the first of a two-day court hearing Thursday. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, of Los Angeles, laid out the timeline of the Feb. 20 shootout in the Friendly Hills area of Whittier to two investigators at a downtown Los Angeles jail. The shooting left Officer Keith Boyer dead and Officer Patrick Hazel wounded. Mejia was also wounded in the violent encounter. "I know I smoked this one," Mejia said, apparently referring to Boyer. "Yet the second one. Could not get him."

Mejia described opening the door of his car, which he had just crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Colima and Mar Vista Street, to shield himself from the approaching Boyer. But Mejia said he didn't see Hazel standing behind him. "I opened the door ... to cover myself, but the one in the back, I wasn't focused on him," Mejia said. "I didn't see the one in the back that shot me in the back." Mejia was charged in March with the murder of Boyer and the wounding of Hazel. He was also charged with the murder of his cousin, Roy Torres, 47, of East Los Angeles. Police previously said Mejia shot the two officers as he stepped out of the stolen car he had just slammed into a stopped vehicle.


Michael Mejia, left, and Officer Keith Boyer

Police also believe Mejia killed Torres at a home in East L.A. earlier that day following a dispute. Investigators said Mejia stole Torres' car after that early morning shooting. Mejia told the two detectives that he was high on marijuana and other drugs at the time of the shooting. He also told the detectives he blacked out after being shot, and only remembered the incident later after watching news reports about it on television. Investigators have not released any information indicating whether Mejia had drugs in his system the day of the shooting.

Mejia read a transcript of the interview with his lawyer as it played during the hearing. As the video played, Mejia looked back over his shoulder at five of his supporters who were at the hearing. A trio of Whittier officers also attended the hearing, along with Boyer's mother and stepfather. Witnesses who testified Thursday included the girlfriend of Torres and her cousin, who prosecutors said were in the garage of the home when Torres was fatally shot.[ Both cousins, identified as Jane Doe 1 and 2, testified that they both heard and saw the shooting. "All I remember is that a bullet went through his head," said Torres' girlfriend, who was confused, combative and emotional at times on the stand. "I remember it going into his forehead like a cartoon."

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Man Found Guilty in Slaying of Georgia Deputy
June 13, 2017 - Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Christopher Keith Calmer guilty of murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of Monroe County Deputy Michael Norris.
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Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Christopher Keith Calmer guilty of murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of Monroe County deputy Michael Norris. Calmer, 49, who also was accused of wounding deputy Jeff Wilson, additionally was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of aggravated battery and criminal attempt to commit murder. Calmer nodded his head up and down as the verdict for each charge was read aloud.


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The same Upson County jurors who have listened to testimony during the more than week-long trial soon will begin listening to additional testimony in the penalty phase of the trial. Jurors will decide whether to sentence Calmer to life, life without parole or to be executed. Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jonathan Adams called Calmer a “scheming manipulator” during his closing argument Monday night, saying Calmer lured the deputies to his parents’ home Sept. 13, 2014, with a plan of shooting at them in hopes they would then kill him.

Adams held up Norris’s bloody uniform shirt and the gun used to shoot him, saying the two deputies had gone to Calmer’s parents’ home near Interstate 75 and Pate Road to help Calmer. Calmer’s uncle had called 911 seeking help because Calmer was suicidal. Calmer, who suffered from chronic pain, made a conscious choice to shoot the deputies, Adams said. Calmer’s attorneys have argued their client suffers from multiple mental illnesses and wasn’t in his right mind at the time of the shooting. Norris died of his wounds. Wilson survived.

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Suspect in Virginia State Police Special Agent's Slaying Charged With Capital Murder
June 28, 2017 - Travis Ball was indicted Wednesday morning on a capital murder charge in the fatal shooting of Virginia Station Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter.
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The man accused of fatally shooting a special agent with the Virginia State Police has been indicted on a capital murder charge. Travis Ball was arrested after authorities said he shot Special Agent Michael T. Walter in the head during a confrontation the night of May 26, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The 45-year-old law enforcement officer -- a father of three and a coach at a youth wrestling club -- died early the next morning at VCU Medical Center.


Travis Ball, left, and Special Agent Michael T. Walter.

Ball, 27, ran from the scene and was apprehended the following morning by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and state police after being found at his sister's home in Northumberland County following an overnight manhunt. He was initially charged with malicious wounding, using a firearm to commit a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A multi-jurisdictional grand jury handed down a true bill Wednesday morning that reads: "He did unlawfully and feloniously, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation, kill and murder Special Agent Michael T. Walter, a law enforcement officer of the Virginia State Police, for the purpose of interfering with the performance of his official duties." If Ball is convicted of capital murder, he could face life in prison or death.

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Man Gets 15 Months for Facebook Threat to Blow Up Detroit Police Sergeant's Funeral
June 14, 2017 - A man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday for threatening on Facebook to blow up the funeral of a slain Detroit police sergeant.
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Deshawn Maurice Lanton, 21, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to conveying false information and hoaxes, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch. Lanton posted the threat on a livestream video of Sgt. Kenneth Steil's September funeral that was on the Facebook page of WXYZ (Channel 7), authorities said. "During the funeral procession at St. Joan of Arc Church in St. Clair Shores, Lanton wrote 'Maybe I should drop a bomb on that building to get rid of the rest of y'all' on the Facebook live page as hundreds of officers marched into the church to pay their respects to the fallen officer," reads a press release from Lemisch's office.


Other Facebook viewers saw the post and contacted police, authorities said. Lemisch's office said Lanton has several prior felony convictions, including for violent crimes and theft.

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According to court records, authorities discovered during the investigation that Lanton posted multiple videos on his Facebook page of police officers getting injured. He then commented that he was pleased they were injured. The FBI and the Detroit Police Department investigated the case. Steil was shot Sept. 12 during a manhunt for a suspect in Detroit. He died five days later.

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