Violence Against Police Officers

Ala. man executed for '93 murder of S.C. officer

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An Alabama man convicted of killing a police officer has been executed in South Carolina.

Thomas Treshawn Ivey was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. Friday in the state's death chamber in Columbia. The 34-year-old made no final statement.

Ivey had been awaiting execution since 1995, when he was convicted of killing Tommy Harrison. Prosecutors said Ivey shot the 38-year-old Orangeburg police sergeant in 1993 after trying to pass a bad check.

Soldier subdued by stun gun shoots 2 FLA deputies

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two deputies from a troubled sheriff's office in Florida had no warning a confrontation with a National Guard soldier accused of beating his wife would turn deadly, the sheriff said.

Deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York used a stun gun to subdue Joshua Cartwright, but he was able to start shooting at them from the ground. Both Lopez and York died.

Man shoots at police 100 times in Vienna Township

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- A man barricaded in his home shot at police about 100 times before shooting himself in the chest.

No police officers were hurt.

"It was just by the grace of God that nobody was killed," said Sheriff Robert J. Pickell. The man, who had no previous criminal history, used three different assault rifles to shoot at police.

Richard Gary Schempf Jr., 47, was in critical condition at Hurley Medical Center on Saturday.

Mass. officer shot in the face, suspect caught

By O'Ryan Johnson
Boston Herald

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A five-year veteran of the Framingham Police Department was shot at least once last night in the face and cops were still hunting for a suspect this morning, police said.

Poplawski's statement, police reports detail Stanton Heights shootout

When Richard Poplawski learned the fourth victim of a deadly encounter at his Stanton Heights home survived with a wound to his hand, he callously responded, "Oh, I thought I got that one, too," investigators said Tuesday.

During interviews with police, Poplawski, 22, described how he fired extra bullets into the motionless bodies of Officers Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II "just to make sure they were dead," detectives said.

Pittsburgh prepares to remember slain officers

PITTSBURGH — The bodies of three slain Pittsburgh police officers will lie in state at a downtown municipal building, city officials announced Monday.

The viewing at the City-County Building will begin Wednesday afternoon for officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II. A memorial service will be held Thursday at an arena on the University of Pittsburgh Campus.

Domestic dispute turned deadly after man ambushed Pa. officers

PITTSBURGH — A 911 call that brought two police officers to a home where they were ambushed, and where a third was also later killed during a four-hour siege, was precipitated by a fight between the gunman and his mother over a dog urinating in the house.

The Saturday argument between Margaret and Richard Poplawski escalated to the point that she threatened to kick him out and she called police to do it, according to a 12-page criminal complaint and affidavit filed late Saturday.

3 officers killed in Pittsburgh shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them.

Police chief Nate Harper says the motive for Saturday's shooting isn't clear. Friends say the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Family, friends mourn slain Oakland officers

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of mourners gathered with the families of four slain Oakland police officers for a joint funeral Friday that drew law enforcement officers from around the world.

Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered for their dedication to their families, friends and a gritty job they loved despite the dangers.

Gunman kills 3 officers, wounds 4th in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. – A police officer was battling for his life and three more were dead after a parolee with an "extensive criminal history" opened fire at a routine traffic stop and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team searching for him.

The gunman was also killed Saturday, capping a day of violence that the Oakland Police Department said was the worst in its history. Never before had three police officers died in the line of duty on the same day. Continue reading

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