Archive for the In Memoriam Category


A City’s Loss

This is an absolute shame. Time for the politicians to get their act together and stop sugar coating the situation. It is also time for parents to start parenting their kids properly. The absentee father situation is particularly disturbing to me. My Chicago PD friend says that he can’t wait to retire and get the hell out of Chicago…This comes from a guy that grew up loving the city…. This story is reprinted from The Chicago Tribune: Last week, as a soft rain fell, Tom Wortham stood on the Cole Park basketball courts across from the home his grandfather built half a century ago. The 30-year-old Chicago police officer …Read more […..]

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Ga. officer, mistaken for coyote, fatally shot

JASPER COUNTY, Ga. — A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer was shot and killed in middle Georgia by a hunter who apparently mistook the ranger for a coyote.Officer Christoper Arby Upton, 37, was on routine patrol in the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Recreation Area in Jasper County on Friday when he was shot by Norman Clinton Hale, 40, of McDonough.The incident happened about 11 p.m. in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest near Monticello, according to a statement from the USDA Forest Service.Hale and another man were hunting coyote in the area. Hale and his hunting partner called 911 and reported the incident, but …Read more […..]

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Calif. officers attacked in shootout identified

Detective Joel Wahlenmaier was killed, and Officer Javier Bejar is not expected to liveAssociated PressFRESNO, Calif. — Investigators believe the gunman who killed a California deputy in a mobile home shootout was a former security guard who once had a permit to carry weapons, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press Friday.A person close to the investigation said suspect Rick “Ricky” Ray Liles, 51, who also died in the shooting, was named in a search warrant involving previous arsons and random gunshots that was being served when Thursday’s gunbattle erupted.The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because …Read more […..]

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Killed Because They Were Cops

“Reprinted with permission of the author and American Police Beat.” In the Line of DutyBy Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO, January 1, 2010This past year has been punctuated by intense bursts of violence against our nation’s peace officers. Fifteen law enforcement officers have been shot to death over the last 12 months in just five separate multiple-death incidents.The most recent of these heinous acts occurred just after 8 am, on Sunday, November 29, 2009, when a lone gunman walked into a Pierce County, Washington coffee shop and opened fire on four officers from the Lakewood (WA) Police Department who …Read more […..]

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Ga. cop ambushed, killed with high powered weapon

First Atlanta-area officer to be killed since 2008CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, Ga. — People come to Chattahoochee Hills to escape the urban encroachment and anger.Yet on Monday, even this idyllic countryside setting southwest of Atlanta couldn’t provide a safe haven for one of its own peace-keepers. After traveling down a dirt road shortly after noon, police Lt. Mike Vogt was ambushed and fatally shot by someone using a high-powered weapon, turning tranquility into a den of police activity.”We will be turning up the heat and trying to find the perpetrators of this horrific crime,” said Col. Jeff Holmes of the Fulton County Sheriff’s …Read more […..]

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Detective Paul Reno Remembers His Grandfather In Video

Nice video of an Officer who sees his Grandfather’s name–and the Grandfather’s Partner’s name– on the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. The story has a unique twist too. Detective Paul Reno of the Sterling Heights Police Department remembers his grandfather, Officer Hiram J. Reno and his grandfather’s partner, Officer Seymour Lawler, of the Detroit Police Department. Detective Reno recalls his first visit to the Memorial in 2001 and the emotional impact of seeing his grandfather’s name on the wall. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAjZyKU6ELE&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

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Ariz. cop shot, killed during traffic stop

PHOENIX — A police lieutenant from a Phoenix suburb was shot and killed during a traffic stop and after a 50-mile chase, the two suspects stopped in the middle of a road and were wounded in a “gun battle” with officers, authorities said Friday.Lt. Eric Shuhandler, a veteran of the Gilbert Police Department, was wounded about 11 p.m. Thursday near Mesa and rushed to a hospital, where he died, said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino.The two men who allegedly were involved in the fatal shooting were identified as Christopher A. Redondo, 35, of Globe, and Daimen Irizarry, 30, of Gilbert, Marino said.They were wounded after …Read more […..]

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