Officer Down
More female officers killed in the line E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

A convenience store camera had caught the entire incident on videotape – every horror-filled moment. Nicola Cotton, a 24-year-old New Orleans police officer, had been brutally murdered while attempting to arrest a rape suspect. It was a Monday morning, January 28, 2008.

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Famous LE deaths in US History E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

Harry Aurandt’s life was tough in the beginning. His father died before his second birthday. But his mother did a fine job raising him, and eventually Harry led a very successful life as a devoted family man and police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, however, Officer Aurandt’s life would end as tragically as it began. On Sunday evening, December 19, 1921, Harry and Tulsa’s chief detective, Ike Wilkinson, were driving on a road five miles from the city when they spotted a suspicious vehicle and stopped to investigate.

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Holiday dangers for Law Enforcement E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

While thousands of others gathered to celebrate the New Year in downtown Baltimore on December 31, 2007, Courtney G. Brooks, a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer, was setting out cones along a busy interstate highway to keep commercial vehicles from coming into the city. Corporal Brooks, 40, was one of many officers that night who were giving up their own time with family and friends so others could enjoy the holiday.

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Released offenders a deadly threat to law enforcement E-mail
Written by Kevin P. Morison   

For two decades, Franklin Township (NJ) Police Sergeant Ippolito “Lee” Gonzalez distinguished himself as a no-nonsense cop who had a keen eye for suspicious activity and never shied away from following his instincts. The night of May 6, 1995, was no different. At 10:30 p.m. – just a half hour before the end of his shift – Sergeant Gonzalez pulled over a suspicious vehicle occupied by two men. Working alone, he called for backup, but by the time assisting officers arrived, it was too late. As Sergeant Gonzalez was examining the driver’s license, he was shot twice, and died a few hours later.

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FBI Issues Annual Report on Officer Deaths and Assaults E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

More than 59,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted last year, according to the most recent statistic from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. The annual report also shows that 57 officers were "feloniously killed" in 51 separate incidents for the reporting year 2007 in its' line-of-duty-deaths section. That's up from 48 in the previous year. "Offenders used firearms to kill 55 of the 57 victim officers. Of these 55 officers, 38 were slain with handguns, eight with rifles, and eight with shotguns," according to the Bureau.

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Hispanic officers make the ultimate sacrifice E-mail
Written by Kevin P. Morison   

Mario Moreno’s life ambition was to give back to his beloved community of San Antonio. Born and raised there, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from McCollum High School and served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. But after four years of honorable military service, he chose to return home. While completing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Wayland Baptist University, Mario joined the San Antonio Police Department in 1996. He excelled as an officer and was promoted to detective in June 2007, landing an assignment with the elite “Repeat Offender Task Force,” which targets some of the most violent recidivists in the city.

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Sgt. murdered by bank robbers E-mail
Written by APB staff   

In Philadelphia, details are emerging from an incident where three ex-cons used disguises and high-powered weapons in a bank robbery where Philadelphia Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was murdered. Liczbinski was shot in cold blood by suspect Howard Cain. “I’m going to let him have it,” Howard Cain, 33, allegedly said as he turned his high-powered rifle on Liczbinski. Police shot Cain and killed him just minutes later.

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2007, 181 officers made the ultimate sacrifice E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

Mellie McDaniel was on her way home from the grocery store, talking with her husband, Jackson County (FL) Sheriff John P. McDaniel, on her mobile phone. It was a little before 5 p.m. on January 30, 2007. As she pulled into her driveway, she suddenly became concerned; another car had pulled in behind her. She reported this suspicious activity to her husband, and then she let out a long scream. Sheriff McDaniel immediately radioed for officers in the area to respond to the scene. Within two minutes Deputy Harold Michael “Mike” Altman, 42, arrived at the Sheriff’s residence. He called in a Michigan license plate to the dispatcher and then was heard to say over the radio, “Get off me!” There was no further radio communication.

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Danger on the roads E-mail
Written by Kevin P. Morison   

Law enforcement service seemed to be in David Rich’s DNA. A 17-year veteran of the Indiana State Police himself, Master Trooper Rich’s father is a retired Indiana State Police trooper and a former two-term sheriff of Miami County, Indiana. His brother is an Indiana State Police captain. So when Trooper Rich, on his way home from work last July 5, spotted what appeared to be a stranded motorist, he did what came naturally: he stopped to help. Unbeknownst to Trooper Rich, the vehicle was stolen and the suspect was armed.

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Philadelphia Heroes Remembered E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   
Philadelphia Police Officer Charles "Chuck" Cassidy was determined not to let the street thugs take over his beloved city. He had seen more than his share of violence up close and personal. Last March, he and his partner chased down and arrested two armed felons just moments after they shot a man. More recently, on October 23, 2007, he responded to an armed robbery at a local café. The owner, Kelly McShain Tyree, had been tied up and left in the basement.
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A risky job, some lives are lost E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   
Calvin W. Jenks told co-workers that he became a Tennessee State Trooper to follow in the footsteps of his step-grandfather, a retired lieutenant with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. By all accounts, he was an aggressive, hard-working trooper who loved his job and always had a smile on his face. On the night of January 6, 2007, Trooper Jenks pulled over two teenagers, ages 17 and 19, along a highway near Memphis. During the traffic stop he smelled marijuana from inside the vehicle. 
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