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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Deputy in Kingwood, a Houston, Texas, Suburb

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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On Monday, October 16, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department allegedly shot and killed a suspect. The incident is being investigated by the Houston Police Department. Details of what allegedly happened follow.

According to authorities, the events leading to the alleged fatal police shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. on Kingwood Drive not far from Chestnut Ridge Road. A Montgomery County deputy stopped the driver of a motorcycle at the intersection of Loop 494 and Kingwood Drive. The stop was made because the deputy ran the license plate on the bike, and it showed up as invalid. The driver of the motorcycle took off, rather than comply; and the deputy lost the motorcycle during pursuit.

Another deputy constable identified the motorcycle and began following it. Authorities say the motorcyclist got into an auto accident and then ran to a gas station nearby. He then allegedly tried to commit a carjacking. The deputy arrived at the scene of the would-be carjacking and attempted to subdue the suspect.

The deputy deployed his stun gun, but it reportedly had no effect on the man. The suspect then allegedly grabbed for his backpack and pulled out a handgun. The deputy allegedly shot the suspect several times at about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the initial reporting, there was no mention of body cameras used by the officers involved. In many police stations across the U.S., body cameras are now standard equipment. This new procedure is an answer to widespread outrage over a few high-profile cases that have suggested that police engaged in misconduct of some kind. There are groups claiming that police officers are often involved in racial targeting, which is one aspect of the overall demand for more police accountability.

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One Man is Dead, After an Alleged Officer-Involved Shooting in Brownsville, Texas

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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In Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, police officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a man when the man they were looking for allegedly came at them holding a knife. Officers say they repeatedly instructed the man to put the weapon down. Authorities say that the man refused to do so, resulting in officers allegedly firing their weapons at him, in fear for their lives. The man was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As a result of the alleged shooting, several police officers will be placed on three days of administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting, according to J. J. Trevino, spokesperson for the Brownsville Police Department. The Texas Rangers are involved in the investigation.

According to the victim’s family, their loved one had been sleeping when the officers arrived at the door and knocked. The man’s aunt said she answered the door and a short time after that, she heard five gunshots fired. She claims that the man who was shot had not been holding a knife and that the family wants justice.

Since September 7, 2016, the Brownsville Police Department has been equipped with body cameras. At that time, the plan was for every officer to be equipped with a body camera before January 2017. There was no mention of body cameras, however, in the reporting of this story about the alleged deadly police shooting in Brownsville.

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A Family is Awarded $6.5 million in connection with an Alleged Fatal Police Shooting of a Mentally Ill Man

Friday, September 29th, 2017

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the family of a man killed in an alleged police shooting was awarded $6.5 million by a federal jury. The verdict was reached in less than two hours. Johnathan Rose was schizophrenic, and he was allegedly shot and killed in his own home on January 17, 2012. The alleged fatal police shooting occurred in Sacramento County, California. Law enforcement officers had been called to the home by Rose’s parents, who wanted help for their mentally ill son, who had become extremely agitated. Rose’s father, Ted Rose, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Sacramento County and the deputy who allegedly shot him. The father died, however, on the night before his testimony was scheduled in the trial. Other family members said that, with the verdict, justice and truth have prevailed.

The deputy who allegedly shot Rose was on patrol when the incident occurred, and he had been working at Sacramento County Main Jail shortly before returning to patrol duties. The deputy was answering the family’s 9-1-1 call and found that Rose was not armed. Rose was also not under arrest. However, the deputy claims that he feared for his life and was struck repeatedly by Rose, who weighed 261 pounds. The verdict is an indication that the jury did not believe the deputy had appropriate grounds to shoot Rose in self-defense.

This verdict is the latest among several multimillion-dollar judgments against Sacramento County in recent years. Just over a year ago, female deputies were awarded $3.6 million for alleged workplace retaliation. The six-year legal fight cost the county more than $10 million total.

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A Man who Rammed a Police Vehicle is Fatally Shot in an Alleged Police Shooting in Rockwall, Texas

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Police officers in Rockwall, Texas were dispatched to the Bent Creek condominiums area on a call about an alleged aggravated assault on a family member on September 21, 2017. Officers say that they saw the suspect, who then began allegedly ramming into police vehicles using his SUV. One officer then fired non-lethal beanbags at the man. A second officer then allegedly shot the suspect with his service handgun. The man’s name has not yet been released. He was quickly transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the police, the man who was shot had an active felony warrant for family violence. Police officers had reason to believe the man was in the area because of the earlier report of aggravated assault.

The police officer who fired non-lethal rounds is still on duty. Per department policy, the officer involved in the alleged fatal police shooting is now on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. The Texas Rangers will provide assistance to the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation into the fatal shooting.

Public trust of police officers and their use of force has come under a great deal of fire in recent years. Rallies, riots, and public outcries across the country are directed at police officers in regard to specific cases where fatal police shootings are perceived as being unjustified. The issue is complicated, since police officers undergo specific training to protect both the public and themselves in incidents involving possible criminal suspects believed to be a danger to law enforcement officers or others.

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In Josephine, Texas, Police Shoot a Man Armed with a Rifle

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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On Thursday, September 21, 2017, in Josephine, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas, police shot a man who was holding a firearm. The man had pulled his pickup truck in front of Josephine City Hall and got out holding a rifle. Officers say that they gave repeated commands for him to drop the weapon. When he did not comply, police allegedly fired multiple shots. Neighbors reported hearing up to ten gunshots. It’s unknown how many times the suspect was hit, and his identity has not yet been revealed. He was injured in the police shooting and said to be in serious condition. Afterwards, he was transported by medical helicopter to a hospital. No one else was harmed.

Josephine is in Collin County and has a population of about 1,300. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, police received a tip at about 4 p.m. that a person who had allegedly been in a disturbance of some kind at city hall a few days prior was on his way there again. Details of the initial disturbance were not provided. Law enforcement officers were already at city hall when the man arrived with a rifle.

The police shooting is being investigated by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers.

Police are under far more scrutiny than in previous times, with an increasing number of public outcries when shootings are believed to be racially motivated or instances in which excessive force was used.

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A Suspect is Fatally Shot Allegedly by Officers with the Amarillo Police Department

Monday, September 11th, 2017

On Friday, September 8, 2017, SWAT team members and negotiators with the Amarillo Police Department (APD) were called to a home in the 800 block of North Forest just after 4 p.m. They had received a report that a suspect was in possession of a handgun. According to Officer Jeb Hilton, an attempt was made to make contact with the suspect with both a bomb robot and a canine officer with APD. The suspect was hiding in the crawl space inside the home. The sound of muffled gunfire was heard, after which officers removed the canine officer from underneath the house. Police next used a chemical irritant in the crawl space. The suspect came out of hiding at around 7:39 p.m., and he was allegedly pointing a handgun at police officers. The officers opened fire, and the suspect was struck multiple times. Medical attention was immediately given at the scene. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The K-9 SWAT officer had allegedly been shot by the suspect, and he was transported to the Small Animal Emergency Clinic. The dog was treated and released.

The name of the deceased suspect was withheld so that relatives could be notified.

All of the officers involved in the alleged police shooting were placed on a three-day administrative leave, per department policy. The Special Crimes Unit of the APD is investigating the incident.

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Coroner’s Report on Ismael Lopez Confirms Alleged Police Shooting with a 9mm Pistol the Cause of Death

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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The death of Ismael Lopez in Southaven, Mississippi, on July 23, 2017, has attracted widespread attention. Jeffrey Pounders, the DeSoto County Coroner, said Lopez died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the weapon was a 9mm pistol. Lopez was allegedly shot in the head and died after Southaven Police Department officers went to the wrong address. Officers were looking for a man who lived just a few feet away from the Lopez residence. Tragically, the mistake of address on the part of police cost Lopez his life. The controversy surrounding the alleged fatal police shooting also centers around different versions provided by the police and family members.

According to his wife, Lopez was asleep until he heard the dog barking. He got up and the next thing she knew, shots were fired. The wife also said that when she went into the room and saw her husband lying on the floor, there wasn’t a gun near him. Although there were guns in the household, she said that her husband was not in possession of any of them at the time he was allegedly shot.

Police officers say that when they knocked on the door, it opened and a dog attacked them. The dog was shot and then they say they saw someone at the door holding a gun, and he refused to drop the weapon. Fires were allegedly shot through the front door, however, which doesn’t seem to track with what officers say happened.

The investigation into the police shooting incident continue, and there has been no mention of the use of body cameras, which could provide greater insight into what happened.

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Police in Houston, Texas, Allegedly Open Fire and Three are Shot, including a Woman in a Nearby Home

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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In the early morning hours on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, A driver in a black Cadillac SUV sped away when police officers in Houston, Texas, were attempting to pull the vehicle over for making an illegal U-turn on W. Bellfort. The officers chased the vehicle on Highway 59 in the southbound lanes. En route, two female suspects allegedly tossed bags out of the window, which officers believed to contain marijuana, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. The suspect vehicle ended up on Sunburst Street and struck a tree and a fire hydrant before allegedly intentionally backing into police vehicles twice. At this point, according to Acevedo, several police officers fired their weapons on the suspect vehicle. The driver and passenger were allegedly shot by police as well as a woman inside her nearby home. All three who were injured in the alleged police gunfire were transported to Ben Taub hospital. They are all expected to fully recover.

Chief Acevedo said that charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon are pending for both suspects. The officers who were involved in the alleged shooting have been placed on administrative duty while further investigation into the incident is conducted.

What will no doubt come under scrutiny is whether or not the actions of the officers were in keeping with protocol. Even then, the policies and procedures of the Houston Police Department may come under fire, due to the fact that a person completely uninvolved in the incident was accidentally shot.

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A Jury Awards a Police Shooting Victim $11.3 Million

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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In January of 2014, Hung Lam was allegedly shot by police and as a result became paralyzed and must use a wheelchair. Lam, a man in his mid-30s with mental issues, had been in his own yard holding a knife and threatening to hurt himself when a police officer said that she felt threatened and allegedly shot him in the back. The case has been in trial in San Jose, California, and on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the jury awarded Lam $11.3 million, to be paid by the City of San Jose.

The police officer who allegedly shot Lam testified that, although Lam first held a knife to his own throat, he then started walking toward her, sometimes forward and sometimes backward. She said that because he was still holding the knife, she feared for her life and fired her weapon.

A retired sheriff’s deputy also testified at the trial. The jury said that they believed his testimony. According to the retired deputy, the stabbing motions were only made toward Lam himself. In his opinion, Lam posed no threat to the officer who allegedly shot him.

When the incident occurred, Lam had just returned from two days of confinement in a psychiatric hospital. He was transported to his home, but Lam wouldn’t enter, saying someone was inside. At that point, Lam picked up a knife and caused neighbors to become concerned. One next-door neighbor called police and another attempted to calm Lam down from a distance of 10 to 15 feet. The neighbors claim that the police unnecessarily escalated the situation.

The jury found that unreasonable force was used, and Lam’s rights were violated as a result of the alleged police shooting. Damages were for pain, suffering, and economic loss.

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A Man Allegedly with Texas Warrants is Killed in a Police Shooting in Columbus, Georgia

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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On Monday, September 4, 2017, in Columbus, Georgia, a man with alleged warrants in Texas was allegedly shot by police on a domestic disturbance call. Officers went to a home on Ramsey Drive just before 4 pm, according to Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. They were responding to a domestic violence call. When the police were at the address, they allegedly got into a scuffle with 52-year-old James Fuller. The fight started when police made the discovery that Fuller was wanted on felony methamphetamine charges in Texas, and they were attempting to arrest him. A Taser was used, but Fuller was not subdued. He continued fighting and allegedly struck a police officer with a chair. Fuller then allegedly reached into a box, seemingly for a gun, and it was then that a police officer fired one round, striking the suspect. Fuller was transported to a nearby emergency room, where he died from the gunshot wound.

Police said that when they first got to the home, the woman was taken outside and placed in a police cruiser, for reasons that were not disclosed. Fuller was in the house with the police officers. The officers put his name through the national crime computer, and the outstanding Texas warrant came up. That’s when the struggle ensued that ended in the alleged fatal police shooting.

Police officers are being held more accountable than ever, which is hopefully reducing incidents of excessive force. At some point, if the police officers wore body cameras during this incident, the details of what happened could be made public. Even when videos are available, however, it is not always understood that actions police officers take are according to standard policy. Though officers may not be at fault, due to operating according to training procedures, needed policy changes can become a focal point.

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