June 21, 2012 |
I SHOT A MAN in the head Tuesday. I didn't realize how easy it could be, or how little time I'd have to think about it. I never thought of what might happen to him or the consequences I would face. I couldn't. My adrenaline had taken hold, and all I could think of was suppressing the fear and surviving — surviving the two shots he'd fired at my bulletproof vest and the car stop that had gotten me into this mess, and then making sure he didn't shoot anyone else. It was unreal.
May 15, 1996 |
The paroled robber is lucky the SEPTA cop was wearing a bulletproof vest, the prosecutor said. And so is the cop. If Officer Raymond Shaw hadn't been prepared, he might not be alive, said Assistant District Attorney Anthony Stefanski. The bullet fired by the pot-smoking gunman struck Shaw's vest and bounced off onto the Broad and Wyoming subway platform last Nov 1. Robert Kirby, 19, also known as Robert Young, of Wellens Avenue near 3rd Street, pleaded guilty Monday to trying to kill Shaw.
June 2, 1999 |
The cops could have blown the gunman away. But instead of returning fire at 80th Street and Lyons Avenue on April 18, 1998, cops kept their cool and chased the shooter into a nearby apartment and caught him, said Assistant District Attorney Lynn Nichols. Yesterday, paroled robber James Lee, 28, also known as Hakim Gamble, was convicted by a jury of attempting to murder Officer Craig Jones and simple assault charges for firing shots at two other cops and a civilian. Common Pleas Judge James J. Fitzgerald revoked bail and deferred sentencing pending a background report.
January 4, 2008
For the second year in a row, the Internal Affairs Unit is investigating shootings by Philadelphia police officers in the first minutes of a new year. In each case, police fired after responding to reports of revelers recklessly shooting their guns into the air - a dangerous tradition that seemingly won't go away despite annual appeals to stop. It may be too early to judge the appropriateness of the deadly force used in Tuesday's shootings, which left five people, including a 9-year-old boy, wounded.
May 23, 1988 |
Police charged a 23-year-old Roxborough man with several counts of assault yesterday after an early-morning shooting in which an officer was slightly wounded, a police spokesman said. Another officer also was slightly injured in the incident. Police said Officer Leonard Bowen, 41, of the Fifth Police District, was grazed by one of seven bullets fired at him and another officer, Caroline Lawson, 26, as they chased a man in the 400 block of Roxborough Avenue about 2:30 yesterday morning.
November 15, 2011 |
A paroled burglar who absconded from a Philadelphia halfway house Nov. 6 fired on police from his suburban motel room Sunday night, then apparently took his own life as a SWAT team closed in, according to police. Police in Lower Providence Township said they issued a warrant for Ricardo Soraya Noris, 48, of the 3800 block of Germantown Pike, Collegeville, after they learned he was wanted for a parole violation. When officers received a tip that Noris was staying at the Blue Eagle Motel on Ridge Pike in Collegeville, they knocked on his door and were met with "several gunshots" from inside the room.
April 14, 2011 |
TRUMANN, Ark. - Wounded in the neck and scrambling away from a gunman, a young Arkansas police officer managed to shove his sergeant out of harm's way before dying in a shootout, witnesses said yesterday. Two of the people who were in a car pulled over by Officer Jonathan Schmidt said the policeman died a hero - saving the life of Sgt. Corey Overstreet before taking on suspect Jerry Lard in a late-night gunbattle. "So many shots you can't even count," said April Swanner, 30, a passenger in the car and a high-school classmate of the fallen officer.
December 10, 2012
3 killed in Calif.; gunman dies PORTERVILLE, Calif. - A man shot three people to death and wounded another on a California Indian reservation, and was fatally wounded himself hours later in an exchange of gunfire with sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle, authorities said Sunday. Officials said Hector Celaya, 31, also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him when he was apprehended about 2 a.m. One had life-threatening injuries and the other was less seriously hurt.
April 18, 2007 |
Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center The killings on the Virginia Tech campus, the worst such rampage in our history, might have been mitigated if just one member of the faculty or a student had the means to return fire. I have owned guns for decades. On rare occasions, I have had to "show" one of my guns to people with bad intentions. Not surprisingly, they changed their plans to take my money and do me harm. The Virginia Tech killings confirm the value of empowering ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons.
May 8, 2002 |
THEY LINED up the heroes along a wall to wait for the handshake some of them nearly died earning. A voice called their names, and they took turns stepping onto the stage at Fraternal Order of Police Hall for the 90 seconds of recognition we give a cop who risks his life to save someone else's. It's just enough time for Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, Managing Director Estelle Richman and their district commanders to surround the beaming hero for a quick photo holding up the unframed citation that will go into his or her personnel folder.