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Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: Third Week of June

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis. Because of this, the Officer.com staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (June 14-16)

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital Friday nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries.

Officer Richard Donohue walked out of Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches with his wife to the applause of more than a dozen fellow officers.

Texarkana, Texas Officer William Jason Sprague died Saturday after police say an SUV at the scene of a disturbance call intentionally struck him early Friday morning.

Sprague was called to Grady T. Wallace Park around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit by the vehicle while attempting to make contact with the driver.

An Alachua County, Fla. Sheriff's deputy had a close call after he was saved by his bulletproof vest on Saturday as a suspect with a violent past opened fire on him.

Deputy William Frank Williams and his partner were outside of an apartment complex they were called to talking to a man when the convicted felon pulled out a pistol and shot the deputy once in the chest.

A standoff ensued and the suspect was later found dead on a couch in an apartment with a gun by his feet.

Monday (June 17)

Park rangers, wildlife refuge workers and U.S. Park Police experienced more assaults and threats from visitors last year than in 2011, according to newly released report.

More than one-quarter of the incidents involved some sort of violence against the employee or officer, according to the report by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

The Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can use a person's silence against them if it comes before he's told of his right to remain silent.

The 5-4 ruling by the justices comes in the case of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of a 1992 murder.

John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced in a note sent to ICE employees that he's leaving the post at the end of July.

Morton said that he is leaving after more than four years with the agency to take a position at a private company, but did not identify the company.

A small town Ohio police chief has gained national recognition for his department's Facebook page's popularity.

The Brimfield Township Police Department's page has 49,000 fans and its leader, Chief David Oliver, doesn't mince words, regularly taking criminals to task on the social media site.

Tuesday (June 18)

A judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley.

Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a police raid in May 2010.

One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was arrested in the resort city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico one day after his name was the 500th added to the agency's list.

Walter Lee Williams, 64, was wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children.

An NYPD police dog was kicked in the face while breaking up a brawl in a Midtown subway station.

A 6-year-old German shepherd named Bear suffered four broken teeth and a cut on his tongue as he helped an officer break up the fight involving four women.

Wednesday (June 19)

An NYPD sergeant took the stand against a Latin Kings gang member who is on trial for shooting him in the head on Jan. 31, 2012.

Sgt. Kevin Brennan recalled chasing 23-year-old Luis "Baby" Ortiz through the Bushwick Houses in Brooklyn before he was shot at point-blank range.

Also in New York City, police unions claim that a new bill being considered by the City Council would "blindfold" them.

Union officials claim the bill would let officer use little more than the color of a suspect’s clothing in descriptions and that it would send crime rates soaring.

In Texas, a rookie Aransas Pass police officer had quite a surprise when a monkey attacked him during a traffic stop.

When Officer Keith Moore reached into a truck he pulled over to hand the driver a pen to sign a citation, a monkey hiding in the back seat lunged at him. The entire incident was captured on the 21-year-old officer's sunglasses' camera.

Thursday (June 20)

Federal judges ordered California Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately begin freeing state inmates.

Citing the state's "defiance," "intransigence" and "deliberate failure" to provide inmates with adequate care in its overcrowded lockups, the judges said it must shed 9,600 inmates by the end of the year.

Immigration legislation is gaining momentum in Congress and includes a so-called border surge that would double the size of the Border Patrol with 20,000 new agents.

Officials also said it would complete 700 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico and purchase new surveillance drones to track would-be illegal border crossers.

The younger brother of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier has launched an effort to establish a national holiday to honor responders.

Andrew Collier has launched a petition drive on the website Change.org and also has the backing of U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.

Friday (June 21)

A DEA agent was killed in an apparent robbery attempt in Bogota, Colombia after the taxi he was riding in was intercepted by another cab.

Officials said that Special Agent James "Terry" Watson was stabbed him three times in the chest and once in the leg.

President Barack Obama chose a former George W. Bush administration official to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

James Comey, a former federal prosecutor, would replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, who steps down Sept. 4.

Colorado lawmakers this week passed a new law that requires people to show a firearm instructor in person that they can safely handle a gun before they get a concealed weapon permit.

The legislation is an attempt to close an Internet-era loophole they didn't envision 10 years ago.

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