Officer Quickfire News Recap: Third Week of October

Here are some of the news stories you may have missed that ran on our site during the week.


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 (Oct. 11-13)

A man accused of shooting a New Hanover County, N.C. Sheriff's detective was killed by officers Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Devone Smith fatally wounded following a car chase and a foot pursuit that ended in a wooded area. Authorities said the 30-year-old shot Detective Michael Spencer near a public housing development on Oct. 10.

Police in Missouri were busy on a manhunt of their own early Friday after two Jefferson County deputies were shot and wounded.

The suspect, identified as Shawn Keith Nims, jumped out a window of a nearby home and was shot dead by police six hours after opening fire on Deputies Nina Oisa and Michael Toombs.

The Chicago Marathon went off without a hitch on Sunday amid tighter security following the deadly Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.

Police and event organizers instituted new safety measures following April's tragedy, but the character of the race remained unchanged.

Police in Bellingham, Wash. used pepper spray to disperse hundreds of rioting college students Saturday night near Western Washington University.

Officials said the students threw glass bottles, dishes, cinder blocks, lawn chairs and cans at police officers and their cruisers.

Monday (Oct.14)

An arrest in one of New York City's most notorious cold cases brought a sense of relief to the investigators who worked the case.

Conrado Juarez was charged in the 1991 "Baby Hope" slaying in which a 4-year-old girl's body was found stuffed in a picnic cooler along a highway.

Law enforcement members are criticizing the decision by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to charge an officer with voluntary manslaughter.

Randall Kerrick was arrested in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man just hours after the incident while most police agencies usually take weeks and sometimes months to complete similar investigations.

A Boston police officer became an overnight sensation after his celebration during a Red Sox game went viral.

Officer Steve Horgan can be seen on duty in the bullpen with his arms raised in jubilation as Tigers right fielder Torii Hunters flips over the fence while failing to catch a grand slam hit by Red Sox player David Ortiz.

Tuesday (Oct. 15)

The Cleveland Police Department suspended 63 officers following a review of a pursuit that left two people dead late last year.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said the suspensions were the result of disciplinary hearings, which found the officers violated orders and department rules during the incident that ended in the firing of 137 shots.

Two Memphis police officers were shot during a standoff as they attempted to arrest a man later found dead in the home that was engulfed by flames.

Officers Timothy Jackson and Paul Hutchinson were wounded by Aaron Dumas as they confronted the man who was wanted on attempted murder charges.

An Aurora, Colo. police officer who responded to a deadly theater shooting testified that suspected gunman James Holmes gave him a "a self-satisfying offensive smirk."

Officer Justin Grizzle recalled the night of July 20, 2012 during a pretrial hearing over Holmes' statements to police before he was read his Miranda rights.

Parole was denied for a man convicted in the 1992 slaying of a John Day, Ore. police officer.

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision deferred the release of Sidney Dean Porter, who is serving life in prison for killing Officer Frank L. Ward.

Wednesday (Oct. 16)

An Austin, Texas lieutenant was killed in a two-vehicle wreck while driving to work.

Lt. Clay Crabb lost control of the black unmarked police cruiser in the rain, causing the vehicle to hydroplane and veer into oncoming traffic.

The Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a Kansas court decision that overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who admitted killing Greenwood County's sheriff.

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