Officer Quickfire News Recap: Fourth Week of October

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


A Eupora, Miss. police officer was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a high-speed pursuit.

Officer Keith Crenshaw was standing in the median of a highway after he deployed a spike strip and was run down by the fleeing vehicle.

Detroit's police chief announced at a press conference this week that an Officer Patrick Hill, who was shot in April and died of his injuries Saturday, was likely struck by friendly fire.

Police Chief James Craig criticized the slow pace of the investigation of the shooting which occurred as officers tried to arrest a homicide suspect and has ordered a review of department procedures.

A 14-year-old high school student in Danvers, Mass. was accused of killing a math teacher, whose body was found in the woods behind the school.

The body of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer was found in a wooded area near Danvers High School in the early morning hours.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2014 budget more than doubles the amount initially set aside for police overtime this year.

The increase reflects the continuing struggle for the city to prevent further violence on its streets.

Thursday (Oct. 24)

A man suspected of shooting a Howard County, Md. police officer a day earlier was taken into custody without incident.

Officials said Stephon Prather opened fire on officers on Route 1 in Laurel before fleeing into a wooded area -- setting off a half-mile-wide manhunt.

A Dallas police officer who shot a mentally ill man in an incident captured on surveillance video was terminated.

On the same day, a judge declined to sign a warrant for Officer Cardan Spencer's arrest and the case will instead go to a grand jury.

The Sheriff of Sonoma County, Calif. addressed the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who authorities say was pointing a pullet gun at deputies.

Sheriff Steve Freitas said that the deputies asked the boy, Andy Lopez, to drop the weapon, but instead he raised it in their direction. He called the incident a "tragedy" and said that he would do everything he could to ensure the investigation was thorough and transparent.

Friday (Oct. 25)

A gunman surrendered to authorities after releasing three people he held hostage in a North Carolina drugstore following a robbery attempt.

Belmont police officers were called to the store shortly after 1:45 a.m. and exchanged gunfire with the man before realizing there were hostages in the store.

A Tennessee National Guardsman was being held Friday and awaiting charges after shooting two of his superiors at an armory the previous day.

The sergeant first class had been disciplined before he opened fire with a handgun at the armory in Millington, Tenn.

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