Quickfire Recap: Second Week of December

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 (Dec. 6-8)

A Sandoval County, N.M. Sheriff’s deputy died Friday afternoon after being struck by a car.

Sgt. Robert Baron was investigating a weather-related crash when he was hit.

A San Antonio police officer was fighting for his life after being shot in the head early Sunday morning.

Officer Robert Deckard suffered the gunshot wound during a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 37 with two armed-robbery suspects.

A Marion County, Ore. Sheriff's deputy was recovering after being wounded during a shootout with a suspect in a rural area on Friday.

Deputy Jim Buchholz was searching for a suspect when he was shot. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a traffic stop in October was terminated.

Officer Elias Montoya later said that he plans to appeal the firing.

Monday (Dec. 9)

Two people were arrested with shooting a San Antonio police officer in the head over the weekend.

Jenevieve Ramos and Shawn Ruiz Puente were charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Officer Robert Deckard.

Federal authorities arrested 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's officials following an investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses.

Those arrested were charged with beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct the FBI's probe.

Congress renewed the expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns one day before it was set to expire.

The decision adds another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X-ray machines.

Tuesday (Dec. 10)

Three Miami-Dade, Fla. police officers were wounded and two suspects were shot dead after a drugstore was robbed at gunpoint.

The injured police officers were rushed to the hospital and are all expected to survive.

A Wilmington K-9 officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing after sending a police dog into a suspect's vehicle following a pursuit.

Officer Stafford Brister can then be seen approaching the vehicle's driver-side door in a dashcam video and lifting the dog into the open window.

NYPD officers conducted a late-night drill at a closed shopping mall last month to prepare for an incident similar to the mall massacre that occurred in Kenya earlier this year.

Commissioner Ray Kelly shared information on the training exercise during the annual SHIELD conference.

A couple and their two children were found alive in below-zero cold of Nevada's rugged mountains after a two-day search.

About 200 people had searched by land and air after the group of six failed to return Sunday from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock.

Wednesday (Dec. 11)

A Bell County, Texas Sheriff's deputy died following a cruiser crash earlier this month.

Deputy Adam Davis was responding to a call of a man displaying a gun on Dec. 1 when the crash occurred.

A former New Orleans police officer was acquitted of fatally shooting a man without justification in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

David Warren was serving a prison sentence of nearly 26 years when a federal appeals court threw out his 2010 convictions last year and ordered him a new trial.

A preliminary review by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office found that a deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy did not violate department procedure governing the use of deadly force.

Deputy Erick Gelhaus has been under intense scrutiny since October shooting of Andy Lopez.

Thursday (Dec. 12)

A SWAT team stormed into a home and fatally shot a man suspected of shooting a police officer and taking a woman hostage in Arlington Heights.

The wounded officer was shot in the neck and was listed in critical condition.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety detective resigned following the discovery that she was living in the country illegally.

Detective Carmen Figueroa apparently was told by her family that she was born in the U.S. though she was actually born in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials arrested 16 people in connection with a mansion party where guests walked off with some expensive loot.

Among the stolen items were medieval armor, scuba gear, Armani suits and a mounted snow leopard worth $250,000.

Friday (Dec. 13)

It's been a painful year in Newtown, Conn. as the town and police department attempts to move beyond one of the nation's deadliest shootings.

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 students and six adults.

The Mishawaka, Ind. Police Department is marking 10 years since the shooting deaths of two of its officers.

Cpl. Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler were killed by a suspect on Dec. 13, 2003.