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Officer Quickfire Recap: Second Week of January

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 (Jan. 10-12)

It was a deadly weekend for law enforcement officers as three died in the line of duty.

A Virginia State Police sergeant died early Saturday after he was found unresponsive in an unmarked patrol car that had veered off the road.

Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi, whose patrol struck a highway sign before running into an embankment, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy died following a cruiser crash late Sunday night.

Deputy David "Bubba" Johnson was killed in the single-vehicle wreck shortly before 11:30 p.m.

An Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office reserve died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while on duty Friday.

Deputy Terry Fisher was training a new deputy when he began feeling ill and left work early.

Monday (Jan. 13)

Two former Fullerton, Calif. police officers were cleared of in the death of a homeless man who died following a confrontation in July 2011.

Former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were both found not guilty of the charges.

The Fraternal Order of Police voiced its opposition of a Department of Justice nominee who worked on behalf of a convicted cop-killer.

Debo Adegbile helped defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was reduced to life in prison.

The Pasco County, Fla. Sheriff's Office says that an argument over texting in a movie theater ended with a retired police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him.

The former Tampa police captain, Curtis Reeves, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Chad Oulson.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is retiring at the end of the month, but he plans to continue wearing a badge.

Baca says that he plans to serve as a reserve deputy sheriff, which wear a badge, uniform and weapon, and receive the grand total of $1 a year in compensation from the department.

Tuesday (Jan. 14)

Two students were wounded after a classmate opened fire at a New Mexico middle school.

Police say a 12-year-old student holding a 22-gauge sawed-off shotgun opened fired inside the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School.

Police in Troutdale, Ore. released dashcam video that shows a woman jump off a bridge during a pursuit.

Officials say Rebecca Humphries, who was driving a stolen car, sustained only minor injuries after jumping into the frigid Sandy River.

DHS officials say that life is imitating art in New Mexico after discovering that distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region.

The drug mirrors the one depicted in AMC's hit television drama "Breaking Bad."

Wednesday (Jan. 15)

The family of fallen Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle is furious over the decision of a judge to toss his killer's death sentence.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina ruled last week that Edward Bracey, who fatally shot Boyle while he was inside his cruiser in 1991, was mentally retarded and shouldn't be executed.

A man who fatally shot two women inside a grocery store in Elkhart, Ind. was killed by responding police officers.

Officials say that officers who were nearby on an unrelated call arrived within three minutes and found the gunman pointing a semi-automatic handgun at the manager

A Rockland, Maine police officer was commended for preventing a "suicide by cop" attempt last summer.

Officer Joel Neal was presented with a medal by his chief for using a Taser to subdue a man who was threatening to kill himself with a gun, which turned out to be an airsoft pistol.

Thursday (Jan. 16)

Three dashboard camera videos released by departments in different areas of the country show officers dealing with various situations.

In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, video shows a police officer order a man to drop two knives eight times before fatally shooting him.

A review of the Aug. 25, 2015 incident found that Eric Byron Johnston was intent on "suicide by cop" and Officer Spencer Mortensen was cleared in the incident.

A woman's joyride in a Clackamas County, Ore. Sheriff's cruiser shows what unfolded after she allegedly stabbed a man in the back on March 15, 2013.

Tara Elizabeth Axmaker's expletive-filled commentary can be heard as deputies pursue her through back roads and around blind curves.

A dashcam video from Dallas, Texas has stirred debate over whether the December shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer was justified.

Senior Cpl. Amy Wilburn was fired after wounding a 19-year-old carjacking suspect on Dec. 9.

Friday (Jan. 17)

The U.S. Border Patrol this week unveiled wireless camera-equipped robots that let border agents remotely navigate tunnels and storm drainage systems.

 The agency is using the devices to keep agents out of harm's way in the places that smugglers use to sneak drugs, guns and people across the border. 

The Supreme Court has been asked to resolve divisions among federal and state courts over whether old rules should still apply in the digital age.

The justices are expected to soon rule whether they will hear appeals involving warrantless cellphone searches that led to criminal convictions and lengthy prison terms.

The Justice Department is expected to expand the definition of racial profiling.

The new wording would bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations.

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