Officer Quickfire Recap: First Week of February

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. 31-Feb. 2)

A Greensville County, Va. Sheriff's deputy missing was deceased in his vehicle in a creek hours after he was reported missing on Friday.

Deputy Percy Lee House's body was discovered by a dive team dispatched to the scene not far from where the vehicle was last reported.

A fugitive suspected of killing one Utah County, Utah deputy and wounding another died Friday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a shootout with law enforcement officers a day earlier.

Authorities say Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui fatally shot Sgt. Cory Wride while he was still behind the wheel of his cruiser during a traffic stop.

The fate of thousands of criminal cases is now uncertain after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement made a stunning revelation Saturday.

Officials said that a law enforcement chemist allegedly stole pain pills for years from an evidence room in the Panhandle, compromising the cases he worked on.

New NYPD Commissioner William Bratton entered a packed auditorium at police headquarters Friday for his first promotion ceremony to the fabled U.S. Calvary tune "Garryowen."

The entrance, which combined both pomp and humor, is said to be typical of Bratton's leadership style, which is expected to set a new tone for the department.

Monday (Feb. 3)

Authorities in Waynesboro, Va. were searching for a reserve police captain after he went missing over the weekend.

Three siblings were charged in connection with the disappearance of Capt. Kevin Wayne Quick later in the week and on Thursday, law enforcement searching for him said that they believed they found his body in a rural area.

Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012, there's been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings.

A report found that there have been at least 11 school shootings during this academic year, in addition to other cases of gun violence, in school parking lots and elsewhere on campus where classes were not in session.

In a tragedy at a school in a different part of the world, police in Moscow, Russia say a 10th-grade student armed with two rifles burst into his school and killed his geography teacher and a police officer before being taken into custody,

Investigators said that the boy's father played a key role in helping to free students being held as hostages and that none of the children in School No. 263 were injured.

Tuesday (Nov. 4)

A convicted killer who managed to escape a Michigan prison was recaptured in Indiana after a sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Officials say that a LaPorte County Sheriff's deputy pulled over the car driven by Michael David Elliot, who attempted to run before being arrested.

A Cobb County, Ga. police officer was shot and wounded during a traffic stop near Marietta.

The officer was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and authorities were searching for three suspects; two men and a woman.

Christine Lacy, whose husband killed two St. Petersburg police officers in her house before authorities destroyed it trying to find him, has sued the city, asking to be compensated for the damages.

Hydra Lacy fatally shot K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger on Jan. 24, 2011.

In the future, vehicles might see a deadly collision coming, even if the driver doesn't.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that vehicle-to-vehicle communications could prevent up to 80 percent of accidents that don't involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.

Wednesday (Feb. 5)

A Taylor County, Fla. Sheriff’s deputy was listed in critical condition following a shootout at a car dealership that left the gunman dead.

Deputy Robert Lundy was getting his patrol car serviced at the Timberland Ford dealership in Perry Wednesday when an employee drove through the showroom's front window and began firing a semi-automatic shotgun.

A report released this week details the difficult decisions faced by Oregon City, Ore. police officers who were forced to leave a wounded colleague behind.

Officer Robert Libke lay bloodied and motionless after the shooting, but it was later discovered that he showed signs of life, though officers were worried they could be ambushed by the gunman if they approached the scene.

A civilian oversight board found that eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy when they mistakenly shot at a pickup truck during the manhunt for former officer Christopher Dorner last year.

On Feb. 7, police guarding the Torrance home of a high-profile target named in Dorner's manifesto opened fire on a pickup truck they thought was his, injuring two women.

A man was shot to death in Arvada, Colo. by police after holding a 13-year-old boy hostage for nearly 18 hours.

Police say Don Pooley had skipped a meeting with his parole officer last month and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Thursday (Feb. 6)

Albuquerque, N.M. police this week released body camera videos from officers involved in the pursuit and shootout with a suspect last October.

Christopher Chase, who stole a police cruiser and wounded four law enforcement officers, was shot eight times by police.

Detectives with the Alachua County, Fla. Sheriff's Office named a serial killer and sex offender who died in prison last year as their prime suspect in the 1989 disappearance of a University of Florida student.

Officials say that Paul Rowles likely abducted the Tiffany Sessions,who disappeared while going for an evening walk 25 years ago.

San Diego police officers were convinced that they found a woman wanted by Michigan authorities for a 1977 prison escape because of her eyes.

Officers said that the woman's eyes seemed to fit the 1976 mug shots of Judy Lynn Hayman and led to her arrest.

There were two workplace shootings in Vancouver, Wash. this week in as many days.

One shooting occurred at a paint company on Monday while another occurred at a public health building on Tuesday.

Friday (Feb. 7)

The number of homicides and other violent crimes that turned Chicago into a national symbol of gun violence have fallen sharply.

The city led the nation in homicides in 2012 with more than 500 and ended 2013 with 415 homicides -- the lowest total in nearly a half-century but still far more than any other U.S city.

The NYPD is currently weighing the benefits of equipping its officers with Google Glass.

The high-tech glasses could potentially give officers facial recognition capabilities as well the ability to match suspects names with those contained in databases used by various law enforcement agencies.

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