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Officer Quickfire Recap: Third Week of April

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 (April 11-13)

A 16-year-old boy was charged on Friday with setting a mattress fire that led to the death of a veteran NYPD officer.

Marcell Dockery faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the death of Officer Dennis Guerra.

A Taylor County, Fla. Sheriff's deputy shot by a suspect returned home Friday, more than two months after the incident.

Deputy Robert Lundy was getting his patrol car serviced when he was wounded by a gunman who opened fire at the Timberland Ford dealership in Perry on Feb. 5.

A man was charged with killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday.

Authorities said that Frazier Glenn Cross is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage over the weekend had police seeking answers from the mother and other family members.

Megan Huntsman is accused of killing her babies after giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006.

Monday (April 14)

A Polk County, Wis. Sheriff's deputy who was paralyzed in a shooting 23 years ago succumbed to his injuries.

Deputy Michael J. Seversen was shot in the jaw by a suspect during the shooting that killed Burnett County Deputy Allen A. Albee on April 19, 1991.

Thousands turned out to honor an NYPD officer who died last after trying to save residents from an apartment fire.

Officer Dennis Guerra died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning he suffered when he and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, became trapped in a building elevator.

A suspected bank robber died in a hail of bullets during a midday shootout with Manatee County, Fla. deputies.

Lt. Robert Mealy was shot in the arm while attempting to stop the suspect and is expected to make a full recovery.

Media in New York City shared the story of a NYPD official who recently adopted a woman she comforted as a baby 30 years ago following a notorious massacre.

Officer Joanne Jaffe, now Chief of Community Affairs, scooped up 13-month-old Christina Rivera following the Palm Sunday tragedy on April 15, 1984 and has watched over her ever since.

Tuesday (April 15)

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together to mark the first anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Solemn ceremonies were dedicated the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured and the people who helped them.

Hours following those ceremonies, a man was taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line and was charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said the man dropped the backpack at the scene of last year's bombings and told an officer that it contained a rice cooker.

A pair of Chicago police officers, who spotted a burning home, caught two boys who jumped from the upstairs windows.

Officials said the officers shouted instructions to break the windows and jump into their arms.

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.

Wednesday (April 16)

A Portland police officer wounded in a shootout with burglary suspects said that his K-9 partner that was killed saved his life.

Officer Jeff Dorn is recovering after he was shot and K-9 Mick was fatally wounded. Police say that three suspects are in custody.

New York City has agreed to pay $11 million to a former officer who was permanently disabled in a 2006 cruiser crash.

Officer Joseph Sosa was in the passenger seat when his partner sped through a red light while responding to a 911 call and crashed into two other vehicles.

New FBI technology, which includes a sharper fingerprint identification system, is helping police solve cold cases.

The federal agency's Next Generation Identification system recently helped solve the 1997 slaying of a teenage runaway from Illinois whose remains were found in Wisconsin.

Police in Lincoln, Neb. said that a toddler was found inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley after his mother reported him missing.

Officials say the 24-year-old woman called 911 after her 3-year-old son went missing from her apartment and he was later found inside the machine, surrounded by toys.

Thursday (April 17)

Attorney General Eric Holder urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse.

The Justice Department says that 17 states and the District of Columbia are taking steps to increase access to the drug narcan and that it has resulted in more than 10,000 overdose reversals since 2001.

A dashcam video released this week shows an allegedly drunk and suicidal man fire more than a dozen shots at a Maquoketa, Iowa police sergeant.

Officials say that Aaron Scott opened fired on Sgt. Brendan Zeimet the morning of April 1 and that the officer returned fire seven times, striking the suspect once in the leg. Scott fled the scene and later was found inside his truck, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A Pulaski Township, Pa. used an unusual tactic recently while attempting to track down an alleged flasher.

Sgt. Chad Adams went undercover after unidentified man was allegedly preying on Amish children. He donned a dress, cloak and bonnet borrowed from local Amish women to attempt to catch the man in the act.

 

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