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Officer Quickfire Recap: Fourth Week of May

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 (May 23-25)

A Salt River, Ariz. police officer died Saturday after being shot during an early morning traffic stop in Scottsdale.

Officials say that Officer Jair Cabrera made the stop near a gas station when shots were fired by one of the suspects inside the vehicle.

The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage Friday night.

Police say the actions of Elliott Rodger, who took his own life, were foreshadowed by a video he posted on the Internet.

A Nassau County, N.Y. gang unit has been reassigned to regular patrol duty.

The highly decorated unit is the latest casualty in the county's effort to curb increasing police costs.

Albuquerque police officers fatally shoot a man who allegedly attacked a woman and slashed the throat of a man who came to her aid.

Deputy Chief William Roseman played audio recordings from the officers, in which they yelled at him to drop the knife and he yelled back for them to shoot him.

Monday (May 26)

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach by a transient in Long Beach.

The deputy was listed in stable condition while the suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Four men were charged after two people were injured in a Memorial Day shooting on Florida's Clearwater Beach.

Officials said the shootings arose from fights between groups of people inside a parking garage.

Chicago police shot and killed a knife-wielding man who allegedly chased paramedics.

Police say an officer on patrol encountered the man after he chased paramedics and jumped on and off a moving fire truck.

Dallas' top cop has a called the controversy surrounding the department's training academy a "hot mess."

Police Chief David Brown spoke about complaints about professional standards at the academy.

Tuesday (May 27)

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of six police officers in West Memphis, Ark. who were sued over a fatal pursuit.

The court was unanimous in holding that the officers who fatally shot driver Donald Rickard did not violate his constitutional rights.

Since mass killings are rare, experts say there's no way to predict who has deadly intentions and who will take action.

They say that mass murderers tend to have a history of pent-up frustration and failures, are socially isolated and vengeful, blaming others for their unhappiness.

Arranging evidence burns can prove to be tricky because rules are different everywhere, allowing more leeway in some jurisdictions than others.

L.E. agencies have used crematories, foundries, hospital incinerators or specialized businesses and have even torched drugs in 55-gallon drums.

El Paso, Texas police were investigating two mysterious messages painted onto billboards in the border city that included mannequins dressed in suits hanging from nooses.

Billboard companies confirmed that the painted messages were vandalism and not paid advertisements and have since been removed.

Wednesday (May 28)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed in a rollover crash near Benson, Ariz.

Agent Alexander Giannini was traveling with another agent when the single-vehicle crash occurred.

A lawsuit has been filed by the widow of a Jupiter, Fla. motorcycle officer who was struck and killed during a motorcade for President Obama in 2012.

Fallen Officer Bruce St. Laurent's widow blames the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for failing to provide a clear path for the motorcade.

Thousands of NYPD officers will soon be carrying emergency antidotes to help deal with the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

The state is providing the police department with $1.17 million from civil and criminal forfeiture cases to pay for 19,500 kits intended to equip patrol officers.

A Facebook post helped police hunt down an alleged kidnapper after a day-old infant was snatched from a Quebec hospital.

Police issued an Amber Alert on Monday night after the newborn was abducted from the mother's hospital room in Trois-Rivieres.

Thursday (May 29)

A New York State Police trooper was intentionally hit by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Broome County.

Trooper Christopher G. Skinner was struck on the side of I-81 while he was outside of his patrol vehicle by a driver who fled the scene before being taken into custody.

A Jacksonville police officer recently gave a boy the birthday that had been stolen from him after an auto burglary.

Officer Derek Pratico went to a store the next day and bought a new birthday present, cake and birthday card for the boy and also purchased a $100 gift card for the child's mother.

More than 100 Seattle police officers filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to block mandated reforms by the Department of Justice.

The officers called the reforms "mechanical" and unrealistic use-of-force policies.

Friday (May 30)

A Chicago police officer has been awarded with the department's highest honor for the second time in her career.

Officer Jameka Sherrod received the medal this year and previously earned on for a 2009 incident -- the first time an officer has been honored twice in the more than the half century that the Police Medal has been handed out

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit worn by the comic book hero Iron Man.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit would monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.

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