CCJA Quickfire Recap: Second Week of July

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis.

Because of this, and theĀ Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy present the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (July 4-6)

It was a tragic weekend for law enforcement in Indiana as the state lost two officers in the line of duty.

A veteran Indianapolis police officer was killed during a shootout with a suspect in an alley Saturday night.

Officer Perry Renn was fatally wounded as he and another officer exchanged gunfire with the man.

A Gary, Ind. police officer was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car Sunday morning.

Officials say that three people, including a "person of interest," were taken into custody in the slaying of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

Two Lakewood, Colo. police officers were wounded in a confrontation with a man they were checking on him at his home Saturday night.

Authorities said that a third officer arrived on the scene and returned fire stopping the gunman.

Louisiana officials plan to redeploy 50 state troopers and public safety officers to help with law enforcement following a deadly shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street.

Ten people were shot on June 29 in the city's French Quarter, one of them fatally.

Monday (July 7)

It was a violent weekend on the streets of Chicago during the long Fourth of July weekend.

In all, at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, from Thursday through Sunday.

Two law enforcement K-9s were killed and a third was injured during separate incidents in different parts of the country.

An Anchorage police dog was recovering after it was stabbed multiple times with a pocket knife while pursuing a suspect early Saturday morning.

The 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named MP underwent emergency surgery for three stab wounds and is expected to survive.

The Glassboro, N.J. Police Department was mourning the death of a K-9 that died after it broke out of its kennel Saturday night.

Officials suspect that K-9 Anka was stressed due to private July 4th weekend fireworks displays that reported in the area, causing her to pull away the fencing from her kennel.

A K-9 with the Ventress Correctional Facility in Dale County, Ala. died during a search for a suspect.

K-9 Tracker was fatally wounded during a shootout with Billy Wayne Lomaneck, who was wanted in connection to a rape and incest case.

Tuesday (July 8)

Hundreds of New York City police officers have been reassigned as part of "Operation All Out."

The NYPD is taking 313 officers away from desk duty and putting them on patrol for 90 days to fight the spike in shootings across the city.

The Los Angeles Police Department is no longer heeding federal immigration requests.

The LAPD is joining other L.E. agencies that have stopped the practice of holding who might be deportable past their jail terms upon the request of the government unless a judge has vetted the request.

Protesters on denounced a prosecutor's decision not to file criminal charges against a Sonoma County, Calif. deputy who fatally shot a teen after mistaking a pellet gun for an assault rifle.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced Monday that her office cleared Deputy Erick Gelhaus of any criminal responsibility for shooting Lopez on Oct. 22.

An Indianapolis police officer wrote a poem following the deaths of three Indiana law enforcement officers in eight days.

Officer Jeff Webb's poem laments the loss of his comrades as departments across the state come to grips with the tragedy.

Wednesday (July 9)

Hundreds of public safety workers were honored for their service in response to the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Connecticut State Police honored more than 300 people, including state and local police, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, paramedics, psychiatrists and forensic examiners.

A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a Cedar Hill, Texas police officer on fire..

Another officer shot the suspect and a total of three officers were burned at a chicken wing restaurant where the incident occured.

Hundreds of Memphis police officers have called in sick over the past week in protest of a decision by city officials to reduce their health care subsidies.

About a quarter of the 2,200-person force has called out in since June 30.

The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow vowed to complete a comprehensive investigation in weeks instead of the usual months.

Thursday (July 10)

Even though it's illegal to fly UAVs just about anywhere in New York City police are concerned that civilian use of the devices in such a tightly packed metropolis could carry significant risks.

NYPD officials believe the devices have the potential to become a tool for terrorists while UAV enthusiasts say the "doomsday" scenarios are far-fetched.

Authorities in Spring, Texas were searching for answers after a gunman killed four children and two adults after forcing his saw into his sister-in-law's home a day earlier.

Harris County Sheriff's Office charged Ronald Lee Haskell, who is also accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl, with multiple counts of capital murder in the killings.

Mental health professionals will work side-by-side with police officers in Yolo County, Calif. starting in the fall.

Nearly $1.9 million in state grants will allow four "community-based crisis response" teams and vehicles to work with police in Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

Friday (July 11)

The NYPD this week announced a pilot program with SST Inc. in which ShotSpotter rooftop sensors will be installed throughout the city.

The two-year demonstration project will cover up to 15 square miles and the devices will be mounted on rooftops and other high locations throughout the city.

Bangor Police Department in Maine believes it has "quacked" the code for finding followers on social media.

The 80-officer department has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck dubbed the "Duck of Justice" were recently added.