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CCJA Quickfire Recap: Final Week of July

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

Because of this, and the 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 25-27)

Philadelphia police were searching for two men who carjacked a woman before driving her SUV into to a group of people, killing three children.

Officials said that the suspects fled the scene after they plowed into the group selling fruit to raise money for their church.

After a third execution by lethal injection went awry in six months, the debate over whether there is a foolproof way to humanely kill condemned criminals has been renewed.

Death penalty opponents say any killing is an unnecessarily cruel punishment while proponents say they favor the most humane execution method possible.

Officer-worn cameras are spreading in Minnesota as smaller police departments are starting to see success in using the devices.

While the suburban police forces are warming to their use, larger have resisted public calls to use body-mounted cameras, saying they need more study.

A man wanted for violating his probation was arrested one day after taunting Anne Arundel County, Md. police on Facebook.

Police say that Roger Ray Ireland wrote in a post "Y'all will never catch me" before his arrest.

Monday (July 28)

A fugitive was killed and three law enforcement officers were wounded during a daytime shootout in New York City.

Officials say that Charles Richard Mozdir, who was wanted for in California for molesting a boy, wounded two U.S. Marshals and a NYPD officer.

A New York City parolee was found guilty in the slaying of a Nassau County police officer who saw him get in a car crash in 2012.

Darrell Fuller was convicted of killing Officer Arthur Lopez and a carjacking victim.

LAPD detectives say a trail of blood led from a victim's apartment to the crime scene.

Officials say they determined that USC graduate student Xinran Ji had been attacked earlier just blocks away after noticing a "significant amount of blood" that went from his apartment down to the street.

A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested over the weekend on charges he slugged an NYPD officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

Junior Bishop was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Tuesday (July 29)

An NYPD detective who was shot along with two federal marshals in a shootout with a fugitive on Monday was saved by his bulletproof vest.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said that Officer Mario Muniz was hit in the upper-right chest area, but that the bullet was stopped by the vest.

A man was convicted in the slaying of a Glendale, Ariz. police officer during a 2007 traffic stop.

A jury found Bryan Wayne Hulsey guilty of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Officer Anthony Holly.

Two men were arrested and charged in the carjacking of a woman and the deaths of three children they struck.

Philadelphia police say that Johnathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford sexually assaulted the woman in her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner.

More than 2,500 responders and rescuers who worked at the World Trade Center site following 9/11 have been diagnosed with cancer.

The number of cases has risen significantly from the 1,140 reported last year, and a growing number are seeking compensation.

Wednesday (July 30)

A midday traffic stop ended with the death of a veteran Mendota Heights, Minn. police officer.

A massive manhunt ensued for Officer Scott Patrick's killer and Brian George Fitch was arrested and charged in his death following a shootout.

Three people were killed and three Cumberland County, N.C. deputies were injured in a shootout after a domestic dispute at a mobile home park

One of the injured deputies underwent surgery for gunshot wound and a second was treated at the scene for a grazing wound.

Four teens were charged with murder in the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student.

LAPD officials say that Xinran Ji was beaten with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group.

The Pennsylvania State Police is faced with a lawsuit over the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for trooper positions.

A Justice Department lawsuit claims that the tests administered by the agency discriminate against women.

Thursday (July 31)

In the hours after a Mendota Heights was killed Wednesday, tributes poured in from across Minnesota.

Officer Scott Patrick was remembered for his decades of law enforcement service and his willingness to go above and beyond in any situation.

A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured.

Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara surrendered to authorities in Mexico and was returned to Lake Charles, La. where the crime took place.

Seattle police are investigating the conduct of a veteran officer who has written about 80 percent of the tickets for using marijuana in public this year.

Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said in a statement that the officer indicated he used a coin toss in one instance to decide who would be cited.

Friday (Aug. 31)

A suspect in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been extradited to the United States from Mexico.

Ivan Soto-Barraza is suspected in the slaying of Agent Brian Terry, which was at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren.

In the letter, the woman wrote that Officer Mike Nielsen made the stop a good experience for her grandchildren by talking with them calmly and giving them stickers.