Officer Quickfire Recap: First Week of January

Jan. 10, 2014
Here are some of the news stories you may have missed that ran on our site during the week.

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

Because of this, the 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. 3-5)

An Odessa, Texas police officer was injured when he was struck by truck driven by an Ector County Sheriff's deputy.

Officer Donny Rocha Jr. was pursuing a suspect on foot when the incident occurred.

A Watauga, Texas police officer shot a man in the head Friday afternoon as the man stabbed his pregnant girlfriend.

The officer, who was just blocks away when a call came in, arrived to find one woman lying on the ground and another being stabbed by the man.

Detroit's top cop grabbed some headlines over the weekend target=new>after opening up about his views on the issue of gun ownership during a press conference late last week.

Police Chief James Craig told reporters that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them.

Doctors say that psychological trauma suffered by a Spokane County, Wash. Sheriff's deputy may prevent him from returning to the job.

Deputy Eric Johnson was one of the first on scene after fugitive Charles Wallace opened fire on fellow deputies Mike Northway and Matt Spink in June 2012.

Monday (Jan. 6)

A Winchester, Va. police dog underwent surgery after breaking its leg while responding to a reported burglary Friday night.

K-9 Kota was attempting to get to one of the suspects who was hiding in a crawl space when the dog fell through the ceiling to the floor below.

Law enforcement agents in New Jersey are focused on combating sex trafficking ahead of next month's Super Bowl.

Many believe the state's sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers.

A federal judge ruled that Chicago ordinances banning the sale of guns within the city's limits in an effort to reduce gun violence are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect constitutional rights.

Two vintage firearms gathering dust in the Forsyth County, N.C. Sheriff's Office armory still may serve a purpose.

Chief Deputy Brad Stanley presented a proposal to exchange the two guns and drum magazines for 88 new Bushmaster rifles, a trade valued at about $60,000.

Tuesday (Jan. 7)

A Florida inmate was executed for fatally stabbing a corrections officer with a sharpened spoon while on death row in 1980.

Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was executed in the same prison where he killed Corrections Officer Richard Burke.

Facing the prospect of a tough reelection bid Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire.

Baca made gave an emotional speech in which he talked of his 48 years in the Sheriff's Department.

A veteran Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was shot Tuesday morning while serving a warrant to a fugitive in York County, S.C.

Officer Shane Page, who was shot twice in the midsection, was expected to recover after undergoing surgery. The suspect, who was wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, also was wounded in the shootout.

A Tulsa, Okla. police officer caught a baby that was dropped to him as residents desperately tried to escape an apartment fire.

Officer Alan Franks was waiting below as the mother and her boyfriend dropped the toddler from a balcony into his waiting arms.

Wednesday (Jan. 8)

Newly inaugurated Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh selected Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans to take on the role permanently.

Evans is a 31-year veteran of the police department and has held leadership roles for several years.

The police chief of Middleport, N.Y. and a Niagara County sheriff's deputy are being lauded for their actions after they rescued four children and two women from a fire.

Police Chief John J. Swick said he and Deputy Shannon Rodgers were on State Street when the call came in about 9:45 a.m. about the fire at 143 Telegraph Road.

A Pasco County, Fla. Sheriff's detective, who is a member of the Missing Persons Unit, helped reunite a dog with its owner after it fled a car crash.

Detective David Boyer was at his home last week when he spotted a small dog near his sheriff's office-issued SUV parked in the driveway.

Prosecutors say scores of retired New York City police officers, firefighters and corrections have been charged with faking psychiatric problems to get federal disability benefits.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance says four ringleaders coached the officers in a scheme that goes back to 1988 and included some who said they suffered ailments after 9/11.

Thursday (Jan. 9)

The trial of a man accused in leading Prince George's County, Md. police on a pursuit that resulted in the death of an officer came to an abrupt ending.

A mistrial was declared just three days after it began for Kevon Neal, who was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the 2012 death of Officer Adrian Morris.

A California-based Wicks Brewing Compnay has created two beers honoring fallen San Bernardino County Detective Jeremiah MacKay and Riverside Officer Michael Crain.

Both Crain and MacKay were murdered during former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner's rampage last February.

Friday (Jan. 10)

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced that it has closed its enforcement office in New York City and has turned over the responsibilities to the NYPD.

For all its 147 years, the ASPCA served as the primary law enforcement agency for animal abuse and neglect in NYC.

The Philadelphia Police Department recently distributed 5,000 tactical tourniquets its patrol officers.

So far, the new initiative has already helped save two lives.

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