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Georgia Officer Fatally Shot, K-9 Critically Wounded at Traffic Stop

<p>Officer Edgar Flores of the DeKalb County (GA) Police Department was conducting a traffic stop on Thursday evening when a subject fled on foot, opening fire on Flores as he ran. Flores was struck and subsequently died from his wounds. Image courtesy of ODMP. </p>

Officer Edgar Flores of the DeKalb County (GA) Police Department was conducting a traffic stop on Thursday evening when a subject fled on foot, opening fire on Flores as he ran.

Flores was struck and subsequently died from his wounds.

Other officers then sought to apprehend the offender, and when a police K-9 located the subject a gunfight ensued. The K-9 was critically wounded and the gunman was killed.  

Officer Flores had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for 18 months, according to ODMP.

 

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Source: Police Magazine

New York Man Attacks Sheriff, Good Samaritans Intervene

Wyoming County (NY) Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was driving to work when a man began to tailgate him, flashing his lights. Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the other driver needed assistance. That’s when Rudolph came under attack.

The driver—identified as 48-year-old Lynn Hall—exited his vehicle, approached Rudolph, and attempted to get the sheriff’s gun.

Two Buffalo News newspaper deliverers subsequently intervened, helping Rudolph to take Hall into custody.

Hall is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which are felonies, as he allegedly tried to stab Rudolph during a physical altercation.

“I am very fortunate to live and work in such a kind and caring community and to have such support from loved ones, family, friends and peers that have made this incident easier to endure,” Rudolph said in a statement.

 

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Source: Police Magazine

West Virginia Man Accused of Battery on Officer and K-9 Partner

According to the Cabell County (WV) Sheriff’s Office, a 33-year-old man is accused of accused of battery on an officer after an altercation with an officer and his K-9 on Thursday.

Bradley Allen Moore has been charged with two counts of battery on an officer and obstruction.

According to the Herald Dispatch, deputies were performing an area check after a caller reported a suspicious person to 911. The caller told dispatchers the suspicious person came into a gas station claiming to have been chased by a person with a knife.

Deputies made contact with the suspect allegedly standing in the middle of the roadway. The suspect then reportedly opened the rear passenger door of the squad car and assaulted K-9 “Jimmy.”

Officers removed the subject from the vehicle and took him into custody.

 

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Source: Police Magazine

Tennessee Officer Attacked in November Nearer to Returning to Duty

Officer B.K. Hardin of the Knoxville (TN) Police Department was directing traffic on a Saturday in late November when an unknown assailant ambushed him with a strike to the head with a blunt object—possibly a hammer or tire iron—severely injuring him.

According to WBIR News, the 51-year-old officer said at a news conference on Friday that he is recovering well, and hopes to soon return to full duty, but remains frustrated that he cannot help investigators identify his attacker.

“I didn’t see him and I think that’s the toughest thing for me to deal with,” Hardin said. “I want to know what my suspect looks like, where he may be. Not being able to give any details to investigators has been frustrating on my side of it.”

Harden also spoke about the suddenness of the attack, saying that in one instant he was helping pedestrians to safely navigate through traffic, and in the next he was just trying to stay upright.

“The world started spinning,” he remembered.

An off-duty firefighter from another county happened to be nearby with medical supplies on hand. He treated Hardin until the officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. Harding was released from the hospital two days later.

He has been dealing with concussion symptoms since his injury, but is optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

The Fraternal Order of Police has offered a $5,400 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The TBI has offered $2,500. An anonymous community member from Oak Ridge pledged an additional $5,000. The total reward is now up to $23,400.

 

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Source: Police Magazine

Georgia Officer Recovering from Shooting at Traffic Stop

Officer Joe Yother of the Calhoun (GA) Police Department is recovering after he was shot Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC News.

Police say 27-year-old Tameka LaShay Simpson was in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Jael Estefania De La Rosa Silie when Simpson opened fire on Yother.

Yother was hit in the chest. He says his mobile phone in his front pocket deflected the bullet.

“I heard her shot. I got hit. I felt it go in—it felt like it went inside of me because the impact was so great,” said Yother.

Yother returned fire, fatally wounding Simpson.

Silie is in police custody for unrelated charges.

 

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