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South Africa tells public to be ‘on alert’ after 14 lions escape from Kruger National Park

South African officials are warning the public to “be alert at all times” after a group of more than a dozen lions escaped from one of the country’s biggest game reserves.

Rangers spotted the 14 animals from Kruger National Park roaming Friday around a mine near South Africa’s border with Mozambique, the BBC reported.

“Employees at Foskor Mine and members of the public are hereby advised to be alert at all times,” the Limpopo provincial government posted on Twitter, noting their intent is to capture the lions and release them back into the reserve.

Kruger National Park covers 7,523 square miles of land and according to the BBC, is mostly fenced off. It’s not clear how the lions got loose.

BOY, 2, KILLED BY LEOPARD AT KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

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A pride of lions is seen at a game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, in 2019. (Reuters)

MOUNTAIN LION KILLED AFTER CHILD ATTACKED IN SAN DIEGO WILDLIFE PRESERVE

The escape comes just two days after a leopard mauled a 2-year-old boy inside the park.

In that attack, the leopard managed to access an area where staff members lived, officials say.

“The offending animal was found and shot dead to remove the danger of another person falling victim,” read a statement from the park.

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“In parks like the KNP predators do interact with tourists and staff and at times it may result in species like leopard getting habituated to people and losing their fear,” the statement said. “The change in natural behavior can then lead to unfortunate incidents such as this.”

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Five bodies found on Himalayan mountain where climbing group — including 2 Americans — vanished a week ago

Five bodies were discovered Monday by a search and rescue team looking for several climbers — including two Americans — who vanished on India’s second-highest mountain, an official said.

The bodies likely are some of the eight climbers who disappeared on Nanda Devi last week following an avalanche, Dr. Vijay Kumar Jogdande, a civil administrator in the state of Uttarakhand, told the Associated Press. The team had been trying to ascend an unclimbed and unnamed peak on the mountain’s eastern side, rising 21,250 feet above sea level, when disaster struck.

“There is always a fear that people going for the rescue may get stuck there,” Jogdande said, noting the bodies were spotted by Indian Air Force pilots before the rescue operation was suspended for the day due to heavy snowfall and high winds.

An operation to find the other three mountaineers is set to resume Tuesday, Jogdande added, cautioning the trio may have been buried when an avalanche struck the section of the mountain where they were attempting their ascent. Government officials are currently consulting the Indian army and Indo-Tibetan Border Policy regarding the retrieval of the bodies.

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Climbers pose for a picture before leaving for their expedition in Munsiyari town in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India May 13, 2019. (Handout via REUTERS)

MISSING CLIMBERS IN HIMALAYAS FACE ‘BLEAK’ CHANCE OF SURVIVAL, OFFICIAL SAYS

The missing team, led by British climber Martin Moran, began its ascent of the peak on May 13. It included four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian liaison officer.

The team had last been in touch with base camp on May 26, according to four members of the expedition, all British nationals, who had remained there, hemmed in by the heavy snowfall, and rescued Sunday.

Amit Chowdhary, a spokesman for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, said that, when the team at base camp stopped receiving radio updates from the other expedition team, one person went to look for the missing climbers the next day.

“There was a trail of the climbers there and the trail ended in an avalanche. There was evidence of a very large avalanche,” Chowdhary said.

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The group was attempting to summit an unclimbed peak on Nanda Devi East in India. (iStock)

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After the team did not return by Friday, authorities began a search that included an Indian Air Force helicopter that was able to trace the climbers’ “last-known location and footmarks,” Jogdande told Reuters.

“Chances of survival are bleak,” he said Sunday.

The route to the Nanda Devi peak begins in the Munsiyari area, about 80 miles from Pithoragarh. Mountaineers traverse on foot about 55 miles from Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp.

Moran’s company posted to Facebook on Sunday it was working with authorities and the British Association of Mountain Guides to “gather information regarding the Nanda Devi East expedition team.”

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The statement added the company was  “deeply saddened by the tragic events unfolding” on the mountain. It also revealed the last contact from the group was that “all was well” and a summit bid was made from a camp at around 17,700 feet.

“It is not entirely clear what happened from this point onwards or indeed the timeline of events,” the statement read, in part. “We are pressing for the search area to be widened and continued until such time as firm evidence is found to ascertain the well-being or otherwise of all those in the climbing group.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Georgia sergeant who served in Army for 21 years is gunned down while investigating robbery

A police sergeant who spent more than two decades in the U.S. Army is being mourned Monday after he was gunned down over the weekend in Georgia while responding to a robbery call.

Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, 50, was shot and killed Saturday in Savannah by a gunman who later died after he himself was shot when he allegedly pointed a gun at responding officers. A procession of officers were reported to have lined the streets in the coastal city on Monday as Ansari was transported from a local hospital to the crime lab of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who are tasked with looking into the death.

“We lost a man who spent a substantial portion of his life protecting the country and protecting the community,” Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said. “We lost a husband, we lost a father, and we lost a leader.”

Ansari, who spent 21 years in the U.S. Army before joining the Savannah Police Department, was set to mark his 11th anniversary of working there this September, the department said. Throughout his police career, Ansari served as a patrolman and investigator before advancing to the rank of sergeant. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

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Sgt. Kelvin Ansari spent 21 years in the U.S. Army before joining the Savannah Police Department. (Savannah Police Department)

OFFICERS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2019

The GBI says Ansari was called Saturday to investigate an alleged robbery outside of a barber shop. The gunman, identified as 49-year-old Edward Fuller III, was accused of taking money and items from an individual after striking them with a weapon.

“When officers arrived on scene, they began their investigation into the robbery, but Fuller was thought to have left the area,” the GBI said. “As the officers were continuing that investigation, Fuller was in a vehicle nearby, unknown to the officers.”

Investigators say when Ansari walked near the vehicle, Fuller sprang out and “immediately” started firing, striking him and his colleague.

Responding officers later tracked down Fuller to a shed behind a home in the area. He was hit and wounded by an officer’s gunshot after emerging from the shed and pointing his gun at them, the GBI said.

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“Ansari and Fuller both succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased following lifesaving measures,” the agency added. Ansari’s colleague was treated and released.

“Our community owes these men and all those who wear the badge a debt of gratitude,” Mayor Eddie DeLoach said.

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Border Patrol official to Congress: ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this problem’

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A top U.S. Border Patrol official tells Fox News that the immigration situation unfolding in America is “no longer constrained to the border” – forcing other officers to be pulled away from their duties to deal a crisis that is “beyond the breaking point.”

Chief Rodney Scott of the agency’s San Diego sector made the comments on “Fox & Friends” Friday while noting that agents have arrested more than a half a million people at the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year.

“We have had to pull multiple CBP officers away from other duties, which means trade and travel are getting slowed down, it means international flights are going to be slowed down,” he said. “We have pulled in several hundred people across DHS that are literally administrative employees to help feed and care for these people.”

RURAL BORDER CITY OF YUMA IN EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN CRISIS WITH SURGE OF MIGRANTS

“But we are beyond a breaking point,” Scott added. “And without action from Congress to create a consequence to illegal entry we can’t arrest our way out of this problem.”

Scott also said the number of people that are getting arrested at the border appears to be increasing every day.

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“We’ve actually topped over half a million arrests… that’s only in the first several months of this year,” he told ‘Fox & Friends’. “We haven’t seen those types of numbers since 2009 and those were for the entire year, not for just half the year.”

To fix the situation, Scott says “we need to detain people in custody until they get their hearing” while also sending more judges down to the border and “expedite the immigration review process.”

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Brian Terry’s brother says Dems, Nadler ‘turned their back on an American hero’ to protect Eric Holder

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The brother of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry said Democrats like Rep. Jerry Nadler — who is leading the charge to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt – “turned their back on an American hero” years ago to protect Obama administration official Eric Holder.

Kent Terry’s comments on “Fox & Friends” Friday come as the House is debating whether to hold Barr in contempt over his handling of the Mueller report’s release.

Holder, the last attorney general voted to be held in contempt by the House, was done so for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, where Justice Department officials tracked thousands of guns smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border but did nothing to stop them.

Brian Terry’s death in 2010 brought that scandal into the national spotlight as two guns tied to it were found at the scene of his murder.

NADLER ONCE SLAMMED HOLDER CONTEMPT VOTE, NOW LEADS CHARGE AGAINST BARR

“They turned their back on an American hero to protect Eric Holder,” Kent Terry told ‘Fox & Friends’, when asked if what is happening to Barr now gave him flashbacks to how lawmakers dealt with Holder. “It’s sickening. It’s just sad that they are dishonoring my brother that way.”

Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sang a different tune about Holder, tweeting at the time that the campaign against him was a “shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote” and participated in a walkout with more than 100 other Democrats.

‘Fox & Friends’ host Steve Doocy also pointed out the “irony” of the current situation – that Barr is being criticized for not providing an unredacted copy of the Muller report, while Kent Terry is seeking an unredacted version of the Fast and Furious file.

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“That’s all I’ve been asking [for] since day one and I’ve been getting a runaround, mostly from the Democratic side than the Republican side,” he said. “You got people like Grassley, Issa, Chaffetz and Gowdy that were hanging in there fighting for my family and going up against these kids on the Democratic side.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Officers killed in the line of duty in 2019

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Working in law enforcement is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, but as of early May — 2019 is shaping up to be the least deadliest year for officers in the line of duty since 1965, according to data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

As of May 9, 40 officers have died in the line of duty, from causes ranging from being hit by vehicles to suffering medical emergencies. The last time the overall number was at 40 — at this point in the year — was in 1965.

Here are the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2019 while trying to protect the lives of Americans.

May

Trooper Matthew Gatti

Gatti, a 24-year-old Tennessee State Trooper, was killed in a crash on May 6 while responding to a call about a car fire along Interstate-40.

Officials told WMC-TV that while heading to the scene, Gatti had lost control of his police cruiser and struck a tractor-trailer before hitting into another tractor-trailer.

In June, he would have celebrated his one-year anniversary of joining the state’s Highway Patrol, according to the Jackson Sun.

Police Officer Anthony Neri

Neri, a 63-year-old officer in Sanibel, Fla., “passed away of natural causes” on May 6 after he “collapsed during a training exercise,” the department said.

Officials added that Neri had a 30-year career as a Revenue Officer with the U.S. Department of Treasury, while also serving as a police officer in New Jersey’s Union Township.

Police Officer Robert McKeithen

McKeithen, an Air Force veteran and longtime officer with the Biloxi Police Department in Mississippi, was gunned down in the parking lot of their headquarters on May 5.

McKeithen earned a Medal of Valor for saving special needs children from a flooded home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but his 24-year police career came to an end when the suspect shot him multiple times, for reasons still unknown.

The search for his alleged killer ended after another officer from the department spotted the suspected gunman walking along the side of the road in a city 30 miles away.

K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon

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K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, was killed in North Carolina in May. 

Sheldon, 32, was shot and killed on May 4 while conducting a traffic stop in Mooresville, N.C., outside of Charlotte.

It’s not clear what caused Sheldon to stop the suspect’s vehicle, but the alleged killer was later found dead in his apartment from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Mooresville’s police chief said. Sheldon was a 6-year veteran of the department and was with his K9 dog Ramon at the time of the shooting.

“The pain and sorrow that we feel is — can’t express it,” the town’s mayor, Miles Atkins, said at a news conference regarding Sheldon’s death.

April

Special Agent in Charge Liquat A. “Leo” Khan

Khan, an Army Criminal Investigation Command special agent, died on April 30 after he collapsed during a physical fitness test at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

The 51-year-old, who joined the Army after 9/11 and went on to serve two combat tours during a career spanning more than 15 years, was found lying on a road. He was taken by an ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn, Jr.

Wynn, who worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, drowned on April 19 after getting thrown from a boat while responding to a call about a possible body floating in a lake near Pine City. His body was recovered from the frigid waters after a search that lasted five hours.

The state’s governor, Tim Walz, described Wynn was an outstanding officer who was admired and respected by his colleagues and served with dignity and pride.

He is survived by his wife and two children, ages 5 and 11.

Police Officer Kyle Olinger

Olinger, an officer with the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, died on April 18 from complications linked to a gunshot wound he suffered during a traffic stop in 2003.

One of the passengers in the vehicle Olinger pulled over in Silver Spring that year fired a round and hit him in the neck, leaving him paralyzed.

Prior to joining the Montgomery County Police Department, Olinger was an officer in Reading, Pa., for six years.

Deputy Sheriff Justin Richard DeRosier

DeRosier, 29, was shot and killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of a disabled vehicle blocking a roadway northeast of Kalama on April 13. He was struck shortly after arriving at the scene and died during surgery, officials said.

“Deputy DeRosier made a huge impact in his short career and will forever live in our hearts and mind,” the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement following his death. DeRosier’s killer was the half-brother of a man who killed a police chief in Oregon eight years ago, authorities later said.

A 2012 graduate of Washington State University and a deputy since 2016, DeRosier is survived by his wife and young daughter.

Sergeant Steven L. Licon

Licon, a motorcycle officer with the California Highway Patrol, was killed on April 6 after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Authorities said it appeared Licon was struck by an “errant driver” on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, according to reports at the time.

The 57-year-old served with the highway patrol for nearly three decades and leaves behind his wife, daughter and step-daughter.

Deputy Sheriff Spencer Allen Englett

Englett, 29, died on April 4 from a “traumatic medical event” he suffered at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Pickens County, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ron Freeman said Englett collapsed during his first day of training there and was rushed to a local hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

Englett had joined the sheriff’s office in May 2017 after working for authorities in Baldwin County.

Detective Benjamin J. Campbell

Campbell, a Maine State Trooper, was killed on April 3 after being hit by a stray truck wheel while responding to the scene of a disabled car along Interstate-95 in Hampden.

Campbell, 31, was attending to the vehicle when two wheels detached from a truck passing by, state police said.

“On behalf of the people of Maine, I express our deepest and unwavering gratitude for Detective Campbell’s service,” Gov. Janet Mills said at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and infant son, who is less than 1-year-old.

March

Trooper Gerald Wayne Ellis

Ellis, an Illinois State Trooper and U.S. Army veteran, was killed on March 30 on Interstate 94 in Lake County. The 36-year-old was traveling home in his squad car when a wrong-way driver struck him head-on.

The vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound expressway lanes. Ellis was an 11-year state police veteran, and the agency’s director, Brendan Kelly, described the loss of him as “bitter salt in an open wound.”

Trooper Brooke Jones-Story

Jones-Story, also an Illinois State Trooper, was killed just two days before Ellis while conducting a traffic stop.

“During the inspection… a truck tractor semi-trailer combination veered off the roadway, struck Trooper Jones-Story’s squad car, whose emergency lights were activated, struck the commercial motor vehicle she was conducting the inspection on and fatally struck Trooper Jones-Story, who was outside of her vehicle at the time of the crash,” said the agency’s acting director Brendan F. Kelly.

Jones-Story, a 12-year veteran who “paid the ultimate sacrifice,” leaves behind her husband, two step-children and a step-grandchild, as well as other family members, he added.

Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera

Herrera was conducting a traffic stop on March 22 in San Elizario — about 25 miles southeast of El Paso — when a man in the vehicle opened fire, striking him multiple times, authorities said.

The 35-year-old with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office was wearing body armor during the attack and a spokesman said the “rounds that actually struck some of the more vital areas of his upper body were stopped by the vest.” But Herrera succumbed to his injuries two days later at a local hospital.

Herrera did not return fire during the incident and the shooter fled on foot along with a female passenger. Deputies found the pair hiding in a tool shed a few blocks away from the crime scene and the alleged gunman is now facing a capital murder charge.

Police Officer Paul Thomas Rutherford

Rutherford, a U.S. Air Force veteran and longtime member of the Phoenix Police Department, was killed on March 21 after being hit by a vehicle in the western part of the city.

Police officials said the 51-year-old officer was struck where police were investigating a collision. Rutherford, who served the department for 23 years, reportedly was attempting to respond to another call about a reported incident across the street and was hit while trying to cross it.

The driver of the vehicle, identified only as a 40-year-old woman, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. Sgt. Tommy Thompson said officers determined she was not impaired.

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Shane Thompson

Thompson, 42, was gunned down on March 19 after he and a fellow Kittitas police officer responded to a driving complaint and attempted to stop a vehicle.

After a short pursuit, the suspect exited the car and exchanged gunfire with the officers, killing Thompson and wounding his colleague. The suspect was also shot and later died.

Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said the killing of Thompson was the first fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer in the rural county in 92 years

Corporal Daniel H. Groves

Groves, a member of the Colorado State Patrol, died on March 13 after being struck by a vehicle as a blizzard hit parts of the state.

He was assisting a vehicle that slid off Interstate 76 in Weld County when someone driving a Volvo “lost control” and hit Groves, who was outside of his patrol vehicle, Colorado State Patrol said at the time.

Groves had served in the Patrol since July 2007.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Howard Keltner

Keltner, of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, was killed in the line of duty on March 7 while trying to arrest a man on a burglary warrant at a hotel in Rockford. The suspect allegedly shot him in the head.

Keltner leaves behind a wife and two young children. Sheriff Bill Prim called the deputy a “great guy” and a “fine man.”

His alleged killer — who reportedly has a lengthy rap sheet — is now back in jail on a first-degree murder charge. He had been let out of prison last January for good behavior — and after fleeing the scene of the shooting, led responding officers on a high-speed chase and engaged them in a tense standoff before finally being arrested.

Police Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg

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Midland Police Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg, 28, was killed in March in Texas.

Heidelberg, 28, died on March 5 while responding to a call in the early morning hours about a security alarm going off at a home in Midland, Texas.

Authorities said other Midland Police Department officers heard Heidelberg loudly announce that police were at the residence before he went inside and was allegedly shot by the homeowner.

Heidelberg, a five-year police veteran, was struck just above his protective vest. He later died at a hospital. The property owner is now facing a second-degree manslaughter charge, but his attorney claims he thought a home invasion was under way and he only opened fire to protect his family.

February

Sergeant Steve Hinkle

Hinkle, with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot on Feb. 23 when a welfare check at a home in the area morphed into a firefight.

The suspect opened fire at police who showed up at the property and then barricaded himself inside, prompting an hours-long standoff in which officers returned fire.

Hinkle was struck at one point and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Police eventually entered the home and found the suspected shooter dead. Hinkle, who served the department for 32 years, succumbed to his injuries days later.

Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger

Galinger, who had just graduated from the Chattanooga Police Department’s academy, was in his second month on the job when he was allegedly hit and killed by a driver on Feb. 23 while inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it due to heavy rain.

The suspect who fled the scene turned herself in hours after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put her on its Top Ten Most Wanted list.

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy said the community “lost not just an officer. We lost a son, a father, a friend, and a protector.”

Undersheriff Monty Thomas Johnson

Johnson died on Feb. 21 in Oklahoma after another vehicle crossed the center line of a highway and struck him head-on.

The Pawnee County undersheriff was “always extremely helpful and he really cared about helping people,” Ken Moore, the assistant police chief in Yale, told KTUL following his death.

Lieutenant Daniel Duane Hinton

Hinton, a longtime Florida Highway Patrol trooper, died on Feb. 19 after suffering a heart attack during a training exercise.

The 56-year-old had worked with the Patrol for more than three decades, becoming an instructor in many fields and racking up numerous awards, including recognitions from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, mother, brother and sister.

Agent Alfred Zanyet-Perez

Zanyet-Perez, an officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department, was gunned down on Feb. 15 while conducting an undercover operation in the U.S. island territory.

Local reports said the 52-year-old, assigned to a Drugs and Narcotics Division, was hit in the torso by a mystery shooter in a passing vehicle. Officials tasked with investigating Zanyet-Perez’s death say the killing and undercover operation appear to be unrelated.

He leaves behind his wife and eight children.

Detective Brian P. Simonsen

Simonsen, a detective with the New York City Police Department, was killed by friendly fire while responding to a chaotic robbery scene on Feb. 12 in the Queens borough.

The suspect in that incident — described as a career criminal — was brandishing a fake firearm and Simonsen reportedly was hit by other officers while trying to retreat.

In his 19-year career, Simonsen made nearly 600 arrests, most of them for felonies. “He was exceedingly good at his job,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at his funeral, “making connections with the evidence” and also reconnecting crime victims “with the hope that was stolen from them.”

Police Officer Matthew J. Rittner

Rittner, a 17-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, was killed on Feb. 6 after being shot in the chest while helping serve a search warrant for suspected illegal guns and drugs at a Milwaukee duplex.

His wife, Caroline, revealed in early May that she is pregnant — and found out the news three days after her husband’s funeral.

“It was met with mixed emotions,” police Lt. Kristin Felsman told WISN-TV. “Extremely joyful emotions because, [it’s] another legacy of Matt, and obviously very sad emotions because Matt would not be there to share in the joy of a new life.”

Trooper Lucas Bartley Dowell

Dowell, a Virginia State Trooper, died on Feb. 4 after a shooting broke out during an attempt to serve a search warrant in the town of Farmville.

“The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when an adult male inside the residence began shooting at them,” Virginia State Police said in a news release at the time. Dowell was hit, and later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said the 28-year-old “will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.” A Chick-fil-A restaurant he regularly dined at had set up a makeshift memorial in his honor.

Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss

Doss was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 2 when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing an Interstate 20 access road near Abilene, Texas. She was responding to a call for assistance from a Texas State Trooper.

“Agent Doss died while performing her duty, protecting the community and the United States.  Our heart, prayers, and support go out to Agent Doss’ family in this time of need,” Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said.

Doss, 49, had been with the patrol since November 2003 and is survived by her parents, husband, two stepchildren and two brothers.

Detective William Lee Brewer

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Detective William Lee Brewer was killed in February in Ohio.

Brewer died on Feb. 2 after being shot during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Pierce Township, Ohio. The suspected shooter apparently broadcast portions of it to his social media followers on Instagram.

“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal,” said Sheriff Steve Leahy. “This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.”

The alleged gunman — whom prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for — later appeared in court with visible wounds on his face.

Corporal Shane Michael Totty

The Baton Rouge officer, who was a new father to a baby girl and was planning his wedding, died on Feb. 1 after a pickup truck plowed into his motorcycle during a funeral procession.

Totty, 31, had returned to work just several months prior to his death after being shot in February 2018 while responding to a call. He had made a full recovery following a temporary loss of sight in one eye and other injuries.

“Life was good for him. He had survived this near-death experience and everything was positive and going his way,” former Baton Rouge Capt. Don Kelly said. “How tragic that everything could be taken away in the blink of an eye. We’re all hurting.”

January

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Bryan “LJ” Ryer, Jr.

The Glascock County Sheriff’s deputy, who was only 19 and had aspirations to become a federal law enforcement officer, died in a car crash in Georgia at the end of January.

He was heading to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Washington on Jan. 29 to pick up an individual when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Police Officer Sean Paul Tuder

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Mobile Police Officer Sean Paul Tuder was killed in January in Alabama.

Tuder, who was also a member of the Alabama National Guard, “was doing some follow-up work on an investigation” when he was “gunned down by a suspect” at a motel in West Mobile on Jan. 20, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said.

The alleged shooter was wanted by Mobile police for property theft and for allegedly filing a false report. A detective, Fox 10 reported, later testified in court that they received a tip that he was hiding out at the motel after being on the run from law enforcement for several weeks.

Tuder was named “Officer of the Month” in August 2017 and was praised at the time for “his numerous drug arrests, with four cases being sent for federal prosecution, and recovering six firearms.”

Deputy Sheriff Ray Elwin Horn

Horn, an 11-year veteran of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, died on Jan. 17 after suffering a medical episode while traveling home from work in his patrol car.

Officials said he lost control of his vehicle northeast of San Antonio and it became part of a three-car pile-up. Horn was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Normal D. Merkel

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norman Merkel died in the line of duty due to a medical condition in the fitness room of the federal courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Jan. 16. He was 45.

Merkel was assigned to the Marshals Service’s Southern District of Texas his entire career. He was a supervisor in Corpus Christi and task force commander of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force.

Merkel also was an Army veteran and deputy sheriff in McIntosh County, North Dakota, before joining the Marshals Service in 2001.

Sergeant WyTasha Lamar Carter

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Sergeant WyTasha Lamar Carter was killed in January in Alabama.

Carter, an officer with the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama, died on Jan. 13 after being shot during an investigation into a suspected car burglary.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Carter and another officer approached two suspects — one of which opened fire — after a plainclothes officer spotted at least one of them going around and checking door handles on cars parked outside of a nightclub.

Carter was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and in 2016, he was one of three officers who saved two young girls trapped in the rubble of a home whose roof and chimney had collapsed.

Trooper Christopher Lambert

Lambert, an Illinois State Trooper, was struck and killed on Jan. 12 while investigating a car crash on Interstate 294 near Northbrook — about 25 miles north of Chicago.

The 34-year-old was traveling home when he saw the three-car accident, pulled over, and stepped outside — only to be hit by a Jeep traveling in the same direction. After being thrown several feet from the impact, a nurse at the scene performed CPR on Lambert, but he later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Trooper Duane Chappell said Lambert “worked really hard every day for five years” and he leaves behind a 1-year-old child.

Police Officer Natalie Becky Corona

Corona, a 22-year-old officer in Davis, Calif., died on Jan. 10 after being fatally shot while responding to a traffic accident, prompting a massive manhunt for the gunman, who later killed himself.

While at the scene of the collision, the gunman rode up on a bicycle and began firing indiscriminately, striking Corona, a nearby firetruck, a house, a passing bus and the backpack of a woman whose life was spared when the bullet became lodged in a textbook. Police called it an “ambush”-style attack.

Corona had graduated from the Sacramento Police Department’s training academy in July and was described by her bosses as a “rising star in the department.” Her death was the first in the line-of-duty for Davis police in 60 years.

Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend

Townsend, a member of the Salt River Police Department, died in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Jan. 8 after being struck on the side of the road while conducting a traffic stop.

The state’s department of public safety says the driver told “detectives he had been texting during the time his vehicle entered the right-side emergency lane and struck the police officer”.

Townsend, who had been with the department for five years, leaves behind a wife and 10-month-old child.

Police Officer Dale James Woods

Woods, a 15-year veteran of Ohio’s Colerain Township Police Department, died on Jan. 7 after succumbing to injuries he suffered days earlier when he was hit by a pickup truck while trying to remove traffic cones from the scene of a car accident.

Colerain Township police said the 46-year-old died at a hospital after being there for several days in critical condition.

Police Chief Mark Denney said the father of three left behind “a grateful police department and a grateful community”, and hundreds turned out for a vigil in his honor.

Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners

Shinners was shot and killed on Jan. 5 while trying to apprehend a “dangerous fugitive” near a Bed Bath & Beyond in Orem, roughly 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Investigators said it appeared Shinners — an officer with the Provo Police Department — was able to return fire and hit the suspect at least once. The man charged with killing Shinners later was captured and identified as a 40-year-old with an extensive criminal record dating back more than two decades.

Provo Police Chief Rich Ferguson said he posthumously promoted Shinners to the rank of master officer.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Bradford Betz, Louis Casiano, Elizabeth Zwirz, Stephen Sorace, Ryan Gaydos, Paulina Dedaj, Jennifer Earl, Travis Fedschun, Dom Calicchio, Katherine Lam, Amy Lieu and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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American hostage among four freed in western Africa following French special forces raid; two soldiers killed

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An American citizen is among a group of four hostages who have been freed in western Africa following a French special forces military operation, the Elysee announced Friday.

France said the hostages were rescued Thursday night following a battle in Burkina Faso that left two of its soldiers dead.

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The hostages were identified as a U.S. citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The Frenchmen were kidnapped during a safari in Benin last week, according to Reuters. The circumstances surrounding the capture of the other two were not immediately clear.

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Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.

The Sahel region near where the French citizens were kidnapped is as an ecological transition zone between the Sahara desert and Africa’s savannahs farther south. It has been roamed by militants in recent years who have targeted French nationals and other Europeans for kidnappings and demanded millions of dollars for their release.

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American hostage among four freed in western Africa following French special forces raid; two soldiers killed

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An American citizen is among a group of four hostages who have been freed in western Africa following a French special forces military operation, the Elysee announced Friday.

France said the hostages were rescued Thursday night following a battle in Burkina Faso that left two of its soldiers dead.

PASTOR, 5 OTHERS KILLED IN BURKINA FASO CHURCH ATTACK

The hostages were identified as a U.S. citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The Frenchmen were kidnapped during a safari in Benin last week, according to Reuters. The circumstances surrounding the capture of the other two were not immediately clear.

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Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.

The Sahel region near where the French citizens were kidnapped is as an ecological transition zone between the Sahara desert and Africa’s savannahs farther south. It has been roamed by militants in recent years who have targeted French nationals and other Europeans for kidnappings and demanded millions of dollars for their release.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mississippi police feel ‘vindicated’ after chance encounter leads to arrest of suspected cop killer

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The 19-year-old accused in the brazen murder of a decorated, veteran cop flashed a smirk as he walked a gauntlet of law enforcement officials who’d gathered to watch him booked into the same Biloxi police station outside of which he’s believed to have killed Robert McKeithen.

John Miller, the Mississippi police chief whose cops tracked down Darian Tawan Atkinson, said Monday night his department feels “vindicated” after arresting the suspected killer.

Atkinson was yanked out of a police cruiser to some clapping and cheering, but his emergence was mostly met by the dozens of officers who had gathered to witness the scene – including agents from the Border Patrol and FBI – silently staring him down as he was marched inside the building.

“These officers… some of them have been up for 38, 40, 44 hours,” Miller said. “We thought it would be fitting for them to be here and see the arrest that they worked so hard to try to make.”

He added: “I’m not bothered by his smile.”

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Investigators on Tuesday are still trying to determine why McKeithen – an Air Force veteran and recipient of the Medal of Valor for helping save the lives of special needs children during Hurricane Katrina – was targeted Sunday night, just months before his planned retirement.

McKeithen, who served the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years, was shot near his police car in the facility’s parking lot. He later died at a local hospital.

The suspect fled following the attack – sparking a frenzied manhunt in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city for much of Monday, involving SWAT teams and multiple law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

A surveillance video had captured Atkinson wandering into police headquarters at some point prior to the attack, giving investigators a clear image of the man they were looking for. His identity was confirmed through tips and interviews, Gulfport police Spokesman Sgt. James Griffin told the Associated Press.

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Robert McKeithen was a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department, its chief said. (Biloxi Police Department)

But Atkinson remained elusive — until an eagle-eyed Biloxi officer spotted him by chance as he drove home after ending his shift, Miller said.

The officer, who was driving through Wiggins, about 30 miles outside of Biloxi, spotted a man walking on the side of the road who looked like Atkinson.

Miller said the officer called Wiggins police, who responded to the scene and arrested the man – who turned out to be him.

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The suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer late Sunday night. (Biloxi Police Department)

Miller told reporters Monday that Atkinson is now facing a capital murder charge and at least one other person will be charged with accessory for helping him flee Biloxi.

“We want to make sure that we have a solid case,” Miller said. “We want the district attorney to be pleased with the case that we present. And we want this guy to pay for what he has done.”

Miller also said the department feels “vindicated” after a “long couple of days” surrounding the death of McKeithen. He hailed the community for their support, noting that residents have sent them cards and brought food down to the police station for officers working on the case.

The slain officer’s cruiser is still parked outside of the Biloxi Police Department headquarters and has turned into a makeshift memorial. Its hood by Monday afternoon was completely covered with flowers, balloons and American flags.

“There are no words that are going to make this better for them,” Miller said when asked if he had a message for McKeithen’s family. He leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons and a stepdaughter.

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“I hope in some small way making this arrest tonight will bring them some closure. But there is no words,” he added. “I’ve talked to Mrs. McKeithen several times – there is no words to make her feel better.”

McKeithen’s funeral will be held at a local church on Monday, May 13.

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Iranian threat that prompted deployment of US carrier, bombers to Middle East ‘is real’, official warns

The Iranian threat to American troops that prompted the deployment of an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East “is real,” a U.S. official told Fox News on Monday.

The official’s underscoring of the danger posed by the Islamic Republic comes amid an Associated Press report in which a source identified “clear indications” that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were preparing for a possible attack on American troops in the region.

“The threat is real,” Fox News was told by the U.S. official, who also confirmed the AP report.

The defense official who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity said the Pentagon approved the deployments and that U.S. forces at sea and on land were thought to be the potential targets. The official declined to be more specific.

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The USS Abraham Lincoln in the waters of Western Pacific Ocean in 2004. The ship is now heading to the Middle East.

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White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement Sunday night that the U.S. is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region, an area that includes the Middle East.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” he said.

Bolton also said the move was in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without elaborating.

The Abraham Lincoln, its strike group of ships – which include the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 2 — and combat aircraft have been operating in the Mediterranean Sea recently. Last Wednesday a group of senior Albanian government officials visited aboard the Lincoln as it sailed in the Adriatic.

Bolton’s reference to the Central Command area, the AP says, suggests the Lincoln is now headed east to the Red Sea and perhaps then to the Arabian Sea or the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy currently has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

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Speaking to reporters while flying to Europe, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the actions undertaken by the U.S. had been in the works for a little while.

“It is absolutely the case that we have seen escalatory actions from the Iranians and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests,” Pompeo said. “If these actions take place, if they do by some third-party proxy, a militia group, Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranian leadership directly accountable for that.”

Asked about “escalatory actions,” Pompeo replied, “I don’t want to talk about what underlays it, but make no mistake, we have good reason to want to communicate clearly about how the Iranians should understand how we will respond to actions they may take.”

And asked if the Iranian action were related to the deadly events in Gaza and Israel — militants fired rockets into Israel on Sunday and Israel responded with airstrikes — Pompeo said, “It is separate from that.”

The Trump administration lately has been intensifying a pressure campaign against Iran.

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Last month, President Trump announced the U.S. will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, a decision that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey.

The U.S. also recently designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, the first ever for an entire division of another government.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Samuel Chamberlain and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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