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Tennessee authorities charge man in connection to 7 murders

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Tennessee authorities filed a slew of charges against a man on Friday in connection to the slayings of seven people found in two locations last month.

Suspect Michael Cummins was charged with six counts of first-degree murder, one count of criminal homicide, one count of attempt to commit first-degree murder and one count of theft, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced in a news release.

The agency began probing the fatalities in Sumner County on April 27, as well as an officer-involved shooting that linked to Cummins, officials said.

SUSPECT’S PARENTS, UNCLE AMONG 7 KILLED IN TENNESSEE, AUTHORITIES SAY

Six bodies were found at a residence on Charles Brown Road, as was another individual “who was alive but injured,” TBI said. Another body was discovered at a second scene on Luby Brown Road.

Cummins was identified as a suspect and a search for him ensued before he was located, the agency said.

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Tennessee authorities filed a slew of charges against a man on Friday in connection to the slayings of seven people found in two locations last month, officials said. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

“The situation escalated, for reasons under investigation, and resulted in at least one officer firing his service weapon, striking Cummins,” TBI said.

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Cummins was released from the hospital on Friday, following which he was charged and booked into jail, according to the news release.

The TBI previously said that among the deceased were Cummins’ parents, David Carl Cummins and Clara Jane Cummins, as well as his uncle Charles Edward Hosale.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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Teen with knife apologizes after being shot by police

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Body camera footage that was released Thursday by California’s Oxnard Police Department showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer after she ran at him with a large knife.

Chief Scott Whitney described the confrontation on Friday, May 3, in an edited video package that was posted online by the department. The teenager’s face was blurred in the video due to her age.

Officers had received multiple calls regarding a woman with a 12-inch knife who “seemed disturbed,” Whitney said.

Officer Timothy Roberts’ body camera showed him telling the girl to not to reach for the weapon and to sit on the curb. Roberts was the first to arrive at the scene. When told not to reach for the knife, the teenager asked what would happen if she did.

“Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts said.

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The camera showed the officer backing away from the girl, who was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and sneakers.

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Body camera footage showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer who shot her after she ran at him with a large knife on Friday, May 3. (Oxnard Police Department via AP)

“Drop it,” the officer could be heard saying.

“No,” she replied.

“Come on shoot me,” she continued. “I’ve been waiting all day.”

The officer continued to move away from her while commanding her to drop the knife. The teenager refused to drop the knife and continued to walk toward him.

When she suddenly began running at Roberts with the knife in her right hand, he shot her multiple times and she collapsed.

Following the shooting, the officer was able to get the knife away.

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“I’m so sorry,” the teenager said while writhing on the pavement.

“It’s OK,” an officer is heard saying.

The officer was seen giving her medical aid as they waited for an ambulance.

The girl remained hospitalized Thursday in critical but stable condition, officials said. The investigation was ongoing and Roberts was placed on administrative leave, in accordance with police policy. The second officer arrived moments before the shooting and was preparing to use a beanbag weapon to try to subdue the girl, according to a police statement.

The Associated Press 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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Wife of slain Wisconsin police officer reveals she is pregnant

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The wife of a police officer in Wisconsin who was shot to death while serving a search warrant earlier this year revealed on Monday she is expecting another child.

Caroline Rittner learned she was going to have a baby just three days after the funeral of her husband, Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner.

“Caroline was not able to share this blessing with Matthew,” Rittner’s friend Sarah Marie posted to Facebook. “It’s an amazing blessing and Matthew’s legacy will not only be lived through their son but now their daughter who is expected to arrive into this world in October!”

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Rittner’s friend shared news of the pregnancy on the date marking three months since the officer was killed while helping serve a warrant for suspected illegal guns and drugs at a Milwaukee duplex.

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Caroline Rittner, the wife of fallen Milwaukee Officer Matthew Rittner, revealed she’s pregnant. Her husband was killed while serving a search warrant on Feb. 6.

“[The news] was met with mixed emotions,” police Lt. Kristin Felsman told WISN-TV on Tuesday. “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.”

Rittner held a gender reveal party with her husband’s unit, where they released pink balloons from a box to signal she’s having a girl. Rittner and his wife also have a son.

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Caroline Rittner found out three days after her husband’s funeral that she was expecting another child, according to police.

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Sgt. Roberto Colon told CBS58 the department will be there for the family going forward.

“She knows that she can come anytime and knock on our door. She doesn’t even have to. We’re gonna be there bothering her all the time anyway,” he told the television station. “She’ll probably have to kick us out of the house most of the time.”

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Suspect Jordan Fricke has pleaded not guilty to three charges, including first-degree intentional homicide. He’s scheduled for trial beginning July 8.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up on behalf of Matthew Rittner’s family, for those who would like to donate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Philadelphia’s move toward decriminalizing drug possession: smart or dangerous?

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says that the city is moving toward the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs,  on the grounds that often medical treatment – and not criminal charges – is the right solution.

On “Fox & Friends” Thursday, host Brian Kilmeade asked if Philadelphia puts the plan in place, becoming the first city in the nation with such a policy, would it be the right approach, or would it amount to “a free pass on possession, too easy on crime?”

Luke Niforators, chief of staff at the non-profit Smart Approaches to Marijana, or SMART, told Kilmeade he saw more harm than good in the Philadelphia plan.

“Obviously we don’t want to give people records,” Niforators said. “But by the same token, having these policies make drug use seem like it’s no big deal and is sending the wrong message to our country and [younger] generation.”

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“These policies say…this is more of a medical, not really a criminal, problem. They are missing the point. It’s not either/or, we can do both,” Niforators said. “There are the drug courts. We have ways to address treatment and drug issues medically while also discouraging use and having our criminal laws.”

In a recent interview with “Axios on HBO,” Krasner said that diverting people found with small amounts of drugs to treatment or community service rather than jail ultimately would be the most fair and beneficial approach for both the user and the rest of society. In 2014, Philadelphia became the first major city in the nation to pass an ordinance allowing people with less than 30 grams, which is less an ounce, of marijuana to get just a $25 ticket.

“We are talking about people who are using drugs,” Krasner said. “The vast majority of them suffering from addiction. I do not see value in convicting people like that.”

Michael C. Barnes, chairman of the not-for-profit Center for U.S. Policy, and former counsel in the White House drug policy office under President George W. Bush, agrees with Krasner.

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“This is not just decriminalization, this program would be pre-arrest diversion for people who are nonviolent or who have mental health or substance abuse disorders,” Barnes said on “Fox & Friends.” “What this means is cops on the street who actually know mental illness and substance abuse better than anybody else…have the discretion, based on their experience, to divert somebody to treatment. The crime remains the same….if it were somebody who has also committed some violent crime or is not in need of treatment.”

“We still reserve the right to file charges and sent the person to the criminal justice system,” Barnes said.

Niforators, however, remained unconvinced.

“Obviously we should have [treatment] programs,” Niforators said. “The concern on the other side…is that if we don’t have some sort of stick in place, people are going to think that drug use is no big deal…Sending a message that this is just a medical problem is not the right way to go. We have to let the public know that [drug use] should be discouraged.”

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Man accused of killing wife on wedding night added to FBI’s Most Wanted list, may have fled to Mexico

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An Illinois man accused of killing his new bride just hours after she married him has been added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, as federal law enforcement officials disclosed Wednesday he may have fled the country.

Arnoldo Jimenez, 37, allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Estrella Carrera multiple times before leaving her in a bathtub to die at her Burbank, Illinois home on May 12, 2012, just hours after the two were wed, the FBI said in a news release.

“He has a criminal past and a history of violence,” said Special Agent Steve Barnard of the FBI’s Chicago field office. “We want to bring him to justice.”

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The two were married May 11, 2012 in a city hall ceremony and then were joined by family and friends for a reception. What should have been a night of celebration, however, apparently took a turn for the worse on the way home, when officials believe the couple got into an argument in Jimenez’s black Maserati.

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Arnoldo Jimenez (right) is accused of stabbing to death his wife, Estrella Carrera, hours after the two were married in May 2012. (FBI)

“We believe she was stabbed in the vehicle and then dragged back into the apartment and left bleeding in the bathtub,” Barnard said.

After Carrera didn’t pick up her children — a 2-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter —  family members asked the police to perform a wellness check on May 13, when her body was discovered in the bathtub.

The 26-year-old was found wearing the same dress she’d worn to the wedding reception.

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A murder warrant was issued for Jimenez a few days after the murder, but authorities believe he may have fled the U.S.

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An award of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture of Arnoldo Jimenez, the FBI announced Wednesday. (FBI)

“He may have fled to Durango, Mexico, specifically in the area of Santiago Papasquiaro,” the FBI said. “Jimenez may also frequent Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.”

On Wednesday, authorities announced an award of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to Jimenez’s capture.

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The FBI added Arnoldo Jimenez to the agency’s “Ten Most Wanted’ fugitive list. Jimenez is accused of killing his new wife on their wedding night and possibly fleeing the country. (FBI)

The seven-year anniversary of Carrera’s killing falls on Mother’s Day this year. Family members said during a news conference they still have hope Jimenez will eventually be captured.

“Her children need justice for their mommy,” sister Jazmin Carrera told FOX32. “They shouldn’t be at a mass dedicated to her and sending flowers to the cemetery.”

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Jimenez is now 37 years old and is described as being 6 feet tall, between 200 and 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to the FBI. He is still considered to be “armed and dangerous,” according to federal officials.

Anyone with information about Jimenez’s whereabouts is urged to contact federal officials at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online.

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Florida boy called 911 because he was lonely and wanted a friend, police say

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A young Florida boy called 911 this week and asked the responding officer to be his friend because he was lonely, the Tallahassee Police Department wrote on Facebook.

After explaining to him that 911 is reserved for emergencies, “Officer White said he’d always be a friend!” the department wrote.

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The boy also received a stuffed animal from the department, got to sit in a patrol car and spend time with Officer White.

The department hashtagged the post with #positiveencounters, #mentoring and #communitypolicing.

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Community policing – officers being involved in the community they protect – is increasingly becoming a priority for departments across the country.

“We have a new friend!” the department wrote at the end of the post.

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WATCH: Border Patrol agents perform helicopter rescue of illegal immigrant stranded on Diablo Peak

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U.S. Border Patrol agents were sent to Diablo Peak in California to rescue a stranded illegal immigrant from Mexico who was in need of help on the mountain.

The agency sent a helicopter to look for the man after learning around midnight Tuesday that the man needed help. The name of the injured man hasn’t been disclosed.

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The man, who appeared to be in the U.S. illegally, reportedly called 911 to report that he got injured and was “unable to walk further,” officials told Tucson, Ariz.’s KVOA television.

It took nearly five hours for the agents to find the man stranded on the mountain, which peaks at 3,848 feet high and takes nearly seven hours to climb.

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According to Arizona newspaper the Sahuarita Sun, after locating the man, the agents determined that he had to be airlifted because of his injuries.

A couple of hours later, the man was in a hospital and was to be processed through the U.S. immigration system, officials said.

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Florida sheriff deputy revived with Narcan, 3 others recovering after exposure to drugs

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A traffic stop in Florida came close to being deadly.

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was revived with Narcan and at least one firefighter was given the overdose reversal drug on Tuesday after exposure to what officials believe to be fentanyl during a traffic stop. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

The Lake Country Sheriff’s Office said one of its deputies stopped a vehicle on Florida Boys Ranch Road on Tuesday evening and found narcotics. Shortly after, the deputy felt ill and passed out, FOX35 reported.

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Another deputy quickly administered Narcan — a nasal spray used to counter opioid overdoses — and revived the deputy.

Fire rescue personnel arrived at the scene and two firefighters also fell ill. One of them also had to be given Narcan, Sgt. Fred Jones told reporters.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued warnings to law enforcement officers and other emergency responders about handling fentanyl, which, along with heroin, has been a major factor in the drug overdose epidemic of recent years.

“Exposure to an amount equivalent to a few grains of sand can kill you,” said a warning to emergency workers on the DEA website. “You can be in grave danger even if you unintentionally come into contact with fentanyl. This message about fentanyl could save your life or the life of a colleague, so please listen.”

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Jones said a male suspect in the vehicle also began to feel ill.

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Brennan Dowling, 30, Rebecca Wagner, 36, and Stephanie Martin, 29, were arrested after a narcotic believed to be fentanyl was found in a vehicle they were in. A responding Lake County sheriff’s deputy had to be given Narcan after coming in contact with the drug. (Lake Country Sheriff’s Office)

All four were taken to the South Lake Hospital and are recovering, officials said.

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Three other suspects – identified as Brennan Dowling, 30, Stephanie Martin, 29, and Rebecca Wagner, 36 – were arrested in connection with the incident. They are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

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White police officer caught cursing at black middle school students rescinds public apology offer

The Virginia police officer who promised to publicly apologize after being caught on video in March threatening a group of black middle school students has rescinded the offer.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the officer, who is white and whose name has not been released, doesn’t feel comfortable apologizing in a large setting and therefore won’t be making good on his word.

Smith said the officer met with the students and their parents last week and apologized to them. At the meeting, the officer also signed an agreement promising to attend an Albert Hill school assembly and address the student body. However, “since then, he has reconsidered that promise and no longer feels he could handle the much larger setting of a school assembly,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

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“He wants me to pass along his sincere apology for what he said that day and add another apology for not being able to meet with the entire school,” Smith added. “I believe that if there is any good that has come out of this, it is that the Richmond Police Department has developed a stronger, much more positive and hopeful ongoing relationship with Albert Hill Middle School.”

The video, shot by student Cameron Hilliard, shows the officer telling the students to “wait until your asses turn 18, then you’re mine.”

Hilliard has said the comments were prompted after someone yelled an obscenity directed at the officer.

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The officer, a 15-year veteran, was removed from patrol of the Museum District neighborhood where the school is located. The officer also faces unspecified punishment and remedial training, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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