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511 Police Officers 'Feloniously Killed' On Duty in Last 10 Years on Record

Terence P. Jeffrey on

Do you remember this tragic and horrendous story?

It started on the afternoon of April 27, 2018, when a 28-year-old man in Nogales, Arizona, tried to rob a taxi driver. It eventually led to the murder of a police officer.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation later explained what happened in its annual summary of cases involving law enforcement officers who are "feloniously killed" in the line of duty.

"Earlier in the day, a person called for a taxicab, intending to rob the driver and carjack the vehicle using a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle," said the FBI summary. "Once he was seated in the taxicab, the suspect assembled the weapon in the back seat, then informed the driver he was being robbed.

"When the driver did not cooperate, the suspect fired a round through the floor of the vehicle. Consequently, the taxicab lost power, and the driver ran from the vehicle," said the summary.

This criminal then unsuccessfully tried to hijack a truck, succeeded in taking a car from "two elderly people," abandoned that car in a parking lot "and stole another car from a man there and drove away."

 

But then a police officer caught up with him.

"The NPD veteran officer, who had 11 years of law enforcement experience, drove past the suspect, made a U-turn, activated his overhead emergency lights, and began following him," said the FBI summary. "At 2:43 p.m., the suspect pulled into the parking lot of a market, exited the vehicle as it was still moving, and began firing at the officer's patrol vehicle.

"The officer attempted to exit the vehicle, but the suspect used his body to slam the door and continued to fire through the window at the trapped officer," said the FBI summary.

"The officer was struck above his body armor in his neck/throat, front upper torso/chest, front lower torso/abdomen, arms, and hands," said the summary.

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