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2 Florida Police Officers killed during shootout

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Is it just me or has January been a record breaking month for LEO's being killed. Last Friday there was a shootout in Miami. Today it St. Petersburg. The other day it was Detroit. Its discouraging and sad.
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4 cops killed in a week in Fla both times serving warrants on multiple offenders...My heart goes out to the Fla cops and the officers families...Im goin to Bike Week in Daytona in March maybe i should declare a gun at the airport and carry down there

Authorities are worried a recent wave of police officer shootings may not be a coincidence.

In just 24 hours, at least 11 cops were shot around the country.

The most recent incident at a fugitive's house in St. Petersburg, Fla., left two officers dead and a U.S. marshal wounded Monday. Hours earlier, an Oregon officer was critically wounded after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

Monday's violence followed a bloody Sunday that left an officer in Indianapolis critically wounded during a traffic stop shooting, four officers in Indianapolis wounded after a gunman opened fire in a precinct and two more officers in Washington wounded in a shootout in a Walmart parking lot.

"It's not a fluke," Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, told MSNBC.com. "There's a perception among officers in the field that there's a war on cops going on."

Florida officers Tom Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed Monday when agents tried to arrest 39-year-old Hydra Lacy Jr. on an aggravated battery charge. Police believe Lacy opened fire on the agents, also injuring an U.S. marshal.

Lacy, who was found dead at home following an hour-long standoff, had a long and violent criminal record including a sexual battery conviction.

In Oregon, a gunman is still on the loose after shooting officer Steven Dodds, 45, during a traffic stop Monday. Police say the gunman, driving a 1984 Dodge truck, led police on a chase after the shooting and fired several shots at officers but missed, before being stopped by spike strips and escaping on foot into a wooded area. He is described as armed and extremely dangerous.

Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski says he believes 60-year-old Thomas Hardy is the man who shot officer David Moore twice in the face and in his chest and leg during a traffic stop Sunday, critically wounding Moore.

The Indiana Department of Correction says Hardy had a criminal history dating back to at least 1984, when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on a burglary conviction. He was released on parole in 1990, but has been in and out of prison since then on various charges, including seven sentences for theft, one for cocaine possession and one for misdemeanor battery.

Detectives in Port Orchard, Wash., are investigating why a man ran from deputies and then opened fire in a Walmart parking lot Sunday, sparking a shootout that left him and the woman he apparently was with dead and two officers wounded.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies were answering a call about a suspicious person at the store. When they located the man and tried talking to him he ran, then opened fire as the officers followed.

Both men were hit and unable to return gunfire, but a female officer arriving on the scene shot and killed the gunman, sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson said. Authorities said it wasn't immediately known who shot the woman, who died later at a Tacoma hospital.

And in Detroit, 38-year-old Lamar D. Moore was fatally shot after opening fire at a police station, wounding the precinct commander, two sergeants and an officer the day before a family spokesman said his brother was to be sentenced in a double-homicide case.

"There's nothing in this that makes sense at all," Police Chief Ralph Godbee told reporters during a briefing on the case.

While all the shootings don't appear to be connected, Roberts says they have one thing in common.

"We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority," he told the station.

According to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, an organization that tracks police casualties, there have already been as many officer deaths in January 2011 as in January of last year. The organization reported that officer deaths were 43 percent in 2010 compared to 2009.
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Il bet ya in most cases these skels are multiple offenders with long records..I blame the judges for lettin them loose on the streets...So,these are the kinda catfish they let run around that would shoot a cop in a heartbeat so just think how they perceive Mr Joe Citizen...and the liberals want to know why we as honest law abiding citizens have guns.....Makes me wanna puke   ( ok im done venting )
Its a great tradgedy, I didnt realize how many shot and killed in such a short period of time. It is a little fishy, a nationwide war on cops, bit of a stretch. However, to all the LEOs out there, watch your backs, dont trust anyone/get too complacent.
I don't understand this statement: "We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority,"
There is a type of criminal that accepts authority? The definition of a criminal, would be an individual who attempts to thwart authority.

Anyways, I think there is greater publicity being given to shootings this month since it's the hot topic now, unfortunately. But if there is an increase in shootings of Police, it is also possible that all the publicity given to shootings is encouraging bold criminals to go ahead and shoot. A terrible thing either way, but something tells me that better punishing these multiple offenders with long rap sheets, might have a positive impact. Throw them in jail for life, send them to work camps, make them learn a trade and get a job, something, anything, besides just letting them back on the street over and over, so they can go find all the contacts they made in jail, and go get more drugs, weapons, and accomplices.
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While all the shootings don't appear to be connected, Roberts says they have one thing in common.
"We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority," he told the station.


Wow, I wonder if they went through the usual NICS process to purchase their weapons or filed for their state pistol permits?

While the misguided baby-killer democrats legislate the piss out of us tax paying and law abiding citizens, looks like the BGs can get whatever weapons they want and do whatever they want to do with them...while we are essentially defenseless, because we can't take most of our legal stuff with us anywhere.
I wonder if all these cop shootings are gang related, like the cop in NJ recently who got shot at point blank range. Gang initiations are on the rise this month maybe?
It's Sad It was predicted that times are so bad in this country for many crimes will go up. I guess there's some truth?
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