Officer Killed Near Pittsburgh in Especially Deadly Week for US Police

Canonsburg, PA — A police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shooting outside a Pittsburgh-area home early Thursday, spurring authorities to evacuate homes and cancel school as officers searched for the shooter, officials said.

This is the seventh US police officer to be shot and killed in the last eight days, and the eighth to be killed in that time overall.

And the number of US and Puerto Rican police officers to be shot dead in the line of duty this year is now at least 57 — that’s 16 more than 2015’s total, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Here’s a look at an especially deadly eight days for police officers:

Thursday: 1 killed, 1 wounded in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Two Canonsburg police officers were shot “as soon as they approached the front of the residence” in Canonsburg when they went to check a report about a domestic dispute, state police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said.

One of the officers died of his wounds, the office of Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said. The condition of the other officer wasn’t immediately released; neither were the officers’ names.

Bondarenka said the officers were sent to the home at about 3:15 a.m. ET. An active “protection from abuse” order — a restraining order issued by a judge — is associated with someone in the home, Bondarenka said, without elaborating.

Homes in the area were evacuated after the shooting, Bondarenka said, and the Canon-McMillan School District canceled classes for the day.

“Please stay in your house if you’re not being evacuated,” the trooper said.

Police Thursday morning were looking for whoever shot the officers, CNN affiliate WTAE reported.

Canonsburg is about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday: Officer killed while confronting man in Arizona

An eastern Arizona police officer was shot and killed as he and others confronted a man on Tuesday.

Officer Darrin Reed, 50, responded to a call about an unspecified disturbance in the town of Show Low when a man shot him at about 12:30 p.m., police said.

Reed was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The man suspected of shooting Reed later was found in cabin in a nearby community, having taken a 15-year-old girl hostage there, police said,

The man, Daniel Erickson, sporadically shot at officers, hitting no one, during more than six hours of negotiations, police said. The standoff ended when officers returned fire and killed Erickson, according to police.

Reed was survived by a wife, a son and a daughter. Show Low is about 130 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Sunday: Two Georgia deputies killed after neighbors’ dispute

Two sheriff’s deputies in central Georgia were fatally shot Sunday as they responded to a dispute between neighbors, authorities said.

Peach County sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron, 41, and Daryl Smallwood, 39, were called to a road near Byron, about 92 miles south of Atlanta, over the dispute. Police said someone with a gun had threatened two people who were riding a motorcycle and a four-wheeler up and down a street.

The gunman shot the deputies when they arrived around 5:30 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Sondron died that day at a hospital. Smallwood died two days later. Police said other officers shot and injured the gunman.

Sunday: Utah officer struck, killed by vehicle

A Utah police officer was hit by a vehicle Sunday morning while trying to stop three people suspected of stealing a car, police said.

West Valley police Officer Cody Brotherson, 25, died after he was hit. He was outside of his vehicle trying to deploy tire spikes when the stolen car, with the three suspects inside, struck him in the Salt Lake suburb, according to police.

He left behind a fiancée, two brothers and his parents.

Friday: NYPD officer killed, another injured in Bronx shootout

A New York City police sergeant was killed and another officer was wounded Friday afternoon in a shootout with a man suspected of breaking into a Bronx apartment, police said.

The slain officer, Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was a 19-year veteran of the department.

Police said the officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who said an armed man had broken into an apartment. The officers eventually found the man about a mile from the apartment, and the man shot at them, killing Tuozzolo and wounding Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, police said.

Police returned fire, killing the man, Manuel Rosales, 35, authorities said.

November 2: Two Iowa officers shot, killed in their cars

Two central Iowa police officers were shot and killed in their squad vehicles roughly 2 miles apart early November 2, police said.

Police say they believe Scott Michael Greene, 46, shot Urbandale police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio while they sat in squad vehicles near intersections in their respective cities shortly after 1 a.m.

Greene was found later that day in a different county, and was charged with two counts of murder.

“In all appearances it looks … that these officers were ambushed,” Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said that week. “These guys were gunned down sitting in their car, doing nothing wrong.”

7 comments

  • jacksincharge

    I know its difficult for the BLM goons and their supporters like CNN to understand, but this is exactly why police are in always in a heightened state of alert when dealing with suspicious people, one mistake or a half second delay in judgment could be the difference between them going home to be with their families or going to the morgue.

    • Steve

      7 officers killed in the last 10 days by 5 different white men…not sure how this coverage/story relates to Black Lives, except because you want to make it fit your false narrative. When, the deadliest week of the year for police officers has been carried out by white men.

  • B. Ross

    Please pray for the men/women in blue, and their families!

    Pennsylvania has not executed an inmate since 1999 and has carried out only three executions since 1976, making it one of the least-active states with the death penalty. Yet the state also has one of the largest populations of death-row inmates. So, thugs who execute cops, or anyone else for that matter, have a good chance of never coming to justice. My solution: anyone who maliciously takes the life of another person automatically forfeits theirs! If you don’t want to die, then don’t murder! There is NO sitting in our courts sucking up the tax dollars of the law-abiding American citizens. You go to court ONCE, you are found guilty, and you die! Simple as that. You do not get to sit in our prisons getting three hots and a cot, you do not get any appeals! If you murder, you must be put to death! You are a menace to society! Why is it that when a dog kills, (or a lion kills, or a bear kills), or even injures a person, everyone cries out to have it put down immediately!? Well, a person who kills is NO different than that dog! You can rest assured that the murder rate will quickly be diminished.

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