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WA Officer Blinded in December Shooting Returning Home From Hospital

Officer Mike McClaughry;  Photo: Twitter @JoelMorenoKOMO

Officer Mike McClaughry; Photo: Twitter @JoelMorenoKOMO

A veteran Mount Vernon, WA police officer, gravely injured after being shot in the head while responding to a disturbance call on December 15, 2016, is being released from the hospital and heading home today.

Officer Mike McClaughry, 60, is returning home for the first time after being shot in the line of duty.

Doctors had not expected Officer McClaughry to survive; however, he has made a remarkable recovery.

Officer McClaughry, unfortunately, was blinded in the shooting and has not recovered his sight. 

The family is inviting the public to line the streets of Officer McClaughry's homecoming today at 1:30 pm. 

More details can be found HERE.

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Washington Police Officer "Very Critical" After Being Shot in Head

A Washington state police officer is in "very critical" condition after being shot Thursday evening. 

The 61-year old Mt. Vernon police officer who was critically injured was among multiple officers that had responded to a domestic violence call and call of a man down. 

The suspect, who was barricaded inside a house, began shooting at officers shortly after their arrival. It was during this exchange that the officer was shot in the head.

The officer was taken to a local hospital by helicopter and ushered into surgery; however, he was said to be in "very critical" condition as of Friday morning. 

The 44-year old suspect was ultimately taken into custody after a 7-hour standoff.

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Washington Man Opens Fire on Officers After Leading Police in High Speed Pursuit

James Sweet;  Photo: Clallam Co. Sheriff's Office

James Sweet; Photo: Clallam Co. Sheriff's Office

A Port Angeles, WA man led police on a high speed chase before opening fire on the officers Saturday morning. Four police officers suffered minor injuries in the incident.

The incident began Saturday morning as officers attempted to pull over James Sweet, 38, for a minor infraction. Sweet allegedly refused to pull over and instead led officers on a high speed chase. 

After crashing into another vehicle, Sweet allegedly exited his vehicle and opened fire on officers. Police returned fire, striking Sweet multiple times.

Sweet was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Shot, per Associated Press

BREAKING NEWS: The AP is reporting that a United States Capitol police officer has been shot in or around the Capitol Visitor's Center. Reports suggest that the officer is not seriously wounded and the shooter is in custody.

UPDATE: The shooter has been taken into custody. The shooting occurred in the north security check-in area of the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center. The U.S. Capitol Police have instructed staffers to shelter-in-place.

More details to come.

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Man Who Shot at DC Police Also Suspect in Attempted Murder, Sexual Assault, and Arson

Richard Butler III;  Photo: Prince George's County Police

Richard Butler III; Photo: Prince George's County Police

Richard Butler III is a man well-known to authorities. On Wednesday, as Washington, D.C. police officers were patrolling the Southeast division of the city, they recognized him as having outstanding warrants in Prince George's County related to charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, and arson.

When the officers attempted to contact him, he fled on foot and a chase ensued. Butler allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers during the pursuit.

The officers returned fire; however, no one was injured. Butler was taken into custody and charged with assault on a police officer.

In addition to his most recent charges, Butler is accused of attempting to sexually assault a young woman on March 4 and then throwing an incendiary device into her home, causing a fire.

Days later, he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times before fleeing the scene. Now, thanks to the good work of the Washington, D.C. police department, he is in custody and off the street.

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DC Cops Make the Best of Winter Storm Jonas

Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

Police and residents in Washington, D.C. did what they could to make the best of the historic snowfall brought to town by Winter Storm Jonas over the weekend. Snowfall totals reached between 18-24” inside the Capitol Beltway.

Officers began their shifts by doing something they're not used to doing...shoveling their patrol cars out of the snow. 

Later in the day, a video went viral on social media showing police officers and local children engaging in a game of pick-up football and elsewhere in the city an officer serenaded folks by amplifying the soundtrack to the Disney movie Frozen from his patrol vehicle. 

And it literally took an act of congress for children to be able to enjoy sledding down Capitol Hill along the west front of the Capitol building, which several did throughout the day.

Although Jonas brought a great deal of difficulty for many, with thousands in the area losing power and multiple deaths associated to the storm's extreme nature, some folks found a way to make the best of an otherwise harsh weekend.

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Washington, D.C. Sees Lowest Number of Officers in a Decade, Amid Huge Uptick in Violent Crime

Amid an huge uptick in violent crime across the nation’s capitol, the Washington, D.C. metro police department is suffering through it’s lowest personnel numbers in a decade, the Washington Post reported.

As of mid-December, the D.C. police force has dropped below 3,800 officers, the lowest in a decade. 

And the drop in numbers couldn’t come at a worse time. Homicides across the district are up 50 percent this year, echoing a similar problem being dealt with in large cities throughout the nation.

While some city officials have stressed the need to focus more on working within their resource limitations and less on obtaining a certain number of officers, the police union’s treasurer, Gregg Pemberton, pinned the blame in loss of officers on the police administration itself.

“The only way to stop the hemorrhaging of personnel on this department is to fundamentally change the way it is managed,” Pemberton said.

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DC Police Shoot, Kill, Man Who Charged at Officer With Large Hunting Knife

A Washington, D.C. police officer shot and killed a man after the suspect, who was also described as being high on PCP, charged at him with a large hunting knife. 

The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon after police responded to a call of a man with a knife in Northeast DC. 

When an officer confronted the man and ordered him to drop his weapon, the man charged at the officer.

The officer fired once, striking the suspect. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. 

Police sources told a local news outlet that the suspect, Darick Napper, 34, was high on PCP at the time of the assault and shooting. 

Incidentally, DC police officers were involved in another shooting of an individual under the influence of PCP in the same area last year.

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Homicide Rates Spike in Baltimore, DC, St. Louis, and Chicago

A review of several major city homicide rates through late-2015 show that many are likely to see their highest murder totals in recent memory. 

The uptick in violent crime comes amid a national debate on whether an increasingly hostile, anti-police movement across the nation is affecting law enforcement practices and public safety. 

Although these numbers comprise but one metric in a broader analysis of crime in society, the dramatic rise in violence is striking.

Baltimore, arguably the epicenter of hostility toward law enforcement, has seen a particularly steep rise in it's homicide rate.

Homicides - Baltimore

2015 - 305 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 211

Homicides - Washington, D.C. 

2015 - 145 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 105

Homicides - St. Louis

2015 - 173 (through Nov 10)
2014 - 159

Homicides - Chicago

2015 - 418 (through Nov 15)
2014 - 425

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