Suicide by Cop


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A popular term for the intentional use by an individual of threatening behaviour toward law enforcement officers, such that they kill the individual in what they believe is self-defence
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Suicide by cop: committing suicide by provoking police to shoot you.
Blum, "Suicide by Cop," Annals of Emergency Medicine 32 (1998): 665-669; V.B.
But it added that none of these shortcomings contributed to Mr Saunders' death on May 6, 2008, and that it could not be proved the barrister was trying to commit "suicide by cop".
The jury added, however, that none of these shortcomings contributed to Mr Saunders' death on May 6 2008, and that it could not be proved the barrister was trying to commit suicide by cop.
In the 1990s, top homicide investigation experts such as Vern Geberth, NYPD Retired, and the FBI's Clint Van Zandt had popularized the term that stuck: "Suicide by Cop."
All of us who are involved with delinquent and criminal systems know of cases of "suicide by cop." This occurs when a person points a gun at a police officer, who then shoots him.
A 19-year-old US Marine committed 'suicide by cop' rather than return to Iraq, police said.
The "suicide by cop" verdict was described as "perverse and dangerous" by experts who investigate deaths involving armed police.
However, suicide by cop is easily distinguishable from "suicide by armed citizen." The former occurs after the killer has accomplished his self-assigned mission; the latter is either mid-massacre or, with luck, before innocent life is lost.
In one letter McVeigh referred to his impending execution as a version of "suicide by cop"; he has planned as his last words William Henley's war horse "Invictus": "I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul." It's taken another spectacular FBI blunder to puncture McVeigh's grand delusion.