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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They said: "There's every likelihood this is suicide-by-cop.
Checklists relate to the crime scene, the patrol officer's duties, preliminary investigation at the scene, the duties of the detective supervisor, specific investigative duties, and investigation of suicide, suicide-by-cop, final exit suicides, autoerotic fatalities, fatal fires, sudden infant death syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, police-related shootings, and officer-involved shootings and use of deadly force, and include protocols for videotaping and the documentation of crime scene photos, a sex-related crime scene checklist, a death notification checklist, medicolegal considerations, and a checklist for examination of the body at the scene, with illustrations, references, and diagrams.
This often is carried out in a manner known as suicide-by-cop.
2) The findings revealed that suicide-by-cop incidents accounted for 11 percent of all deputy-involved shootings and 13 percent of all deputy-involved justifiable homicides.
Deputies said Beltran was likely trying to commit suicide-by-cop by approaching police with a weapon in the expectation that authorities would shoot him.
He had an extensive history of domestic violence and exhibited suicide and suicide-by-cop behavior.
Suicide-by-cop is common in the US in which a person deliberately acts in a threatening way to provoke a lethal response from police who are trained to kill rather than inflict a less serious wound.
Suicide-by-cop does not only apply to civilian personnel.
The death had similarities to three murder-suicides last month in the Antelope Valley and also to a phenomenon known as suicide-by-cop,'' in which individuals deliberately provoke police to kill them - most often by hostage taking, domestic violence and workplace violence, experts say.
Dealing with older persons in hostage or barricade situations who see no alternative to their pain and loneliness other than by killing themselves or prompting a suicide-by-cop incident represents a truly difficult task for officers and even for highly skilled negotiators.
There is certainly a possibility this was a suicide-by-cop, but we don't know his motive yet,'' Nishimoto said.
Overall, the study revealed that 17 of the 80 shootings reviewed possibly were suicide-by-cop incidents.