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6 La. Police Officers Wounded in Shootout
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Posted on 02/20/2003 12:47:33 PM PST by Dallas

ALEXANDRIA, La. --

At least six officers were wounded Thursday in a shootout that erupted as police tried to arrest a suspect in the ambush of another officer, authorities said.

The officers' conditions were not immediately released.

Police exchanged gunfire with a man who was in a house.

Officers had been looking for the gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle on a police officer Wednesday. The officer was ambushed while responding to an apparently false report of a robbery. The gunman sprayed the officer's patrol car with bullets, firing about 20 shots.

The officer was not hit.



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1 posted on 02/20/2003 12:47:33 PM PST by Dallas
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To: Dallas
There is a WHOLE lot more to this story! This sounds like a personal thing. Why would cops attempt to arrest this guy in his home? A trip to get milk or a carton of smokes is a bit safer I would think.
3 posted on 02/20/2003 12:55:51 PM PST by blackdog ("But that's what I do" A quote from my Border Collie)
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To: marujo
Even this is no excuse for being trigger happy. Ready is one thing, trigger happy is quite another.
4 posted on 02/20/2003 12:56:59 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave)
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To: blackdog
There is a WHOLE lot more to this story! This sounds like a personal thing.

Yeh, I think so too. Given the sketchy details given:

Officers had been looking for the gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle on a police officer Wednesday. The officer was ambushed while responding to an apparently false report of a robbery.

Looks like the shooter planned to shoot a cop.

5 posted on 02/20/2003 12:58:52 PM PST by FreeTally
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To: Dallas
The gunman sprayed the officer's patrol car with bullets, firing about 20 shots.

The officer was not hit.

How does this same guy go about wounding six cops in the same engagement?

6 posted on 02/20/2003 12:59:09 PM PST by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: marujo
I still wonder. I know it's not an easy job, but I still wonder.
7 posted on 02/20/2003 12:59:45 PM PST by TankerKC (What's with the sudden influx of racist punks on FR?)
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To: Dallas
What is it with Southern CA and big shootouts?
8 posted on 02/20/2003 1:00:54 PM PST by skeeter (Sona si Latine loqueris)
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To: blackdog
A trip to get milk or a carton of smokes is a bit safer I would think.

Oh there's a great idea. Get him out in public so he can spray rounds all over the place.

9 posted on 02/20/2003 1:01:01 PM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: skeeter
Louisiana, not California
10 posted on 02/20/2003 1:01:28 PM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: skeeter
What is it with Southern CA and big shootouts?

It's all of those illegal aliens and pro-marijuana typse that keep...What? Louisiana? Never mind. ;)

I once read a story here about an accident in Birmingham once. I wondered (alound, on a thread) why I hadn't heard about it since I live 70 miles south of Birmingham, Alabama. Turns out it was Birmingham England. Doh!

11 posted on 02/20/2003 1:12:30 PM PST by TankerKC (What's with the sudden influx of racist punks on FR?)
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To: AppyPappy; TankerKC
Louisiana, not California

Ah. I thought this one lacked that LA flair.

12 posted on 02/20/2003 1:19:38 PM PST by skeeter ( Quo signo nata es?)
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To: Dallas
6 cops wounded by one suspect is fairly unusual.

North Hollywood was (2) loony terminators.

South Dixie Hwy in South Miami with the FBI was also (2) maniacs.

13 posted on 02/20/2003 1:26:47 PM PST by wardaddy ( Give me liberty or give me laudanum!)
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To: Semaphore Heathcliffe
How does this same guy go about wounding six cops in the same engagement?

With the sorry state of police training these days, it might be safe to assume that the cops shot eachother - or themselves.

14 posted on 02/20/2003 1:33:22 PM PST by dbwz
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To: FreeTally
Hmmm, Serpico?
15 posted on 02/20/2003 1:34:43 PM PST by 1ofmanyfree ((All evidence has been turner over to NASA investigators)...Hmmm.)
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To: dbwz
Going buy the sketchy details, you may be very correct.
16 posted on 02/20/2003 1:36:41 PM PST by 1ofmanyfree ((All evidence has been turner over to NASA investigators)...Hmmm.)
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To: Jonathon Spectre
This sounds like 'suicide by cop'

Calls in a fake report and starts blasting when the cop shows up?

Apparently the first attempt to get him by the urban commadoes failed. He'll get what he's looking for soon enough I imagine...

17 posted on 02/20/2003 1:39:12 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes, that's no justification. Danger goes with the job.

If it makes you "trigger happy" then perhaps you should find another line of work..

18 posted on 02/20/2003 1:41:04 PM PST by Jhoffa_ (Jhoffa_X)
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To: Dallas
Keep us posted, thanks.
19 posted on 02/20/2003 1:42:35 PM PST by 1ofmanyfree ((All evidence has been turner over to NASA investigators)...Hmmm.)
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To: Dallas
I believe this is called police incompetence. In the original instance, the cop is not hit. They then proceed to get 6 officers shot trying to arrest someone who will obviously shoot at them. I think they need a hell of lot better training, and I hope no one paid with his life for it.
20 posted on 02/20/2003 2:21:56 PM PST by oldcomputerguy
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To: oldcomputerguy
http://nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?n3531_BC_LA--PoliceShootout&&news&newsflash-louisiana

This is an updated news story.
21 posted on 02/20/2003 2:25:10 PM PST by oldcomputerguy
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To: Dallas
http://www.kalb.com/news/education/MGBEXB16FCD.html

Police Shootout
By: Staff
February 20, 2003

At least six Alexandria Police officers have been wounded in a shootout that erupted this afternoon as police attempted to arrest a suspect in the ambush of another officer.

Police exchanged gunfire with a man who was in a house. Students at a nearby school were locked inside their building, as sheriff's deputies and state troopers were called in to help police.

Police Chief Tommy Cicardo told K-A-L-B T-V that at least six officers were wounded. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Officers had been looking for a gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle on a police officer yesterday morning.

The officer was ambushed while responding to an apparently false report of a robbery. When the officer got back in his patrol car after finding no robbery victim, the gunman sprayed the car with bullets. Police say about 20 shots were fired, but the officer was not hit.

Cicardo says the officer, whose name was not released, injured his leg as he scrambled to the passenger side of the car to avoid the gunfire and drove away from the shootout.




Officer ambushed
By: AP
February 20, 2003

Alexandria police are looking for a gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle on a police officer yesterday morning.

The officer was ambushed shortly after midnight while responding to an apparently false report of a robbery.

Authorities say when the officer got back in his patrol car after finding no robbery victim, the gunman sprayed the car with bullets. About 20 shots were fired. The officer was not hit but he hurt his leg as he scrambled to the car's passenger side to avoid the gunfire.

Police Chief Tommy Cicardo says the shooter remains on the loose and officers won't rest until he's caught. He says he doesn't know if the shooting was meant as an attack on the individual officer, on the city police department or law enforcement in general.

Cicardo says the department's narcotics division has been actively working cases and making arrests in the area.


http://www.kalb.com/news/education/MGB9KTETECD.html




Alexandria officer killed in gun battle; six injured

Posted on February 20, 2003

One Alexandria police officer was killed today in a shootout near Overton and Warshauer streets as police closed in on a suspect believed to be involved in a Wednesday ambush on another officer.
Six other officers were wounded, said Police Chief Tommy Cicardo.
The wounded were taken to both St. Frances Cabrini and Rapides Regional hospitals.
The suspect also was shot and is believed to be dead.
Cicardo briefed The Town Talk at about 3:30 p.m. Tearfully, he confirmed the fatality but said no names would be released until family members were notified.
While trying to resolve the sita
ution, police also had to contend with people jeering them, some shouting obscenities.
Just before 3:30 p.m., police began surrounding the area with yellow crime scene tape and it appeared the situation was under control.
Students at Rapides Motivational Center and Alma Redwine Elementary School were under lockdown and district officials said no student would leave the school until the situation is resolved. Some students had been evacuated to the district's Media Center downtown.
School officials said parents of students who live in that area are being contacted to get their children. Those students are not being allowed on school buses. Those schools are Alexandria Middle, Arthur F. Smith, Peabody Magnet, Bolton and ASH.
If the parents cannot be contacted, those students will not be sent home until the incident is over.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Police's SWAT team assisted the Alexandria department.

Shootout Kills Louisiana Cop, 5 more wounded!

22 posted on 02/20/2003 2:29:26 PM PST by deport
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To: deport
Abstracted from the local news at 5:30...

The APD SWAT team was serving a warrant related to yesterdays's shooting. As they entered the house, the suspect cut loose with what was described as an "automatic weapon." One officer was killed and five wounded.

What was left of Alexandria SWAT, along with the Sherrif's Department and State Police SWAT teams, then engaged in a firefight in which approximately 300 rounds were exchanged, ending in the suspect's death.
23 posted on 02/20/2003 3:59:17 PM PST by kms61
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To: dbwz
"With the sorry state of police training these days, it might be safe to assume that the cops shot eachother - or themselves."

ROFLMAO! For sure! I have seen the sorry state of training the cops get here in Miami-Dade County. They are handicapped because the vast majority of new cops are also products of the Miami-Dade Public schools, and are therefore totally convinced that guns are evil and so is the thought of actually using one, for any purpose. Therefore they all handle their weapons as if they were handling a live rattlesnake. They can't shoot and they have very little tactical "savvy."

No wonder stuff like this happens. Even in Louisiana....don't kid yourself that their schools are any less full of liberals with an anti-gun agenda.

24 posted on 02/20/2003 4:07:32 PM PST by ExSoldier
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To: deport
update




Two La. Police Officers Killed, Three More Wounded in Shootout
By Adam Nossiter Associated Press Writer
Published: Feb 20, 2003




ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A gunman ambushed a police SWAT team as they approached a house with a search warrant Thursday, killing two officers and wounding three others. In the ensuing two-hour gun battle, the man also died.
The injured officers were in stable condition, authorities said. No names were released.

Police said the gunman was wanted by probation and parole officers. They said the SWAT team was searching for a man wanted for ambushing another officer in the same neighborhood on Wednesday.

That officer was ambushed while responding to an apparently false report of a robbery. The gunman sprayed the officer's patrol car with bullets, firing about 20 shots.

The officer was not hit.

Capt. Thomas Cardwell estimated 500 shots were exchanged during Thursday's gun battle, which took place south of downtown in an area where drug dealing is common.

"He was lying in wait and he opened up," Cardwell said.

During the shootout, students at a nearby school were locked inside their building. Janice Kane, who lives about two blocks away, said, "It sounded like a war zone. You try to clean up a neighborhood and then this."

Her husband, Joe, added: "Only in Vietnam. That's the only time I heard that many shots."

Cardwell said it was the first fatal shooting of a police officer in the city in 40 years.

AP-ES-02-20-03 2131EST



25 posted on 02/20/2003 7:23:09 PM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to)
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To: Dallas
Gunman slays two officers

Residents tensely watch events unfold

Officers worry about possible retaliation

26 posted on 02/21/2003 4:48:59 AM PST by jordan8
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To: dbwz
training had nothing to do with this, they walked into an ambush, when they opened the door to serve a warrant the mother... opened fire with an automatic weapon, I thought the police did good not losing all there team members, its bad they lost two but they got the job done. And my heart goes out to the families to the fallen officers... amazing when one cop got shot, the other jumped on top of him to try and protect him from getting shot again and he got shot doing so.
27 posted on 02/22/2003 7:28:09 AM PST by nokiaman
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