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Deputy killed, 4 other people injured in Colorado shooting

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado sheriff's deputy was shot and killed on Monday, the third officer to be gunned down in the line of duty in the state in the past five weeks.

El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed while he and other officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Denver, authorities said.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said the officers were struggling with the male suspect when shots were fired.

Two other deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer and a bystander were also shot, authorities said. All were hospitalized, but the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately released.

The lone suspect was also killed, authorities said.

The names of the injured officers, the bystander and the suspect were not immediately released.

Jason Adams, 52, who lives nearby, told the Colorado Springs Gazette he heard gunshots and ran to the scene, which he described as a "war zone."

Television coverage showed dozens of emergency vehicles responding to the scene.

Adams said he saw emergency responders tending to three people lying on the ground, one of whom appeared to have bullet wounds in the side of his torso.

A police command post remained on the scene hours after the shooting, along with about a dozen police cars and multiple officers.

Sheriff Bill Elder said Flick, who was killed on his 11th anniversary with the department, is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.

"Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of my agency and he will be missed," Elder said.

Carey said it was a tough day for all law-enforcement agencies.

"Tonight there is no distinction between our uniforms. State Patrol, sheriff's office and the Colorado Springs Police Department, our hearts are all broken," he said.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the deadly violence against officers is having a grave impact on the state.

"We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy's loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured," he said in a written statement. "However, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service."

Hickenlooper ordered flags flown at half-staff in Flick's honor.

Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was killed Jan. 24 and Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed on New Year's Eve.

Gumm, 31, was shot while chasing a suspect. Parrish, 29, was shot in suburban Denver by a man with a history of mental health issues.

Monday's shooting occurred in a neighborhood of single-family homes, apartments and retail stores just east of downtown Colorado Springs, a city of about 465,000.

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This story has been corrected to show Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed New Year's Eve, not New Year's Day.

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Foody reported from Denver.

Emails Show FBI Saddened, Stunned By Comey's Firing, Contradicting Trump's Claims

 

Over 100 pages of emails written by FBI agents last year, shortly after President Donald Trumpfired FBI director James Comey, reveal a stunned and saddened bureau, sharply contrasting with the president’s statements that Comey was unpopular with most FBI employees.

Security analyst Benjamin Wittes, editor of the legal affairs blog Lawfare and a friend of Comey’s, obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. The request sought FBI managers’ messages about the firing, and the agency turned over 103 pages of emails out of 116 it identified.

“We are not going to let this defeat us ... it will only make us stronger,” the head of the Knoxville field office told her team in one email Lawfare obtained. “I know you all know our director stood for what is right and what is true. He truly made us better when we needed it the most.”

“Many of you have inquired about how to get a message to director Comey,” a Los Angeles field office leader wrote after the May 9 firing. “I have spoken to his staff that assured me any emails and letters sent to the director’s office will be collected and delivered to him.”

The special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office emailed: “I hope this is an instance of fake news.”

“Our hearts may be heavy but we must continue to do what we do best, which is to protect and serve the American people,” wrote the assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Victim Assistance.

Despite the sentiments in the emails, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was deputy White House press secretary at the time of Comey’s firing, insisted he was ousted because the president and the bureau had lost faith in him. Trump claimed at a press conference that Comey was “very unpopular with most people.”

But Andrew McCabe, who served as acting FBI director before returning to his role as deputy director and recently resigning, testified otherwise before the Senate Intelligence Committee just days after Comey’s firing, saying Comey “enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does.”

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Many observers believe Trump’s decision to fire Comey could become a centerpiece of an obstruction of justice case against the president by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that before Trump fired him, the president had pressed him for a declaration of loyalty. He also disputed Trump’s statements that the FBI was struggling and had lost faith in him, calling the remarks “lies, plain and simple.”

In an NBC interview aired after Comey’s firing, Trump called the former director a “show boat” and said the bureau was “in turmoil.” But in the same interview, Trump implied that he’d fired Comey because of “this Russian thing.”

“When I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election,’” the president said.

The New York Times reported that a week after firing Comey, Trump had told Russian officials in the Oval Office that Comey was a “nut job,” adding: “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

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Suspect in Drunk Driving Crash That Killed NFL Player, Uber Driver Was Illegal Immigrant

 

NDIANAPOLIS, IN (WISH) — The man accused of killing a Colts player and an Uber driver while operating under the influence was in the country illegally and had twice been deported.

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37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales when he was arrested. According to Indiana State Police, he had been deported in 2007 and 2009 and was in the U.S. illegally. The Guatemalan citizen is being held for U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and is currently in the Marion County Jail. He was also driving without a license.

The crash killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, 26, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe of Avon.

They had pulled to the side of I-70 near Holt Road because Jackson had become ill. Police say Orrego-Savala hit Jackson and Monroe just before 4 a.m. in a black Ford F-150. One victim was thrown from the crash into the center lane of I-70. That victim was later struck by an ISP trooper who was responding to the crash.

Orrego-Savala tried to flee the scene on foot and was arrested on the ramp to Holt Road by an ISP trooper.

“It appears that somebody got behind the wheel of a vehicle after having consumed alcohol and now we have tragic consequences that are going to affect many, many lives because of somebody’s poor decision,” said Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police.

Orrego-Savala faces preliminary charges that include causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of .08 or more, operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, according to online records.

Sisters Allegedly Killed Child For Taking Cupcake

 

Two Georgia sisters are charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy after he took a cupcake from the kitchen.

LaShirley Morris and Glenndria Morris, 27 and 25 respectively, allegedly beat Kejuan "King" Mason to death with a baseball bat on Oct. 21, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Glenndria was the child's legal guardian. 

Glenndria reportedly spanked him while LaShirley beat the boy repeatedly in the head, stomach, legs, and arms, reports WGHP.

Judge Pirro: 'We're on the Brink of Indictments' Over FBI's Misconduct

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Judge Jeanine Pirro said she believes "indictments" will start coming down over the misconduct by the FBI, calling for an "active criminal investigation" of former FBI Director James Comey. 

"We're on the brink of indictments coming down," she said on "Hannity," calling out FBI "lovebirds" Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, along with Bruce Ohr, Andrew McCabe and Bill Priestap.

 

"Comey needs to be the target of an active criminal investigation, I've said that a million times," she added.

The host of "Justice With Judge Jeanine" said the public is beginning to put the "pieces of the puzzle" together when it comes to misconduct within the FBI and Justice Department toward President Trump and his team.

"President Obama lied to us when he said 'I'm not involved in anything'" relating to an investigation," she said.

She said that the storyline surrounding the unverified Trump-Russia dossier, the series of Congressional memos and texts between two "FBI lovebirds" reads like a "Hollywood" screenplay.

Pirro said that if someone "wrote a script for Hollywood" based on the events and revelations, producers would think it was "over the top."

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