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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Releases Statement on Recent Shootings of Police Officers in Danville, Holladay, Philadelphia

By Timothy Perry

January 18, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Officer Thomas Cottrell, of the Danville police Department    
(Photo Provided by the Danville Police Department)

Officer Douglas Barney, of the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
(Photo Provided by the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lych released the following statement today in regard to recent attacks on police officers across the nation:

“I am appalled and deeply saddened by the recent shooting attacks against law enforcement officers in Danville, Ohio, and Holladay, Utah, in addition to an earlier ambush in Philadelphia, which left an officer injured.  These heinous assaults are reminders of the difficult jobs that our brave law enforcement officers perform every day and of the dangers that they willingly face in the service of their communities.  The Department of Justice is dedicated to supporting the courageous men and women who wear the badge and determined to do all that we can to keep them safe.  We stand ready to offer any and all appropriate resources to help hold accountable those who threaten our communities, attack our neighbors and seek to harm the peacekeepers within our nation.”

2016 has begun as a deadly year for police officers across the nation:

Officer Thomas Cottrell was found shot near the Municipal Building in Danville late Sunday night when after a man's ex-girlfriend called dispatchers to warn them that he was looking to kill police officers. Cottrell's gun and cruiser were stolen. The suspect was later found to be at a nearby residence and, after a short chase through a park and high school football field, was apprehended by police.

Cottrell's body was taken to Licking County, where it was scheduled for an autopsy today.

In Holladay, Utah, Officer Douglas Barney was gunned down on Sunday while responding to a traffic accident. Another officer was also wounded before the suspect was fatally shot a short distance from the scene of Barney's shooting.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a man ambushed and shot a Officer Jessee Hartnett, who was sitting in his patrol car. Despite being shot, the seriously wounded officer got out of his car and shot the assailant. He was later arrested by other officers. The suspect was named by Philadelphia Police as Edward Archer, who claims to have performed the shooting in the name of ISIS.

Additionally, a number of K9 units have recently been killed in the line of duty. Units from the Canton Police Department, here in Ohio and the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia were fatally shot by suspects.

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