Two NYPD Officers Shot In Separate Incidents Referred To As “Assassination Attempts”

One suspect is in police custody after two New York City police officers were shot and wounded half a mile apart on Saturday night and Sunday morning, in what officials are calling “assassination” attempts.

Police say that the suspect walked into the 41st precinct in New York City’s Bronx borough just before 8 a.m. Sunday and fired multiple rounds, wounding an officer. Police say that the same suspect is believed to have shot and wounded another police officer in a targeted shooting on Saturday evening.

In the first incident, an officer was struck in the chin and the neck, with the bullet nearly striking his carotid artery, The officer’s partner was able to help transport him to the hospital, and the wounded officer is expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday. The next morning, at about 7:56 a.m., the same suspect walked into the 41st precinct and pulled out a 9 mm Sauer gun. The suspect opened fire at several officers behind a desk, striking a male officer in the upper left arm, and then walked to an area near the desk and opened fire on officers and a civilian member of the police department. The second police officer wounded is being treated for his injuries, but is expected to fully recover.

During a press conference on Sunday, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea characterized the shootings as “assassination” attempts against police officers. Shea did not release the suspect’s name, but said he has a long history of violence, including a conviction for a 2002 incident where he shot someone in the Bronx, carjacked a woman, crashed her vehicle and then engaged in a gunfight with police, Shea said. He was convicted for attempted murder, and was paroled in 2017, Shea said. The suspect was later charged with another crime, and was scheduled for a court date.

Suspect in NYPD ‘assassination’ incidents was on parole

Via abcnews.go.com
 

Editorial credit: BrandonKleinVideo / Shutterstock.com

Department Of Justice Launches Investigation Into String Of Prison Deaths

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system, this coming after a string of inmate deaths in the last few months. Federal prosecutors announced that they are looking into conditions at four state prisons following the deaths of at least 15 inmates since late December.

The investigation is examining whether state corrections officials are adequately protecting prisoners from physical harm and will also look into whether there are adequate health care and suicide prevention services.

Violence is a recurring problem in Mississippi prisons, where many jobs for guards are unfilled.

Feds launch investigation into Mississippi prisons after string of deaths, outrage

Via abcnews.go.com
 

“Person Of Interest” In Custody Regarding Shooting Of Two Detectives In Maryland

A person of interest was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon following a massive manhunt for the gunman who shot two Maryland detectives.” The Anne Arundel Police tweeted, “we have a person of interest in custody in reference to the shootings of our detectives. We do not believe there is any further threat to our community.” 

Anne Arundel County Police Sgt. Jacklyn Davis said that the investigation began around 5 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to a death investigation. They launched a homicide investigation and determined the victim’s car was missing. According to Sgt. Davis, Anne Arundel County detectives found the car in Baltimore by 11 p.m. and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect shot one of the detectives. He was in “critical but stable condition” as of Thursday morning. Another detective continued to chase the shooter, but the suspect shot multiple rounds at the second detective, hitting him. He is currently in stable condition.

Man sought in shooting of 2 Md. police detectives found after manhunt

Via www.washingtonpost.com
 

Three Dead, 179 Injured After Plane Crash At Istanbul Airport

A Turkish airliner skidded off a runway, crashing and breaking apart while landing in bad weather in Istanbul Wednesday, killing three people and injuring over 100 more passengers.

The aircraft, operated by  Pegasus Airlines, was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir with 183 passengers and crew on board when it had what the Transportation Ministry described as a “rough landing.” Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said the plane failed to “hold onto the runway” and skidded before it dropped into the ditch from a height of about 98 feet. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported early Thursday that three people had died and 179 required care at multiple hospitals.

The airport was shut down after the incident, which occurred at around 6:30 p.m. local time, and flights were diverted to Istanbul’s main airport..

3 dead, 179 injured after passenger plane crashes at Istanbul airport

Via www.msn.com
 

Editorial credit: bodrumsurf / Shutterstock.com

Three 3 Dead, 179 Injured After Plane Crash At Istanbul Airport

A Turkish airliner skidded off a runway, crashing and breaking apart while landing in bad weather in Istanbul Wednesday, killing three people and injuring over 100 more passengers.

The aircraft, operated by  Pegasus Airlines, was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir with 183 passengers and crew on board when it had what the Transportation Ministry described as a “rough landing.” Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said the plane failed to “hold onto the runway” and skidded before it dropped into the ditch from a height of about 98 feet. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported early Thursday that three people had died and 179 required care at multiple hospitals.

The airport was shut down after the incident, which occurred at around 6:30 p.m. local time, and flights were diverted to Istanbul’s main airport..

3 dead, 179 injured after passenger plane crashes at Istanbul airport

Via www.msn.com
 

Editorial credit: bodrumsurf / Shutterstock.com

Senate Acquits President Trump On Both Impeachment Charges

On Wednesday, the Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, bringing an end to the third presidential impeachment trial in United States history.

On the first of two articles of impeachment, Mitt Romney of Utah was the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump, along with all Democrats and independents. On the second article, obstruction of Congress, the president was acquitted in a pure party-line vote with all Republicans voting not guilty and all Democrats and independents voting guilty. A super majority of 67 votes on each article was needed to convict.

Romney announced his vote on the Senate floor two hours before the vote, saying: “I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” What Trump did, Romney said, was “grievously wrong,” adding, “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”

Trump is the third president to be impeached in United States history. None have been removed from office.

Trump impeachment trial live updates: Senate acquits Trump on first article

Via abcnews.go.com
 

President Trump Delivers His Third State Of The Union Address

President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address late Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the GOP Senate is expected to vote to acquit him of impeachment charges. Republicans stood numerous times to applaud, but two moments between Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went viral, highlighting party tension. 

Having snubbed Pelosi’s handshake before the speech, Trump spoke of a “great American comeback”, touting the economy and fanning the flames of the culture wars, to which Democrats responded with heckles and walkouts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, even tore up her copy of the address after it ended, saying she could not find “one page with truth on it”.

For more details on the President’s State of the Union address, click below.

State of the Union: 5 key takeaways

Via abcnews.go.com
 

Majority Of Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Are Released

The Iowa Democratic Party released the majority of the results from the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, which show Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders in state delegates-  but Sanders with a slight edge in the popular vote. No winner has been announced, but the state party has provided results from 71% of precincts from all 99 counties. 

In the reported precincts, Buttigieg won 26.8% of the delegate share and Sanders 25.2%. Elizabeth Warren came in third with 18.4% and Joe Biden fourth with 15.5%. Amy Klobuchar had 12.6%, Andrew Yang 1.1% and Tom Steyer 0.3%.

Sanders had 31,322 caucus attendees casting their lot with him in the first round of vote allocation and 32,673 in the second round. Buttigieg’s totals were 27,418 then 31,353; Warren had 24,041 then 25,692; Biden 18,814 then 16,447; Klobuchar 16,345 then 15,470; Yang 6,713 then 1,301 and Steyer 2,243 then 275.

On Monday night, technical problems forced the party to delay the announcement of the results. The democratic party said Tuesday that Monday’s problems came from a glitch in the app used by precinct chairs to report caucus results. The party stressed that the flaw didn’t impact the accuracy of the data and that there’s been no sign of hacking.  Party spokesperson Mandy McClure said about the remaining 29% of results: “We will continue to release results as we are able to.”

Iowa Democratic Party releases majority of caucus results

Via abcnews.go.com
 

Editorial credit: DSkorynko / Shutterstock.com

California Greyhound Bus Shooting Leave 5 Wounded, One Dead

The California Highway Patrol said a gunman killed one passenger and wounded five others on a Greyhound bus traveling from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area early Monday morning.

The shooting happened at about 1:20 a.m. as the bus was on the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 high in the mountains between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. The bus driver got the shooter off the bus and left him on the highway shoulder, where he was arrested without incident, Sgt. Brian Pennings told reporters. He had no immediate information about the motive. After leaving the gunman behind, the driver continued on to the next exit and pulled into the parking lot of a gas station. The bus was carrying about 40 passengers.

1 dead, 5 wounded in California Greyhound bus shooting, suspect in custody

Via www.nbcnews.com
 

Editorial credit: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com

Texas A&M-Commerce University Residence Hall Shooting Kills 2, Wounding 1

Two people were killed and another wounded in a shooting at a Texas A&M-Commerce University residence hall Monday, according to campus police. The Texas A&M-Commerce University Police Department said it was investigating three gunshot victims in Pride Rock Residence Hall on campus.

The university wrote in a statement on its website.: “There have been two confirmed deaths. The third victim has been taken to the hospital for treatment. UPD has stationed officers throughout the campus, including all key gathering points, for the safety of the campus community”

The school did not comment on the condition of the wounded victim. No additional information about the shooting was immediately available. Texas A&M-Commerce University is a satellite campus located about 65 miles northeast of Dallas. The main campus is located about 230 miles away in College Station, Texas, closer to Houston.

2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at college residence hall

Via abcnews.go.com
 

Editorial credit: Travel_with_me / Shutterstock.com