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Two Officers, One Suspect Dead in Santa Cruz Shootout

Police chief: 'The department is mourning the most horrendous day in our history.'

Three are dead — two of them police officers — in a Santa Cruz shootout Tuesday afternoon.

"The department is mourning the most horrendous day in our history," said Police Chief Kevin Vogel. "We lost two officers."

Keep up with the developments in the story on Santa Cruz Patch.

Magic 8 ball February 27, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Five peace officers have been murdered in California in 2013 so far; four in the month of February alone. Police Officer Kevin Tonn Galt Police Dept. EOW: January 15, 2013 Police Officer Michael Crain Riverside Police Dept. EOW: February 7, 2013 Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah MacKay San Bernardino S.D. EOW: February 12, 2013 Police Sgt. Loren Butch Baker Santa Cruz Police Dept. EOW: February 26, 2013 Police Officer Elizabeth Butler Santa Cruz Police Dept. EOW: February 26, 2013 According to the National Peace Officers Memorial, nationwide over 1,559 peace officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 56 hours or 156 per year nationwide. To put things into perspective, according to Wikipedia, the US Military has suffered 1803 deaths (KIAs & others) in the war in Afghanistan 2001–present (13 years) or an average of 138 per year. I'm sure neither number is spot on accurate but it should give one pause.
Chris Nicholson February 27, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Tragic deaths, for sure. But let's be clear on the statistics-- it's the RATE that has meaning. Absolute numbers cannot convey relative risk. Odds of dying in line of duty as a cop are about 1.6 per 100K, less than half the average death rate for all workers in the U.S. Of the 1.6 deaths per 100K, about half were from homicide, half from other causes (mostly traffic accidents). Death rates for combat duty in Afghanistan is about 400-500 per100K. Not comparable at all. I appreciate both cops and soldiers for putting themselves in harm's way for our common protection. But we should be honest about the facts.
karen February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
thank you for the info

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