Over the years I have hosted cops from all over the world. Several Americans have stayed with us & I always have a keen interest in what’s going on with our brothers & sisters across the pond.
They’re having a bit of a bad week out there at the moment.
On Sunday the NYPD lost an officer when he was pushed over a railing while trying to arrest a domestic violence suspect. Officer Alain Schaberger was pushed over a balcony & fell head first onto a concrete stairwell. He landed on his head & broke his neck Ă‚Â dying at the scene. He was a 10-year veteran & will be laid to rest on Friday.
The day before Nassau County PD cop lost his life in a tragic shooting by a fellow police officer. Officers were called to an incident with a 21-year-old male who had several knives strapped to his body whilstĂ‚Â wieldingĂ‚Â other knives. Officers from several departments attended the scene & when the offender charged at officers, he was shot & killed by an officer. A few minutes later other officers arrived from theĂ‚Â Metropolitan Transportation Authority & NYPD Special Operations officers, including Geoffrey Breitkopf,Ă‚Â who were in plain clothes.
For reasons which aren’t clear one of the MTA officers fired a shot at Officer Breitkopf. He died a short while later. His funeral is also this Friday.
Meanwhile, also on 13th March, in Virginia, four officers were shot as they arrived at the scene of a robbery. Two of theĂ‚Â Buchanan County Sheriff Department officers were killed, the other two are in life-threatening or serious conditions. The offender, who shot the officers from long range, was found two hours after the shooting & in an ‘engagement’ he was shot & killed. The slain officers wereĂ‚Â Deputies Cameron Neil Justus, 41, and William Ezra Stiltner, 46.
43 USA officers have been killed or died on duty so far this year.
Rest in peace, brothers.