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Overview[ edit ] There are two broad categories of "suicide by cop". The first is when someone has committed a crime and is being pursued by the police and decides that they would rather die than be arrested.
These people may not otherwise be suicidal but may simply decide that life is not worth living if they are incarcerated and thus will provoke police to kill them.
The second version involves people who are already contemplating suicide and who decide that provoking law enforcement into killing them is the best way to act on their desires. These individuals Rudeness at 911 commit a crime with the specific intention of provoking a law enforcement response.
The idea of committing suicide in this manner is based on trained procedures of law enforcement officers, specifically the policy on the use of deadly force.
In jurisdictions where officials are readily capable of deadly force often by being equipped with firearmsthere are usually set circumstances where they will predictably use deadly force against a threat to themselves or others.
This form of suicide functions by exploiting this trained reaction.
The most common scenario is pointing a firearm at a police officer or an innocent person, which would be expected to provoke an officer to fire on them.
However, many variants exist; for example, attacking with a knife or other hand weapon, trying to run an officer or other person over with a car, or trying to trigger a real or presumed explosive device.
This concept hinges on the person's state of mind, and their desire to end their own life, which can be difficult to determine post mortem. Some suspects brazenly announce their intention to die before they act e.
However, many cases can be more difficult to determine, as some suspects with the desire to die will actually fire live ammunition and even kill people before being killed themselves.
Many law enforcement training programs have added sections to specifically address handling these situations if officers suspect that the subject is attempting to goad them into using lethal force. History[ edit ] Many modern cases that pre-date the formal recognition of the phenomenon have been identified or speculated by historians as matching the pattern now known as suicide by cop.
According to authors Mark Lindsay and David Lester, Houston McCoy, one of the two Austin Police Department officers who shot and killed Charles Whitmanthe Texas Tower sniper, believed that Whitman could have shot him and fellow officer Ramiro Martinezbut "he was waiting for them, and wanted to be shot.
Rooseveltmight have been attempting suicide by police. The phenomenon has been described in news accounts from and scientific journals since The phrase seems to have originated in the United States, but has also appeared in the UK, where a jury first determined someone committed suicide by cop in Rick Parent of the Delta Police Department.
Police defined victim precipitated homicide as "an incident in which an individual bent on self-destruction, engages in life threatening and criminal behavior to force law enforcement officers to kill them. William Dolman while serving as a London coroner between and Profile of Suicide by Cop Subjects: Police shot the suspect dead as he came out of a house firing from the hip and screaming "Kill me!
He called and reported he'd seen a man acting erratically with a gun.
He then shot and killed the responding officer. The next officer to arrive on the scene shot and killed Hummons. When he brandished the gun, two officers shot him a total of three times. I threatened your life as well as the lives of those around me.
Pettersson had a history of mental illness, and a book about the attack with interviews of many people around him states that "during the period before the attack, he wavered between several options; to seek professional help, to kill himself 'normally' or to attack people around him to get killed".
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Corresponding Author. Karen Tracy (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, ) is a professor and Sarah J. Tracy is a doctoral student in the Communication Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.