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Police Probe Playground Death as 'Suicide By Cop'

Police Probe Playground Death as 'Suicide By Cop'

The AP via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

MODESTO, Calif. — Police say they are investigating the shooting death of a woman wielding a meat cleaver on a California elementary school playground as a possible case of “suicide by cop.”

Police on Wednesday identified the woman fatally shot as 43-year-old Elizabeth Catherine Kropp of Modesto.

Police Sgt. Brian Findlen says officers found Kropp hitting and cutting herself with the cleaver around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Two officers opened fire when Kropp charged them with the cleaver.

Related: Woman With Knife at Playground Shot And Killed By Police

Authorities say a preliminary investigation suggests Kropp had a history of mental health issues. Findlen says several children were on the playground when Kropp arrived but were escorted inside before the shooting.


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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41250 Comments

    Psychos always blame the Cops for everything. "Suicide by Cop" needs a new name!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I thought that sounded like a "Suicide by Cop" issue when the first article came out. Good job by the responding officers, but it's a shame that they will have to carry that burden on their backs for the rest of their careers.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gotta tell ya guys... I can't help but to hate this BS "Suicide by Cops" thing...
    Want to kill yourself..? Why don't you just drive into a water way (plainty in FL) or, put you Nine into your head and pull the trigger?
    Leave us alone...!!!
    Sorry for the Officers that will have to carry that load for the rest of their life...!!!
    It is NOT EASY...!!!
    I have to rate this crap down on behalf of the Officers involved. They did what they had to do, at the cost of keeping the incident VIVID in their minds for the rest of their lifes..!!!!!!!!

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    Lawful_Blue

    over 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Obviously...........

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    sounds like the situation was handled in the best way possible. all the kids and LEO's are safe.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    46236 Comments

    Great job

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    UNIT111D

    over 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    Good job

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    patchez

    over 4 years ago

    7454 Comments

    Great to hear that the kids were removed before and the Officers don't suffer PTSS...

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    grant319

    over 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    I'm just glad to hear that no kids were hurt. It sounds like these officers did what they were trained to do.

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