From AP via Yahoo! News -
PITTSBURGH – A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and "lying in wait" opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.
Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn't clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.
Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.
The three slain officers were Eric Kelly, 41, Stephen Mayhle, 29, and Paul Sciullo III, 37. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years, Mayhle and Sciullo for two years each. Another officer, Timothy McManaway, was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.
Poplawski had gunshot wounds in his legs but was otherwise unharmed because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Harper said. He was charged with three counts of homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons violation.
On Saturday, AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona had a timely post on the right wing's steady drumbeat of "they're coming to take away our guns ho ho he he ha ha" and its incitement to violence.
AZ examples of that drumbeat can be found at Sonoran Alliance here and American Conservative Republican here.
Enough already. I'm not calling to restrict the exercise of free speech, or even to abridge the ability of law-abiding citizens to possess firearms, but I will find it interesting to see how the NRA and the other anti-society (but pro-gun! Gotta have dem guns!) groups reconcile their hate speech with Poplawski's heartfelt and deadly application of that speech.
BTW - There's a reason that every professional cop that I've ever known has hated one kind of call for service most of all - domestic disturbances. They literally have no idea what to expect when they arrive at the scene. While Saturday's incident was unusual in its level of viciousness and lethality, it's far from unheard-of for officers to be attacked by suspects or even the victims involved.
My deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the victims and their families, friends, and colleagues.