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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: November 29, 1998

Location: Los Angeles, California

Assault Weapon: Ruger Mini-14 .223 rifle

On November 29, 1998, Los Angeles Police Department training officer Brian Brown was killed with a Ruger Mini-14 .223 rifle. Brown and his partner witnessed a drive-by shooting in Culver City and attempted to stop the suspects. The gunmen fired multiple rounds from the Mini-14, killing Officer Brown. Police shot and killed one of the suspects near the scene while the other managed to commandeer a taxi, leading police on a five-mile chase before also being fatally wounded.

Anthony Breznican, "Three Dead, Including Police Officer, During Violent Arrest for Drive-By Shooting," Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1998.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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