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EDM Wednesday Briefing: New York City Police Officer Killed, North Korea Missile

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 5, 2017: A New York City police officer is killed in an unprovoked attack, India's monsoon season kills 20 amid flooding and landslides, a blood covered and knife wielding man is shot by an Ohio state trooper, multiple wildfires erupt across Colorado, three people are dead following a police chase in Savannah, the Spanish coastguard rescues three from a sunken refugee boat in the Mediterranean Sea, a car plows into a group of people on the sidewalk in Utah, and the United States calls for global action following ICBM test by North Korea.

  1. A New York City police officer was shot and killed on Tuesday evening while she and her partner were seated in their marked police command vehicle in the Bronx. The gunman allegedly walked directly up to the vehicle and shot the officer in the head through the window, then took off on foot. A a 12-year veteran of the force and member of the 46th Precinct's Anti-Crime unit, Miosotis Familia, 48, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
  2. Monsoon flooding in India has forced hundreds of thousands individuals to flee their homes and killed 20 as the seasons heavy rains have triggered floods and landslides across its remote northeastern region. At least 30,000 of the more than 400,000 people that fled their homes have sought refuge at area shelters, while others found refuge on higher ground or with relatives in other locations. Landslides and flooding have blocked roads to some remote areas, cutting residents off from life-sustaining supplies and a helicopter used for delivering needed supplies to these areas went missing on Tuesday.
  3. An Ohio state trooper fatally shot a man that was covered in blood and brandishing a knife early Tuesday morning. The officer was conducting a routine traffic stop when another vehicle rammed his car and the driver got out of the vehicle brandishing a knife at the officer. After refusing to drop the knife, the individual allegedly charged the officer who fired a single shot at the man. The deceased individual was later identified as a suspect in the earlier stabbing death of a woman near Cincinnati. 
  4. Wildfires have erupted across the state of Colorado due to hot and dry conditions and fire fighters are diligently working to help contain the blazes that combined, have consumed more than 525 acres. The largest of the fires, the Gutzler Fire, has consumed over 300 acres and has nearly 100 fire fighters working to contain the blaze. Smoke from three of the wildfires is causing dangerous air quality levels in the Central and Northern mountains and that smoke is expected to be carried by upper-level winds to Steamboat, Vail, and Summit County throughout the day and into Thursday.
  5. Three people were killed after their SUV crashed into a pole while being pursued by police in Savannah, Georgia. Police began pursuing the vehicle after an alleged shooter inside the SUV shot at least three people in the City Market located in downtown Savannah. A total of four people were injured in the shooting incident, including one individual that had non-life threatening injuries. 
  6. At least 50 people are feared dead following the sinking of a refugee boat about 31 miles off the coast of Spain's Alboran Island. The Spanish coastguard spotted the partially sunk, deflated rubber boat and found three men from sub-Saharan Africa still alive. The boat had set sail from Morocco with at least 52 people on board and had been drifting in the sea for several days before sinking.
  7. Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle who plowed into a group of people on the sidewalk in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday evening, killing one and injuring five others. Witnesses report that people allegedly were yelling at the driver of the vehicle to put her phone down and pay attention to driving just before the vehicle struck the people on the sidewalk. The driver, who fled the scene, is described as a white female wearing a red tank top and blue jean shorts.
  8. The United States called for global action after North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday and made threats against the nation as it celebrated is Independence Day. Some experts believe the new missile test confirms North Korea's ability to reach the United States, but so far, only the state of Alaska. The test also prompted the United Nations Security Council to call an emergency meeting on Wednesday at the request of the United States, Japan, and South Korea.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.