Year: 1998 Source: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, v.67, no.8, (August 1998), p.21-27 SIEC No: 20010759

This article discusses a study which analyzed a sample of newspaper accounts of police shootings to determine the prevalence of incidents in which victims committed suicide by instigating police use of deadly force. 240 articles were found suitable for analysis. Evidence of probable or possible suicidal intent was found in 16% of incidents. A follow-up study was conducted because of the vague initial finding that suicidal intent was present in anywhere from 16-46% of cases. The cross-validation study found a similar range of 27-47%. The sudy establishes suicidal intent as a significant factor in many police shootings. (22 notes)