From today's featured article
Mark Saunders was a British barrister who struggled with depression and alcoholism. On 6 May 2008 he repeatedly fired a shotgun from a window of his home in Markham Square, London. When armed police arrived, Saunders fired at their vehicle (example pictured) and a siege began. Saunders fired twice more and police returned fire, slightly wounding him. Saunders then waved the shotgun out of a window in the direction of a group of police officers; seven officers fired eleven shots, of which at least five struck him. Saunders was pronounced dead at a waiting ambulance. An inquest was held where the jury returned a verdict of lawful killing, but found several flaws in the police handling of the incident. They did not consider that any of these significantly contributed to the outcome. They could not decide whether Saunders had intentionally provoked a lethal response ("suicide by cop"). In 2010, the Metropolitan Police created a unit of senior officers to manage similar incidents. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
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- ... that Grischa Huber played Grischa in Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, regarded as "a cult film in the feminist movement"?
- ... that Charles Scribner's Sons occupied its Fifth Avenue building, designed by Ernest Flagg, for 19 years before moving to another Fifth Avenue building, also designed by Flagg?
- ... that Japanese singer Lovely Summer Chan attended the same middle school and high school as the members of the all-female band the Peggies?
- ... that Ishihara Park and Gandara Park in Santa Monica, California, are both named after local World War II veterans whose military contributions were overlooked during their lifetimes?
- ... that after their roughly 320 km/h (200 mph) crash at the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, George Russell slapped Valtteri Bottas on his crash helmet while Bottas showed Russell his middle finger?
- ... that American actress Minerva Bussenius's stage name Roberta Arnold is a combination of her father's and uncle's names?
- ... that Adam West was on the set of Zombie Nightmare for two days?
In the news
- An elevated section of the Mexico City Metro collapses, leaving at least 25 people dead and more than 70 others injured.
- Mark Selby (pictured) wins the World Snooker Championship, defeating Shaun Murphy in the final.
- Colombian president Iván Duque Márquez withdraws a proposed tax reform after nationwide protests leave at least 19 people dead.
- In horse racing, Medina Spirit wins the Kentucky Derby, earning trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race.
- In Israel, 45 people are killed in a crowd crush at a religious festival on Mount Meron.
On this day
- 1757 – English poet Christopher Smart was admitted to St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
- 1782 – Construction began on the Grand Palace (pictured) in Bangkok, the official residence of the king of Thailand.
- 1882 – Irish civil servants Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish were stabbed to death by members of the radical Irish National Invincibles in Phoenix Park, Dublin.
- 1941 – American entertainer Bob Hope performed his first show with the United Service Organizations, beginning a 50-year involvement with them.
- 1991 – Time magazine published the article "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" by Richard Behar criticizing the Church of Scientology, leading to years of legal conflict.