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Cop who killed himself was hit by pole at Capitol riot: wife

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Cop who killed himself was hit by pole at Capitol riot: wife

A Washington, DC, cop who committed suicide after the US Capitol breach was struck in the head with a metal pole during the deadly siege — and was never quite the same, his wife said in a report Friday.

Capitol Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, 35, suffered the blow while defending the building on Jan. 6 at 5:35 p.m. when a rioter tossed the object,  hitting his face and helmet, according to the Washington Post.

After enduring the injury, Smith was placed on sick leave and suffered constant pain before killing himself roughly a week after the building was breached, his wife Erin Smith, told the paper.

“He wasn’t the same Jeff that left on the sixth [of January]… I just tried to comfort him and let him know that I loved him,” she said. “I told him I’d be there if he needed anything, that no matter what we’ll get through it. I tried to do the best I could.”

Smith, who was ordered back to work on Jan. 14, shot himself in the head the next day, inside his Ford Mustang near a scenic overlook of the Potomac River, the paper reported.

During the building breach, Smith told his wife he feared for his life, at one point sending her an ominous text that read, “London has fallen.”

He was one of two DC cops who committed suicide in the days following the US Capitol riot.

Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood also took his own life soon after the insurrection.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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Ten rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting US troops on Wednesday morning, security sources said.

No fatalities were immediately reported in the attack on Ain al-Asad air base, which also houses Iraqi forces, the sources said.

A Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters that 13 rockets were fired at the base from about 5 miles away.

Monday’s attack is the second time in less than a month US forces were targeted on Iraqi soil.

A Feb. 15 rocket attack against a US military base in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member.

That strike led to a retaliatory bombing by the US last week on a complex inside Syria used by an Iran-supported militia.

The Biden administration said the airstrikes were intended to deter future attacks on US troops in Iraq.

With Post wires

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Texas man shoots wife, then himself inside doctor’s office

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A man shot and injured his wife inside a west Houston doctor’s office on Monday before turning the gun on himself, a report said.

Andrew Wang, 64, was at the medical office next to the Woman’s Hospital of Texas when he carried out the violence just before 3 p.m., Click2Houston.com reported, citing police.

“I’m going to kill you, I want you to die,” Wang was overheard saying before firing two shots at his wife, then himself, according to police.

Wang was declared dead on scene. Police found a gun at the office.

His wife was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to her chest and forearm, the report said. As of Tuesday morning, she was in stable condition.

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Investigators retrieve ‘black box’ data from Tiger Woods’ SUV

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Investigators working to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash have obtained data stored in the “black box” of the luxury SUV he was driving, a report said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant to gather the information, which could show the vehicle’s speed before the collision and whether its brakes were applied, authorities told USA Today.

“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl told the news outlet.

“If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision. If there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 alone when he veered across the median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the road and struck a tree.

The legendary golfer broke several bones in his lower right leg and is still recovering in the hospital.

A forensic car expert had told USA Today that it appeared Woods was not paying attention in the moments before the devastating crash.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney, a consultant who serves as an expert witness in court cases, told the news outlet.

Felix Lee, an accident reconstruction expert, told the outlet: “My feeling is that speed wasn’t that much of an issue. It was just some kind of inattention that caused the curb strike.”

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