Search continues for 12 Marines in downed choppers
HONOLULU — The ongoing search for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii entered the third day with no plans Sunday morning to call off or suspend the massive effort, the Coast Guard said.
While high surf complicated the mission for rescuers on the water, a green laser off Haleiwa Beach Park on Saturday night struck a Coast Guard plane, forcing crew members to alter search patterns.
Rescuers have been searching round-the-clock since the Coast Guard was notified late Thursday of the crash by a civilian who saw the aircraft flying and then disappear, and then a fireball.
The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a training mission. Later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 plane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu. — AP
Utah police officer, suspect killed in exchange of gunfire
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah police officer died Sunday after he was shot by a suspect who was later killed by police.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said Unified Police Officer Douglas Barney was shot in the head about 10 a.m. in the suburb of Holladay.
He was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries a few hours later.
Shortly after Barney was shot, officers encountered Cory Lee Henderson, 31, who was on foot after fleeing from a traffic accident, police say. Winder said gunfire erupted, with Henderson and police exchanging rounds. Henderson died at the scene. A woman seen with him was still at large, police said.
Barney was an 18-year law enforcement veteran, who has a wife and three children, the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Henderson had a criminal record that included weapons possession, Winder said. — AP