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A Cop Killer is, as the title suggests, a person who kills at least one person working in the local police force or law enforcement agency. Usually, when a cop or agent is murdered, the rest of the police force/agency makes hunting the perpetrator down a top priority, as the officers intend for their colleague's death to not go unpunished. In the course of history, the term 'Cop Killer' has become applicable for anyone who works in some sort of law enforcement field, such as a security guard.
On Criminal MindsEdit
Note: Usually, whenever a policeman or agent is killed on the show, it is usually incidental and not intentional. One example of the contrary is Animal. Some notable cop killers on the show are:
- Vincent Perotta ("Natural Born Killer")
- Jason Clark Battle ("Lucky" and "Penelope")
- New York Terrorist Cell ("Lo-Fi" and "Mayhem")
- Animal ("Brothers in Arms")
- George Foyet ("Omnivore", "...And Back", "Nameless, Faceless", and "100")
- Billy Flynn ("Our Darkest Hour" and "The Longest Night")
- Chloe Donaghy and/or Richard Gerace ("It Takes a Village")
- The Face Cards ("Hit" and "Run")
- John Myers ("The Silencer")
- Wallace Hines ("The Inspiration" and "The Inspired")
- Owen McGregor ("Angels" and "Demons")
- Michael Peterson ("Tribute")
- Daniel Dryden ("Killer Profile")
- Charles Whitman, murderer of Officer Billy Speed during the University of Texas sniper attacks
- Eric Robert Rudolph, murderer of Robert Sanderson in an abortion clinic bombing
- Timothy McVeigh, convicted of murdering eight federal agents in the Oklahoma City bombing
- Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin who murdered of Texas Patrolman J.D. Tippit
- Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu, murderers of bank guard Herman Dwight Cook
- Christopher Dorner, killed four people, including two police officers and a Sheriff's Deputy
- Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, murderers of MIT police officer Sean Collier and BPD Officer Dennis Oliver Simmonds, Jr.
- The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs, murderers of night guard Elena Shram
- Dean Corll, indirect killer of Officer Willard Branch, the father of his tenth victim
- Mark Essex, killed nine people, including five police officers, in a murder spree that spanned eight days
- Bobby Davis and Jack Twinning, perpetrators of the Newhall massacre
- Richard Poplawski, perpetrator of the Pittsburgh police shootings
- Lovelle Mixon, perpetrator of the Oakland shootings
- Maurice Clemmons, perpetrator of the Lakewood police officer shooting