Suicide by cop is a colloquial term used to describe an unsub's act of forcing Law Enforcement officials to shoot or otherwise kill them. This act is almost invariably the fate of all rampage killers. The killer, having reached a point of no return, will prefer his/her own death over indefinite incarceration or institutionalization.
On Criminal MindsEdit
Suicides by cop, as well as attempts at suicide by cop, have been occasionally featured in Criminal Minds. In the episode Nameless, Faceless, Reid profiles that revenge-motivated killers usually commit suicide by cop in order to make some sort of statement.