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Utah flags fly half-staff to honor slain officer

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Dangers of Policing, 11PM
HOLLADAY, UT (KSNV News3LV) -- In Utah, flags are flying at half-staff to honor an officer gunned down Sunday.

Officer Doug Barney, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, was killed in the line of duty during a police chase and shooting in Holladay, Utah Sunday morning. A second officer, Jon Richey, was shot three times and taken to a Utah Hospital where he is recovering.

It's been a deadly start to 2016, Officer Barney in Utah is one of two officers murdered.

In Ohio, officer Thomas Cottrell died in an ambush attack. Cottrell and Barney are the first officers murdered in 2016, leading Fraternal Order of Police President Jason Pappas to say things are changing for police.

"It appears that we are being specifically targeted for our profession."

In the Las Vegas tragedy has struck police over and over. In 2014, Officers Soldo and Beck were killed while on their lunch break.

In 2015, Officer Gregory Sedminic was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Sedminic survived.

In Ohio, Sgt. Chris Cheatham says nerves are high. "In light of recent events, officers are on higher alert, just things that happened around the country."

In the area of one of the Ohio shootings, police recruits just hit the streets.

"I'm nervous, but the training has been great. If they didn't think I wasn't ready, they wouldn't let me walk out of these walls."

If you include the number of officers killed in accidents, car wrecks or from health issues, Pappas says it turns out one officer dies on the job in the U.S every two days.

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