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Police officer who murdered Sarah Everard given life sentence

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A British judge has sentenced London Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens to life in prison for the murder of Sarah Everard.
Couzens, 48, falsely arrested Everard, 33, as she was on her way home from a friend’s house on March 3. He raped and strangled Everard before burning her body.
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Her death provoked a strong public outcry, which the judge noted during the sentencing.
“You betrayed your family and there’s no evidence of genuine contrition,” Lord Justice Fulford said. He described the circumstances of Everard’s death as “grotesque,” the BBC reported.
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“The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause,” Fulford added.
Couzens pled guilty to the charges, the severity of which Fulford argued warranted a life sentence.
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Everard’s family said they were “outraged and sickened” by Couzens’ actions, but found “some relief” knowing he will be imprisoned “forever,” The Independent reported.
“It is almost seven months since Sarah died and the pain of losing her is overwhelming,” the family said in a statement. “We miss her all the time. We hold her safe in our hearts.”
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The case has significantly impacted the public trust in police and how they vet officers. Some have criticized Scotland Yard for not doing enough to protect women and girls and tackle allegations of sexual violence.
Couzens had been accused of indecent exposure at least twice before he murdered Everard. An investigation will determine whether police properly dealt with the allegations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Georgia man armed with bow and arrow carjacks woman in Atlanta, shot by officer during standoff: police

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A carjacking suspect wielding a bow and arrow was in custody in Georgia on Tuesday after a standoff with police, authorities said.
Atlanta police were called to the scene of a carjacking just after 6 a.m. and found a female victim who reported that a Caucasian male took her 2014 Toyota Camry, the Atlanta Police Department said.
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She said the man was armed with a bow and arrow when he approached her while she was inside her vehicle. He then fired an arrow into the windshield and demanded she exit the car, police said.
The victim was not injured during the incident.
The suspect was taken into custody in Marietta on Tuesday following a standoff with police. (FOX 5 Atlanta WAGA)
Police said investigating officers learned that a man matching the suspect’s description and armed with a similar weapon had unsuccessfully tried carjacking two motorists prior to taking the Toyota Camry.
While police in Atlanta continued to investigate, officers in Marietta responded to the scene of a car crash on Powder Springs Street, FOX5 Atlanta reported. The driver of the crashed vehicle pulled a compound bow and arrow on responding officers and aimed it at them.
At least one officer opened fire on the suspect, the station reported. It was not immediately known how many shots were fired or whether the suspect was injured.
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The Marietta and Cobb police departments took the suspect into custody following the standoff. Cobb police confirmed to the station that the vehicle involved in the crash was the same Toyota Camry that had been carjacked earlier.
Police did not immediately release the suspect’s identity or any charges he may face.