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The deaths of two Las Vegas cops on Sunday raised to 23 the number of law enforcement officers killed this year by gunfire across the country while in the line of duty -- a 53 percent increase compared to the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  That is a stark contrast to the same time last year when firearms-related shootings accounted for 15 deaths, the group said.

Spurred by anti-government and white supremacist groups, the group said law enforcement agencies around the country have sounded the alarm -- saying the recent Las Vegas shootings highlight the increased potential for police officers to be ambushed.

"This is an alarming trend that we cannot allow to continue,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, who chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. "We are outraged that more has not already been done to prevent the senseless killings of citizens and law enforcement alike. Our nation must make it a priority to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring guns and inflicting such grave damage on others. Enough is enough."

Read more: ABC News

An armed man and woman shouting about a "revolution" opened fire and killed two Las Vegas policemen who were eating lunch in a pizza parlor on Sunday, then fatally shot a civilian in a nearby Wal-Mart store before killing themselves, police said.

The two uniformed patrol officers, later identified as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31 - both family men - were ambushed without provocation shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time inside a CiCi's Pizza shop, authorities said.  One of the two officers managed to return gunfire before the suspects fled to an adjacent Wal-Mart, where they killed a bystander inside the front door, then exchanged gunfire with police who pursued them further into the store, Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said.

Moments later, the female suspect shot her accomplice to death, then took her own life, Gillespie told reporters at a late-afternoon news conference.

Read More:  Reuters

A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on Thursday at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person and wounding two others before he was subdued by a group of students and arrested, Seattle police and hospital officials said.  A fourth person was injured in the struggle with the gunman, police said.

The Seattle Police Department said via Twitter that Aaron Ybarra, 26, had been booked into King County Jail for the shooting at Seattle Pacific University.  The lone suspect, who was not a student, entered an academic building of the university in the late afternoon and shot three people, police said.   He was disarmed as he paused to reload his gun and was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard.

"Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler told reporters on the scene.

Read More:  Reuters

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he will reconstitute a long-defunct task force on domestic terrorism to try to expand efforts to stop violent attacks inside the U.S.  The task force the Justice Department is reviving was originally launched in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It was scheduled to meet on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, but given the terror attacks of that day it didn't meet, and the group's work was quickly eclipsed by the response to those attacks and the effort to defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

Now, Mr. Holder said in a statement, "we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes, from antigovernment animus to racial prejudice.''  In April, a white supremacist was charged with shooting dead three people at Kansas City-area Jewish centers. Incidents like that one and a shooting that killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012 have led officials to consider expanding efforts to detect and prevent hate-based violence, a Justice Department official said.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

A social media consultant hunted by police for three days due to suspicions he possessed explosives is in custody.  Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, was arrested on Monday, police said, after they found his car near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  FBI agents told CBS News the arrest was made without incident, following reports he was seen drinking in a bar.

The manhunt began on Saturday after police spent 14 hours searching Mr Chamberlain's San Francisco apartment.  Police asked the public for help in finding Mr Chamberlain, who tweeted on Monday that police claims he was dangerous were false.  "Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous,'' FBI spokesman Peter Lee had said before the arrest.

Read More:  BBC News