"Four Cops Shot"
L&O, Episode 20.17
Production number: 20017
First aired: 22 March 2010
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Written By
Ed Zuckerman & Luke Schelhaas & Matthew McGough

Directed By
Jim McKay

A mass murder of police officers causes problems.


Lieutenant Anita Van Buren is told by her doctor Valerie Knight (Deirdre O'Connell) that she came off her radiation just fine and her hemoglobin levels are up. She's set to go back to her doctor in three months to see if the tumor has shrunk. Meanwhile, Detectives Lupo and Bernard are called to a scene where four police officers were shot and killed at a local pizzeria. With a room full of witnesses they have a small description of the culprit, but that's all. The case becomes even more confusing when they discover that the police officers may have known the shooter. The investigation quickly leads them to a drug cartel, a jealous husband, and a penitent judge who are all linked together. Tensions rise from both the homicide units, the DA's office, and even to the U.S. Attorney.


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I've witnessed one execution. I don't have a need to see another.

–Jack McCoy

McCoy: It was her recommendation that freed him.
Cutter: Five years ago. Now she's running for Senate. She's trying to make up for that by killing him.
McCoy: Politics and the death favorite combination.

Background information and notes

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Frank Ramos
Queens, New York
Tuesday, March 2

Riker's Island
Correctional Facility
Wednesday, March 3

Dental Office of
Dr. Nancy Kooter
721 East 26th Street
Wednesday, March 3

Bistro Provencal
127 Reade Street
Thursday, March 4

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Home of
Dolores Martin
Brooklyn, New York
Thursday, March 4

Supreme Court
Trial Part 16
Monday, April 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 16
Tuesday, April 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 16
Wednesday, April 7

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