On Jan. 8, Lewisburg police killed 44-year-old Jimmy L. Hamlin Jr. of Kathleen, Ga., after he reportedly threatened them with a rifle. Police said Hamlin had been pulled over after a domestic violence incident was reported and that he refused to comply with officers' commands.
Two days later, State Police troopers killed 37-year-old John Edward Dempsey of Logan after he reportedly led them on a chase in a vehicle he'd carjacked. Authorities say Dempsey was suspected of killing two men during break-ins at their homes.
On Saturday, police officers killed two men in separate incidents, including Vaughan. The second shooting that day came when Mercer County deputies shot 31-year-old Jason Dillon late Saturday in a standoff.
After Dillon allegedly tried to destroy a house near Montcalm with a chain saw, police said he brandished a club-type weapon and refused commands to drop it.
Last year, Baylous said, there were 32 reported cases of officers threatened with a gun. In the first few weeks of 2013, there already have been three.
He said he blames the attitude of "a whole generation of kids" on their poor upbringing.
"Morals weren't clearly defined for them," Baylous said. "As a result of that and other contributing factors, we're reaping what we've sown."