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Four Cops Shot 

The debate rages over how to treat an informant who shot and killed four police officers. However, did one of the officers try to put undue pressure on him to help catch a dangerous criminal?


Jim McKay


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Detective Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Detective Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... E.A.D.A. Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... D.A. Jack McCoy
Adriane Lenox ... Dolores Martin
Margaret Colin ... Mary Markson
Julito McCullum ... Calvin Stokes
Stivi Paskoski ... Charles Bell
Michael Potts ... Stokes's Attorney
Jenna Stern ... Judge Linda Taft
Matt Servitto ... U.S. Attorney Horvath
Deirdre O'Connell ... Dr. Valerie Knight
Greg Keller Greg Keller ... Calvin Stokes' Attorney


When Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive on the scene of four fallen police officers, they have to act fast to find the shooter. With a room full of witnesses, they have a description of the culprit but little else. The case becomes even more complex when the detectives discover that the police officers may have known the shooter. The investigation quickly leads them to a circuit of drug dealers, a jealous husband and a remorseful judge who are all pieces of a larger puzzle. Written by NBC Publicity

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Both Michael Potts and Julito McCullum had roles in The Wire (2002), however Potts appeared in his final episode the season before McCullum joined the cast. See more »


When Bernard finds Stokes on the floor, he checks Stokes for a pulse on his carotid artery. Obviously finding one, he yells "He's alive" and then begins the chest compressions of CPR. If the victim has a pulse, there is no need to begin CPR. See more »


Connie Rubirosa: We're putting you on first to give the bare bones of the case.
Kevin Bernard: It's not going to be much of a trial, is it? He has no defense.
Connie Rubirosa: Well, his lawyer's going for a verdict of manslaughter instead of murder, on the grounds that Stokes acted in a state of extreme emotional disturbance.
Kevin Bernard: So he could get out in ten to twenty years? Why didn't you just allow him to go the feds? He doesn't deserve to go on living, no matter how disturbed he is.
Connie Rubirosa: Detective, when I heard Stokes was arrested, you were the one who ...
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References Law & Order: Aftershock (1996) See more »

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Overzealous cops
16 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This particular subject of overzealous cops has been done on Law&Order before. I recall an program in the 90s when it was a detective who was on a mission to singlehandedly clean up the drug epidemic who turned a suburban high school kid as a personal informant and got him and a friend shot, one of them fatally.

In this story an informant shot up a diner full of police and killed four of them, two of them patrol officers who were using him as an unofficial informant to rack up drug collars in the precinct and maybe get a gold shield out of it. According to their captain Glenn Morshower they had the most uniform arrests in the precinct.

The perpetrator makes a compelling case for less than murder in this story. These two threatened Adriane Lenox his mother. Julito McCollum the perpetrator is not without cause for his anger.

In this case Linus Roache with a late arriving piece of evidence shows him not quite the innocent he makes himself out to be. And he did kill two officers whom he had no beef with.

You watch this episode and I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion as to how much culpability is there for all concerned.

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Release Date:

22 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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