return fire


: the firing of a weapon to counter a shooter's shot
The suspect started shooting and was wounded by the return fire of the police.

Examples of return fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another sensitive development, the Israeli military reported a rare attack near the Israel-Gaza border, saying a squad of Palestinian fighters killed a soldier and three of them were killed in return fire. Nidal Al-Mughrabi and James MacKenzie, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2024 Prosecutors said police did not return fire at any point. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 21 May 2024 Sirens wail and gunshots pop in rapid succession in the background of the five-minute livestream as the two officers try to shield themselves behind the car and return fire. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 3 May 2024 By Israel’s account, the destruction began after Hamas gunmen refused to surrender and started shooting at the Israeli forces, prompting them to return fire. Patrick Kingsley Avishag Shaar-Yashuv, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 This strategy was employed by SWAT to return fire, retreat from the residence, and deploy nonlethal options. The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2024 Officers did not return fire and the suspect was arrested, White said. Andrea May Sahouri, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2024 We are forced to return fire at military facilities in the border regions! Christian Edwards, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 No, the Russians would use the T-55s and hundreds of other restored obsolete tanks as crude howitzers: position them under cover many miles from the front, angle their guns high in the air and fire at the Ukrainians without risking direct return fire. David Axe, Forbes, 9 Feb. 2024

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“Return fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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