Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 year
Badge # 895
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Weapon: Not available
Offender: Both killed in accident
Officer Rominger and Trooper Matt Evans, driving separate patrol cars, were killed in a collision in downtown Oklahoma City.
Officer Rominger was chasing a vehicle when the suspect drove onto the off-ramp of I-40, and began to drive the wrong way towards oncoming traffic. During the chase, a tractor-trailer topped a rise in the road and collided with the suspect's vehicle. The suspect's vehicle next struck Trooper Evans' patrol car head-on. Officer Rominger's patrol car then struck the vehicle from the other side, causing all three vehicles to be engulfed in flames.
Trooper Evans was not involved in the chase, but was responding to assist another trooper on an unrelated drug-related traffic stop. Both officers' deaths were ruled homicides.
Trooper Evans and the two suspects were pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Rominger was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.
Trooper Evans had been with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for one year, and is survived by his wife.
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Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger