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Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger | Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer

Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, August 31, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 1162

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Both killed in accident

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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 then 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.

Officer Rominger graduated first in his recruit class in June 1998, and is survived by his mother and 8-year-old son.

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Trooper Matthew Scott Evans
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Thursday, August 31, 2000
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

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I went to the Florida Police Museum and came across a picture of you. As Tears rolled down my face, I quickly realized how proud I was to wear the same uniform as you. You aren't forgotten! RIP Bro.

SGT. J. Miller
December 19, 2012


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