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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Maxwell Badgley
Newark Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1854
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff Martin Roohan
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1862
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

Sheriff William H. Tainter
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1863
Cause of Death: Drowned

Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer Richard B. Richardson
Oakland Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1867
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Frank W. Venable
Bell County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Patrolman Mosher Burnham
Lansingburgh Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1881
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Trenton Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal W. T. Williams
Trenton Police Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atchison Police Department, Kansas

Officer Robert A. Dickerson
Atchison Police Department, KS
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1899
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Town Marshal George D. Elliott
Flushing Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion Police Department, Iowa

Constable Peter B. Martin
Marion Police Department, IA
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman James Farrell
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Brown Horton
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey Divison of Fish, Game and Wildlife, New Jersey

Warden John C. Rheinbold
New Jersey Divison of Fish, Game and Wildlife, NJ
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1913
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Lieutenant Peter F. McGuigan
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rome Police Department, Georgia

Policeman Joseph Alexander Johnson
Rome Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Haskell Police Department, Texas

Night Watchman John Keifor Beauchamp
Haskell Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman William P. Johnson
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Clifford Nelson
Pima County Sheriff's Department, AZ
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 1928
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman George Robert Johnson
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1929
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman A. J. Hedgpath
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1931
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman Joseph V. Campbell, Jr.
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massena Police Department, New York

Patrolman Stan Hutchings
Massena Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1932
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

Detective Joseph P. Sullivan
New Haven Police Department, CT
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1932
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman Hugh Reynolds
Seminole Police Department, OK
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1936
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Union County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff J. V. Cogdill
Union County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1937
Cause of Death: Assault

Camden Police Department, New Jersey

Motorcycle Patrolman Leon F. Puszcykowski
Camden Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1939
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper William J. Doolan
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

Conservation Officer Thomas J. Mellon
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, MI
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1947
Cause of Death: Drowned

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Investigator Wallace Monroe Simpson
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Monte Vista Police Department, Colorado

Assistant Chief Guy Everett O'Neal
Monte Vista Police Department, CO
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1953
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Acworth Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman William Luther Crowe
Acworth Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1954
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Willie West
Anderson County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Long Branch Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman William A. Richards
Long Branch Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1967
Cause of Death: Heart attack

California Department of Justice, California

Special Agent Gerald M. Guerard
California Department of Justice, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1968
Cause of Death: Accidental

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Nathan I. Seidenberg
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Banning
Kern County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1974
Cause of Death: Drowned

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Theodor A. Abreu
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1974
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Narcotics Agent Patrick Allen Randel
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 1974
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Investigator Felix Angel Cruz-Rivera
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tampa Police Department, Florida

Sergeant Richard Lee Cloud
Tampa Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Bliss Steven Magly
Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1980
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Brent Charles Jameson
Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 1980
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Middletown Police Department, New Jersey

Special Officer Ronald P. Kleber
Middletown Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1982
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Midlothian Police Department, Texas

Patrolman George William Raffield, Jr
Midlothian Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Albert A. Valentino
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Parole Officer Gerald Wayne Moberly
Louisiana Department of Corrections, LA
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Woodville Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Robert Earl Matkin
Woodville Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 1990
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Police Officer Donald Charles Weese
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1992
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

Warden Charles Andrew Farquhar, Jr.
Alabama Department of Corrections, AL
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1994
Cause of Death: Assault

Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, Oklahoma

Agent Lori Dean Thomas
Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, OK
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 1994
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Pilot Walter Scott Panchison
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, October 23, 1998
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Brian Stuart Mills
Lexington County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Saturday, October 23, 1999
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Harris County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley
Harris County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Monday, October 23, 2000
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Decatur Police Department, Indiana

Police Officer Jerrold Joseph "Jerry" Wyss
Decatur Police Department, IN
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Patrick Lee Metzler
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Senior Trooper Charles Mark Cosslett
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Fairfield Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Mary Freeman Smith
Fairfield Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, October 23, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maywood Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Thomas T. Wood
Maywood Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, October 23, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Frederick City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Richard Mark Bremer
Frederick City Police Department, MD
EOW: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Harris County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Detention Officer Dionicio M. Camacho
Harris County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Friday, October 23, 2009
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff James David "JD" Paugh
Richmond County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Police Officer Arthur Lopez
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Eupora Police Department, Mississippi

Corporal Keith A. Crenshaw
Eupora Police Department, MS
EOW: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 63

Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 4
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 4
Drowned: 3
Gunfire: 27
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 3
Motorcycle accident: 5
Stabbed: 2
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 4
Vehicular assault: 5

 

By State

Alabama: 3
Arizona: 1
California: 9
Colorado: 1
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 1
Georgia: 3
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 1
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Michigan: 2
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 6
New Mexico: 1
New York: 3
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 4
Puerto Rico: 1
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 8
U.S. Government: 1
Virginia: 2
 
 
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