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Officers Killed on This Day in History
San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Van Ness Wells
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1867
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Ellsworth Police Department, Kansas

Township Constable William Semans
Ellsworth Police Department, KS
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sanpete County Sheriff's Department, Utah

Sheriff James Christopher Burns
Sanpete County Sheriff's Department, UT
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mexia Police Department, Texas

City Marshal David Thomas "Tom" Nowlin
Mexia Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Attalla Police Department, Alabama

Chief of Police P. Jenkins
Attalla Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Loudon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Edward N. Griffitts
Loudon County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Reno Police Department, Nevada

Patrolman Harry P. Brown
Reno Police Department, NV
EOW: Tuesday, September 26, 1905
Cause of Death: Assault

Desha County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Sheriff William D. Preston
Desha County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Tuesday, September 26, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff Barney Stiel
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Tuesday, September 26, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff James Crawford Bonner
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Friday, September 26, 1913
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

San Patricio County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Tom Willis
San Patricio County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1915
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Commissioner C. Ed Parsley
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newport Police Department, Vermont

Traffic Officer Joseph P. Manogue
Newport Police Department, VT
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer John J. Ellis
Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Frank Moranz
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, September 26, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

Officer Charles F. Turknett
Jacksonville Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, September 26, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Willis Glover Champion
Dallas County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman William C. Ellzey
Savannah Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Miami Police Department, Florida

Officer Augustus S. McCann
Miami Police Department, FL
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Jesse D. Hults
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman William Gallagher
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pinole Police Department, California

Constable Arthur "Jerry" McDonald
Pinole Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Berry Hensley
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tiptonville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Millard Williams
Tiptonville Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bolivar Police Department, Missouri

City Marshal Fred J. Leavitt
Bolivar Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, September 26, 1939
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman William J. Hogan
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1940
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Trooper Algin Sidney Pavatt
Arkansas State Police, AR
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Longino Camacho-Rosario
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska

Police Officer Richard E. Leyden
Lincoln Police Department, NE
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1949
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Robert Edward Walters
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, September 26, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent John Brady Murphy
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1953
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Magoffin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Sheriff Dona Arnett
Magoffin County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1959
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Coffee County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Herman Edward Smith
Coffee County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Officer Charles Reuben Byrd
Metro Nashville Police Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Easton Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman George Levi Randall, Jr.
Easton Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1966
Cause of Death: Assault

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

Officer Jimmy Lee Bland
Savannah Police Department, GA
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1966
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Deputy Sheriff Lee D. Birdsell
Garfield County Sheriff's Office, WA
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1968
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Fairfield County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Alfred L. Perry
Fairfield County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Fairfield County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff James Hubert Murphy, Sr.
Fairfield County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Illinois State Police, Illinois

Trooper Donald R. Blickensderfer
Illinois State Police, IL
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee

Policeman Henry Travis
Tullahoma Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal Andrew Boehnlein
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1971
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer Vito A. Chiaramonte
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Garrett T. "Gary" Farrell
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, September 26, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Carl Brown
Cochise County Sheriff's Department, AZ
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1983
Cause of Death: Assault

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

Trooper Charles Andrew Fry
Colorado State Patrol, CO
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1987
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Iris May
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 26, 1989
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Boston Housing Authority Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Emmanuel Andre Wilson
Boston Housing Authority Police Department, MA
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Winnfield Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Narvin Alex Powell, Sr.
Winnfield Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, September 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Detective John James Mulligan
Boston Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hope Mills Police Department, North Carolina

Sergeant Ronald L. Yeazel
Hope Mills Police Department, NC
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1994
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mobile Court Police Department, Alabama

Officer Charles Craig Greenwald
Mobile Court Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bladen County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff James Brian Collins
Bladen County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Wilbert Rodriguez-Sepulveda
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 2002
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Reno Police Department, Nevada

Police Officer Michael Robert Scofield
Reno Police Department, NV
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 2002
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Prairie View Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Christopher Jerome Sobieski
Prairie View Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 26, 2004
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Kennesaw State University Department of Public Safety, Georgia

Staff Sergeant Steven Raul Medeiros
Kennesaw State University Department of Public Safety, GA
EOW: Friday, September 26, 2008
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Allen Schaub
Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department, U.S. Government

Detective Sergeant Frank Lema
United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department, US
EOW: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 59

Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 6
Gunfire: 33
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 7
Vehicular assault: 4

 

By State

Alabama: 3
Arizona: 1
Arkansas: 3
California: 3
Colorado: 1
Florida: 3
Georgia: 4
Illinois: 3
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 2
Louisiana: 1
Massachusetts: 3
Missouri: 1
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 2
New York: 2
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 2
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 2
Tennessee: 4
Texas: 6
U.S. Government: 3
Utah: 1
Vermont: 1
Washington: 1
 
 
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