Officers Killed on This Day in History

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Total Line of Duty Deaths: 74

  • 9/11 related illness 1
  • Aircraft accident 4
  • Animal related 1
  • Assault 4
  • Automobile crash 3
  • Drowned 1
  • Electrocuted 1
  • Fire 1
  • Gunfire 36
  • Gunfire (Inadvertent) 3
  • Heart attack 5
  • Motorcycle crash 5
  • Stabbed 2
  • Struck by streetcar 1
  • Struck by vehicle 4
  • Vehicle pursuit 1
  • Vehicular assault 1

Total Deaths by State

  • Alabama 1
  • Arizona 2
  • Arkansas 2
  • California 4
  • Colorado 2
  • Florida 2
  • Georgia 1
  • Idaho 1
  • Illinois 4
  • Indiana 1
  • Kentucky 2
  • Louisiana 2
  • Maryland 1
  • Massachusetts 3
  • Michigan 3
  • Minnesota 2
  • Missouri 3
  • Montana 2
  • Nebraska 1
  • New Hampshire 1
  • New Jersey 1
  • New Mexico 1
  • New York 3
  • Ohio 1
  • Oklahoma 2
  • Pennsylvania 3
  • Puerto Rico 3
  • Railroad Police 2
  • South Carolina 1
  • Tennessee 1
  • Texas 3
  • U.S. Government 8
  • Virginia 2
  • Washington 2
  • Wyoming 1

Detective Patrick H. Owens

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR

EOW: Friday, August 24, 1894

Cause: Gunfire

Detective John Boss

New York Central Railroad Police Department, RR

EOW: Sunday, August 24, 1919

Cause: Gunfire

Investigator Donald Oscar McDonald

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, US

EOW: Monday, August 24, 1953

Cause: Heart attack

Lieutenant Paul Erik Perlt

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, US

EOW: Friday, August 24, 1990

Cause: Aircraft accident