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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Colusa County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy John A. McClain
Colusa County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1870
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Smith County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Joshua B. Warman
Smith County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1887
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maryland Board of Public Works - State Fishery Force, Maryland

Captain Joshua Bromwell
Maryland Board of Public Works - State Fishery Force, MD
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1893
Cause of Death: Drowned

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

Special Game Protector William H. Jackson
New York State Environmental Conservation Police, NY
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1897
Cause of Death: Assault

Special Agent Thomas Holland
United States Department of Justice, US
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Magnolia Park Police Department, Texas

Police Officer George Benard Crawford
Magnolia Park Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1921
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

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

Warden William Holblitzell
New Jersey Divison of Fish, Game and Wildlife, NJ
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Assistant Warden Dewitt Frisby Oliver
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1921
Cause of Death: Fall

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent James William Hall
Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Houston Police Department, Texas

Detective E. C. Chavez
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Andrew J. Lawrence
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1926
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Pickens County Police Department, Georgia

County Policeman William Lee Cape
Pickens County Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Henderson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff John Carlie Reeves
Henderson County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Florence Police Department, Kansas

Chief of Police Adolph J. Eichenberger
Florence Police Department, KS
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hayward Police Department, California

Officer George Vierra
Hayward Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Clay County Constable's Office, West Virginia

Constable William M. Arthur
Clay County Constable's Office, WV
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dickson City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer William Novak
Dickson City Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff Webster Reece
Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Manteca Police Department, California

Constable James A. Rawleigh
Manteca Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1936
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman R. W. Arnold
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1936
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Upland Police Department, California

Police Officer Ernest Ralph Dark
Upland Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1940
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

Patrolman Bernard Benson
South Dakota Highway Patrol, SD
EOW: Wednesday, September 17, 1941
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Thomas M. Plummer, Jr.
Madison County Sheriff's Office, MS
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Frederick L. Braud
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1945
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Stephen W. Sodel
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, Maine

Deputy Claude W. Kimball
Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, ME
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Saline County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Sheriff Fred Bell
Saline County Sheriff's Office, KS
EOW: Wednesday, September 17, 1952
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Peoria Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Norval J. Wright
Peoria Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 17, 1953
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada

Correctional Officer George E. Miller
Nevada Department of Corrections, NV
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Edwin M. Falkowski
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1955
Cause of Death: Heart attack

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina

Officer Robert Joseph McIntyre
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SC
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1956
Cause of Death: Drowned

Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

Captain Charles Owen Purdin
Muskogee Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1957
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Gabriel Vargas-Hernandez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1965
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Clarke County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Bennie Loel Tarleton
Clarke County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1967
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Clay City Police Department, Indiana

Town Marshal Perry W. Haviland
Clay City Police Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Edison Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Frank J. Papaianni
Edison Police Department, NJ
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Major George Alan May
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1971
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Major Robert Alexander Arrington
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Friday, September 17, 1971
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Corrections Employee Walter Krouskup
Louisiana Department of Corrections, LA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Stabbed

San Miguel County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff Juan Leo Ortiz
San Miguel County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Union Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor
Union Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Detective George Zicarelli
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Chief Deputy Sheriff John Earl Peacock
West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, September 17, 1980
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Sheriff Thomas W. Auger, Jr.
West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, September 17, 1980
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Essex County Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Daniel J. Smith
Essex County Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arcola Police Department, Mississippi

Patrol Officer Andrew C. Robinson
Arcola Police Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Donald Lawrence Cokeroft
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Police Officer Dean Martin James
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sheriff Lonnie Loyal Miller
Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Derry Police Department, New Hampshire

Sergeant Thomas Christopher Kelly
Derry Police Department, NH
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1989
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Trooper Mark Jeffrey Phebus
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Monday, September 17, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Diego Police Department, California

Police Officer Ronald Wayne Davis
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1991
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carolina Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico

Police Officer Hector Luis Calderon-Romero
Carolina Municipal Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Madison County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Thrower
Madison County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Holmes County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Lonny Lee Lindsey
Holmes County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Investigator Thomas Jay Smith
Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, September 17, 1997
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Richland County Detention Center, South Carolina

Detention Officer Alvin Sherman Glenn
Richland County Detention Center, SC
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 2000
Cause of Death: Assault

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Jason Matthew Baker
Marion County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Monday, September 17, 2001
Cause of Death: Gunfire

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Ruben Orozco, Sr.
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Woodstock Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Gary Alan Hoffman
Woodstock Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Orange Beach Police Department, Alabama

Investigator Michael Dale Stockwell
Orange Beach Police Department, AL
EOW: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 61

Aircraft accident: 5
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 6
Drowned: 2
Exposure to toxins: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 30
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 3
Motorcycle accident: 6
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 2
Vehicle pursuit: 1

 

By State

Alabama: 4
California: 7
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 2
Kansas: 2
Louisiana: 5
Maine: 1
Maryland: 1
Mississippi: 2
Nevada: 1
New Hampshire: 1
New Jersey: 3
New Mexico: 1
New York: 2
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 2
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 2
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 10
U.S. Government: 2
Virginia: 1
West Virginia: 1
 
 
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