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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Winona Police Department, Minnesota

Special Police Officer Mathew Hamilton
Winona Police Department, MN
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1874
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Wortham Police Department, Texas

City Marshal Jackson T. Barfield
Wortham Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1877
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Isaac Bosse Heffington
Lee County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1883
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Sheriff Ben Crawford
Graham County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal E. A. "Ed" Stokley
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1887
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Franklin County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

Constable William Tedder
Franklin County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pierce City Police Department, Missouri

Night Watchman Reuben J. Chappell
Pierce City Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff George Lasonro Bryant
Alachua County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cairo Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Wilfred V. French
Cairo Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Albert Miller
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, December 3, 1913
Cause of Death: Assault

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Detective Fred H. Wells
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman John Kennedy
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1922
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Wright Dewey Bryant
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Salem Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Harry Willard Darnall
Salem Police Department, VA
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1923
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Verden Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal Alexander Apgriffeth Anderson
Verden Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1925
Cause of Death: Assault

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective James R. Mescall
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1928
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Superior Police Department, Wisconsin

Sergeant Arthur H. Zimmerman
Superior Police Department, WI
EOW: Tuesday, December 3, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Houston Police Department, Texas

Officer J. D. Landry
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, December 3, 1930
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Logan Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police Roy Clay Knotts
Logan Police Department, WV
EOW: Wednesday, December 3, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mount Pleasant Police Department, Iowa

Patrolman George Alden Wright
Mount Pleasant Police Department, IA
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1931
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Austin Police Department, Texas

Officer James R. Cummings
Austin Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1933
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

Officer Douglas W. Gates
Oklahoma City Police Department, OK
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman John T. Monahan
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pageland Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman William David Deason
Pageland Police Department, SC
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee

Policeman Charles Holt
Tullahoma Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee

Policeman Ernest Carl Armstrong
Tullahoma Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Prison Chauffeur Lewis D. Richards
Massachusetts Department of Correction, MA
EOW: Tuesday, December 3, 1935
Cause of Death: Assault

Lagrange County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Harry E. Spice
Lagrange County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Patrolman Arthur J. Klepper
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1937
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Durham Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman J. Clarence Price
Durham Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1939
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Bud Hicks
Floyd County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1939
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Patrolman John G. Hough
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Tuesday, December 3, 1940
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Trooper Fred L. Walker
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Wednesday, December 3, 1941
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper Burr White Harrison
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1945
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Labette County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Sheriff Jacob W. Boelens
Labette County Sheriff's Office, KS
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1950
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Joseph W. Norden
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper Armond A. Luke
Utah Highway Patrol, UT
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1959
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Jerome R. Christman
Metro-Dade Police Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1960
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant Stanley Van Tuinen
Grand Rapids Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1966
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Lason R. Cope
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1966
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Joseph M. Soulliere
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Naples Police Department, Florida

Officer Louie Colin Collins
Naples Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Orofino Police Department, Idaho

Chief of Police William J. Philpot
Orofino Police Department, ID
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1971
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Vincent Connolly
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1973
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

East Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Morris Houston, Jr.
East Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Friday, December 3, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer James Joseph McConkey
Fayetteville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prairie City Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Donald E. Hewitt
Prairie City Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Newton Police Department, Massachusetts

Sergeant James P. Carter, Jr.
Newton Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Collier County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Allen Amos
Collier County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Duncanville Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Michael O. Poe
Duncanville Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1979
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Duncanville Police Department, Texas

Officer Roger Charles Hobden
Duncanville Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1979
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

Officer Wyndall T. Davis
DeKalb County Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 1981
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Detective Marcellus Ward
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, December 3, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Donald Ray Cook
Escambia County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1988
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Logansport Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Charles Davis Downs
Logansport Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1989
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Richard R. Schott
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, December 3, 1997
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Junction City Police Department, Kansas

Police Officer Wilson Alex Johnson, Jr.
Junction City Police Department, KS
EOW: Monday, December 3, 2001
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper I Christopher Scott Scales
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Daniel C. Conroy
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 2006
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee

Patrol Officer James Watkins Smith, Jr.
Johnson City Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, December 3, 2007
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Osage County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff Adam Michael Mehagan
Osage County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Arlyn Crenshaw
Tippah County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Friday, December 3, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 62

9/11 related illness: 1
Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 7
Gunfire: 29
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by train: 2
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 6
Vehicular assault: 6

 

By State

Arizona: 1
Florida: 5
Georgia: 1
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 3
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 2
Kansas: 2
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 3
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 2
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 3
New Jersey: 1
New York: 6
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 3
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 3
Texas: 7
U.S. Government: 1
Utah: 1
Virginia: 1
West Virginia: 2
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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