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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Texas Rangers, Texas

Private William Gillespie
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1850
Cause of Death: Assault

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Assistant City Marshal Frederick W. Fieldstrup
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1857
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jones County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff Orson Rodolphus Colgrove
Jones County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Saturday, May 29, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Ben Wilder
Bibb County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Motley County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Sheriff George W. Cook
Motley County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff J. W. Edwards
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

Guard Henry J. Gearhart
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, OH
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Albany County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

Sheriff Alfred H. Bath
Albany County Sheriff's Office, WY
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pawnee County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

Sheriff Cloud H. Fuller
Pawnee County Sheriff's Office, NE
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rochester Police Department, New York

Patrolman Frank Ford
Rochester Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greensboro Police Department, North Carolina

Officer Andrew C. Calhoun
Greensboro Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1921
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Officer Walter O. Womeldorf
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Rensselaer Police Department, New York

Sergeant Frederick H. Rabe
Rensselaer Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orange Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police Edward James O'Reilly
Orange Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Jerome M. McCauley
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Alvie C. Emmelman
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1938
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

Patrol Officer James W. Burns
Bristol Police Department, CT
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1941
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Reading Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Willard H. Santel
Reading Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, May 29, 1945
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kinney County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff D. C. Willbern
Kinney County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, May 29, 1948
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Wolfe
Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover
Lucas County Sheriff's Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, May 29, 1956
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Bern Police Department, North Carolina

Sergeant Carl Ellis Mayo, Jr.
New Bern Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1960
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Sheriff Salvatore Frank "Tudie" Navarra
Decatur County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1961
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Howard County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Randolph E. Brightwell
Howard County Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1961
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman George F. Crane
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Silverton Police Department, Oregon

Assistant Chief of Police Merle W. Bethscheider
Silverton Police Department, OR
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1969
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

Conservation Officer Samuel B. Buntrock
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, ID
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1974
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Commander Paul J. Gillen
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1974
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Philip Patrick Maher
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1975
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper Milton Veasily Purnell, Jr.
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1975
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Tomie Michael Tucker
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Saturday, May 29, 1976
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Patrolman Michael J. Kavanagh
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer James O. Washington
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Accidental

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Jack Don Williams
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 29, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

North Haven Police Department, Connecticut

Patrolman Timothy W. Laffin, Sr.
North Haven Police Department, CT
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1980
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kingsville Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Felix Luna Salinas
Kingsville Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1981
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington

Parole Officer Michael Erdahl
Washington State Department of Corrections, WA
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1985
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Macedonia Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Gary Alan Paster
Macedonia Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 1986
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Waynesville Police Department, Missouri

Chief of Police Ferman Raines
Waynesville Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1988
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pecos County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Willie Ward Christian
Pecos County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, May 29, 1990
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Maywood Police Department, California

Officer John A. Hoglund
Maywood Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Humphreys County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Danny J. Rainey
Humphreys County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, May 29, 1993
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

Master Trooper Stephen H. Gray
Louisiana State Police, LA
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1995
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

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

Special Agent William H. Christian, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

North Dakota Youth Correctional Center, North Dakota

Correctional Instructor Roger C. Sorensen
North Dakota Youth Correctional Center, ND
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1996
Cause of Death: Drowned

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff John Joseph Creegan
Orange County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Wednesday, May 29, 1996
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Cortez Police Department, Colorado

Patrolman Dale Dewain Claxton
Cortez Police Department, CO
EOW: Friday, May 29, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Blaine County Sheriff's Office, Montana

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford
Blaine County Sheriff's Office, MT
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fresno County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Clyde Lancaster
Fresno County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 2003
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kiefer Police Department, Oklahoma

Sergeant Leslie Eugene "Les" Wilmott
Kiefer Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Florissant Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Glennon Robert Fernau
Florissant Police Department, MO
EOW: Friday, May 29, 2009
Cause of Death: Fall

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer David Richard Loeffler
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Friday, May 29, 2009
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

Master Sergeant Steve Loy Hood
Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, MS
EOW: Friday, May 29, 2009
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Joseph Seabrook
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Kevin Scott Will
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Christopher Skinner
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

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

Special Deputy Marshal Frank McKnight
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 57

9/11 related illness: 1
Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 2
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 7
Drowned: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 22
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 6
Vehicular assault: 6

 

By State

California: 4
Colorado: 1
Connecticut: 2
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 2
Louisiana: 2
Maryland: 2
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 2
Missouri: 2
Montana: 1
Nebraska: 1
New York: 7
North Carolina: 3
North Dakota: 1
Ohio: 6
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Texas: 9
U.S. Government: 2
Virginia: 1
Washington: 1
Wyoming: 1
 
 
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