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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Boston Watch, Massachusetts

Watch Officer Jonathan Houghton
Boston Watch, MA
EOW: Monday, December 19, 1825
Cause of Death: Assault

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Sheriff Enoch B. Morelock
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, MO
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1847
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nacogdoches County Constable's Office, Texas

Constable John Birdwell
Nacogdoches County Constable's Office, TX
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1871
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York Municipal Police Department, New York

Patrolman Thomas J. Norton
New York Municipal Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 19, 1881
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

Policeman David C. Musgrove
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Lieutenant Henry Bullhead
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wise County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

Constable James B. Stevens
Wise County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, TX
EOW: Monday, December 19, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi

Town Marshal Walter E. Richardson
Gulfport Police Department, MS
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman Edward Mooney
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1908
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Wytheville Police Department, Virginia

Chief of Police Walter R. McClintock
Wytheville Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff Charles Davidson
Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, PA
EOW: Monday, December 19, 1910
Cause of Death: Struck by train

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Daniel Gibbons
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1913
Cause of Death: Animal related

Adair County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff Lee Russell
Adair County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1915
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff D. R. Moreland
Lee County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1915
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel
Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Detective Patrick Gaffney
East Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Woodbury County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff Lewis R. Jones
Woodbury County Sheriff's Department, IA
EOW: Monday, December 19, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Ralph S. Souders
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Easton Police Department, Pennsylvania

Officer Rush Stehlin
Easton Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Thomas J. Wilson
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 1923
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Kern County District Attorney's Office, California

Special Officer William W. Wiles
Kern County District Attorney's Office, CA
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ely Police Department, Nevada

City Marshal Edward E. Campbell
Ely Police Department, NV
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1926
Cause of Death: Accidental

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent Horace Thorwaldson
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1926
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

Guard Francis Lewis Kibler
Virginia Department of Corrections, VA
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 1929
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

Inspector James Newton Wood
Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, VA
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Howell County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff C. Roy Kelly
Howell County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hugo Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer Jason Victor Buchanan
Hugo Police Department, OK
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greendale Police Department, Indiana

Night Patrolman Otto John Glissman
Greendale Police Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1942
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Harry Lloyd Ashley
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Corporal Harold F. Myers
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1950
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Finley Carl Fuchs
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 1957
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Arthur W. Guenther
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1961
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Brinkley Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman Otto Whittington Glover
Brinkley Police Department, AR
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1965
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Bloomfield Police Department, Connecticut

Lieutenant Paul J. Beaupre
Bloomfield Police Department, CT
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Walter Franklin Stathers
Coral Gables Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Government

Special Agent Mansel Ross Burrell
United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Narcotics, US
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

Detective Robert R. Monette
Virginia Beach Police Department, VA
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 1968
Cause of Death: Drowned

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Roger L. McClung
Virginia Beach Police Department, VA
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 1968
Cause of Death: Drowned

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

Game Warden Paul S. Smith
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CA
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1970
Cause of Death: Drowned

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

Trooper William Harrel Barrett
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

Game Warden Donald Wyatt Gentry
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VA
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1972
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VA
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1972
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

Special Agent Larry Dale Wallace
United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, US
EOW: Friday, December 19, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rose City Police Department, Texas

Deputy Marshal Todd M. Granger
Rose City Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer Duane Curtis Johnson
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Sergeant James Leroy Biggs
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ozark Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Charles Rafael Alcuri
Ozark Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ozark Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer John Drew Seifert
Ozark Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, December 19, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rice Lake Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman Michael R. Baribeau
Rice Lake Police Department, WI
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Robert Wayne Ambrose
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger Thomas Patrick O'Hara
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Senior Patrol Agent George Brian DeBates
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Sunday, December 19, 2004
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

Trooper Jonathan Kyle Leonard
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW: Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

Lieutenant Joseph Tyrone Candie
Michigan Department of Corrections, MI
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Port of Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

Police Officer James Saavedra
Port of Corpus Christi Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Smithsburg Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Christopher Nicholson
Smithsburg Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Keith Carter
Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Friday, December 19, 2008
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

East Washington Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer John David Dryer
East Washington Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, December 19, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Investigator Fredrich Adam Sowders
Burleson County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 60

Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 3
Animal related: 1
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 7
Drowned: 3
Duty related illness: 1
Gunfire: 35
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 4
Vehicular assault: 1

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arkansas: 1
California: 4
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 1
Kentucky: 2
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 1
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 3
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 1
New York: 4
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 4
Railroad Police: 2
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 6
Virginia: 8
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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