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Officers Killed on This Day in History
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy Marshal John P. Fries
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1873
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cedar County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

Deputy Sheriff John W. Phillips
Cedar County Sheriff's Office, NE
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1884
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cuero Police Department, Texas

City Marshal John E. Martindale
Cuero Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1887
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Heath Springs Police Department, South Carolina

Policeman John M. McManus
Heath Springs Police Department, SC
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tiffin Police Department, Ohio

Marshal August Schultz
Tiffin Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Deputy Keeper Charles I. Parker
New Jersey Department of Corrections, NJ
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1900
Cause of Death: Assault

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

Deputy Marshal Samuel Jackson
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1900
Cause of Death: Fall

Mount Calm City Marshal's Office, Texas

Deputy City Marshal James Terrell Callaway
Mount Calm City Marshal's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1905
Cause of Death: Stabbed

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Edward Dellmore
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, October 25, 1908
Cause of Death: Assault

Winters Police Department, California

City Marshal William Rice
Winters Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles County Constable's Office, California

Deputy Constable Anthony B. Couts
Los Angeles County Constable's Office, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 25, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Yonkers Police Department, New York

Police Officer Dennis McElroy
Yonkers Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1916
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Lima Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Phillip Droesch
Lima Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent James Holland Rose
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Watsonville Police Department, California

Police Officer John T. Whalen
Watsonville Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Narcotics Inspector Bert S. Gregory
United States Department of the Treasury - Prohibition Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Private William J. Omlor
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1923
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Bartlesville Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal William Summer "Bill" Ellis
Bartlesville Police Department, OK
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Fred V. Breslin
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1924
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Bristol Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Clarence Luther Maines
Bristol Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Officer Eugene W. Minor
St. Petersburg Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Joseph M. Fitzpatrick
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tahlequah Police Department, Oklahoma

Officer Frank Edwards
Tahlequah Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Ernest S. Evans
Columbus Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gaston County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff William Arron Dameron
Gaston County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ontario County Sheriff's Office, New York

Undersheriff Ernest Kerskie
Ontario County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1937
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Jackson Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police Charlie T. Thornton
Jackson Police Department, GA
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Motorcycle Officer Roy W. Costello
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1945
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper Leroy C. Bender
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1947
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Posse Member James R. Applegate
Benton County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1955
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Long Beach Police Department, Indiana

Chief Marshal Earle M. Platt
Long Beach Police Department, IN
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1956
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Thaddeaus James Stevenson
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1961
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

Investigator Ralph Ackerman Holt
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, US
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

Investigator Joe Brooks Cooper
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, US
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chardon Police Department, Ohio

Chief of Police John R. Bohl
Chardon Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1966
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Barbourville Police Department, Kentucky

Night Chief James Vallard "Jim" Smith
Barbourville Police Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff Charles Harold Gates
Marion County Sheriff's Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Inspector Ralph L. Anderson
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Warwick Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police James Howard Emerson
Warwick Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, October 25, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Paul E. Begin
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Midland City Police Department, Alabama

Chief of Police William Luther Gulledge
Midland City Police Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, October 25, 1970
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Phillip J. Riley
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Israel Peter Gonzalez, Sr.
Arlington County Police Department, VA
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant Robert W. Bennett
Parma Heights Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norton Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer Dallas Jackson
Norton Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1973
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Ventura County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Thomas Kenneth Collins
Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1975
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Nathan "Nate" Lincks
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Delhi Township Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer John William Bechtol
Delhi Township Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Celestino Solivan-Almedina
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Corporal Dewey C. Shrewsbury
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Rafael Vazquez-Santiago
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Detective Christopher W. Boone
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oakdale Police Department, Minnesota

Patrol Officer Richard Warren Walton
Oakdale Police Department, MN
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1982
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East Lansing Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman James Spencer Johnson
East Lansing Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Captain Joel Van Broome
Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

Patrol Officer Larry W. Walker
Tacoma Police Department, WA
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 1986
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Sergeant Ivan Cuevas Dones
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer Richard E. Wagner
Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 1990
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Sean Milton Theriot
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Sunday, October 25, 1998
Cause of Death: Drowned

San Jose Police Department, California

Police Officer Desmond J. Casey
San Jose Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 25, 1999
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

New Iberia Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer II Chad Lee Elkins
New Iberia Police Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Senior Patrol Agent Catherine Mary Hill
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, October 25, 2002
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Fort Myers Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Daniel Matthew Starks
Fort Myers Police Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2003
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

MARTA Transit Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Micah Corey Brown
MARTA Transit Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2003
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Casa Grande Police Department, Arizona

Sergeant Tate Allan Lynch
Casa Grande Police Department, AZ
EOW: Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cause of Death: Fall

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

Second Lieutenant Francis Joseph "Frank" Stecco
Fairfax County Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Cause of Death: Drowned

New York City Police Department, New York

Inspector Richard D. Winter
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer Shane Cory Figueroa
Phoenix Police Department, AZ
EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Reserve Deputy Mike Wilken
Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Liberty County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Odell McDuffie, Jr.
Liberty County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Monday, October 25, 2010
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Teaneck Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer John Abraham, Jr.
Teaneck Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 25, 2010
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 71

9/11 related illness: 1
Aircraft accident: 2
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 8
Drowned: 2
Fall: 2
Gunfire: 33
Gunfire (Accidental): 6
Heart attack: 4
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 1
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arizona: 2
California: 7
Florida: 4
Georgia: 4
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 2
Iowa: 1
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 2
Michigan: 3
Minnesota: 2
Missouri: 1
Nebraska: 1
New Jersey: 2
New York: 3
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 6
Oklahoma: 2
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 3
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 4
U.S. Government: 8
Virginia: 2
Washington: 1
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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