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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Round Rock Police Department, Texas

City Marshal A. G. Hall
Round Rock Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brooklyn Police Department, New York

Patrolman James M. Stone
Brooklyn Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, April 2, 1880
Cause of Death: Assault

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff George G. Gibson
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff William O. Gwyn
Pike County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Winchester Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police Jon C. Tarpy
Winchester Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Terre Haute Police Department, Indiana

Chief of Detectives William E. Dwyer
Terre Haute Police Department, IN
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

Patrolman John F. Brennan
Providence Police Department, RI
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant Joseph Guarnieri
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective Frank McCaskey
The Belt Railway Company of Chicago Police Department, RR
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Denver Police Department, Colorado

Policeman Clarence E. Zietz
Denver Police Department, CO
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1921
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Grant County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

Jailer Bentura Bencomo
Grant County Sheriff's Office, NM
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1921
Cause of Death: Assault

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Officer Hugh K. Painter
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1924
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Coast Guardsman Karl Edwin Gustafson
United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Galveston County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

Deputy Constable Element Mitchell Ivanovich
Galveston County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1927
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Groveland Police Department, Florida

Town Marshal Robert L. Smithwick
Groveland Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Thomas L. Harnett
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1930
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Floyd County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Beverly "Bev" Scott
Floyd County Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kennewick Police Department, Washington

Chief of Police Charles E. Copeland
Kennewick Police Department, WA
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1933
Cause of Death: Struck by train

LaGrange Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Charles O. Blanchard
LaGrange Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Wallace Lawson
Jefferson City Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, April 2, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Marion David Lipps
Lee County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knoxville Police Department, Iowa

Night Officer Marion Albert Conrey
Knoxville Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1938
Cause of Death: Assault

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Patrick C. Gannon
Boston Police Department, MA
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1940
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins

Lunenburg Police Department, Massachusetts

Officer Ivan E. Kelley
Lunenburg Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1950
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Arnold Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sergeant Ernest C. Johnson
Arnold Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1953
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman William A. Fuller
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1953
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Attalla Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman Charlie G. Pearce
Attalla Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1955
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

Patrolman Elmer B. Simons
Rapid City Police Department, SD
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1955
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Police Officer Elwin Welch
Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, WI
EOW: Monday, April 2, 1962
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

Detective William E. Loscheider
Joliet Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Riverside Police Department, California

Police Officer Leonard A. Christiansen
Riverside Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, April 2, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverside Police Department, California

Police Officer Paul C. Teel
Riverside Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, April 2, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Doddsville Police Department, Mississippi

Night Marshal Carter Lee Curry
Doddsville Police Department, MS
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Diego Police Department, California

Patrolman Denis W. Allen
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Louis Pena
Coral Gables Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Christie D. Masone
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Conway Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman Kent McDaniel
Conway Police Department, AR
EOW: Friday, April 2, 1982
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Captain Otis Grier, Sr.
Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1987
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Thomas J. Hanratty
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 1992
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, California

Investigator II Michael Anton Shepherd
Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, CA
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 1996
Cause of Death: Heart attack

New Middletown Police Department, Ohio

Chief of Police William R. Ricketts
New Middletown Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 1997
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

Police Officer Winsonfred A. Filfred
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Friday, April 2, 1999
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Jose L. Garcia-Baez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Alexandria City Marshal's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Marshal Glen Denning DeVanie
Alexandria City Marshal's Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Investigator Antonio Joselito "Joe" Sapinoso
Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Barren County District Two Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Ronnie K. Jones
Barren County District Two Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Monday, April 2, 2007
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Bridgeport Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Randy Dewayne White
Bridgeport Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

Sergeant James Timothy "Tim" Chapin
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Barren County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Ernest T. Franklin
Barren County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 51

Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 8
Exposure to toxins: 1
Gunfire: 26
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 3
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arkansas: 1
California: 4
Colorado: 1
Florida: 2
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 3
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 1
Kentucky: 4
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 2
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
New Jersey: 1
New Mexico: 1
New York: 5
Ohio: 2
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 1
Railroad Police: 1
Rhode Island: 1
South Carolina: 2
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 3
Tribal Police: 1
U.S. Government: 1
Virginia: 1
Washington: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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