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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman Lewis Lare
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1872
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York Municipal Police Department, New York

Patrolman James North
New York Municipal Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1885
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Cameron County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Sheriff Santiago A. Brito
Cameron County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy Marshal James M. Blair
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1899
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grady County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff D. W. "Doc" Tyus
Grady County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Anthony D. Hiner
Roanoke City Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1910
Cause of Death: Fall

Mingo County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff William Ellis
Mingo County Sheriff's Office, WV
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mingo County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff George Dillon
Mingo County Sheriff's Office, WV
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Rangers, Texas

Private Joe R. Shaw
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Walnut Cove Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police James H. Mathews
Walnut Cove Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman James Flint
Buena Vista Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1921
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Officer Washington J. Curtis
Richmond Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Officer Vernon L. Holzer
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Princeville Police Department, North Carolina

Policeman Richmond Powell
Princeville Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1923
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Bloomsburg Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police Franklin Arthur Dent
Bloomsburg Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

East Bethlehem Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police Lewis S. Vandever
East Bethlehem Township Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff Perry Hall
Flagler County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause of Death: Assault

Holtville Police Department, California

Traffic Officer Frank William Hunter
Holtville Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Letcher County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Fulton
Letcher County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Livingston Police Department, Montana

Chief of Police Peter Holt
Livingston Police Department, MT
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Livingston Police Department, Montana

Police Officer Martin Zollman
Livingston Police Department, MT
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia

Game Warden Lonnie F. Boggus
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GA
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Butler County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Charles L. Sims
Butler County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Edwin V. Churchill
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Walter J. Webb
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pullman Police Department, Washington

Officer William J. Maguire
Pullman Police Department, WA
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mercer County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Karl C. Peterfish
Mercer County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Officer Allen E. Lindsay
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1934
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Marshal General Jackson Anderson
Wayne County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Alton Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Addis Miller
Alton Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman John J. Scanlon
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1937
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Charles Sundstrom
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 1941
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Captain George B. Dooley
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bastrop Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer David Madison White, Sr.
Bastrop Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1944
Cause of Death: Assault

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

Patrolman Leslie Delbert Bugg
New Mexico State Police, NM
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1946
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Captain Jacinto Alvarez-Alvarez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sauk County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman James C. Jantz
Sauk County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1961
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Plymouth Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrol Officer John L. Peters
Plymouth Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1962
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Burke County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff David Walter Oaks
Burke County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1966
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer John C. Williams
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1967
Cause of Death: Fire

Roanoke Police Department, Alabama

Sergeant Waymond Halsey
Roanoke Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Officer Paul Krasenes
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Sergeant Jere Graham
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Officer Frank DeLeon
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ocean View Police Department, Delaware

Officer Wallace A. Melson
Ocean View Police Department, DE
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause of Death: Heart attack

McDowell County Constable's Office, West Virginia

Constable Crockett B. Boothe
McDowell County Constable's Office, WV
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Falls County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Harold Dean Humphus
Falls County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Falls County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Elbert Watkins
Falls County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer Alvin Duane Hallum
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer Victor A. Sam
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Jose M. Torres
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1979
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Olmsted Township Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Dominick John Boscarelli
Olmsted Township Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Cambridge Police Department, Ohio

Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin
Cambridge Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Dean J. Esquibel
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, August 21, 1985
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Douglas M. Jones
Lexington County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 1986
Cause of Death: Drowned

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

Deputy Marshal William Francis Degan, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Northern Mariana Islands Police Department, Northern Mariana Islands

Officer Gilbert Manglona Taisacan
Northern Mariana Islands Police Department, MP
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tuxedo Park Village Police Department, New York

Police Officer Jason D. Conklin
Tuxedo Park Village Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 1997
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, August 21, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe
United States Army Military Police Corps, US
EOW: Saturday, August 21, 1999
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fresno County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Erik Jon Telen
Fresno County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff Irving Lawrence Burkett
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Corporal Eric E. Sutphin
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Monday, August 21, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Trooper Jack P. Holland, II
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Cause of Death: Animal related

Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Ordinance Officer Kathy Ann Cox
Gordon County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pasadena Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Jesse Thomas Hamilton
Pasadena Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, August 21, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 66

Animal related: 1
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 4
Drowned: 1
Fall: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 42
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 1
Motorcycle accident: 4
Stabbed: 3
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 3
Vehicular assault: 1

 

By State

Alabama: 2
California: 7
Delaware: 1
Florida: 1
Georgia: 3
Illinois: 3
Kentucky: 2
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Montana: 2
New Mexico: 1
New York: 5
North Carolina: 3
Northern Mariana Islands: 1
Ohio: 4
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 5
Puerto Rico: 1
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 1
Texas: 6
U.S. Government: 3
Virginia: 5
Washington: 1
West Virginia: 4
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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