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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Benjamin Benton
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1858
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Evanston Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman George W. Daugherty
Evanston Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

Police Officer John William Robert Gordon
Pensacola Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Table Rock Marshal's Office, Nebraska

Marshal Nicholas Craig
Table Rock Marshal's Office, NE
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Police Officer Christian J. D. Wolfe
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, SC
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1897
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Officer John McNerney
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina

Warden L. Pressley Reeves
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SC
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

Officer Napolean B. Hagan
Jacksonville Police Department, FL
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1913
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Doylestown Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Constable Henry H. Kolbe
Doylestown Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Dennis Egan
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fresno County Constable's Office - Fowler Judicial District, California

Constable A. B. Chamness
Fresno County Constable's Office - Fowler Judicial District, CA
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1917
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman George Franklin Drake
El Paso Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1918
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Joseph Romero, Jr.
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1919
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania

Fish Warden William Etheldred Shoemaker
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, PA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Henry F. Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Theodore Crossley
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff James Holiday
Perry County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East Chicago Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman Robert Kucken
East Chicago Police Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Albert Motroni
Boston Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Archer County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sheriff E. Harrison Ikard
Archer County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Simeon D. Martin
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff George Matthew Myers
Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer Arthur H. Bassett
Rockford Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

Constable Leonard N. Walker
Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

Game Protector William T. Cramer
New York State Environmental Conservation Police, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Blytheville Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police M. G. Goodwin
Blytheville Police Department, AR
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Sergeant Burt Reeves
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1931
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Constable Frank Dixon
Polk County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia

Guard Charles Alton Edward Leonard
Virginia State Convict Road Force, VA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1932
Cause of Death: Assault

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Miles Cunningham
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Louis F. Furst
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Thomas E. Torpy
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wisconsin Department of the Treasury - Beverage Tax Division, Wisconsin

Special Agent Mathias "Matt" Schumacher
Wisconsin Department of the Treasury - Beverage Tax Division, WI
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cameron Police Department, Texas

Officer George Archer Richards
Cameron Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Syracuse Police Department, New York

Police Officer Michael English
Syracuse Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1935
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Maurice W. Owen
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1940
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Detective Lewis Hauschild
East Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1945
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Havana Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Warren B. Hickman
Havana Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1946
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman William E. J. Brophy
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1946
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Sergeant Earl A. Burtch
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1948
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

Captain Walter W. Smith
Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, MS
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1955
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Patrolman Frank J. Hossler
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1956
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Menlo Park Police Department, California

Police Officer John W. Lyle
Menlo Park Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1960
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Burbank Police Department, California

Officer Richard E. Kunkle
Burbank Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1961
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Parma Police Department, Idaho

Patrolman John H. Combs
Parma Police Department, ID
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Dennis J. Jobe
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1970
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Litchfield Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Larry Wayne Berkshire
Litchfield Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1971
Cause of Death: Animal related

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper John R. Winn
Utah Highway Patrol, UT
EOW: Wednesday, September 22, 1971
Cause of Death: Accidental

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Calvin M. Rodwell
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Yonkers Police Department, New York

Police Officer Harold L. Woods
Yonkers Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1974
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer Vincent L. Leusch
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1975
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Douglasville Police Department, Georgia

Captain Edward Kitchens
Douglasville Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1983
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer Joseph Hamperian
New York City Transit Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1983
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Glendale Police Department, Arizona

Sergeant Patrick Lee Campbell
Glendale Police Department, AZ
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1985
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Bucks County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman
Bucks County Sheriff's Office, PA
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1986
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Bucks County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff George M. Warta, Jr.
Bucks County Sheriff's Office, PA
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1986
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

United States Courts Probation and Pretrial Services, U.S. Government

Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl
United States Courts Probation and Pretrial Services, US
EOW: Monday, September 22, 1986
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer Robert Venable
New York City Transit Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer William D. McCarthy
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1987
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Ponce Inlet Police Department, Florida

Officer Timothy Thomas Pollard
Ponce Inlet Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1987
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin
Youngstown Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Irma C. Ruiz
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Detective Richard Lee Samuels
Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1988
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Idaho County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Huston
Idaho County Sheriff's Department, ID
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1989
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

New York City Police Department, New York

Probationary Police Officer Neil McGroary
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 1991
Cause of Death: Heart attack

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Rondall "Randy" Sisco
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1992
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Newson, Jr.
Davidson County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sergeant James Henry "Rip" Taylor, Jr.
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, September 22, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.
Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Matthew Ray Davis
Orange County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, September 22, 2002
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Trooper D. Kevin Floyd
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 2005
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff William J. Myers
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York

Sergeant Kerry Joseph Winters, Sr.
Ulster County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 73

Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 1
Animal related: 1
Assault: 1
Automobile crash: 7
Drowned: 1
Gunfire: 41
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle crash: 6
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 3
Vehicular assault: 6

 

By State

Arizona: 1
Arkansas: 1
California: 10
Florida: 5
Georgia: 2
Idaho: 2
Illinois: 8
Indiana: 1
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 2
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 1
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
Nebraska: 1
New York: 8
Ohio: 3
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 6
South Carolina: 3
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 1
Utah: 1
Virginia: 3
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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