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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff George Hindman
Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Sheriff William Brady
Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Apache County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff David F. Craeghe
Apache County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1880
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff William Green
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff William Kelly
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hot Springs Police Department, North Carolina

Policeman Charles Hartsell Smelser
Hot Springs Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Corporal Fred J. Richterkessing
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

Officer Edward McGrath Morris
Mobile Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Casper Mayer
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1904
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Houston Police Department, Texas

Deputy Chief William E. Murphy
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

Detective Patrick Andrew Carr
Fort Smith Police Department, AR
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Rangers, Texas

Captain Henry Lee Ransom
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Louis Jaswiecki
Toledo Police Department, OH
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman James O'Brien
East St. Louis Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Jacob F. Green
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas

Field Inspector William Davis "Dave" Allison
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas

Field Inspector Horace Lorenzo "Hod" Roberson
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Ralph L. Croxton
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chief of Police James V. Gross
Lynch Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Harold Vincent Mooring
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Benjamin G. Root
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1926
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Vincennes Police Department, Indiana

Detective Simon Arthur Carie
Vincennes Police Department, IN
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Pratt Kenyon
Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Almer Loin Terry
Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Andrew W. Miller
Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, PA
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1928
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania

Detective Lieutenant Lew Roberts
Scranton Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, April 1, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman H. D. Murphy
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Edward Bryan Wheeler
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Joseph Ternansky
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lebanon Junction Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal Wallace Van Fleet
Lebanon Junction Police Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Officer Andrew O. Brassington
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1936
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

Officer Roy J. Carney
Wilmington Police Department, NC
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1937
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Pennsylvania Motor Police, Pennsylvania

Private George J. Yashur
Pennsylvania Motor Police, PA
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1940
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Salinas Police Department, California

Patrolman Edgar Claude Smith
Salinas Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1945
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Pasco Police Department, Washington

Patrolman Alva M. Jackson
Pasco Police Department, WA
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1955
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Brockton Police Department, Alabama

Officer Alex Hurst
New Brockton Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland

Inspector George T. Mullikin
Maryland Natural Resources Police, MD
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1966
Cause of Death: Drowned

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman J. W. Wallin
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Friday, April 1, 1966
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Officer John W. Phillips
Knoxville Police Department, TN
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1969
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Corrections Employee Robert Jefferson
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1971
Cause of Death: Stabbed

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, U.S. Government

Special Agent Richard Heath, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, US
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

Police Officer Frank A. Bersito
Mount Vernon Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, April 1, 1974
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

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

Police Officer Phillip Nick Lopez
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.
Metro-Dade Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Frank Kenneth D'Azevedo
Metro-Dade Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Clark Hamilton Curlette
Metro-Dade Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, April 1, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Corrections Employee Charles Sickles
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 1981
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Polk County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

Constable Bill Garsee
Polk County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 1984
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Crenshaw Police Department, Mississippi

Police Officer William Leo Parrish, Jr.
Crenshaw Police Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, April 1, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Denver Police Department, Colorado

Police Officer Ronald Leon DeHerrera
Denver Police Department, CO
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1997
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Yuba County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Brian E. Meilbeck
Yuba County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer Sean Clark
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer Jeff Shelton
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, April 1, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harlan County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Joe E. Howard, Sr.
Harlan County Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Cause of Death: Heart attack

San Juan Police Department, Puerto Rico

Lieutenant Carlos R. Lozada-Vergara
San Juan Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Plymouth Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Gregory T. Maloney
Plymouth Police Department, MA
EOW: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 56

Automobile accident: 1
Drowned: 1
Electrocuted: 1
Gunfire: 39
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 1
Motorcycle accident: 5
Stabbed: 2
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 3
Arizona: 1
Arkansas: 1
California: 4
Colorado: 3
Florida: 3
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 1
Kentucky: 5
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Mississippi: 1
New Mexico: 2
New York: 1
North Carolina: 5
Ohio: 2
Pennsylvania: 4
Puerto Rico: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 9
U.S. Government: 4
Washington: 1
 
 
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