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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Whitesboro Police Department, Texas

City Marshal Kirkland C. Ayers
Whitesboro Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1879
Cause of Death: Assault

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Deputy Keeper James B. Lippincott
New Jersey Department of Corrections, NJ
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

Game Officer L. Seeley Houk
Pennsylvania Game Commission, PA
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Owen Lockamy
Fayetteville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Willie R. Gawen
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Tuesday, March 2, 1915
Cause of Death: Bicycle accident

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Thomas Patrick Farrell
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Frank L. Latham
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Thomas Gaffney
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1924
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff Charles Lewis
Elko County Sheriff's Office, NV
EOW: Monday, March 2, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sultan Police Department, Washington

Marshal Percy Z. Brewster
Sultan Police Department, WA
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Motorcycle Policeman William C. Mueller
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Walter O'Neill
Jersey City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman John J. Shanahan
Jersey City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Captain Steven Tabor Howard
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Moulton Police Department, Texas

Night Watchman Charles O. Riske
Moulton Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee

Chief of Police Sumner A. Dillard
Shelbyville Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, March 2, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Summit Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Stanley J. Ronczkowski
Summit Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, March 2, 1936
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

McKinney Police Department, Texas

Patrol Officer Marion E. Taylor
McKinney Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman A. B. Smart
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Thursday, March 2, 1939
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Phillip Farshman
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1946
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman Weaver H. Hogan
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Tuesday, March 2, 1948
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman James Woodard McLaurin
Fayetteville Police Department, NC
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1951
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Salem Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Robert E. Flynn
Salem Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1958
Cause of Death: Fall

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper Charles Eugene "Gene" Morris
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1962
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman John C. Smith
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1966
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Halifax County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff William McKinley Goodwin
Halifax County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1969
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer Leslie G. Lane, Jr.
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1974
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent James Maurice Bostick
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mason County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Kenneth Ward Love
Mason County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Tuesday, March 2, 1976
Cause of Death: Bomb

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Ludwig Bruno
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, Maine

Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Wilson
Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, ME
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman Charles Alvin Snider
Charleston Police Department, SC
EOW: Friday, March 2, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Corporal Carl Joel Norris
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1983
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Trooper James M. Froemsdorf
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1985
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington State Patrol, Washington

Trooper James S. Gain
Washington State Patrol, WA
EOW: Monday, March 2, 1987
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Lieutenant Earl James Kennicutt
Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1988
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Shelley Police Department, Idaho

Chief of Police James Donald Miller
Shelley Police Department, ID
EOW: Thursday, March 2, 1989
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Lassen County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Larry David Griffith
Lassen County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, March 2, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer Derrik Lanier
Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Government

Special Agent Harrison Dean Pulliam
United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, US
EOW: Sunday, March 2, 1997
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Detention Officer Casey Ryan Harmon
Lee County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Monday, March 2, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman Ward Lee Canfield
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Thursday, March 2, 2000
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Samuel F. Smith
Crawford County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Friday, March 2, 2001
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana

Senior Agent Jim Robyn Bennet Matkin
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LA
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Security Policeman Nicholas Jerome Alden
United States Air Force Security Forces, US
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Corporal Terry Wayne Johnson
Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 46

Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 6
Bicycle accident: 1
Bomb: 1
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 21
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 2
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Arkansas: 1
California: 3
District of Columbia: 1
Georgia: 1
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 1
Louisiana: 1
Maine: 1
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Minnesota: 2
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 3
New York: 1
North Carolina: 5
Ohio: 1
Pennsylvania: 2
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 6
U.S. Government: 2
Virginia: 1
Washington: 2
West Virginia: 1
 
 
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