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

Police Officer James Murphy
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1870
Cause of Death: Assault

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Edward O'Dwyer
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1881
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Fargo Police Department, North Dakota

Policeman Frederick D. Alderman
Fargo Police Department, ND
EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff John Nicolas Wren
Tulare County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Constable James Frederick Green
Donley County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas

Field Inspector George Bingham Grissom
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Ulm Police Department, Minnesota

Night Officer Albert Winkelmann
New Ulm Police Department, MN
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Constable Columbus W. Jones
Pickens County Magistrate's Office, SC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Deputy Marshal Sam Roberts
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Charles W. Lind
Cincinnati Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1908
Cause of Death: Struck by streetcar

Mamaroneck Village Police Department, New York

Police Officer Francis Reilly
Mamaroneck Village Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, July 5, 1920
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Detective Truman Swain
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Seattle Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Amos J. Comer
Seattle Police Department, WA
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nueces County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Deputy Constable R. R. Bledsoe
Nueces County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Michael T. Murphy
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1930
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Hadley Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Frank Kowal
Hadley Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1931
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Ingram Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Louis Edward Wagner
Ingram Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1931
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Manitowoc Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman Fred Mueller
Manitowoc Police Department, WI
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Elmer A. Swanson
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newton Falls Police Department, Ohio

Town Marshal Scott M. Vasbinder
Newton Falls Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Walter H. Combs
Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carteret Police Department, New Jersey

Special Constable John Bodnar, Sr.
Carteret Police Department, NJ
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1942
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Walter J. Storm
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1942
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper George R. Cameron
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Denver Police Department, Colorado

Patrolman Virgil M. Hall
Denver Police Department, CO
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1945
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Isaac Price
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1946
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Constable Rufus Ola Crum
Tippah County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Luis Obispo Police Department, California

Police Officer John Courtney Bond
San Luis Obispo Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Westchester County Parkway Police Department, New York

Police Officer George Ruthven
Westchester County Parkway Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, July 5, 1954
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Glendale Police Department, Colorado

City Marshal Kenneth Robert Baker
Glendale Police Department, CO
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1960
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Coleman Regis McDonough
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, July 5, 1965
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bertie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Dewey L. Swain
Bertie County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Camden Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer George E. Schultz, Jr.
Camden Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Camden Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Charles W. Sutman
Camden Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wooster Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant Paul H. Knisley
Wooster Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1969
Cause of Death: Drowned

Wooster Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Robert C. Goodrich
Wooster Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1969
Cause of Death: Drowned

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff John Henry Walter
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 1972
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent Charles Linson Brown, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1973
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Guard J. T. McAteer
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger James P. Fleetwood
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Jennings County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Gerald L. Martin
Jennings County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1980
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Sergeant Frank A. McAteer
La Plata County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Sunday, July 5, 1981
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Burton Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman Terry Lee Thompson
Burton Police Department, MI
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

Captain William T. Mills
DeQueen Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman Herman E. Jones, Sr.
DeQueen Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman William R. Gilham
DeQueen Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

Sergeant Roy M. Brewer
DeQueen Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Richmond Police Department, California

Patrolman Ronald H. Fuller
Richmond Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Richmond Police Department, California

Patrolman William C. Whitty
Richmond Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Trooper Jody S. Dye
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1985
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Radcliff Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman William R. Burns
Radcliff Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, July 5, 1985
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins

Chief of Police Murray Wilson Griffin
Belle Center Village Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 1986
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Claremont Police Department, Minnesota

Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange
Claremont Police Department, MN
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

Correction Officer Dennis Lee Stemen
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1994
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Sergeant Michael Lynn Crowe
Arizona Department of Public Safety, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Charles T. "Chuck" Sease
Flagler County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 2003
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

Reserve Deputy Constable Nehemiah Pickens
Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant William Leo McEntee
Kirkwood Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indiana State Police, Indiana

Master Trooper David Edward Rich
Indiana State Police, IN
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Norris
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Thursday, July 5, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Lieutenant Jacqueline McCarthy
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, July 5, 2010
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Sanford Police Department, North Carolina

Patrol Officer Elieser "Eli" Colonroche
Sanford Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Cause of Death: Training accident

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana

Officer Perry W. Renn
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 65

9/11 related illness: 1
Aircraft accident: 2
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 9
Drowned: 2
Exposure to toxins: 1
Gunfire: 32
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 2
Struck by streetcar: 1
Struck by vehicle: 3
Training accident: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 1

 

By State

Arizona: 1
Arkansas: 4
California: 4
Colorado: 3
District of Columbia: 1
Florida: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 3
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 2
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
New Jersey: 3
New York: 4
North Carolina: 3
North Dakota: 1
Ohio: 7
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 4
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 2
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 3
Virginia: 2
Washington: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
All 2015 Deaths