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Officers Killed on This Day in History
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

Special Agent Josiah M. Woodruff
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, US
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1864
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

Deputy Provost Marshal John L. Bashore
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, US
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1864
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orlando Police Department, Florida

Town Marshal James W. Williams
Orlando Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1876
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy Marshal Felix H. Torbett
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1876
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McLean County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff Henry "Teddy" Frank
McLean County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1881
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Custer County Sheriff's Department, Montana

Deputy Sheriff H. M. "Muggins" Taylor
Custer County Sheriff's Department, MT
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hitchcock County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

Sheriff Jack Woods
Hitchcock County Sheriff's Department, NE
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer John R. Pugh
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1886
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy Marshal R. Lee Taylor
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1891
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, Minnesota

Conservation Officer Charles Wetsel
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, MN
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1897
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Inez Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal Joseph Kirk
Inez Police Department, KY
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1899
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harrison County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

Constable Charles Lott Hays
Harrison County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, TX
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada

Night Watchman Joe Mulholland
Las Vegas Police Department, NV
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baker County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Sheriff Harvey K. Brown
Baker County Sheriff's Department, OR
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1907
Cause of Death: Bomb

Salem Police Department, Oregon

Patrolman Thomas M. Eckhart
Salem Police Department, OR
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1909
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Burnside Police Department, Kentucky

City Marshal John C. Coomer
Burnside Police Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1913
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Hugh J. Clarke
Jersey City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1913
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

Game Warden George S. Wilson
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, AL
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Inspector Jot Gunter Jones
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Officer Albert E. Cramblitt
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1925
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Rural Police Officer Ellis A. Shields
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Westchester County Parkway Police Department, New York

Police Officer Raymond Tehan
Westchester County Parkway Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1925
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Forrest County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Howard Lee Hagwood
Forrest County Sheriff's Office, MS
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Sergeant I. Henry Brown
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Patrolman George L. Prentiss
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff C. E. Majors
Seminole County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Town of Clintwood, Virginia

Mayor Stuart McGuire Sutherland
Town of Clintwood, VA
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Harry Earl Buck
Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bridgeport Police Department, Connecticut

Sergeant Thomas P. Kearney
Bridgeport Police Department, CT
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Patrolman Howard E. Beitman
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Lindsay Department of Public Safety, California

Police Officer George Owen Barlow
Lindsay Department of Public Safety, CA
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer Richard G. Hinshaw
St. Paul Police Department, MN
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1937
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Tampa Police Department, Florida

Detective Joe Nance
Tampa Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1939
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania

Detective Albert T. Lorch
Allegheny County Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

Wildlife Officer Earl Sharp
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, FL
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1947
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Thomas J. Burns
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1948
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Officer Marion C. Stalnaker
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1950
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper Dale Benjamin Courtney
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1950
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Placer County Sheriff's Department, California

Sheriff William Elam
Placer County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 1, 1951
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

Private David G. Bissett
Montgomery County Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1952
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland

Inspector William Schriver
Maryland Natural Resources Police, MD
EOW: Monday, October 1, 1956
Cause of Death: Drowned

Dunkirk Police Department, New York

Lieutenant Mark M. Elfman
Dunkirk Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1961
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Samuel H. Hall
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, October 1, 1962
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman John Donovan
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1963
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Roosevelt Park Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant William F. Delmar
Roosevelt Park Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1966
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Catawba County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff John O. Yount
Catawba County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1967
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

Corrections Captain William Minehart Zimmerman
Iowa Department of Corrections, IA
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1967
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Atlantic City Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Peter John "Sonny" Burke
Atlantic City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Vernonia Police Department, Oregon

Chief of Police Raymond Garcia
Vernonia Police Department, OR
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hillside Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Anthony Charles Raymond
Hillside Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1972
Cause of Death: Stabbed

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - Detention and Deportation, U.S. Government

Detention Officer Albert Feld
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - Detention and Deportation, US
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1974
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Camden Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Stuart L. Roberts
Camden Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Douglas E. Gibbs
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Essex County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey

Detective John Tamburro
Essex County Sheriff's Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 1, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chester County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Danny Michael Laws
Chester County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1980
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

Trooper Jerome Scott Clifton
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Major Cephus D. Burson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1980
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Tommy L. Thedford
Bessemer Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

Detective John C. Phillips
New Rochelle Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1981
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Wellston Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant Jesse L. Henderson
Wellston Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chittenden County Sheriff's Department, Vermont

Deputy Sheriff George J. Bent
Chittenden County Sheriff's Department, VT
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1982
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Peoria County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff John Mullen Sack
Peoria County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bristol Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Jackie Lewis Phillips
Bristol Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1988
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

Court Officer John A. Dauway
New York State Office of Court Administration, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 1989
Cause of Death: Accidental

Brunswick Police Department, Maine

Officer James D. Swint
Brunswick Police Department, ME
EOW: Monday, October 1, 1990
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Sergeant Tomas Pantojas de Jesus
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1991
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper Mark P. Groner
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Thursday, October 1, 1992
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Robeson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Wendell Oxendine
Robeson County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, October 1, 1993
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Wilfredo Luis Berenguer-Calderon
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1996
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Hector R. Melendez-Rosa
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1996
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Roberto Luis Batista-Rosario
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1996
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Corrections Sergeant Timothy Parsley
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Tuesday, October 1, 1996
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Billy Wayne McIntosh
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

Correctional Officer Teresia Wheeler
Alabama Department of Corrections, AL
EOW: Monday, October 1, 2001
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper William Lloyd McClendon
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Sunday, October 1, 2006
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

Deputy Constable Jason Norling
Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Monday, October 1, 2007
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona

Correctional Officer Douglas Eugene Falconer
Arizona Department of Corrections, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Cause of Death: Heart attack

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant Jeffry Kowalski
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 78

Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 1
Automobile accident: 14
Bomb: 1
Drowned: 1
Electrocuted: 1
Gunfire: 38
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 6
Motorcycle accident: 8
Stabbed: 2
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 2
Vehicle pursuit: 1

 

By State

Alabama: 5
Arizona: 1
California: 3
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 3
Illinois: 4
Iowa: 1
Kentucky: 3
Louisiana: 1
Maine: 1
Maryland: 5
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 2
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 2
Montana: 1
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 4
New York: 5
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 2
Oregon: 4
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 4
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 2
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 4
U.S. Government: 6
Vermont: 1
Virginia: 1
 
 
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