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Officers Killed on This Day in History
New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

Patrolman John Steward
New York Metropolitan Police Force, NY
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1859
Cause of Death: Structure collapse

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff John M. Murphy
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Silver Bow County Sheriff's Department, Montana

Deputy Sheriff John J. Streb
Silver Bow County Sheriff's Department, MT
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1900
Cause of Death: Animal related

Burnet County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Constable James W. Murray
Burnet County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman John Dolan
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wabash County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Sheriff Alexander Compton
Wabash County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

Deputy Collector John Walter Hendrix
United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, US
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Live Oak County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Harry Hinton
Live Oak County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1914
Cause of Death: Assault

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Detective Sergeant James E. Armstrong
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Timothy O'Connor
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Jeff C. Couch
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Officer Harry H. Aurandt
Tulsa Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Undersheriff Marion E. Sanders
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

Detective Rudolph "Rudy" Markl
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Stephen McPhillips
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1925
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Martins Ferry Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Peter A. Reddy
Martins Ferry Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Agent Asa Hawkins
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, US
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Uvalde Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police John F. Connor
Uvalde Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Buffalo Police Department, New York

Lieutenant George T. Miller
Buffalo Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1931
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Detective Lieutenant Paul T. Lee
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper Eugene Teague
Indiana State Police, IN
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Henry W. Sudmeier
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Foxborough Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Fred W. Pettee
Foxborough Police Department, MA
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1934
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman James Smith
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1936
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission, Texas

Game Warden Dawson R. Murchison
Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission, TX
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

Sergeant William F. Black, Jr.
Georgia State Patrol, GA
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1940
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Taos Police Department, New Mexico

Village Marshal Lee Pena
Taos Police Department, NM
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lexington Police Department, Texas

City Marshal John Calvin Brewer, Sr.
Lexington Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1945
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Letcher County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff David Galloway
Letcher County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Letcher County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Willard Hall
Letcher County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Clyde William Harrison
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective Bernard L. Halperin
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Griffith Police Department, Indiana

Lieutenant Texas O. Minter
Griffith Police Department, IN
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1963
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Undersheriff John A. Maslach
Nye County Sheriff's Office, NV
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1966
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Sheriff George Berra
Nye County Sheriff's Office, NV
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1966
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Merle Lee Andrews
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Patrolman Robert Harris
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Camp Hill Police Department, Alabama

Officer Larry Neal Stone
Camp Hill Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Twin City Police Department, Georgia

Police Chief Charlie Earl Oglesby
Twin City Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Westchester County Parkway Police Department, New York

Police Officer John Gonda
Westchester County Parkway Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1969
Cause of Death: Heart attack

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Patrolman Carson Terry
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Warwick Police Department, Rhode Island

Reserve Captain Christopher Feeney
Warwick Police Department, RI
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1971
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Thomas F. Isbell
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1972
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Brown County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Sergeant Wayne Truttman
Brown County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cocke County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Clevenger
Cocke County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1974
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Cocke County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Billy Walter Smith
Cocke County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Friday, December 20, 1974
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Warren Edward Greene
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer Carlos King
New York City Transit Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Detective Ronald G. Turner
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cedar Park Police Department, Texas

Officer William Thomas Laws, Jr.
Cedar Park Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1979
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, South Dakota

Conservation Officer Ronald L. Brandt
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, SD
EOW: Thursday, December 20, 1979
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Jorge Martines-Garcia
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gillette Police Department, Wyoming

Patrolman Jon Roy Hardy
Gillette Police Department, WY
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hawaii Department of Public Safety - State Security Division, Hawaii

Officer Thad Fumio Sugai
Hawaii Department of Public Safety - State Security Division, HI
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal Donald W. Smiley
Texhoma Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 1983
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Falmouth Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman John R. Herron
Falmouth Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 20, 1986
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Dover Police Department, Delaware

Patrolman Francis T. Schneible
Dover Police Department, DE
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro Transit Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Harry Davis, Jr.
Metro Transit Police Department, DC
EOW: Monday, December 20, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma Police, Tribal Police

Officer Defford Thomas "D.J." Oyebi, Jr.
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma Police, TR
EOW: Sunday, December 20, 1998
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Oceanside Police Department, California

Officer Daniel S. Bessant
Oceanside Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harker Heights Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Andrew Jordan Rameas
Harker Heights Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 20, 2010
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Specialist Timothy Brian Schock
Chesapeake Police Department, VA
EOW: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Cause of Death: Drowned

Centre Police Department, Alabama

Investigator Jeffrey Hugh Bryant
Centre Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, December 20, 2013
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois

Investigator II Cuauhtemoc Estrada
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, IL
EOW: Friday, December 20, 2013
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Robert C. Deckard, Jr.
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, December 20, 2013
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 65

Animal related: 1
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 7
Drowned: 1
Electrocuted: 1
Gunfire: 39
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 1
Motorcycle accident: 1
Struck by vehicle: 7
Structure collapse: 1
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arizona: 1
California: 3
Colorado: 1
Delaware: 1
District of Columbia: 2
Georgia: 2
Hawaii: 1
Illinois: 4
Indiana: 3
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 4
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Missouri: 1
Montana: 1
Nevada: 2
New Mexico: 1
New York: 8
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 3
Puerto Rico: 1
Rhode Island: 1
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 10
Tribal Police: 1
U.S. Government: 2
Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1
Wyoming: 1
 
 
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