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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman George Coulter
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1858
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

Officer Thomas A. Welch
Omaha Police Department, NE
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1866
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Alpena County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

Sheriff Charles L. Lynch
Alpena County Sheriff's Office, MI
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1887
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dade County Sheriff's Department, Florida

Jailer Gustav A. Kaiser
Dade County Sheriff's Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Captain William H. Hemsing
New Jersey Department of Corrections, NJ
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1899
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman John Schroeder
Cincinnati Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1901
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrol Officer Frank C. Skidmore
New Castle Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Robert Murphy
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bay Minette Police Department, Alabama

Town Marshal Joseph W. Smith
Bay Minette Police Department, AL
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman George H. Trumbull
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland

Officer John C. Middlekauff
Hagerstown Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Houston County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Lucious "Alvan" North
Houston County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Detective Thomas S. Adubato
Newark Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service - Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

U.S. Game Warden Edgar Albert Lindgren
United States Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service - Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Detective Frank E. Hage
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fayette County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Felt Jones
Fayette County Police Department, GA
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1925
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Charles Lewis Cooper, Jr.
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Walton County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Thomas G. Blount
Walton County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Customs Agent Louis E. Babcock
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1931
Cause of Death: Drowned

Iredell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff Godfrey Click Kimball
Iredell County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Robert Leo Kosmal
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Operative Henry E. Thomas
United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, US
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1936
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Officer Jefferson R. Holland
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1937
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Private Elmer Ray Pyle
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman William Preston Bryant
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Barton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff Roy Patterson
Barton County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Thomas Gargan
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mercer County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff William Calvin Dotson
Mercer County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1950
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman Thomas E. Webb
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1956
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman Robert H. Fossum
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Trooper Ermon Boyce Cox
Arkansas State Police, AR
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1958
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Robert Riley
Lane County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1958
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Lewis County Sheriff's Office, New York

Turnkey Patrick J. Fogarty
Lewis County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1958
Cause of Death: Assault

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal Fax Brooks Murphy
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1960
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Reserve Officer Andrew F. "Pete" Sharp
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1963
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Cornelius P. McGowan
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1969
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

Officer Larry D. Minard, Sr.
Omaha Police Department, NE
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1970
Cause of Death: Bomb

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer Levy McQuietor
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1972
Cause of Death: Fire

Panama City Police Department, Florida

Patrolman Jerry Tommie Wells
Panama City Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1973
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer Dennis Lee O'Bradovich
Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer Raymond Earl Hicks
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Osburn Police Department, Idaho

Patrolman Earl Charles "Chuck" Ashton
Osburn Police Department, ID
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer George W. Redding
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

Lieutenant Owen A. Landdeck
Farmington Police Department, NM
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr.
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer Albert William Patch
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1980
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Hendry County Sheriff's Department, Florida

Sheriff Earl Sermon Dyess, Sr.
Hendry County Sheriff's Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 1980
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Will County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Auxiliary Sergeant Denis P. Foley
Will County Sheriff's Office, IL
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper Clinton Wayne Crawford
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Monday, August 17, 1987
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Putnam County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Dwayne Janey
Putnam County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Patrick Elton Roberts, Jr.
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Friday, August 17, 1990
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Chicago Housing Authority Police Department, Illinois

Officer Jimmie Lamar Haynes
Chicago Housing Authority Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 1991
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Teresa Jean Hawkins
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Tuesday, August 17, 1993
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin

Captain Thomas M. Beahm
Wisconsin Department of Corrections, WI
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1994
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Louisville Housing Authority Police Department, Kentucky

Corporal Michael Rush Carrithers
Louisville Housing Authority Police Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1995
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Lawrence B. Pierce
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1995
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Sung Hui Bang
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, WI
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 2000
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff I Ralph Edward Zylka
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, WI
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 2000
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Pojoaque Pueblo Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

Police Officer Kevin William Schultz
Pojoaque Pueblo Tribal Police Department, TR
EOW: Saturday, August 17, 2002
Cause of Death: Drowned

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Andrew John Mazur
Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Sunday, August 17, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Essex County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff Eric Peter Loiselle
Essex County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Corporal John Anthony "Jay" Sampietro, Jr.
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Detective Corporal Kenneth Armstrong
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, August 17, 2007
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Elsa L. Rosa-Ortiz
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Monday, August 17, 2015
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 64

Aircraft accident: 2
Assault: 1
Automobile crash: 8
Bomb: 1
Drowned: 2
Duty related illness: 1
Electrocuted: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 32
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 1
Motorcycle crash: 1
Stabbed: 4
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 4
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 3
Arkansas: 1
California: 3
Florida: 4
Georgia: 1
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 3
Indiana: 1
Kentucky: 3
Maryland: 1
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 2
Missouri: 2
Nebraska: 2
New Jersey: 2
New Mexico: 1
New York: 5
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 2
Oregon: 2
Pennsylvania: 4
Puerto Rico: 1
South Carolina: 1
Texas: 2
Tribal Police: 1
U.S. Government: 5
Virginia: 2
West Virginia: 2
Wisconsin: 4
 
 
All 2017 Deaths