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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Texas Rangers, Texas

Captain John Bird
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1839
Cause of Death: Assault

Texas Rangers, Texas

First Sergeant William H. Weaver
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1839
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Rangers, Texas

Private Jesse E. Nash
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1839
Cause of Death: Assault

Texas Rangers, Texas

Private Thomas Gay
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1839
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Ephraim Hibler
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1850
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal James Batchelder
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1854
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police Michael Baer
Fort Smith Police Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Customs Inspector Frank Dupont
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brown County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb
Brown County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, May 26, 1874
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff John Snodgrass
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fannin County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

Deputy Constable Morris T. Dunn
Fannin County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, TX
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1888
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sheriff Robert L. May
Grayson County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Mounted Policeman Robert H. Goodson
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Tuesday, May 26, 1891
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Eddy County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff Bud Johnson
Eddy County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 1898
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Jenkins
Grand County Sheriff's Department, UT
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah

Sheriff Jesse Tyler
Grand County Sheriff's Department, UT
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grant County Sheriff's Department, Oklahoma

Deputy Sergeant George Smith
Grant County Sheriff's Department, OK
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Adel Police Department, Georgia

Town Marshal W. A. Hyers
Adel Police Department, GA
EOW: Monday, May 26, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman Matthew J. Curran
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Town Marshal Clarence Calhoun Gist
Carlisle Marshal's Office, SC
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Danville Police Department, Indiana

Constable Oliver William Wilhite
Danville Police Department, IN
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Officer Frank McKissack
Huntsville Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Sergeant John Joseph Moriarty
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Edgar Matthew Hyland
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1917
Cause of Death: Assault

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Detective Theodore A. Obitz
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1918
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, Minnesota

Conservation Officer Joseph E. Kreager
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, MN
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1922
Cause of Death: Drowned

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Patrick Stapleton
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Richard Allen Thomas
Washington City Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal James H. Short
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant Bernardino Grottano
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, May 26, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Glendale Police Department, California

Police Officer Leslie O. Clem
Glendale Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1926
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent Thomas Bright Lankford
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Alexander A. Manley
Birmingham Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gurdon Police Department, Arkansas

Marshal Robert C. Tyson
Gurdon Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carmi Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police Clarence Ritsch
Carmi Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Special Patrolman Peter Erath
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1934
Cause of Death: Assault

Stamford Police Department, Connecticut

Police Officer Andrew Louis Schlechtweg
Stamford Police Department, CT
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 1938
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Orley O. Sanner
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1940
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Washington State Patrol, Washington

Patrolman Thomas J. Hanlin
Washington State Patrol, WA
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1945
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Philip Fitzpatrick
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, May 26, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Emil J. Bock
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1951
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff Blakely B. Humphrey
Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1961
Cause of Death: Assault

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Richard D. Seebo
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1962
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

Trooper William Everett Tevis
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey Divison of Fish, Game and Wildlife, New Jersey

Conservation Officer Amos Horrocks
New Jersey Divison of Fish, Game and Wildlife, NJ
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Willard R. Ballard
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 26, 1964
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman Robert F. Lisska
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1965
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Paul Andrew Powell
Polk County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1967
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Frank M. Normand
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 1968
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper Carl P. Lindberg
Michigan State Police, MI
EOW: Monday, May 26, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Peoria County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Sergeant Raymond Eugene Espinoza
Peoria County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, May 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Agent J. Clifford Dietrich
United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, US
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1973
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Investigator Kenneth James McDonald
Madison County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Monday, May 26, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman George A. Partridge, Jr.
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Billy G. Young
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Police Officer Henry J. Koebel
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

Game Warden Franklin Bruce Hill
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, TX
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1990
Cause of Death: Drowned

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

Game Warden William Barry Decker
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, TX
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1990
Cause of Death: Drowned

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

Park Ranger Robert Lewis McGhee, Jr.
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Herman A. Jones, Sr.
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Independent School District Police Department, Texas

Sergeant William Maldonado, III
San Antonio Independent School District Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 1994
Cause of Death: Fall

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Anthony F. Mosomillo
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, May 26, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marinette County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Edward R. Hoffman
Marinette County Sheriff's Office, WI
EOW: Friday, May 26, 2000
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Police Officer José R. Ortiz Santiago
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, May 26, 2000
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

Officer Kirk Robert Huffstetler
Portland Police Bureau, OR
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 2002
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty
Tucson Police Department, AZ
EOW: Monday, May 26, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty, Jr.
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 2005
Cause of Death: Training accident

Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

Officer Jason West
Cleveland Heights Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carrollton Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer James M. "Jimmy" Johnson, Jr.
Carrollton Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer Travis Paul Murphy
Phoenix Police Department, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hawthorne Police Department, California

Police Officer Andrew Scott Garton
Hawthorne Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Amanda Dorcas Anna
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Carmen M. Figueroa
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 75

9/11 related illness: 1
Aircraft accident: 1
Assault: 5
Automobile accident: 4
Drowned: 3
Electrocuted: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 46
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by train: 2
Training accident: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 3
Arizona: 3
Arkansas: 2
California: 5
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 1
Georgia: 3
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 1
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 2
Maryland: 2
Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 3
Missouri: 2
New Jersey: 2
New Mexico: 1
New York: 7
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 4
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 3
Puerto Rico: 1
South Carolina: 1
Texas: 11
U.S. Government: 6
Utah: 2
Washington: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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