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

Patrolman John Smedick
New York Metropolitan Police Force, NY
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1868
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Anaheim Police Department, California

Township Constable Charles F. Lehman
Anaheim Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1872
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Llano County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff James B. O'Bannon
Llano County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1884
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Elkins Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police Robert Allen Lilly
Elkins Police Department, WV
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Walter W. Stansbury
Beaumont Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Colville Police Department, Washington

Marshal John S. Wright
Colville Police Department, WA
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Niagara Falls Police Department, New York

Patrolman Michael McCormick
Niagara Falls Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Officer Rufus A. Hobbs
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1909
Cause of Death: Animal related

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Corporal Jose R. Luccas-Maldonado
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Saturday, July 23, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

City Marshal James Eli Parish
Bennington Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal William E. Plank
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal Holmes Davidson
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman Fredrick J. Weingard
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

Detective Frank J. Murphy, Jr.
Omaha Police Department, NE
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman James H. Horn
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1920
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Breathitt County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Green Watkins
Breathitt County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, July 23, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oshkosh Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman George O'Connor
Oshkosh Police Department, WI
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 1922
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Holloway
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Eastland County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff John W. Hennessee
Eastland County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

Patrolman Lawrence Murphy
New Haven Police Department, CT
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1924
Cause of Death: Struck by streetcar

Pocatello Police Department, Idaho

Detective Samuel George Garbett
Pocatello Police Department, ID
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Theodore J. Anderson
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greenville Police Department, Ohio

Special Officer Simon Penny
Greenville Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff D. E. Tidwell
Franklin County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texarkana Police Department, Texas

Police Officer James R. Walraven, Sr.
Texarkana Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Nolan R. Willis
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Robertson County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Sheriff J. Mart Murphy
Robertson County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman Ross Porter
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1934
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Connersville Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman Howard Kelley
Connersville Police Department, IN
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1934
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York State Police, New York

Trooper John G. Lord
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1935
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Proctorville Police Department, Ohio

Town Marshal Wilbur "Boss" Bias
Proctorville Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Patrolman Joseph W. Kelly
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Saturday, July 23, 1938
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer John L. Sullivan
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Border Patrol Inspector Donald Kee
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1954
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

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

Pilot William Franklin Buckelew
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1954
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper Robert Fulton Giles
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McCook Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Robert "Bobbie Bull" Giovannoni
McCook Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1956
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Charles E. Drake, Jr.
Huntsville Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1962
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Newaygo Police Department, Michigan

Village Marshal Benjamin Lewis "Ben" Carpenter
Newaygo Police Department, MI
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1963
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Sacramento Police Department, California

Police Officer Eugene G. McKnight
Sacramento Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Brice Leon Woody
Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1965
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Lieutenant Leroy Jones
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Louis Golonka
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Willard J. Wolff
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer William C. Shull
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1970
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

Supervisor Samuel Anderson Pickels
Virginia Department of Corrections, VA
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1971
Cause of Death: Assault

Palisades Interstate Park Police Department - New York Section, New York

Chief Edward R. Gleason
Palisades Interstate Park Police Department - New York Section, NY
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 1972
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

Officer John W. Ruggiero
Fall River Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Agent Elmer Martin "Bud" Heggen
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, US
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1973
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

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

Special Agent Henry Herbert Tibbs
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, US
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1973
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Mount Kisco Police Department, New York

Patrolman Nial T. Churchill
Mount Kisco Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1974
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Officer Cled Neal Wingo
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East Pikeland Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police Robert W. Gates, Sr.
East Pikeland Township Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1975
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Glendale Police Department, Wisconsin

Officer George Robert Sassan
Glendale Police Department, WI
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Sergeant Edward G. Moore
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Friday, July 23, 1976
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

Correctional Officer Dan Harrison
Georgia Department of Corrections, GA
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Wood County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Bryant
Wood County Sheriff's Office, OH
EOW: Monday, July 23, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Special Deputy Sheriff Ronald Henry Terwilliger
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Miguel Gonzalez-Torres
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 1986
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lewiston Police Department, Maine

Police Officer David R. Payne
Lewiston Police Department, ME
EOW: Saturday, July 23, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Police Officer Leroy Andrew Pine, Jr.
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Saturday, July 23, 1988
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Fidel Aleman
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Park Ranger James Randall "Randy" Morgenson
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 1996
Cause of Death: Drowned

LaGrange Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman Justin Cain
LaGrange Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 2000
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Canton Police Department, Michigan

Officer Gordon Lewis "Lew" Stevens
Canton Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Ryan Keith Goto
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Murfreesboro Police Department, Tennessee

Captain Byron Michael Motley
Murfreesboro Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 2006
Cause of Death: Fall

Modesto Police Department, California

Sergeant Steven Edward May
Modesto Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 2009
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Thursday, July 23, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Adam Smith
Franklin County Sheriff's Office, KS
EOW: Friday, July 23, 2010
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Taylor Police Department, Michigan

Corporal Matthew Lloyd Edwards
Taylor Police Department, MI
EOW: Friday, July 23, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Shawnelle Hess
Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Friday, July 23, 2010
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Chad Michael Morimoto
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Monday, July 23, 2012
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Police Officer David Lee VanBuskirk
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV
EOW: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Cause of Death: Fall

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 76

Aircraft accident: 8
Animal related: 1
Assault: 1
Automobile crash: 10
Drowned: 1
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 2
Gunfire: 39
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle crash: 4
Stabbed: 2
Struck by streetcar: 1
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 2
California: 5
Connecticut: 1
Georgia: 3
Hawaii: 2
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 2
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 1
Maine: 1
Massachusetts: 2
Michigan: 3
Missouri: 1
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 1
New York: 5
Ohio: 8
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 3
Pennsylvania: 2
Puerto Rico: 2
Railroad Police: 2
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 9
Virginia: 4
Washington: 1
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 2
 
 
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