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Officers Killed on This Day in History
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer John C. Gilmore
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1861
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brunswick County Constable's Office, Virginia

Special Constable John B. Drummond
Brunswick County Constable's Office, VA
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy Marshal Sam Sixkiller
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1886
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Young County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Sheriff Marion Dekalb Wallace
Young County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1888
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lamasco Police Department, Kentucky

Marshal John Cox
Lamasco Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Augusta Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman Joe F. Murray
Augusta Police Department, GA
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rayne Police Department, Louisiana

Marshal Americus Vespucius Lyons
Rayne Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hartford Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal Sam Casebier
Hartford Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1898
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Henderson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

Constable John E. Rhodes
Henderson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1898
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Graves County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff John B. Usher
Graves County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mingo County Constable's Office, West Virginia

Constable John Dillon
Mingo County Constable's Office, WV
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pineville Police Department, Louisiana

Constable Hezekiah J. Reeves
Pineville Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Deputy Marshal E. C. Garrison
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Sheriff W. M. Russell
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hardin County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

Deputy Constable Johnnie Harris
Hardin County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wahalak Constable's Office, Mississippi

Constable John O'Brien
Wahalak Constable's Office, MS
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Constable Preston Van Buren Swanguen
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman Harry E. Campbell
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mayes County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff Charles Nicholas Mitchell
Mayes County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

Constable John C. McBride, Jr.
Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Jesse C. Gilman
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dundee Police Department, New York

Constable Jay D. Close
Dundee Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Charles Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal A. H. Hamby
St. Charles Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Crab Orchard Police Department, Kentucky

Deputy Marshal Elijah F. "Lige" Hoskins
Crab Orchard Police Department, KY
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knox County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Joel Baylor Reed
Knox County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Akron Police Department, Ohio

Officer Guy Norris
Akron Police Department, OH
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective Walter Starrett
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff William L. Hattaway
Laurens County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent James Francis McGuiness
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Constable John E. Covert
Van Zandt County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Atha "Nick" Carter
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff William Smith
Perry County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman William Holmes
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Murdock McInnis McIntosh
Greene County Sheriff's Office, MS
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Jacob Uhle
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Town Marshal Walter W. McCallister
Dale Marshal's Office, IN
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman William C. Grunwald
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bloomington Police Department, Indiana

Chief of Police Samuel Perry Cardwell
Bloomington Police Department, IN
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1928
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Lieutenant Harry E. Parker
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman James F. McMahon
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1930
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Collier County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff William E. Hutto
Collier County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Letcher County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jason Andrew Webb
Letcher County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Ernest A. Grillot
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

White County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Harkless Grundy Kirby
White County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cocke County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff General J. Hall
Cocke County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Miami Constable's Office - District 2, Florida

Deputy Constable John Edward Dickson
Miami Constable's Office - District 2, FL
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police Wilbur B. Souter
Ellaville Police Department, GA
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Prison Guard Walter R. Doucette
Massachusetts Department of Correction, MA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman James Dowling
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1935
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Augusta Police Department, Kentucky

Officer Charles W. Campbell
Augusta Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Earl W. Kanning
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1938
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy David Stout Larimer
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1941
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Miguel A. Ortiz-Salgado
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1941
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff James Cornett
Perry County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pasadena Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Arthur Claude Dowdy
Pasadena Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Leslie County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jason Wells
Leslie County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lindenwold Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Hugh A. Shannon
Lindenwold Police Department, NJ
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1946
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Henry Hicks
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Louis G. Spencer
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Barberton Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Vincent L. Gerek
Barberton Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Colonial Heights Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Curtis Rucker Mason
Colonial Heights Police Department, VA
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1948
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman Noris Nettles
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1949
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

Wildlife Officer James R. Fields
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, FL
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1950
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

Officer Robert Quincy Tucker
Jacksonville Police Department, FL
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer John S. Colonna
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1953
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Appleton Police Department, Wisconsin

Motorcycle Officer Mahlon John Day
Appleton Police Department, WI
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1955
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Sutter County Sheriff's Department, California

Undersheriff Charles Earl Blackburn
Sutter County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1955
Cause of Death: Drowned

Sutter County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff John Leroy Talley
Sutter County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1955
Cause of Death: Drowned

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

Correctional Officer M. C. Taylor
Virginia Department of Corrections, VA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1957
Cause of Death: Fall

Monette Police Department, Arkansas

Marshal Paul Andrew Heath
Monette Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1959
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer Alan Yerton
Tulsa Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1959
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Merle E. DeWitt
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1963
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Billy Ray Wynn
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1967
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Windsor Locks Police Department, Connecticut

Patrolman Joseph O'Brien
Windsor Locks Police Department, CT
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 1968
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Mineral Wells Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Larry Joel Kite
Mineral Wells Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Conservation Officer Frank Stewart, Jr.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, AL
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Peres Police Department, Missouri

Officer John L. Oberkramer
Des Peres Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Schofield Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman John E. Braun
Schofield Police Department, WI
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1979
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Gabriel P. Vitale
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Fernando Police Department, California

Officer Dennis Frank Webb
San Fernando Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Spalding County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Corporal James Marion Tarver, Sr.
Spalding County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 1980
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Gilbert E. Ramirez
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 24, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, U.S. Government

Police Officer Garry A. Ross
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, US
EOW: Monday, December 24, 1990
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Richland County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Edward Joseph Alva
Richland County Sheriff's Department, SC
EOW: Thursday, December 24, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Dawn Suzanne Erickson
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1995
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Michael Christopher Doane
Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Friday, December 24, 1999
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Irving Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Aubrey Wright Hawkins
Irving Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Jaison Howard Smith
Washington Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Pickaway County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff William Kenneth Chadwell
Pickaway County Sheriff's Office, OH
EOW: Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Bellaire Police Department, Texas

Corporal Jimmie Deveril Norman
Bellaire Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 24, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wauwatosa Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena
Wauwatosa Police Department, WI
EOW: Monday, December 24, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Webster Police Department, New York

Lieutenant Michael John "Chip" Chiapperini
Webster Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 24, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

Correctional Deputy Jeremy Wayne Meyst
Tulare County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 93

Automobile accident: 3
Drowned: 2
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 63
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 3
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 2
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 8
Vehicle pursuit: 1
Vehicular assault: 4

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arkansas: 1
California: 7
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 5
Georgia: 5
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 2
Kentucky: 10
Louisiana: 5
Massachusetts: 1
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 2
Missouri: 2
New Jersey: 1
New York: 5
Ohio: 4
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 3
Puerto Rico: 1
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 2
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 14
U.S. Government: 6
Virginia: 3
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 3
 
 
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