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Officers Killed on This Day in History
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Custom House Officer Daniel Miller
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1810
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff John Coor Pender
Wayne County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1816
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Farmington Marshal's Office, Iowa

Town Marshal Reuben Fenstenmaker
Farmington Marshal's Office, IA
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1868
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman William Dozier
Knoxville Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1868
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Nathan Haynes
Knoxville Police Department, TN
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Milton McDowell
Pima County Sheriff's Department, AZ
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1880
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Young County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Sam R. Murphee
Young County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orlando Police Department, Florida

Officer William Beasley
Orlando Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nogales Police Department, Arizona

Peace Officer Hank Frost
Nogales Police Department, AZ
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1888
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maine

Policeman Henry A. Balcom
Washington County Sheriff's Department, ME
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bisbee Police Department, Arizona

Chief of Police Ben Williams
Bisbee Police Department, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman John Martin
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Juan Lopez-Jimenez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1902
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Charles "Joe" Hawkins
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Town Marshal Everett Smith
Olla Police Department, LA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lawton Police Department, Oklahoma

Assistant Chief of Police J. W. Hawkins
Lawton Police Department, OK
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Captain Charles Ariant
Louisiana Department of Corrections, LA
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

Rural Police Officer Sampson E. Cole
Mecklenburg County Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McDowell County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Andrews Beavers
McDowell County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1906
Cause of Death: Unidentified

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Mike Wrenn
Knoxville Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman O. L. Jarnigan
Knoxville Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ocala Police Department, Florida

Police Officer William "Bill" Hudson
Ocala Police Department, FL
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Alberto Souffront
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1909
Cause of Death: Unidentified

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Crossing Policeman Eugene Calvin Smith
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1910
Cause of Death: Fall

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Lieutenant Sam Corbin
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1911
Cause of Death: Fall

Alabama City Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman William A. Patterson
Alabama City Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Jose R. Martinez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Sheriff Jim Williams
Johnston County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Joseph C. Wallis
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1921
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Sapulpa Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman Sheppard E. Brumley
Sapulpa Police Department, OK
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant Dennis J. Whalen
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ocala Police Department, Florida

Chief of Police Henry Gordon
Ocala Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1924
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Alexander Grant
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1925
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Nevada City Police Department, California

Marshal Hiram D. Shearer
Nevada City Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1926
Cause of Death: Accidental

Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff William Henry O'Berry
Pasco County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

Patrol Officer Robert M. Reid
Charlotte Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1927
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Griffin Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Oscar Atkinson
Griffin Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Northport Police Department, Alabama

Officer Harris Milner
Northport Police Department, AL
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1929
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Antonio Mojica-Vazquez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman John Vondruska
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Elmer C. Thoney
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1931
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Ewart W. Sanders
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Costilla County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Sheriff Adolpho Rodrigues
Costilla County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Beaver Police Department, Pennsylvania

Night Officer Lawrence B. Leis
Beaver Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hamilton Police Department, Ohio

Sub-Patrolman Earl J. Grubb
Hamilton Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Sergeant Benjamin H. Butts
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Bernardino Police Department, California

Police Officer Henry F. Moore
San Bernardino Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1937
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

South Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrol Officer Frank Nenning
South Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1937
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Huntersville Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police John Albert Rape
Huntersville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Patrolman Charles G. Cannon
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1938
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Hilliard Hall
Franklin County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1940
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Robert W. Davis
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1940
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Correctional Officer Howard V. Murphy
Massachusetts Department of Correction, MA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1942
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Correctional Officer George Landry
Massachusetts Department of Correction, MA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1942
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Correctional Officer Franklin L. Weston
Massachusetts Department of Correction, MA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1942
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Durham Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Shirley Ladd
Durham Police Department, NC
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1943
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Marion Police Department, Indiana

Police Officer Chaney Boles
Marion Police Department, IN
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

Patrolman James Williams
Tennessee Highway Patrol, TN
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1943
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Chief of Police Francisco Rios-Morales
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Richmond Police Department, California

Patrolman Michael J. Nugent
Richmond Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

Detective Lieutenant Oscar F. Deubler
Little Rock Police Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Inspector P. H. Bema
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi

Conservation Officer Bud Stewart
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, MS
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Yeary
Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stockbridge Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman H. Crosby Smith
Stockbridge Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1951
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Placer County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Charles Carter
Placer County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1953
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pickens County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Russell Snow Masters
Pickens County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana

Conservation Officer James Dallas Pitzer
Indiana Department of Conservation, IN
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1961
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Palm Springs Police Department, California

Police Officer Lyle Wayne Larrabee
Palm Springs Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1962
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1964
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tampa Police Department, Florida

Officer William D. Krikava
Tampa Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, January 1, 1965
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gardiner Police Department, Maine

Lieutenant Ralph Augustus Chase
Gardiner Police Department, ME
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1966
Cause of Death: Assault

Battle Creek City Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Gerald E. Rosa
Battle Creek City Police Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1967
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff Dean Ray Foster
Eaton County Sheriff's Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi

Conservation Officer Ted Sloan
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, MS
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Childersburg Police Department, Alabama

Officer Cassie Owens
Childersburg Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Eric A. Zelms
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newbury Township Police Department, Ohio

Constable Michael Donald Chihil
Newbury Township Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1972
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Carrol Vinson Copeland
Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Monday, January 1, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Daniel E. Howard
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Donald E. Andrews
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Darden Hollis
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Customs Agent Joseph Monohan
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Unidentified

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

Customs Agent William Halley
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Cause of Death: Unidentified

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper Kenneth E. Flynt
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrol Officer James Gatzounas
Holyoke Police Department, MA
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Carlos A. Velasquez-Colon
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 1985
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Stephen A. Lukas
Auburn Police Department, MA
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1986
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Broomfield Township Police Department, Michigan

Constable Dan Stanley Mitchell
Broomfield Township Police Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 1989
Cause of Death: Heart attack

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Sergeant Stacy Edward Levay
United States Air Force Security Forces, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 1, 1992
Cause of Death: Assault

Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer John Kevin Lamm
Fairbanks Police Department, AK
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer II Steven Gerald Gajda
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, January 1, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

Trooper John Gregory Mann
Tennessee Highway Patrol, TN
EOW: Monday, January 1, 2001
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Trooper Billy Jack Zachary
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 2006
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department, Maryland

Corporal Courtney G. Brooks
Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department, MD
EOW: Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Guntersville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Maylond Thompson "Tommy" Bishop, Jr.
Guntersville Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, January 1, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Michelle Hopper
Clark County Sheriff's Office, OH
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 100

Accidental: 1
Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 5
Fall: 2
Gunfire: 62
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 6
Stabbed: 4
Struck by vehicle: 5
Unidentified: 4
Vehicle pursuit: 3
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 4
Alaska: 1
Arizona: 4
Arkansas: 1
California: 10
Colorado: 1
District of Columbia: 2
Florida: 6
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 3
Indiana: 2
Iowa: 1
Louisiana: 3
Maine: 2
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 6
Michigan: 3
Mississippi: 3
Missouri: 2
New York: 1
North Carolina: 6
Ohio: 5
Oklahoma: 3
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 7
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 6
Texas: 4
U.S. Government: 7
Virginia: 1
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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