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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Texas Rangers, Texas

Private Timothy J. "Tim" McCarty
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wapello County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

Turnkey John Manning
Wapello County Sheriff's Office, IA
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1884
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman William H. Schnell
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1892
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Natrona County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

Sheriff W. C. Ricker
Natrona County Sheriff's Department, WY
EOW: Thursday, January 2, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective William R. Mooney
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, January 2, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Lusk
Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1909
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer John Gordon
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire

El Paso County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Constable Samuel J. "Sam" Stepp
El Paso County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Macon Police Department, Georgia

Detective Thomas Fletcher Thompson
Macon Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer George D. Hart
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1925
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Detective Sergeant Edward J. Lally
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Special Deputy Sheriff Leonard Roth Cummings, Jr.
Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, ID
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Deputy Sheriff Louis J. Bancroft
Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, ID
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Special Deputy Sheriff Billy Withington, Jr.
Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, ID
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Wesley Allen Fraser
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, US
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Canton Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman James L. Lindesmith
Canton Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1929
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Charles F. Alexander
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1929
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Galveston Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Thomas Tell Hawkins
Galveston Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, January 2, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Joseph A. Meyer
Galveston County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer William A. Bell
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greene County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff Wiley Mashburn
Greene County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greene County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff Marcell C. Hendrix
Greene County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greene County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff Ollie Crosswhite
Greene County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective John Kranz
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer William E. Manning
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

Chief of Detectives Tony Oliver
Springfield Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Sidney Meadows
Springfield Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Charles Houser
Springfield Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Customs Officer Clyde M. Bristow
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Independence County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Chief Deputy Sheriff William Everette Wheeler
Independence County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Constable Fletcher Rodgers
McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman Kenneth Earl McNeill
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Saturday, January 2, 1937
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Barton Coker
Maryville Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Walter O. Salisbury
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1939
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Albia Police Department, Iowa

Night Policeman Richard D. Williams
Albia Police Department, IA
EOW: Thursday, January 2, 1941
Cause of Death: Heart attack

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Charles R. Johns
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1949
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Milton Doyell Brooks
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1955
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Fred Carlton Burns
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1968
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Chester A. Alquist
Washington County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1968
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, North Carolina

Officer Robert J. Furmage, Jr.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, NC
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Lyons Police Department, New York

Chief of Police Amedeo A. Lisi
Lyons Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1974
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Russell D. Mestdagh
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, January 2, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McComb Police Department, Mississippi

Sergeant John Spears
McComb Police Department, MS
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Heidelberg Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman Lawrence Dale Coker
Heidelberg Police Department, MS
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Gerald L. Morris
Marion County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Terry L. Baker
Marion County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Detective David E. Miller
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 1983
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

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

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Salcido, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Wednesday, January 2, 1985
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Fremont Police Department, California

Officer Timothy Joseph Smith
Fremont Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1987
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Louisa Police Department, Kentucky

Officer Russell Jay Estep
Louisa Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1987
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Richard James Davidson
Shreveport Police Department, LA
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1987
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grant Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Morgan Lamar Briggs, Sr.
Grant Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1989
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Navajo County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Robert William Varner, Jr.
Navajo County Sheriff's Department, AZ
EOW: Monday, January 2, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Bobby Joe Nolen
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Kevan Maurice Ward
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff William Hamilton Rutherford
Marion County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1990
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Lauretha Vaird
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Officer Douglas Edward Knutson
Arizona Department of Public Safety, AZ
EOW: Friday, January 2, 1998
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Greene County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Martin Hull
Greene County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, January 2, 2000
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Athens Police Department, Alabama

Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell
Athens Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, January 2, 2004
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Athens Police Department, Alabama

Officer Anthony Lee Mims
Athens Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, January 2, 2004
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

Captain James E. "Jim" Baugh
Putnam County Sheriff's Office, IN
EOW: Friday, January 2, 2004
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 62

Automobile accident: 5
Gunfire: 41
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 5
Motorcycle accident: 2
Struck by vehicle: 2
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arizona: 2
Arkansas: 1
California: 4
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Idaho: 3
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 3
Iowa: 2
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 3
Maryland: 2
Michigan: 1
Mississippi: 2
Missouri: 8
New York: 2
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 3
Texas: 6
U.S. Government: 4
West Virginia: 1
Wyoming: 1
 
 
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