Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, August 31, 2000

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Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Officer Rominger and Trooper Matt Evans, driving separate patrol cars, were killed in a collision in downtown Oklahoma City.

Officer Rominger was chasing a vehicle when the suspect drove onto the off-ramp of I-40, and began to drive the wrong way towards oncoming traffic. During the chase, a tractor-trailer topped a rise in the road and collided with the suspect's vehicle. The suspect's vehicle then struck Trooper Evans' patrol car head-on. Officer Rominger's patrol car then struck the vehicle from the other side, causing all three vehicles to be engulfed in flames.

Trooper Evans was not involved in the chase, but was responding to assist another trooper on an unrelated drug-related traffic stop. Both officers' deaths were ruled homicides.

Trooper Evans and the two suspects were pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Rominger was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.

Officer Rominger graduated first in his recruit class in June 1998, and is survived by his mother and 8-year-old son.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1162

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Both killed in accident

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Jeff,

It's been 21 years since that night that changed so many of us forever. I still think of you while I am out here patrolling. I wonder where you would be working if you were still here.

I remember the great conversations and laughs we had. I mostly think about how excited you were to spend time with James and how you were looking forward to him getting a little older so you could do more together. I wish he had a chance to grow up knowing you.

You were the best in our academy and the best of us in patrol. A life spent dedicated to defending what is right.

I still miss you and that sharp wit. I will always remember you, brother. Go with God.

Msgt Julie Weatherly
OCPD

August 31, 2021

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