Lance Corporal Dana Lyle Tate

Lance Corporal Dana Lyle Tate

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2002

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Dana Lyle Tate

Lance Corporal Dana Tate and Corporal Dyke "A.J." Coursen were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Riley Road, in Burton, at approximately 1600 hours.

A female had called the sheriff's office and complained about her and her young child being held against their will by her boyfriend. While the deputies were investigating, they were shot by the boyfriend, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and was hiding inside a bedroom closet.

Deputy Coursen was killed, but Deputy Tate was able to shoot and wound the suspect before he died. The suspect was later taken into custody after a search. The man was sentenced to death in 2003.

Lance Corporal Tate was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been a member of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department for over four years. He is survived by his family.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge A45
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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21 years my Brother, but I know you are in a much better place. I visited you and AJ at the wall, and unfortunately there to see some other names I know. I felt you and your calm demeanor with me. Miss you guys.

Kelly Cotner
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January 8, 2023

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