Corporal Dyke "A. J." Coursen

Corporal Dyke "A. J." Coursen

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2002

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Dyke "A. J." Coursen

Corporal A.J. Coursen and Lance Corporal Dana Tate were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Riley Road, in Burton, at approximately 4:00 pm.

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.

Corporal Coursen had served with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department for one year and had previously served with the LaGrange Police Department (Ohio). He is survived by his wife, son, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Alpha 35

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, domestic, probation violation

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I recently met some amazing police officers Dad, they made me think of you! I do wish you were here with me and you could see all I’ve become and trying to become. I’m in school for engineering trying my hardest. It’s not been the easiest road but I will never give up sir. I’m proud to be your son and you will never leave my heart Dad. Peace and Love to a hero! Love Cory Coursen

Cory Coursen
Beaufort Sheriffs Department

August 18, 2023

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