Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne

Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Katherine Mary Thyne

Police Officer Katie Thyne died after being dragged by a vehicle while conducting an investigation.

She and her partner were investigating reports of drug activity when they approached a car along the 1400 block of 16th Street in Newport News. During the investigation, the driver sped off, dragging Police Officer Thyne for a block. The vehicle struck a tree, and Officer Thyne was pinned between the tree and the vehicle door.

Police Officer Thyne was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and charged with felony homicide, evading and eluding, and possession of narcotics.

Police Officer Thyne served with the Newport News Police Department for approximately one year and had previously served with the United States Navy.

Police Officer Thyne is survived by her 2-year-old daughter, fiancée, mother, three brothers, and grandparents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2237
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended and charged

narcotics, suspicious vehicle

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I remember the thursday that she was killed, I was working in the jail and when I went on break I had an alert in my phone of a Newport News Police Officer killed.in the line of duty. Our agency immediately authorized the shrouding of our badges. Over the weekend I began to read and learn more about who she was as a person and I found it very ironic that she started with NNPD exact 1 month to the day after I started with Norfolk Sheriffs Office (her start date 13Nov2018, mine 13Oct2018). Then crazier still she graduated her academy 1 month to the day before I graduated mine (her academy graduation date 28June2019, mine 28July2019). I didnt know her but I live on the same side of the water that she worked (Hampton/Newport News). I went to her memorial service and took my son with me who loves all things police, which strangely was at the church I attend. May God have mercy on her soul and may he comfort her family. We will continue to hold the line, we got it from here sister.

Deputy C.Shelby, Jr #1971
Norfolk Sheriffs Office, Norfolk, Virginia

February 18, 2020

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