Officers Killed on This Day in History

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Total Line of Duty Deaths: 76

  • Accidental 1
  • Aircraft accident 1
  • Animal related 1
  • Assault 1
  • Automobile crash 7
  • Drowned 1
  • Gunfire 43
  • Gunfire (Inadvertent) 1
  • Heart attack 2
  • Motorcycle crash 6
  • Struck by vehicle 3
  • Vehicle pursuit 2
  • Vehicular assault 7

Total Deaths by State

  • Arizona 1
  • Arkansas 1
  • California 10
  • Florida 5
  • Georgia 2
  • Idaho 2
  • Illinois 8
  • Indiana 1
  • Kentucky 1
  • Louisiana 1
  • Maryland 2
  • Massachusetts 1
  • Michigan 1
  • Mississippi 1
  • Missouri 1
  • Nebraska 1
  • New York 7
  • Ohio 3
  • Oregon 1
  • Pennsylvania 6
  • South Carolina 3
  • Tennessee 3
  • Texas 5
  • Tribal Police 1
  • U.S. Government 1
  • Utah 1
  • Virginia 3
  • Wisconsin 3

Sheriff Joseph Lanier

Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department, TR

EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1881

Cause: Gunfire

Constable A. B. Chamness

Fresno County Constable's Office - Fowler Judicial District, CA

EOW: Saturday, September 22, 1917

Cause: Vehicular assault

Sergeant Burt Reeves

California Highway Patrol, CA

EOW: Tuesday, September 22, 1931

Cause: Motorcycle crash

Captain Walter W. Smith

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, MS

EOW: Thursday, September 22, 1955

Cause: Automobile crash