The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Officer Andrew Dunn, 30
Sandusky Ohio Police Department
March 19, 2011 – Officer Andrew Dunn was working patrol when he stopped a man riding a bicycle at night with no lights. When he approached the suspect the man opened fire, striking Officer Dunn five times. The officer managed to return fire, wounding the suspect, and called for assistance before succumbing to his wounds.
Officer Dunn is survived by his wife, two sons, his parents, two sisters, a step-mother, and two step-siblings.
Officer Jermaine Gibson, 28
Cathedral California City Police Department
March 19, 2011 – Officer Jermaine Gibson was killed in an automobile crash when his patrol car left the highway and struck a tree. The crash occurred during a high speed pursuit of a suspect driving a stolen vehicle.
Officer Gibson is survived by his wife and infant son.
Officer Craig Birkholz, 28
Fond du Lac Wisconsin Police Department
March 20, 2011 – Officer Craig Birkholz, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, was shot and killed when he responded to a call. As he and another officer approached the house the suspect opened fire from a second story window, striking both officers and a police canine.
Officer Birkholz is survived by his wife.
Officer Elmer (Buddy) Christian, 34
Athens-Clarke County Georgia Police Department
March 22, 2011 – Officer Buddy Christian was shot and killed after responding to assist a fellow officer who had been shot by a carjacking suspect. The suspect fired the fatal rounds through the window of Officer Christian’s patrol car as he drove up.
Officer Christian is survived by his wife, two children, his parents, and brothers.