The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Senior Officer Specialist Christopher Cooper, 38
Federal Bureau of Prisons
April 7, 2011 – Senior Officer Christopher Cooper, a member of the Special Operations Response Team at USP Leavenworth, suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a training exercise. He is is survived by his wife and two children.
Correctional Officer Ronald E. Johnson, 63
South Dakota Department of Corrections
April 12, 2011 – Officer Ronald Johnson was attacked and beaten to death by two pipe-wielding inmates who were attempting to escape custody. He was killed on his 63rd birthday. Officer Johnson is survived by his wife, two children, and six grandchildren.
Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt, 30
Trumann Arkansas Police Department
April 12, 2011 – Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt was shot and killed during a traffic stop for operating a vehicle with no insurance. As Patrolman Smith was opening a rear passenger door to remove a passenger, the man opened fire on the officer. Schmidt was struck in the neck then turned to push his sergeant to safety. He then returned fire, wounding the suspect.
Patrolman Schmidt was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. He is survived by his wife and three children.