The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Officer Rolando Tirado, 37
Buckeye Arizona Police Department
May 1, 2011 – Officer Rolando Tirado was shot and killed during a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, apassenger got out of the SUV, walked around the rear of the car, and shot Officer Tirado from behind. A second officer at the scene engaged in a shootout with the gunman, and during the firefight the suspect was killed. The second officer received multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Officer Tirando is survived by his wife and two children.
Captain Ralph Braden, 58
Wartburg Tennessee Police Department
May 2, 2011 – On April 22, 2011, Captain Ralph Braden attempted to arrest a suspect at the scene of a domestic dispute. He was injured during a scuffle with the suspect, and ten days later succumbed to injuries sustained during the arrest. Captain Braden was a 22-year veteran with the Wartburg Police Department.
*65 police officers have been killed in the line of duty since January 1, 2011.