The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Trooper Eric Workman, 26
West Virginia State Police
August 31, 2012 – Trooper Eric Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey arrested a suspect for driving under the influence and reckless driving. The two troopers searched the intoxicated suspect and then placed him in the rear of the patrol car, where he retrieved a gun he’d concealed beneath his clothing. He then fatally shot Corporal Bailey and took his service weapon. Trooper Workman was severely wounded during the gunfire.
The suspect then got out of the patrol car and shot a tow truck driver who was in the process of removing the suspect’s car from the scene. The wounded tow truck driver managed to call for help.
The suspect ran to a nearby ditch where he hid, waiting to ambush responding officers as they arrived. The first officer on the scene was shot several times. The next officers to arrive returned fire, killing the suspect.
Trooper Workman succumbed to his injuries while on life-support at an area hospital.
Officer Forrest “Dino” Taylor, 44
Baltimore Maryland Police Department
August 29, 2012 – On February 18, 2012, Officer Forrest Taylor was responding to back up other officers when an SUV ran a red light, striking Officer Taylor’s patrol car, forcing it into a utility pole.
Officer Taylor succumbed to his injuries following an August surgery related to the automobile crash. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Captain Leide DeFusco, 43
Pueblo County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
August 31, 2012 – Captain Leide DeFusco was killed in an airplane crash during a search for marijuana growing operations in the mountains. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37
California Highway Patrol
September 5, 2012 – Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was checking on an animal carcass on the side of the highway when another officer stopped a vehicle directly behind Youngstrom’s patrol car. Officer Youngstrom walked back to the stopped vehicle and began speaking with the driver, who suddenly pulled a gun and shot Youngstrom in the head. The second officer, who was still seated in his patrol car when the shooting occurred, returned fire, killing the suspect.
Officer Youngstrom is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and brothers and sisters.
Corporal Charles B. Lacato, 34
Hartford County Maryland Sheriff’s Office
September 6, 2012 – Corporal Charles Licato was killed in a single-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of September 6, 2012.