You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Officer Daryl Pierson, 32
Rochester New York Police Department
September 3, 2014 – Officer Daryl Pierson was shot and killed during a foot pursuit subsequent to a traffic stop. The suspect, a man who’d been recently paroled from prison for an armed robbery conviction, also wounded a bystander during the shooting.
Officer Pierson is survived by his wife and two young children.
Patrolman II Nickolaus E. Schultz, 24
Merrillville Indiana Police Department
September 7, 2014 – Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz died as a result of gunshot wounds received when he and other officers were ambushed. The shooter had been evicted from his apartment and was attempting to move back in when police received the call to investigate. The suspect was wearing body armor at the time of the shooting. He did, however, commit suicide immediately after shooting the officer.
Corporal Jason E. Harwood, 40
Topeka Kansas Police Department
September 7, 2014 – Corporal Jason Harwood was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop. During the stop one of the occupants opened fire, killing the officer.
Corporal Harwood is survived by his wife and two sons.
Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic, 43
Charleston County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office
September 8, 2014 – Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic was shot and killed after responding to assist other deputies at a disturbance call. When attempting to make contact with the offender, the suspect shot through the front door striking Deputy Matuskovic, who succumbed to his wounds after being transported to the hospital. A second deputy was also wounded.
An employee in the communications department suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting with radio traffic during the incident.
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Officer deaths by gunfire are up 50% this year…so far.