Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24
Flagstaff Arizona Police Department
December 27, 2014 – Officer Tyler Stewart was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call. He approached the suspect and asked to pat the man down for weapons. The man immediately pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Stewart, and he continued to fire after the officer fell to the ground. The suspect walked away and committed suicide.
Officer Stewart is survived by his parents, his girlfriend, three sisters and two brothers-in-law. His father, grandfather, and uncle currently serve as police officers in Arizona.
Special Police Officer Stephen Petruzzello, 22
Cliffside Park New Jersey Police Department
December 29, 2014 – Special Police Officer Stephen Petruzzello was struck by an SUV and later succumbed to his injuries. He’d graduated from the police academy one month prior to his death. Another officer was also struck by the vehicle, but survived.
Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi, 62
Triborough New York Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police
December 29, 2014 – Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi was struck by a vehicle on October 20th, 2013. He slipped into a coma and succumbed to his injuries a year later. He is survived by his wife, three children, mother, and four siblings.
Officer James E. Foster, Jr., 39
Denham Springs Louisiana Police Department
December 30, 2014 – Officer James Foster, Jr. was killed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle while he was responding to a vehicle accident. He was driving with full lights and siren at the time of the fatal crash.
Sergeant Sean Renfro
Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
January 3, 2015 – Sergeant Sean Renfro was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at an accident scene. A trooper and bystanders were were also struck, but survived.
Sergeant Renfro is survived by his wife and four children.