Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard, 24

North Carolina Highway Patrol

May 21, 2018 – Trooper Samuel Bullard was killed in a vehicle crash during the pursuit of a BMW that refused to stop for a checkpoint and sped away. The lead trooper, realizing Trooper Bullard was no longer behind him, attempted to reach him by radio. When the trooper received no response to his calls they discontinued the pursuit and turned around. Trooper Bullard’s patrol car was discovered at a bridge abutment, fully engulfed in flames.

Trooper Bullard is survived by his fiancee, parents, brother, sister, grandparents, and extended family.

Police Officer Amy Caprio, 29

Baltimore County Maryland Police Department

May 21, 2018 – Officer Amy Caprio was deliberately struck and killed by a Jeep driven by a juvenile burglary suspect.

After responding to a burglary-in-progress, she located the suspect vehicle, which had previously been stolen, and followed it to a dead-end. She then ordered the driver to exit.

It was reported that Officer Caprio ordered the juvenile out of the car at gunpoint. The driver then ducked and accelerated hard, directly at the officer. The Jeep struck Officer Caprio and knocked her to the ground. The driver continued forward, driving directly over her body.

During a court hearing, it was revealed that the driver stole cars in the months of December, January, and February. In March, he was sent to a juvenile facility, but he soon escaped and stole another car. The subject was arrested and placed on house arrest with the requirement of having to wear a monitoring bracelet. However, in mid-May, the alleged cop-murderer left home, leaving his mother no choice but to call authorities. He’d been on the run for one week before Officer Caprio was murdered.

Officer Caprio is survived by her husband, parents, and sister.

Officer Thomas Coulter, 25

Daytona Beach Florida Police Department

May 21, 2018 – Officer Thomas Coulter suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in physical training exercises in front of the Daytona Beach Police Department headquarters. The training was for newly-hired officers. Officer Coulter has served as an officer for only one week before his death. He is survived by his wife.


Officer Ayrian Williams,

Monroe Louisiana Police Department

May 21, 2018 – Officer Ayrian Williams was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to assist another police officer.

She is survived by her mother and brother.



Sergeant Kent Swanson, 47

Shelley Idaho Police Department

May 21, 2018 – Sergeant Kent Swanson suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a disturbance call.






Officer Anthony Christie, 37

Savannah Georgia Police Department

May 25, 2018 – Officer Anthony Christie was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer. He was investigating an accident scene and was seated in his patrol vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.


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