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Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58

San Marcos Texas Police Department

December 4, 2017 – Officer Kenneth Copeland was shot multiple times during an ambush attack while serving a warrant. He succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital. Officer Copeland is survived by his wife and four children.


Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33

Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal

December 8, 2017 – Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen was struck and killed while assisting at a crash scene.

 


Corporal Eric Chapman, 30

Johnson South Carolina Police Department

December 8, 2017 – Corporal Eric Chapman was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to backup another officer. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three stepchildren, his parents, and two sisters.


Officer Paul Lazinsky, 58

El Mirage Arizona Police Department

December 12, 2017 – Officer Paul Lazinsky suffered a fatal heart attack during a foot pursuit of a criminal suspect, a wanted juvenile.

Trooper Damon Allen, 41

Texas Department of Public Safety

November 23, 2017 – Trooper Damon Allen was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop. As he was walking back to his patrol car, the driver stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire with a rifle. The suspect was captured later after engaging in a shootout with other officers. He was shot once in the leg and bitten by a police K-9 during the apprehension.

Trooper Allen is survived by his wife and three children.


Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall, 50

Oakland County Michigan Sheriff’s Office

November 23, 2017 – Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall was struck and killed by a suspect who was attempting to evade police during a pursuit. Deputy Overall had deployed stop-sticks and was standing well off the roadway when the suspect intentionally drove off the highway to strike the deputy.


Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36

Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection

November 19, 2017 – Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed while he and his partner were on patrol. While details have not yet been confirmed, some officials believe the two agents were ambushed and bludgeoned, possibly with rocks or other similar items.

Agent Rogelio Martinez  is survived by his fiancee and son.


Officer Brian David Shaw, 25

New Kensington Pennsylvania Police Department

November 17, 2017 – Officer David Shaw was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop. He is survived by his parents, brother, and grandmother.


Detective Sean Suiter, 43

Baltimore City Maryland Police Department

November 16, 2017 – Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed while attempting to interview a suspect during a homicide investigation. During the encounter, a scuffle ensued and the suspect managed to gain control of Detective Suiter’s service weapon and used it to shoot him in the head.

Detective Suiter is survived by his wife and five children.


Officer Jaimie Cox, 30

Rockford Illinois Police Department

November, 5, 2017 – Officer Jaime Cox was killed during a traffic stop when the driver attempted to flee, dragging Officer Cox for two blocks before crashing. Officer Cox was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper, 63

Texas Highway Patrol

November 4, 2017 – Trooper Tom Nipper was killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop. He was seated in his patrol car when another vehicle struck his from the rear. He is survived by his wife and three children.


Deputy Sheriff James Martin Wallace, 61

Richmond County Georgia Sheriff’s Office

November 2, 2017 – Deputy James Wallace suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the department’s annual physical fitness assessment.


Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49

North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons

October 30, 2017 – Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, along with two other prison employees, were killed during an escape attempt by prisoners. During the attempt, inmates used hammers and scissors to attack and kill responding officers.

Officer Floyd East, Jr., 48

Texas Tech University Police Department

October 9, 2017 – Officer Floyd East was shot and killed while questioning a narcotics suspect. During the questioning the suspect pulled a .45 caliber pistol and shot Officer East in the back of the head, stole his body cam, and then fled. He was captured a short while later.

Officer East is survived by his wife and two daughters.


Corrections Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50

North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, Pasquotank Correctional Institute

October 12, 2017 – Corrections Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden was killed during an escape attempt by prisoners.


Officer Justin Smith, 35

North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, Pasquotank Correctional Institute

October 12, 2017 – Officer Justin Smith was killed during an escape attempt by prisoners.

Detective Kristen Hearne, 29

Polk County Georgia Police Department

September 29, 2017 – Detective Kristen Hearne was shot, multiple times, and killed while investigating a report of a stolen vehicle. As she and another officer approached the scene they were ambushed by a male suspect. The second officer was wounded but survived.

Detective Hearne is survived by her husband and three-year-old son.


Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook, 44

Lafayette Louisiana Police Department

October 1, 2017 – Corporal Michael Middlebrook was shot and killed after responding to a shooting call at a local convenience store. When he arrived the suspect opened fire at Corporal Middlebrook engaging him in a shootout. Corporal Middlebrook was fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire. He is survived by his wife, three-year-old daughter, and two step-daughters.


Officer Charleston Hartfield, 34

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

October 1, 2017 – Officer Charleston Hatfield was shot and killed while attempting to rescue injured citizens during the active shooter situation at the music festival in Las Vegas. He was off-duty at the time, attending the festival with his wife. 58 people were killed and over 500 wounded during the incident.

Officer Hatfield is survived by his wife and two children.

Lt. Aaron Allan
EOW – 7/27/17

Lieutenant Aaron Allan, 38

Southport Indiana Police Department

July 27, 2017 – Lieutenant Aaron Allan responded to a rollover crash and as is typical of these calls, officers run toward the scene hoping to help or save victims. As Lt. Allan approached this one, though, one of the occupants of the vehicle opened fire striking him multiple times. A nearby witness says at least twenty rounds were fired.

Sadly, Lt. Allan succumbed to his wounds.

He leaves behind his wife and young son.

Lt. Allan walking his son to his first day in school … yesterday. He did not live to see his son return home. ~ Photo posted to Facebook by Lt. Allan’s sister.


Lt. D. Heath Meyer
EOW 7/24/17

Lieutenant. D. Heath Meyer, 38

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

July 24, 2017 – Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer was struck and killed by a patrol car involved in a pursuit. He’d deployed stop sticks and as two patrol cars attempted to avoid the spike strips they collided. One of the two police vehicles then struck Lt. Meyer.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Officer Miosotis Familia – EOW, July 5, 2017

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48

New York City Police Department

July 5, 2017 – Officer Miosotis Familia was shot and killed by ambush as she sat inside a marked police command vehicle. The shooter walked up to the vehicle and fired through the window, striking Officer Familia in the head. The suspect was killed in a shootout with other officers.

Officer Familia is survived by her three children.


Officer Miguel I. Moreno – EOW, 6/30/17

Officer Miguel I. Moreno, 32

San Antonio Texas Police Department

June 30, 2017 – Officer Miguel Moreno was shot and killed as he and his partner approached two suspects who were standing near a car that had been broken into. The shooter immediately opened fire, striking Officer Moreno in the head and his partner in the torso. Despite his wounds, Officer Moreno’s partner pulled his co-worker’s body to safety while returning fire, wounding the shooter.


Officer Robert J. Johnson – EOW, 7/4/17

Officer Robert J. Johnson, 60

Northville New York Police Department

July 4, 2017 – Officer Robert Johnson was struck and killed by a vehicle while he stood on the side of the road attending to a crash that had already occurred.

 

 


Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr. – EOW, 6/17/17

Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr., 63

Escambia County Florida Department of Corrections

June 17, 2017 – Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack after struggling with an inmate who’d tied a bedsheets around his neck during a suicide attempt.

He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.

 

 

Trooper Ryan Albin, 37

Illinois State Police

June 28, 2017 – Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in a vehicle collision while on patrol. His canine, who was also inside the patrol car, was transported to a local vet where the dog was treated for minor injuries.