Because the begin of 2018, no less than 54 regulation enforcement officers throughout the U.S. have died whereas on responsibility — with 33 of the deaths attributable to gunfire.
Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest 12 months for cops in no less than 5 years, Fox Information discovered. Whereas there have been fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t significantly better: a complete of 129 officers died final 12 months. And 46 of these had been attributable to gunfire.
Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller
Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, was shot on July 21 when a suspect opened fireplace whereas he was responding to a name at a gasoline station on this Florida metropolis.
The police division introduced every week later, on July 28, that he’d “handed away because of the accidents sustained” within the encounter.
Jobbers-Miller joined the drive in September 2015, police stated.
“Phrases can not seize how we really feel, however collectively we are going to all assist one another throughout this time of want,” Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno stated in a Fb put up about Jobbers-Miller’s passing. Marceno described the fallen officer as “a real hero to us all.”
“Over the course of the final week, our complete neighborhood banded collectively to assist Officer Jobbers-Miller and his household,” Marceno stated within the put up. “The skinny blue line runs sturdy in Southwest Florida.”
State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer
Arizona State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, 24, was fatally shot on July 25. A Navy veteran, Edenhofer had simply graduated from the police academy in Might.
“When you didn’t know Tyler, he was a tremendous individual, selfless, heroic, courageous,” his sister stated in a Fb put up.
In keeping with the Arizona Republic, Edenhofer was primarily based in Guam, working as a hull upkeep technician for the Navy previous to becoming a member of the police drive. He was additionally engaged to be married.
Edenhofer was killed, and one other officer was injured, after they bought into an altercation with a person suspected of throwing objects from his automotive and driving erratically in Avondale, Arizona. Sooner or later in the course of the altercation, the suspect grabbed a trooper’s gun and fired two pictures.
The opposite officer, Dalin Dorris, survived the assault.
Officer Michael Michalski
Officer Michael Michalski served Milwaukee for 20 years, together with 17 years as an officer, the Milwaukee Police Department said.
Michalski, 52, was fatally shot on July 25 after he responded to a name concerning a needed man. The suspect was apprehended.
“This can be a troublesome time for us. He was properly cherished by the division and was a buddy of mine,” Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales stated.
Michalski left behind a spouse and three sons, in line with the police division.
He’s the second Milwaukee officer to die within the line of responsibility this 12 months. Officer Charles Irvine Jr., was killed after the squad automotive he was in crashed whereas in pursuit of a reckless driver.
Officer Diego Moreno
Kent police Officer Diego Moreno was killed whereas he was aiding with a automobile pursuit on July 22. The Washington officer was deploying spike strips to cease a fleeing taking pictures suspect alongside a highway when he was by chance struck by a fellow officer’s automobile.
Moreno was an eight-year veteran with the Kent Police Division, it stated on Fb, noting “his contributions to our division and optimistic affect on his co-workers and the neighborhood have been vital.”
“Make no query about this, had been it not for the actions of this suspect or suspects, this officer could be alive right this moment. It’s immediately due to the suspect or suspect’s actions that led to the officer’s demise,” Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead stated.
In keeping with KOMO-TV, Moreno earned many awards whereas with the police division, together with an honor for distinctive responsibility after he saved a lady from a fireplace. He was additionally acknowledged from saving somebody from an overdose final 12 months.
Moreover, Moreno was a Spanish translator and hostage negotiator, KOMO reported.
Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens
Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens with the Dallas Police Division died July 21 after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver whereas on a funeral escort, authorities stated.
Givens, a 32-year veteran of the drive, was killed after a Kia Sportage struck him whereas he was blocking an entrance ramp on Interstate 20, Chief U. Renee Corridor stated. The officer was doing a courtesy escort for fellow officer Tyron Andrews who died from most cancers.
Givens, who was part of the motorbike unit since 2012, was taken to the Baylor College Medical Heart however was pronounced useless on arrival.
The officer was stationary on his motorbike when he was struck “at a excessive charge of velocity” by a 25-year-old black male. The driving force, who has not but been named, was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of driving whereas intoxicated.
Officer Joseph Gomm
A day after celebrating his 16th anniversary with the Minnesota Division of Corrections, Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by an inmate and died.
An inmate serving time for homicide allegedly attacked Gomm with a hammer on July 18 on the corrections facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, KSTP-TV reported.
“The corrections household is reeling from this incident,” Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy stated. “We aren’t accustomed to shedding employees. … This can be a unhealthy day.”
Corrections officers usually are not armed with weapons however do carry radios and pepper spray, in line with the Pioneer Press.
“On behalf of all Minnesotans, I provide my deepest sympathies to Officer Gomm’s household, mates, and fellow corrections officers,” Gov. Mark Dayton stated in a press release. “We’re all indebted to the brave corrections officers and different state workers, who danger their security in Minnesota’s prisons to make sure the security of their colleagues, our communities and the inmates themselves. Minnesotans are grateful on your selfless service, and we mourn with you the lack of your colleague and buddy.”
Officer Bronson Ok. Kaliloa
The Hawai’i Police Division stated Officer Bronson Ok. Kaliloa was killed after he was shot a number of occasions throughout a site visitors cease.
Kaliloa was rushed to the hospital on July 17 with gunshot wounds to his neck and leg and underwent surgical procedure however died early the following morning.
A 10-year veteran of the drive, Kaliloa leaves behind a spouse and three babies, the police division stated in a information launch. He was honored because the “Officer of the Month” in April 2014. On the time, the division acknowledged Kaliloa for arresting a person who was brandishing a rifle and “discharging it into the air” close to a lady’s house.
Officer Michael Chesna
Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed July 15 after a suspect attacked him with a rock, took his gun and shot him within the head and chest.
In keeping with officers, Chesna discovered suspect Emanuel Lopes vandalizing a home. When the officer drew his gun and commanded Lopes to cease, the suspect allegedly attcked Chesna with a stone and struck him within the head.
Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Chesna was a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who left behind a wife and two children, aged 4 and 9.
“I hired Mike Chesna six years ago tomorrow,” said Grimes, who added that Chesna’s mother had told him “he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer].”
“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said.
Trooper Nicholas Clark
Nicholas Clark, a 29-year-old New York state trooper, was shot and killed July 2 by a now-deceased gunman when he responded to a domestic disturbance call near the Pennsylvania border, police said.
Clark was on the scene of a domestic dispute south of Corning around 3:30 a.m.
The 911 call was made by the wife of 43-year-old Steven Kiley. Kiley, according to police, shot Clark before apparently taking his own life.
Clark tried out for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills team before entering the New York State Police Academy, which he graduated from in 2015.
He is survived by his parents and a brother.
Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Sheriff Theresa King
Deputy Sheriff Theresa King and Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas were shot June 15 when they were “overcome by an inmate being transferred from jail to the courthouse,” police said.
Both Rohrer and King were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer later died. King, who was initially listed in critical condition, died shortly after midnight on June 16.
Major Kelli Bailiff, of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, said it was possible the deputies were shot with their own weapons. The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is still investigating the incident, Officer T.J. Tomasic said in a statement.
Rohrer, 35, served with the sheriff’s office for seven years. His family has asked for their privacy during this time, police said.
King, 44, served the department for 13 years.
Officer Charles Irvine, Jr.
Milwaukee police Officer Charles Irvine, Jr., was killed on June 7 during a vehicle pursuit, the department said.
Irvine, 23, was the city’s first police officer killed in the line of duty in more than two decades. He joined the force about four years ago, first serving as a police aide before becoming an officer, Milwaukee police said.
“This is a very sad day for our community,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“The Irvine family is suffering, the entire Milwaukee Police Department is suffering. This underscores how difficult the job of a Milwaukee police officer is. Officer Irvine gave his life for the people of this community. He served it because he wanted it to be a better community,” he continued.
Sgt. Daniel Baker
A Tennessee officer was found shot to death on May 30 in his patrol car after having an altercation with a man suspected of abusing his girlfriend and stealing her vehicle.
The Tennessean identified the slain officer as Sgt. Daniel Baker, who was 32 years old.
Baker was remembered by the newspaper as a hero who rescued a woman trapped underwater as her vehicle was sinking and who once captured a drunk gunman who opened fire in a parking lot of an auditorium. Baker was also deployed to Iraq at one point, according to The Tennessean.
“Our hearts are shattered, one of best deputies was killed. He’s one of the guys who puts it on the line every day to keep us safe,” Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said.
Officer Anthony Christie
Officer Anthony Christie died on May 25 after his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on a highway, WSAV-TV reported. Christie was assisting with a car accident at the time of his death.
Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew said Christie, a Navy veteran, died in service to his community.
“We know policing is a dangerous job, but that doesn’t make incidents like this any less heartbreaking for our community, our department and the entire blue family,” Revenew said.
Christie was sworn in with the department in 2016. He leaves behind a wife.
Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard
While in pursuit of a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint, North Carolina State Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard struck a bridge abutment and died, the Raleigh News-Observer reported.
The fatal accident occurred on May 21. Bullard was 24 years old and had been with the highway patrol for three years.
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.”
Officer Aryian Williams
According to KEDM.org, Williams swerved when another car pulled out in front of her, causing her to swerve and hit a tree. She had been with the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana since 2017.
“This is a tragic time for the entire City of Monroe and Monroe Police Department,” Mayor Jamie Mayo said, according to KEDM.
Officer Amy Caprio
While responding to a suspicious vehicle call on May 21, Police Officer Amy Caprio with the Baltimore County Police Department was “critically injured,” authorities said.
The officer, who served with the department for nearly four years, was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.
After a manhunt that ended the following day, four teenagers were arrested in connection to her death.
One of the teens — Dawnta Anthony Harris from Baltimore — allegedly “drove at” the officer after she told him to get out of his vehicle as the three other teens, who have not yet been identified, burglarized a house.
According to police, Harris has been charged as an grownup with first-degree homicide and is being held on the Baltimore County Division of Corrections.
Caprio is the primary feminine police officer to die within the line of responsibility within the Baltimore County Police Division’s 148-year historical past, officers informed Fox Information.
Deputy William Gentry
Florida Deputy William Gentry died on Might 7, a day after being shot within the head whereas responding to a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot, police stated.
After talking with the cat’s proprietor, the Highlands County officer approached the person suspected of taking pictures the cat, Joseph Edward Ables, 69, at his Lake Placid entrance door. Sheriff Paul Blackman stated Ables then shot Gentry within the head shortly earlier than Eight p.m. on Might 6. The deputy was airlifted to a Fort Myers hospital.
The sheriff’s workplace assertion stated Ables was a convicted felon with a historical past of violence towards regulation enforcement.
Gentry, 40, was a discipline coaching officer and served for over 9 years with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Workplace, the place his brother is a detective, Blackman stated.
“That is an unimaginable tragedy for our company,” the sheriff added.
Officer Rob Pitts
Officer Rob Pitts with the Terre Haute Police Division in Indiana was shot and killed on Might Four whereas investigating a murder.
Pitts, who served with the police division for 16 years, was fatally wounded when a murder suspect opened fireplace on Pitts and different officers from the second ground of a Terre Haute condo constructing. He was taken to an area hospital however died shortly after.
The suspect was later shot and killed throughout a standoff with officers.
“Rob is deeply missed, however we’re grateful for the time we had with him,” Terre Haute police spokesman Ryan Adamson stated. “Thanks on your continued prayers.”
Officer Jesus “Chuy” Cordova
Officer Jesus “Chuy” Cordova with the Nogales Police Division in Arizona died on April 27 after he was shot a number of occasions whereas making an attempt to tug over an armed carjacker.
The gunman, later recognized as 28-year-old David Ernesto Murillo, jumped out of the automotive and opened fireplace, fatally wounding Cordova.
“The neighborhood of Nogales won’t ever be the identical however we hope that this unity continues properly into the longer term,” stated Nogales Police Chief Roy Bermudez.
The officer served with the police division for roughly a 12 months. Earlier than that, the 44-year-old had served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace for a decade. He’s survived by his fiancee, who’s pregnant, and his three youngsters.
Officer Charles Whites
Spherical Rock Police Officer Charles Whites died on April 27 – about two months after he was hit by a automotive.
Whites was struck by a drunk driver whereas he was directing site visitors on Feb. 25, 2018, in line with KTBC-TV. Whites had been with the drive for 19 years.
“Charles is an impressive man. Charles’ coronary heart has all the time been to serve and to deal with his neighborhood. As lots of our individuals do, he places himself in hurt’s approach,” Assistant Chief Willie Richards had stated of Whites.
Officer Rogelio Santander
Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to his accidents and died after he was shot responding to an episode at House Depot, Mayor Mike Rawlings stated.
Santander and Officer Crystal Almeida, each with the division for 3 years, had been shot on April 24 by 29-year-old suspect Armando Juarez, police stated. Santander died a day later whereas Almeida, who was reportedly shot within the face, continues to be “combating onerous,” Dallas Police Affiliation President Michael Mata informed KDFW-TV.
A civilian was additionally injuried within the taking pictures. The suspect is in police custody.
Corporal Eugene Cole
A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot whereas he was responding to a theft at a Maine comfort story on April 25, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Corporal Eugene Cole, 62, was with the division for 13 years. He has a son who can also be with the division, police stated.
The taking pictures occurred round 1:14 a.m. at a Cumberland Farms retailer in Norridgewock, situated about 30 miles north of the state capital of Augusta.
“He was one of many best deputies that you’d need to meet,” Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster stated.
Officer Tamby Yagan
Patterson, New Jersey police Officer Tamby Yagan crashed right into a parked automotive on April 22 whereas on responsibility, killing the 41-year-old.
The reason for the accident, together with if Yagan suffered a medical emergency earlier than the crash, continues to be being investigated, in line with NorthJersey.com.
“He was a cop’s cop,” Police Director Jerry Speziale informed the newspaper. “He is any individual who went above and past. He was a real neighborhood individual.”
“He would provide the shirt off his again,” Struyk stated. “You would name him any time of evening and he could be there for you.”
Yagan was a member of the Patterson police drive since 2005. Previous to that, he was a volunteer firefighter. He leaves behind a younger son, in line with native reviews.
Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate
Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate was responding to a 911 name of a residential construction fireplace on April 20 when he was concerned in a head-on collision.
The 26-year-old who labored for the Miller County Sheriff’s Workplace, about 30 miles south of Jefferson Metropolis, Missouri, was pronounced useless on the scene, in line with the Kansas Metropolis Star.
Officers stated Shoemate was making an attempt to go a fireplace truck that didn’t have its emergency lights on in a no-passing space when he struck a Toyota 4Runner.
Shoemate began working with the Miller County Sheriff’s Workplace in 2017, the division stated.
“Casey was a beautiful man and our brother,” the division stated. “The next days, weeks, months can be very troublesome for us, however with the neighborhood assist and prayers, we are going to get via this collectively.”
The driving force of the opposite automobile was airlifted to a hospital with critical accidents.
Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey
Whereas consuming lunch at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, had been fatally shot in what gave the impression to be an ambush on April 19.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz described the 2 officers as “the very best of the very best.”
“They don’t should be remembered strictly for his or her premature demise, however they should be remembered for the kind of people who they’re,” he stated. “And that’s good people, good deputy sheriffs.”
Ramirez left behind a spouse and two youngsters, in line with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Workplace.
The police division confirmed that “there was no crime in progress, no disturbance” previous to the taking pictures. The 59-year-old suspect, who was later discovered deceased exterior of the restaurant, “seems to have walked to the entrance of the enterprise and shot each males with out warning.”
Officer Sean Gannon
Officer Sean Gannon with the Yarmouth Police Division in Massachusetts was shot and killed on April 12 whereas serving a warrant in Barnstable.
Whereas looking out the house, Gannon and his Ok-9 got here throughout a person hiding in a closet, in line with the Officer Down Memorial Web page. The suspected shooter opened fireplace and shot Gannon within the head. The officer’s Ok-9, Nero, was additionally injured within the incident.
The suspect was later recognized as Tom Latanowich, 29, of Somerville, Mass.
Latanowich, who can be charged with homicide, had 111 prior grownup offenses and was on probation, in line with authorities.
Gannon, 32, served with the Yarmouth Police Division for practically eight years earlier than his demise.
Officer Keith Earle
Officer Keith Earle with the Huntsville Police Division in Alabama died on April 9.
The officer succumbed to accidents sustained throughout an on-duty automotive accident in March, WHNT19-TV reported. He was on responsibility on the time of the incident.
“Eula and I are praying for the household of Officer Keith Earl and everybody within the Huntsville Police Division. We provide our deepest condolences as our neighborhood mourns his loss and remembers his service,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle stated in a press release after Earle’s demise.
The 46-year-old had served with the police division for 25 years.
Corporal Dale Hallman
Cpl. Dale Hallman of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Workplace in South Carolina died round 1 a.m. on April 6 in a single-vehicle crash.
Hallman, who served with the sheriff’s workplace for 5 years earlier than his demise, was critically injured when his patrol automotive went off the facet of the highway and overturned, in line with an area information report. Hallman was ejected from the automobile.
The corporal was taken to an area hospital however didn’t survive his accidents.
Hallman was responding to a name from native deputies, who had been chasing an armed man who was allegedly holding a baby hostage. The deputies known as for backup from Saluda’s Bloodhound Monitoring Staff, of which Hallman was part of.
Hallman’s Ok-9, Copper, was discovered on the scene and is anticipated to get better, in line with The State.
The 30-year-old is survived by his spouse, who’s pregnant, and their two youngsters. A GoFundMe has been began for the household.
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle of the Marin County Sheriff’s Workplace in California was killed on March 15 whereas responding to a 911 hangup name concerning an alleged site visitors accident.
Zirkle, 24, misplaced management of his automobile, went off-road and struck a tree, ABC 7 reported. His associate later went looking for Zirkle and found him on the scene.
Zirkle, who served with the sheriff’s workplace for over two years, was transported to an area hospital however later died.
He’s survived by his fiancee, two brothers and oldsters.
Officer Scotty Hamilton
Officer Scotty Hamilton of the Pikeville Police Division in Kentucky was fatally shot on March 13 whereas investigating a criminal offense.
Hamilton was on responsibility on the time he was shot and killed. The CBS affiliate WLKY reported that the officer was working with a state trooper to research a reported crime within the Hurricane Creek space of Pike County when the taking pictures occurred.
Authorities say they’ve somebody related to the taking pictures in custody, in line with 13 WTHR. No additional particulars have been launched.
Hamilton served with the police division for greater than a decade. He leaves behind a spouse and an toddler daughter.
Deputy Sheriff David Lee’Sean Manning
Deputy Sheriff David Manning of Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Workplace in North Carolina was concerned in a deadly automotive crash on March 11.
Manning was heading North on Freeway 111 when he turned his automotive round to pursue an intoxicated driver, ABC 11 reported. As he did this, Manning misplaced management of his patrol automotive and crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.
A person and his spouse who had been within the truck had been damage however didn’t have any life-threatening accidents, authorities stated. Manning, nevertheless, died on the scene.
The driving force who Manning was pursuing crashed into a close-by ditch, left his automobile and ran away from the scene, authorities stated. He was later recognized as 33-year-old Richard Howard Walters, and has since been arrested and charged with with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving whereas impaired, in line with CBS17.
Three others in connection to Manning’s demise had been additionally arrested.
Manning, 24, served with the sheriff’s division for 4 months earlier than he died. He’s survived by his fiancee, daughter, dad and mom and siblings.
Officer Greggory Casillas
Pomona, California police Officer Greggory Casillas, 30, was fatally shot March 9 after he and one other officer chased a suspect who “barricaded himself in a bed room” and “started firing via the door” as officers tried to contact him, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division informed reporters. A second officer was injured, authorities stated.
The confrontation led to a 15-hour standoff with authorities and ended with the suspect’s arrest March 10, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell stated.
“For the final 15 hours, we tried to make an arrest of this particular person and simply did so efficiently minutes in the past,” McDonnell stated throughout a information convention.
The state of affairs started when Pomona officers acquired a report of a “individual driving recklessly,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division stated in a press release. The suspect finally led police on a chase earlier than crashing and fleeing on foot. The suspect then “bumped into an condo complicated and the officers gave chase,” Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division stated.
Dispatchers acquired a name of an “officer down,” at round 9:10 p.m. native time. Pomona police Chief Mike Olivieri stated in a tweet that one officer had died and the opposite was in secure situation.
“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I need to report that one officer didn’t survive,” the tweet stated.
Officer Ryan Morton
Clinton, Missouri police Officer Ryan Morton was fatally shot and two different officers had been injured as they responded to a 911 name at a house in Missouri.
The alleged shooter, later recognized as James Waters, opened fireplace from inside the home when officers tried to apprehend the person. The suspect was discovered useless inside the house.
Since information of Morton’s demise broke, authorities introduced that Morton and the opposite officers had been despatched to the flawed home — about 15 miles away from the place they had been speculated to be.
“The 911 name that got here in was in some way hooked up to that [Clinton] deal with,” Missouri Freeway Patrol Sgt. Invoice Lowe stated, in line with the Kansas Metropolis Star.
Lowe stated it was a “coincidence” the officers had been directed to that deal with.
“It’s tragic that occurred. However the truth is that they had been within the act of committing crimes inside that home,” Lowe stated. “When (the officers) entered that home, they had been doing what they wanted to make sure nobody was damage and there wasn’t every other issues.”
Lowe stated the loss would vastly affect the “small division.”
“It’s a small division. It’s sufficiently small that every particular person officer and the neighborhood is aware of every particular person officer, and it’s onerous to place into phrases once you’re speaking about an company of this measurement, a neighborhood of this measurement the place one thing tragic like this occurred simply seven months in the past,” he stated.
Morton, a 30-year-old Military veteran, was with the Clinton Police Division from February 2015 via January 2017, the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch reviews. He determined to return to the drive after fellow officer Gary Michael was fatally shot at a site visitors cease in August 2017.
Officer Rodney Smith
New to the Hickman Police Division in Kentucky, Officer Rodney Smith was killed after being swept away by flood waters whereas on responsibility.
Smith, 45, reportedly contacted a dispatcher for assist after his automotive was swept away by the floods. A witness noticed Smith climb onto the highest of his automotive earlier than it was swept away, KFVS-TV reported.
His physique was found on March 3.
Individuals locally remembered Smith as a humorous man who made the city a greater place, in line with WPSD-TV. Smith leaves behind a spouse and kids.
Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear
Scotland County Deputy Alexis Eagle Locklear was killed on March 1 when his automobile crashed. Locklear was aiding one other officer who was chasing a suspect.
The 24-year-old, who was nicknamed “Thunder,” was solely with the police division since Might 16, 2017, in line with Sheriff Ralph Kersey.
“Deputy Locklear was cherished, honored and revered,” Kersey stated in a Fb put up. “He introduced nice pleasure and pleasure in our hearts and spirits in our time of getting him as a brother on this household we prefer to name house, right here on the Scotland County Sheriff’s Workplace.”
His patrol automotive quantity 143 can be retired, in line with WBTW-TV.
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett
Indiana sheriff’s deputy Jacob Pickett was fatally shot March 2 after making an attempt to apprehend a suspect in a foot chase, police stated.
The Boone County deputy was critically wounded whereas aiding within the chase and later died, Indiana State Police confirmed in a press release.
“Deputy Jacob Pickett made the last word sacrifice for his neighborhood this morning,” Sgt. John Perrine, a public info officer for the Indiana State Police, tweeted. “Relaxation simple sir.”
Pickett, an Indiana native, had been in regulation enforcement for practically eight years. He had been working as a Ok-9 handler, patrolling the streets along with his loyal associate “Brick” for the Boone County Sheriff’s Workplace for the previous two years.
He is the primary individual killed within the line of responsibility from the division since 1935, police stated.
“Deputy Jacob Pickett and his household proceed to selflessly serve even after his deadly wound by donating his organs,” state police stated.
Officer Justin Billa
Alabama Police Officer Justin Billa was fatally shot on Feb. 20 as he and different regulation enforcement officers responded to a lady’s homicide.
After discovering the slain lady, police recognized her ex-husband, Robert Hollie, as a “individual of curiosity.” Billa and different officers with the Cellular Police Division established a fringe round Hollie’s home and requested him to return out, however he opened fireplace as an alternative, Cellular Police Chief Lawrence Battiste stated.
Billa was shot and later died at a hospital, in line with Battiste. Hollie was additionally killed within the taking pictures, although it’s unclear if he shot himself or was struck by officers.
Billa, who was named “Officer of the Month” in June 2016, had solely been on the drive for 2 years. When he was given the award, his commanding officer praised his consideration to element and professionalism.
“We have to return to serving to individuals as an alternative of simply taking them to jail and creating greater issues,” Billa informed WALA-TV in July 2016. “That’s my concept of excellent policing, and I really feel like that’s what the chief is working in the direction of.”
Billa additionally stated he hung out along with his spouse earlier than he left for work every single day.
“She tells me she loves me every single day earlier than I go away for work. And I ensure I do the identical,” he added.
Apart from his spouse, Billa additionally left behind a younger son.
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Workplace in Florida died when a semi-truck crashed into his patrol automotive.
When Stanton was driving to work round 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 17, a semi-truck misplaced the treading on its tire. The treading then wrapped across the truck’s axle, inflicting the motive force to lose management of the automobile, in line with Florida In the present day.
The truck then collided with Stanton’s patrol automotive.
Stanton, 32, was on responsibility on the time of the crash. He served with the sheriff’s workplace for 10 and a half years earlier than his demise.
Officer Darren Weathers
Officer Darren Weathers of the Detroit Police Division was killed on Feb. 13 when his automotive crashed throughout a coaching train.
Weathers was rushed to an area Michigan hospital, however later succumbed to his accidents.
The 25-year-old officer, whose nickname within the police division was “Fortunate,” was a “rising star,” Detroit Police Division Chief James Craig informed Fox 2.
“It is no shock that Fortunate rapidly turned one of many Detroit Police Division’s rising stars,” Craig stated.
Weathers, a army veteran, leaves behind a spouse and daughter.
Commander Paul Bauer
Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot within the stairwell of a downtown constructing on Feb. 13, regulation enforcement officers stated.
Bauer noticed a person matching the radio description of an armed suspect and “engaged in an armed bodily confrontation,” in line with Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Officers had been chasing the suspect on foot.
Bauer, 53, had been on the police drive for 31 years. He was attending a coaching on the Chicago Hearth Division with different officers previous to the taking pictures.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel known as Bauer’s demise “a tragic reminder of the harmful responsibility the women and men of our police division settle for to make sure the security of us all.”
Police captured the suspect shortly after the taking pictures, and a gun was recovered on the scene, Johnson stated.
Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering
Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, had been shot Feb. 10.
Each males had been officers with the Westerville Division of Police in Ohio, and had been “responding to a home 911 hang-up name,” Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer stated.
“As soon as on the scene, they made contact with the suspect and exchanged gunfire nearly instantly,” he stated.
Joering died on the scene whereas Morelli died at a hospital, in line with Morbitzer.
Quentin Smith, 30, was named because the suspect within the case.
Officer Chase Maddox
Officer Chase Maddox, 26, of the Locust Grove Police Division in Georgia was shot and killed Feb. 9 in an incident which additionally left two deputies wounded.
The deputies had been at a Locust Grove deal with to serve an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Tierre Guthrie, who was needed for failing to look in court docket for site visitors violations, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has stated.
“Guthrie turned combative and escalated the state of affairs,” the company stated. “LGPD Officer Chase Maddox arrived on scene to help the deputies. A combat ensued leading to Guthrie and the officers firing their weapons.”
Guthrie died. An post-mortem indicated Guthrie was shot 4 occasions, together with twice within the chest, the GBI stated.
The company stated Maddox was shot 3 times, “with the deadly wound being to the pinnacle.”
Maddox, who served with the police division for 5 years, left behind a younger little one and his spouse, who’s pregnant.
Officer David Sherrard
Officer David Sherrard, a 13-year veteran of the Richardson Police Division in Texas, was fatally shot on Feb. 7 whereas responding to a disturbance name.
Sherrard, 37, was additionally a member of the police division’s SWAT crew, the Richardson Police Division stated in a Fb put up saying the officer’s demise.
“He exemplified the professionalism, heroism, and robust character inherent in all Richardson cops,” the police division stated.
The suspect was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff.
Police stated a second individual, recognized as 30-year-old Rene Gamez, who lived on the condo the place the suspect barricaded himself earlier than surrendering, additionally died within the taking pictures.
Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick
Whereas investigating a automotive theft, Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Workplace in Colorado was shot and killed on Feb. 5.
A suspect allegedly opened fireplace on Flick, 34, and three different regulation enforcement officers in Colorado Springs as they tried to take the suspect into custody. Together with the officers, a bystander was additionally shot, police stated.
The suspect died on the scene from return fireplace.
Flick, who served with the sheriff’s division for 11 years, was married with 7-year-old twins.
Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr.
Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr., 25, was shot within the head and chest whereas responding to a home violence name on Jan. 24.
When Doss and different officers arrived, a person, recognized as 43-year-old Decharlos Brooks, allegedly opened fireplace on cops whereas they had been nonetheless of their patrol automotive. Doss was shot within the incident.
Brooks was taken into custody and charged with eight counts of assault with intent to homicide, seven counts of resisting and obstructing, one depend of carrying a harmful weapon and 17 counts of felony firearms.
Doss, who was taken to a close-by Detroit hospital after he was shot, succumbed to his accidents on Jan. 28.
He labored for the Detroit Police Division for 2 years and is survived by Emily Crouse, his girlfriend of 9 years, their 9-month-old son, Eli, and his dad and mom.
Deputy Heath Gumm
Deputy Heath Gumm of the Adams County Sheriff’s Workplace in Colorado was shot and killed whereas responding to a disturbance name on Jan. 24.
Gumm, who served with the sheriff’s workplace for 5 years, was shot within the chest by the suspect he had been chasing on foot. The suspect now faces homicide costs.
The 32-year-old is survived by his spouse and different relations.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, a husband, father of two youngsters and a U.S Military veteran, served with america Marshals Service for 11 years earlier than he was shot and killed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Hill, together with Center Pennsylvania Fugitive Job Pressure members, was making an attempt to arrest a lady at a house on Jan. 18 for reportedly making terror threats.
On the identical time, a person inside the house opened fireplace on the duty drive. Hill was shot, as had been two different job drive officers, considered one of whom nonetheless was in a position to shoot and kill the gunman.
Hill was taken to an area hospital however later died from his wounds. He was 45.
Detective Michael R. Doty
Detective Michael Doty of the York County Sheriff’s Workplace in South Carolina was fatally shot on Jan. 16 whereas looking for a person who allegedly attacked his spouse after which ran right into a wooded space close by.
Christian Thomas McCall, 47, allegedly shot Doty in an “ambush” assault. The detective was later taken to a hospital in North Carolina however died the following day.
Three deputies and one Ok-9 officer additionally had been injured on the time.
Doty, 37, was a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s workplace.
Deputy Sheriff Daniel A. McCartney
Deputy Sheriff Daniel A. McCartney, a Navy veteran, husband and a father to 3 sons, was fatally wounded whereas responding to a housebreaking on Jan. 7.
McCartney, 34, who labored for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Workplace in Washington state, was the primary officer on the scene.
McCartney was shot whereas chasing after the suspect on foot. The sheriff later died within the early hours of Jan. 8 at a close-by hospital.
One suspect was discovered useless on the scene and a second suspect was arrested the following day. A 3rd suspect, who was in a getaway automobile, additionally was charged.
McCartney served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Workplace for 3 years.
Officer Chris Beaudion
Officer Chris Beaudion, 26, served within the Monroe Police Division in Louisiana. He suffered deadly accidents when his patrol automotive struck a tree on Jan. 7 round Three a.m.
Shortly after his demise, the Information Star reported that Beaudion, who was on responsibility on the time of the accident, veered left and crossed two lanes of site visitors earlier than hitting the tree. He was later pronounced useless on the scene.
The officer, who’s survived by his spouse, two youngsters and oldsters, was with the police division for 17 months earlier than the crash, in line with the Officer Down Memorial Web page.
Lieutenant Christopher Robateau
Lieutenant Christopher Robateau of the New Jersey Police Division was killed on Jan. 5.
The 49-year-old, who was with the police division for 23 years, was struck by a automobile whereas responding to an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Robateau was married with three youngsters.
Fox Information’ Elizabeth Zwirz, Nicole Darrah, Travis Fedschun, Ryan Gaydos, Kathleen Joyce, Katherine Lam, Stephen Sorace and The Related Press contributed to this report.