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Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: December 28, 2015
Lieutenant Luz Soto, Commander Frank Román, and Agent Rosario Hernández de Hoyo were shot inside the Puerto Rico Police Department's Ponce regional headquarters by a disgruntled police officer.
The officer had taken Lieutenant Soto, his supervisor, hostage. Commander Román and Agent Hernández de Hoyo engaged the subject in which they were both fatally wounded, along with Lieutenant Soto. The subject was also wounded and taken into custody.Lieutenant Soto had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 23 years. She is survived by her husband, who also serves with the Puerto Rico Police Department.
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: December 26, 2015
Commander Frank Román, Lieutenant Luz Soto, and Agent Rosario Hernández de Hoyo were shot inside the Puerto Rico Police Department's Ponce regional headquarters by a disgruntled police officer.The officer had taken Lieutenant Soto, his supervisor, hostage. Commander Román and Agent Hernández de Hoyo engaged the subject in which they were both fatally wounded, along with Lieutenant Soto. The subject was also wounded and taken into custody.Commander Román had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 28 years. He was recognized as Commander of the Year in 2014.
New Jersey State Police, New Jersey
End of Watch: December 17, 2015
Trooper Eli McCarson was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a domestic violence call.Trooper McCarson was responding to a domestic violence call and was traveling on Quinton-Alloway Road near Route 49. He was driving in heavy rain when he lost control of the patrol car and struck a utility pole. Trooper McCarson was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he died from his injuries. Trooper McCarson had served with the New Jersey State Police for 11 months. He graduated the 155th class of the New Jersey State Police Academy in February 2015.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: December 12, 2015
Police Officer Jesse Tarplin was killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession during an off duty assignment at approximately 12:45 pm.The procession was leaving the funeral home when Officer Tarplin's motorcycle collided with the back of a vehicle near the intersection of Utoy Springs Road and Fairburn Road SW. He was transported Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.Officer Tarplin had served with the MARTA Transit Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and five children.
Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: December 10, 2015
Police Officer Noah Leotta succumbed to injuries sustained on December 3rd, 2015, when he was struck by a drunk driver near the intersection of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive.He was conducting a traffic stop on Rockville Pike at approximately 9:45 pm while working a special assignment on the agency's Holiday Alcohol Task Force. He had contacted the driver and was getting back into his patrol car when a second vehicle struck his patrol car and then struck him.Officer Leotta was transported to Suburban Hospital where he remained on life support until passing away on December 10th, 2015.The driver of the vehicle that struck him was held on suspicious of drunk driving with additional charges pending.Officer Leotta had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for almost three years. He is survived by his parents and sister.
St. Clair Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: November 28, 2015
Police Officer Lloyd Reed was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home at 131 Ligonier Street, in New Florence.He was fatally shot by the subject as he arrived at the location. Despite being wounded, Officer Reed was able to return fire and wounded the subject. The man fled the scene but was arrested by members of the Pennsylvania State Police approximately six hours later suffering a gunshot wound in the shoulder.Officer Reed was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.Officer Reed had served with the St. Clair Township Police Department for five years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 25 years.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado
End of Watch: November 27, 2015
Police Officer Garrett Swasey was shot and killed while responding to an active shooter at a medical facility at 3480 Centennial Boulevard shortly after 11:30 am.A subject armed with a rifle had entered the facility and opened fire on employees and patients before barricading himself inside. Officer Swasey was among the initial responders and was fatally shot at the scene along with two civilians. Three Colorado Springs Police Department officers, one El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy, and four civilians suffered gunshot wounds during the incident.A SWAT team took the subject into custody inside the building approximately five hours later
McFarland Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: November 23, 2015
Police Officer Ryan Copeland was killed in a vehicle collision on County Highway N, near Bublitz Road in the town of Albion, at approximately 12:30 pm.
He was just beginning his shift and was traveling westbound when a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources pickup truck crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. Officer Copeland succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Officer Copeland was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the McFarland Police Department for three years
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Law Enforcement, New York
End of Watch: November 20, 2015
Special Investigator Diane DiGiacomo died as the result of cancer that developed following prolonged exposure to toxic materials while conducting search and rescue operations after the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11th, 2001.Investigator DiGiacomo and other agents from the ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement division were assigned to search for abandoned animals in homes and apartments in restricted area around the World Trade Center site that had been evacuated. Investigator DiGiacomo spent three months in the immediate area around Ground Zero participating in the operation and other recovery tasks.She developed a cancer that was directly attributed to her exposure to the toxic air in the area.Special Investigator DiGiacomo was one of the officers regularly profiled on the reality television show "Animal Precinct." She is survived by her son, sister, and brother.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.
On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.
Georgia Ports Authority Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: November 19, 2015
Corporal William Solomon succumbed to injuries sustained on March 2nd, 2015, when he was struck by a drunk driver at the Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Georgia.Corporal Solomon was directing traffic at the facility when he was struck by a tractor trailer driven by a drunk driver. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He remained in a coma until passing away from complications of his injuries on November 19th, 2015.The driver who struck him was charged with DUI and operating a vehicle without a tag.Corporal Solomon was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Georgia Ports Authority Police Department for eight months. He had previously served with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and children.
Downey Police Department, California
End of Watch: November 18, 2015
Police Officer Ricky Galvez was shot and killed from ambush while he sat in his vehicle in the Downey Police Department's parking lot at approximately 11:00 pm.Officer Galvez was preparing to go off duty when he was approached by two subjects who opened fire on him. Another officer who was nearby heard the shots and pursued the subjects into the neighboring city of Montbello, where they bailed out of the their vehicle fled on foot.The subjects remain at large.Officer Galvez was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Downey Police Department for five years.
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
End of Watch: November 15, 2015
Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a minor crash on I-25, near Tomah Road, in Douglas County.She was outside of her vehicle when she was struck by a car at approximately 8:50 pm. Trooper Jursevics succumbed to her injuries at the scene.The driver who struck her fled the scene but was arrested a short while later by members of the Palmer Lake Marshal's Office. He was charged with DUI, careless driving resulting in death, and other charges.Trooper Jursevics had served with the Colorado State Patrol for just under five years. She is survived by her husband and young child
Chief of Police
Marlin Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: November 10, 2015
Chief of Police Darrell Allen succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 days earlier while struggling with a subject inside of a club at 301 East Avenue B in Temple, Texas.
Chief Allen and another Marlin Police Department officer were working a secondary employment assignment at the club when Chief Allen attempted to arrest a subject for creating a disturbance at approximately 1:20 am. The man produced a handgun and shot Chief Allen in the face as the two struggled.
The subject was arrested by the other Marlin police officer and a Temple Police Department officer took the man into custody.
Chief Allen was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound on November 10th, 2015.
Chief Allen had served in law enforcement for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and children
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Columbia Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: November 7, 2015
Police Officer Stacy Case was killed in a vehicle crash when her patrol collided with a University of South Carolina Police Department patrol car at the intersection of College Street and Park Street.
She was responding to a call involving a suspected suicide call when the collision occurred at approximately 10:30 pm. She was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.
Officer Case had served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army for 15 years and had served with the Columbia Police Department for four years.
Richmond Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: November 6, 2015
Police Officer Daniel Ellis died two days after being shot while attempting to apprehend an armed robbery suspect at an apartment in the 500 block of Ballard Drive.Multiple subjects had robbed a customer at a gas station earlier in the morning and a witness provided a vehicle description that led officers to the apartment. A male subject who answered the door denied that the robbery suspect was inside and then gave officers consent to search the apartment. As Officer Ellis entered a back bedroom the robbery suspect, who was hiding inside, opened fire. Officer Ellis was struck in the head. His partner returned fire and wounded the subject.Officer Ellis was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died two days later from his wound.Three people, including the shooter, were arrested and held in connection with the robbery and Officer Ellis' murder.Officer Ellis had served with the Richmond Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico
End of Watch: October 29, 2015
Police Officer Dan Webster succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on October 21st, 2015, while making a traffic stop.He had stopped a motorcycle that was displaying a stolen license plate near the intersection of Central Avenue and Eubank Boulevard at approximately 8:00 pm. Officer Webster had placed one handcuff on the subject's left wrist when the man pretended to be injured by complaining that his right shoulder was hurt. The subject then reached for a concealed handgun and opened fire on him at close range. Officer Webster was struck in the face, chest, and arm.The man, a felon with a prior manslaughter conviction, was arrested a short time later by responding officers who had contained him within a perimeter.Officer Webster was transported to a local hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wounds one week later.Officer Webster was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for eight years.
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol
End of Watch: October 29, 2015
Sergeant Karl Keesee was killed in a single vehicle crash on US 84 approximately two miles west of Goldthwaite, Texas.
His patrol car left the roadway and overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
Sergeant Keesee had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 25 years and was assigned to Brownwood, Region 5.
Bell County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas
End of Watch: October 28, 2015
Deputy Constable Jeffrey Radford was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Lucius McCelvey Dr. and N.E. HK Dodgen Loop, in Temple, shortly before 7:00 pm.He was returning to Temple after serving papers in Troy, Texas, when his department vehicle collided with another car. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The two occupants of the other vehicle were injured.Deputy Radford had served with the Bell County Precinct 3 Constable's Office for two years.
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch: October 20, 2015
Police Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while pursuing an armed male subject.He and his partner were on patrol in the East Harlem section of Manhattan when they responded to a call of shots fired. The officers spoke to a victim who informed them that one of the males who had been firing a gun had also robbed him at gunpoint and fled on a bicycle. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect and located him approximately 18 blocks away near a footbridge over Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive at 120th Street.Officer Holder and his partner pursued the suspect, who engaged the officers in a gun battle. Officer Holder was struck in the head in the exchange of gunfire. He was transported to Harlem Hospital where he later died from his wound.The suspect, who had been wounded in the exchange of gunfire, was located several blocks away by responding officers and taken into custody. Officer Holder had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to Police Service Area 5. Officer Holder's father and grandfather served as police officers in his native Guyana.
Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota
End of Watch: October 18, 2015
Investigator Steve Sandberg was shot and killed while guarding a prisoner at St. Cloud Hospital, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.The prisoner was in custody in connection with a domestic assault in Aitkin County. At approximately 5:15 am the subject attacked and disarmed Investigator Sandberg in the hospital room. The man then fatally shot Investigator Sandberg with his own service weapon.Another deputy was able to subdue the subject with a Taser. The man died a short time later from an unknown cause.Investigator Sandberg had served with Aitkin County Sheriff's Office for 24 years
Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page