Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

Since the start of 2018, at least 46 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 28 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Read on for a look at officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.

Trooper Nicholas Clark

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Trooper Nicholas Clark, 29, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call on July 2. (New York State Police Department)

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.

Kiley had been listed online as the principal of Bradford Central School District in New York.

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

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Deputy Sheriff Theresa King (right) and Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer (left) were shot on June 15. (Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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Milwaukee police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. was killed on June 7 during a vehicle pursuit. (Milwaukee Police Department)

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

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Sgt. Daniel Baker was reportedly shot to death after an altercation with a suspect. (Dickson County Sheriff)

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 was also a Navy veteran. (Savannah Police Department)

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

North Carolina State Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard had been with the department for only three years. (N.C. State Highway Patrol)

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

Officer Aryian Williams was killed in a car accident while responding to assist other officers. (Monroe Police Department)

Officer Aryian Williams, 26, was killed on May 21 while responding to assist other officers.

According to, 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

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Officer Amy Caprio served with the police department for nearly four years before her death. (Baltimore County Police Department)

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 adult with first-degree murder and is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

Caprio is the first female police officer to die in the line of duty in the Baltimore County Police Department’s 148-year history, officials told Fox News.

Deputy William Gentry

Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry (right) died on May 7 after being shot in the head, police said. (Highlands County Sheriff’s Office)

Florida Deputy William Gentry died on May 7, a day after being shot in the head while responding to a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot, police said.

After speaking with the cat’s owner, the Highlands County officer approached the man suspected of shooting the cat, Joseph Edward Ables, 69, at his Lake Placid front door. Sheriff Paul Blackman said Ables then shot Gentry in the head shortly before 8 p.m. on May 6. The deputy was airlifted to a Fort Myers hospital.

The sheriff’s office statement said Ables was a convicted felon with a history of violence toward law enforcement.

Gentry, 40, was a field training officer and served for over nine years with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, where his brother is a detective, Blackman said.

“This is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency,” the sheriff added.

Officer Rob Pitts

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Officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed on May 4. (Terre Haute Police Department)

Officer Rob Pitts with the Terre Haute Police Department in Indiana was shot and killed on May 4 while investigating a homicide.

Pitts, who served with the police department for 16 years, was fatally wounded when a homicide suspect opened fire on Pitts and other officers from the second floor of a Terre Haute apartment building. He was taken to a local hospital but died shortly after.

The suspect was later shot and killed during a standoff with officers.

“Rob is deeply missed, but we are grateful for the time we had with him,” Terre Haute police spokesman Ryan Adamson said. “Thank you for your continued prayers.”

Officer Jesus ‘Chuy’ Cordova


Officer Jesus “Chuy” Cordova died on April 27 after he was shot by an armed carjacker. (Nogales Police Department)

Officer Jesus “Chuy” Cordova with the Nogales Police Department in Arizona died on April 27 after he was shot multiple times while attempting to pull over an armed carjacker.

The gunman, later identified as 28-year-old David Ernesto Murillo, jumped out of the car and opened fire, fatally wounding Cordova.

“The community of Nogales will never be the same but we hope that this unity continues well into the future,” said Nogales Police Chief Roy Bermudez.

The officer served with the police department for roughly a year. Before that, the 44-year-old had served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office for a decade. He is survived by his fiancee, who is pregnant, and his three children.

Officer Charles Whites

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Officer Charles Whites had been with the Round Rock Police Department for 19 years. (ODMP)

Round Rock Police Officer Charles Whites died on April 27 – about two months after he was hit by a car.

Whites was struck by a drunk driver while he was directing traffic on Feb. 25, 2018, according to KTBC-TV. Whites had been with the force for 19 years.

“Charles is a magnificent man. Charles’ heart has always been to serve and to take care of his community. As many of our people do, he puts himself in harm’s way,” Assistant Chief Willie Richards had said of Whites.

Officer Rogelio Santander

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Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander died a day after being shot while he was responding to an incident at a Home Depot. (Fox4)

Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to his injuries and died after he was shot responding to an episode at Home Depot, Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Santander and Officer Crystal Almeida, both with the department for three years, were shot on April 24 by 29-year-old suspect Armando Juarez, police said. Santander died a day later while Almeida, who was reportedly shot in the face, is still “fighting hard,” Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata told KDFW-TV.

A civilian was also injuried in the shooting. The suspect is in police custody.

Corporal Eugene Cole

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Corporal Eugene Cole was with the Somerset County police department for 13 years. (Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)

A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while he was responding to a robbery at a Maine convenience story on April 25, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said.

Corporal Eugene Cole, 62, was with the department for 13 years. He has a son who is also with the department, police said.

The shooting happened around 1:14 a.m. at a Cumberland Farms store in Norridgewock, located about 30 miles north of the state capital of Augusta.

“He was one of the finest deputies that you would want to meet,” Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said.

Officer Tamby Yagan


Tamby Yagan, a longtime officer with the Patterson Police Department, died in a car accident while on duty. (New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association)

Patterson, New Jersey police Officer Tamby Yagan crashed into a parked car on April 22 while on duty, killing the 41-year-old.

The cause of the accident, including if Yagan suffered a medical emergency before the crash, is still being investigated, according to

“He was a cop’s cop,” Police Director Jerry Speziale told the newspaper. “He’s somebody who went above and beyond. He was a true community person.”

“He would give you the shirt off his back,” Struyk said. “You could call him any time of night and he would be there for you.”

Yagan was a member of the Patterson police force since 2005. Prior to that, he was a volunteer firefighter. He leaves behind a young son, according to local reports.

Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate


Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate died after being involved in a head-on collision while he was responding to a 911 call. (Officers Down Memorial Page)

Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate was responding to a 911 call of a residential structure fire on April 20 when he was involved in a head-on collision.

The 26-year-old who worked for the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, about 30 miles south of Jefferson City, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Kansas City Star.

Officials said Shoemate was attempting to pass a fire truck that did not have its emergency lights on in a no-passing area when he struck a Toyota 4Runner.

Shoemate started working with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, the department said.

“Casey was a wonderful man and our brother,” the department said. “The following days, weeks, months will be very difficult for us, but with the community support and prayers, we will get through this together.”

The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey

These undated photos made available by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office shows Sgt. Noel Ramirez, left, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey. Authorities say the two Florida sheriff's deputies were shot dead, Thursday, April 19, 2018, through the window of a Chinese restaurant in Gilchrist, Fla., by a man who then killed himself. (Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Sgt. Noel Ramirez (left) and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey (right) of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in Florida were fatally shot while they were eating lunch in a restaurant. (Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

While eating lunch at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, were fatally shot in what appeared to be an ambush on April 19.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz described the two officers as “the best of the best.”

“They don’t need to be remembered strictly for their untimely death, but they need to be remembered for the type of people that they are,” he said. “And that’s good individuals, good deputy sheriffs.”

Ramirez left behind a wife and two children, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

The police department confirmed that “there was no crime in progress, no disturbance” prior to the shooting. The 59-year-old suspect, who was later found deceased outside of the restaurant, “appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning.”

Officer Sean Gannon

Officer Sean Gannon with the Yarmouth Police Department in Massachusetts was shot and killed on April 12 while serving a warrant in Barnstable.

While searching the home, Gannon and his K-9 came across a man hiding in a closet, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspected shooter opened fire and shot Gannon in the head. The officer’s K-9, Nero, was also injured in the incident.

The suspect was later identified as Tom Latanowich, 29, of Somerville, Mass.

Latanowich, who will be charged with murder, had 111 prior adult offenses and was on probation, according to authorities.

Gannon, 32, served with the Yarmouth Police Department for nearly eight years before his death.

Officer Keith Earle

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Officer Keith Earle served with the police department for 25 years before his death. (Huntsville Police Department )

Officer Keith Earle with the Huntsville Police Department in Alabama died on April 9.

The officer succumbed to injuries sustained during an on-duty car accident in March, WHNT19-TV reported. He was on duty at the time of the incident.

“Eula and I are praying for the family of Officer Keith Earl and everyone in the Huntsville Police Department. We offer our deepest condolences as our community mourns his loss and remembers his service,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement after Earle’s death.

The 46-year-old had served with the police department for 25 years.

Corporal Dale Hallman

Cpl. Dale Hallman of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina died around 1 a.m. on April 6 in a single-vehicle crash.

Hallman, who served with the sheriff’s office for five years before his death, was seriously injured when his patrol car went off the side of the road and overturned, according to a local news report. Hallman was ejected from the vehicle.

The corporal was taken to a local hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Hallman was responding to a call from local deputies, who were chasing an armed man who was allegedly holding a child hostage. The deputies called for backup from Saluda’s Bloodhound Tracking Team, of which Hallman was a part of.

Hallman’s K-9, Copper, was found at the scene and is expected to recover, according to The State.

The 30-year-old is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and their two children. A GoFundMe has been started for the family.

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle


Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle served with the department for more than two years before he died. (Marin County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California was killed on March 15 while responding to a 911 hangup call regarding an alleged traffic accident.

Zirkle, 24, lost control of his vehicle, went off-road and struck a tree, ABC 7 reported. His partner later went searching for Zirkle and discovered him at the scene.

Zirkle, who served with the sheriff’s office for over two years, was transported to a local hospital but later died.

He is survived by his fiancee, two brothers and parents.

Officer Scotty Hamilton

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Officer Scotty Hamilton served with the police department for 12 years. (Pikeville Police Department )

Officer Scotty Hamilton of the Pikeville Police Department in Kentucky was fatally shot on March 13 while allegedly investigating a crime.

Hamilton was on duty at the time he was shot and killed. The CBS affiliate WLKY reported that the officer was working with a state trooper to investigate a reported crime in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County when the shooting occurred.

Authorities say they have someone connected to the shooting in custody, according to 13 WTHR. No further details have been released.

Hamilton served with the police department for more than a decade. He leaves behind a wife and an infant daughter.

Deputy Sheriff David Lee’Sean Manning

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Deputy Sheriff David Lee’Sean Manning was with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina for only four months before he was killed in a car accident. (Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff David Manning of Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina was involved in a fatal car crash on March 11.

Manning was heading North on Highway 111 when he turned his car around to pursue an intoxicated driver, ABC 11 reported. As he did this, Manning lost control of his patrol car and crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.

A man and his wife who were in the truck were hurt but did not have any life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Manning, however, died at the scene.

The driver who Manning was pursuing crashed into a nearby ditch, left his vehicle and ran away from the scene, authorities said. He was later identified 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 while impaired, according to CBS17.

Three others in connection to Manning’s death were also arrested.

Manning, 24, served with the sheriff’s department for four months before he died. He is survived by his fiancee, daughter, parents and siblings.

Officer Greggory Casillas


Officer Greggory Casillas was fatally shot while trying to apprehend a suspect on March 9, authorities said. (Pomona Police Department)

Pomona, California police Officer Greggory Casillas, 30, was fatally shot March 9 after he and another officer chased a suspect who “barricaded himself in a bedroom” and “began firing through the door” as officers tried to contact him, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters. A second officer was injured, authorities said.

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 said.

“For the last 15 hours, we attempted to make an arrest of this individual and just did so successfully minutes ago,” McDonnell said during a news conference.

The situation began when Pomona officers received a report of a “person driving recklessly,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The suspect ultimately led police on a chase before crashing and fleeing on foot. The suspect then “ran into an apartment complex and the officers gave chase,” Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Dispatchers received a call of an “officer down,” at around 9:10 p.m. local time. Pomona police Chief Mike Olivieri said in a tweet that one officer had died and the other was in stable condition.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive,” the tweet said.

Officer Ryan Morton


Clinton Police Officer Ryan Morton was fatally shot after responding to a 911 call. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Clinton, Missouri police Officer Ryan Morton was fatally shot and two other officers were injured as they responded to a 911 call at a home in Missouri.

The alleged shooter, later identified as James Waters, opened fire from inside the house when officers tried to apprehend the individual. The suspect was found dead inside the home.

Since news of Morton’s death broke, authorities announced that Morton and the other officers were sent to the wrong house — about 15 miles away from where they were supposed to be.

“The 911 call that came in was somehow attached to that [Clinton] address,” Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said, according to the Kansas City Star.

Lowe said it was a “coincidence” the officers were directed to that address.

“It is tragic that happened. But the fact is they were in the act of committing crimes within that house,” Lowe said. “When (the officers) entered that house, they were doing what they needed to ensure no one was hurt and there wasn’t any other problems.”

Lowe said the loss would greatly impact the “small department.”

“It’s a small department. It’s small enough that you know each individual officer and the community knows each individual officer, and it’s hard to put into words when you’re talking about an agency of this size, a community of this size where something tragic like this happened just seven months ago,” he said.

Morton, a 30-year-old Army veteran, was with the Clinton Police Department from February 2015 through January 2017, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He decided to return to the force after fellow officer Gary Michael was fatally shot at a traffic stop in August 2017.

Officer Rodney Smith

New to the Hickman Police Department in Kentucky, Officer Rodney Smith was killed after being swept away by flood waters while on duty.

Smith, 45, reportedly contacted a dispatcher for help after his car was swept away by the floods. A witness saw Smith climb onto the top of his car before it was swept away, KFVS-TV reported.

His body was discovered on March 3.

People in the community remembered Smith as a funny man who made the town a better place, according to WPSD-TV. Smith leaves behind a wife and children.

Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear


Scotland County Deputy Alexis Eagle Locklear died on March 1 in a single car crash. (Scotland County Sheriff’s Office)

Scotland County Deputy Alexis Eagle Locklear was killed on March 1 when his vehicle crashed. Locklear was assisting another officer who was chasing a suspect.

The 24-year-old, who was nicknamed “Thunder,” was only with the police department since May 16, 2017, according to Sheriff Ralph Kersey.

“Deputy Locklear was loved, honored and respected,” Kersey said in a Facebook post. “He brought great joy and pleasure in our hearts and spirits in our time of having him as a brother in this family we like to call home, here at the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.”

His patrol car number 143 will be retired, according to WBTW-TV.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett

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Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett was killed in the line of duty in March, police said. (Indiana State Police)

Indiana sheriff’s deputy Jacob Pickett was fatally shot March 2 after attempting to apprehend a suspect in a foot chase, police said.

The Boone County deputy was critically wounded while assisting in the chase and later died, Indiana State Police confirmed in a statement.

“Deputy Jacob Pickett made the ultimate sacrifice for his community this morning,” Sgt. John Perrine, a public information officer for the Indiana State Police, tweeted. “Rest easy sir.”

Pickett, an Indiana native, had been in law enforcement for nearly eight years. He had been working as a K-9 handler, patrolling the streets with his loyal partner “Brick” for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for the past two years.

He’s the first person killed in the line of duty from the department since 1935, police said.

“Deputy Jacob Pickett and his family continue to selflessly serve even after his fatal wound by donating his organs,” state police said.

Officer Justin Billa

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Officer Justin Billa was named “Officer of the Month” in 2016 and had only been on the force for two years. (Mobile Police Department)

Alabama Police Officer Justin Billa was fatally shot on Feb. 20 as he and other law enforcement officials responded to a woman’s murder.

After finding the slain woman, police identified her ex-husband, Robert Hollie, as a “person of interest.” Billa and other officers with the Mobile Police Department established a perimeter around Hollie’s house and asked him to come out, but he opened fire instead, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said.

Billa was shot and later died at a hospital, according to Battiste. Hollie was also killed in the shooting, though it’s unclear if he shot himself or was struck by officers.

Billa, who was named “Officer of the Month” in June 2016, had only been on the force for two years. When he was given the award, his commanding officer praised his attention to detail and professionalism.

“We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems,” Billa told WALA-TV in July 2016. “That’s my idea of good policing, and I feel like that’s what the chief is working towards.”

Billa also said he spent time with his wife before he left for work every day.

“She tells me she loves me every day before I leave for work. And I make sure I do the same,” he added.

Aside from his wife, Billa also left behind a young son.

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton

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Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton died on Feb. 17 after a semi-truck crashed into his patrol car. (Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida died when a semi-truck crashed into his patrol car.

When Stanton was driving to work around 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 17, a semi-truck lost the treading on its tire. The treading then wrapped around the truck’s axle, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, according to Florida Today.

The truck then collided with Stanton’s patrol car.

Stanton, 32, was on duty at the time of the crash. He served with the sheriff’s office for 10 and a half years before his death.

Officer Darren Weathers

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Officer Darren Weathers died on Feb. 13 at the age of 25. (Detroit Police Department )

Officer Darren Weathers of the Detroit Police Department was killed on Feb. 13 when his car crashed during a training exercise.

Weathers was rushed to a local Michigan hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.

The 25-year-old officer, whose nickname in the police department was “Lucky,” was a “rising star,” Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig told Fox 2.

“It’s no surprise that Lucky quickly became one of the Detroit Police Department’s rising stars,” Craig said.

Weathers, a military veteran, leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Commander Paul Bauer


Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, who had been on the police force for 31 years, was fatally shot by a suspect during a pursuit. (Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot in the stairwell of a downtown building on Feb. 13, law enforcement officials said.

Bauer spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect and “engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” according to Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Officers had been chasing the suspect on foot.

Bauer, 53, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was attending a training at the Chicago Fire Department with other officials prior to the shooting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Bauer’s death “a tragic reminder of the dangerous duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all.”

Police captured the suspect shortly after the shooting, and a gun was recovered at the scene, Johnson said.

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