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61 Law Enforcement Officers Shot Dead in the Line of Duty in 2016

He was the first TBI officer ever killed in the line of duty. The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office released this photo of Deputy Jack Hopkins, who was shot to death on Oct. 17. Geer was an organ donor. Lorne Ahrens.)
Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio police officer Marconi, 50, was shot in his patrol car on Nov. Officer Matthew Gerald
Gerald, 41, of the Baton Rogue Police Department, was one of three Louisiana law enforcement officers shot dead — and one of six shot in total — on July 17 by Gavin Long in Baton Rouge, police said. Rose was on a neighborhood patrol in an area that has recently seen a rash of auto crimes. Sheriff’S Deputy Jack Hopkins
Hopkins, of the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed Oct. That death, as well as a July 6 shooting of a man by police in Minnesota, kicked off days of national turmoil that included a gunman shooting and killing five police officers in Dallas on July 7. He left a wife and two adult children, WCMH reported. He left behind a fiancee, two sons, a 5-month-old daughter and a stepson, his fiancee told CNN. (See entry for Cpl. After the shooting, the father of four had been well enough to speak at a community council meeting, saying he had predicted to his family he would be shot. Rod Lucas is seen in a photo released by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. 29 while investigating a suspicious vehicle. Glasser died a day later. Michael Smith
Smith, 55, of the Dallas Police Department, was one of five law enforcement officers shot and killed by a gunman during a protest in Dallas on July 7. The suspect opened fire when Hofer and a partner arrived, police said. (Credit: @PGPDNEWS/Twitter)
Officer Jacai Colson
Colson and other Prince George’s County police officers were in a shootout with a gunman who’d ambushed them outside their police station when Colson was shot and killed by mistake by a fellow officer on March 13, police said. He died two days later at the hospital. UTAH
Officer Douglas Barney
Barney, 44, of the United Police Department of Greater Salt Lake was shot and killed while investigating a traffic accident Jan. A suspect later was arrested. Vega was a 35-year veteran nearing retirement. A man suspected of shooting them also is accused of killing his wife, whose body was found inside the home, police said. COLORADO
Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer
Geer, 40, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department died Feb. ARIZONA
Officer David Glasser
Phoenix police Officer Glasser, 35, was responding to a report that a man was stealing guns from his father’s home when he was shot on May 18, CNN affiliate KTVK reported, citing police. U.S. Smith died at an area hospital. Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Zamarripa, 32, of the Dallas Police Department, was one of five law enforcement officers shot and killed by a gunman during a protest in Dallas on July 7. He was wearing body armor but was struck by bullets in a leg and shrapnel in an eye. Three people were taken into custody. Barney found a suspect who shot the officer, police said. Lorne Ahrens.)
Officer Brent Thompson
 
Thompson, 43, a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer, was one of five law enforcement officers shot and killed by a gunman during a protest in Dallas on July 7. 10 as he approached a home to check a report about a domestic dispute, police said. Geer saw someone matching the person’s description and tried to stop him, even Tasering him, but the person shot Geer, police said. on Nov. Sheriff’S Deputy Dennis Wallace
Stanislaus County sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace, 53, was shot twice while investigating a suspicious van on Nov. Sondron died at a local hospital. was making a traffic stop when an occupant of the car shot and killed him in Auburn, Mass. Barney and other officers had responded to the accident and then began to search for two people who had fled the scene. Officer Jonathan DeGuzman
DeGuzman, 43, of the San Diego Police Department, and another officer were shot as they tried to stop someone in the city’s Southcrest section on the night of June 28, police said. The officers then took cover behind their vehicle to wait for help, but a man opened fire on them from a garage, hitting Moats in the neck, police said. Supervising Court Bailiff Joseph Zangaro
Zangaro, 61, was shot and killed along with Kienzle (above) on July 11 in a courthouse in Berrien County by an inmate who had grabbed a deputy’s gun outside a holding cell, police said. Louis police died Oct. MASSACHUSETTS
Ronald Tarentino Jr. 19, 2016, while responding to a disturbance call. OHIO
 
Officer Thomas Cottrell is seen in a photo released by the Danville Police Department. IOWA
Sgt. Koontz, 27, was shot and killed March 20 in a shootout at a Russiaville trailer park while trying to serve a warrant for a man accused of failing to appear in court on charges of illegally possessing a syringe, police said. They parked their vehicle behind the house, found the alleged victim and helped that person to safety, police said. NEW YORK
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo
New York City police sergeant Tuozzolo, 41, responded to a 911 call from a woman who said an armed man had broken into an apartment on Nov. 27 while responding to a report of domestic violence at a Woodbridge house, police said. At least 61 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year — well ahead of last year’s 12-month total, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The shooting happened in a special investigations unit building. The total of 61 includes two incidents in which the officer was accidentally shot by another officer. Koontz, a former Marine, had nearly three years on the job. Carrigan was a 13-year veteran in the department. The suspect was arrested a few days later in Rhode Island and charged with murder. Frazier, 35, was shot once and died at a hospital, the bureau said. Steve Owen is shown in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Justin Martin is shown in a photo released by the Urbandale Police Department. Steve Owen
Owen, 53, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department died Oct. The caller said a man had pulled a gun on his father. TEXAS
Officer David Hofer
Hofer was fatally shot in a park in Euless on March 1 while responding to a call of a suspicious person. The officers eventually found the man who shot at them, killing Tuozzolo and injuring another officer. (Credit: Fairbanks Police Department)
Sgt. He died the next day. The circumstances surrounding the shooting weren’t immediately clear. The 42-year-old Auburn police officer was making a traffic stop in the early morning of May 22 when an occupant of the car fatally shot him and fled, police said. Officer Ashley Guindon
On her first day on the job with Prince William County police, Guindon, 28, was shot and killed Feb. Gil Vega is shown in a photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department. Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Sondron
 
Peach County sheriff’s deputies Sondron, 41, and Daryl Smallwood were called to a dispute between neighbors in central Georgia on Nov. 10 while serving an arrest warrant. This year’s shooting deaths include a 28-year-old officer on her first day on the job and a 65-year-old sheriff’s corporal who was about to retire. Other officers eventually arrested the shooter, police said. Koontz, is seen in a photo released by the Indiana State Police. Nate Carrigan
Carrigan, 35, of the Park County Sheriff’s Department, was fatally shot while he and two other deputies were trying to serve an eviction notice near Bailey on Feb. 13. Officer Justin Martin
Martin, of the Urbandale Police Department, was one of two central Iowa police officers shot while they sat in squad vehicles at intersections roughly 2 miles apart shortly after 1 a.m. 2 as he and another officer pursued a wanted suspect on foot. Both Goodding, a 39-year-old Seaside police officer, and the suspect later died at a hospital. KANSAS
Detective Brad Lancaster
The Kansas City, Kansas, detective was shot and killed May 9 while responding to a call of a suspicious person near a casino. CALIFORNIA
San Diego police Officer Jonathan DeGuzman is shown in a photo released by the department on July 29, 2016. Sgt. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
The most recent shooting happened in Detroit. MISSOURI
Officer Blake Snyder
Snyder, 33, of the St. The man fled toward nearby apartments, where he shot and killed Deputy Mark Logsdon (below), police said. Officer Tim Smith
The Eastman, Georgia, policeman was responding to a call about a suspicious person when he encountered a man who shot him and fled the scene. (See entry for Officer Jose Gilbert Vega.)
Zerebny had just returned to work from maternity leave. The suspect was arrested after barricading himself in the house for 12 hours. Guindon had taken her oath of office the day earlier. Lorne Ahrens
Ahrens, 48, of the Dallas Police Department was one of five law enforcement officers shot and killed by a gunman during a protest in Dallas on July 7. Sheriff’s Cpl. He was six-year veteran of the department and left a wife and two stepchildren, CNN affiliate WDAY-TV reported. Family members of slain police officers Jose “Gil” Vega bow their heads in prayer as they attend a vigil on Oct. The protest was over two shootings earlier in the week in which officers fatally shot black civilians in Louisiana and Minnesota. Dermyer approached the man, and after the two talked for a few seconds, the man pulled a gun from his waistband and fatally shot the trooper, police said. Wallace had been calling in a stolen car to dispatch when he went silent. The deputies returned fire and the man was killed, police said. 25. The officer walked up to a vehicle, and a suspect shot him once with a 9 mm pistol. 8 while responding to a domestic disturbance. Capt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio is seen in a photo released by the Des Moines Police Department. Michel Jr. WISCONSIN
Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze
Glaze, 33, of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed Oct. Officer Lesley Zerebny
Zerebny, 27, was one of two Palm Springs officers shot and killed Oct. Here’s a look at all the officers shot and killed in the line of duty this year, as of Nov. MICHIGAN
Court Bailiff Ronald Kienzle
Kienzle, 63, was one of two court bailiffs shot and killed July 11 in a courthouse in Berrien County by an inmate who had grabbed a deputy’s gun outside a holding cell, police said. The gunman eventually surrendered and was arrested, police said. 4. Carter also was shot; both men died at hospitals, the Justice Department said. Rod Lucas
Lucas, of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, was accidentally shot dead in the chest during a chat with a detective about firearms on Oct. Wayne State University police Officer Collin Rose was shot Nov. After the officers gave chase, the teen opened fire, hitting Jacobs, according to police. 26, 2016, a day before she was fatally shot. Dermeyer and his colleagues had been training to look for suspicious activity. Two other officers were shot and injured. PENNSYLVANIA
Officer Scott Bashioum
Canonsburg police Officer Scott Bashioum was shot dead Nov. Tartt was a 22-year veteran of law enforcement and had been with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics since 2000, CNN affiliate WREG in Memphis reported. 12 while he and other agents conducted a narcotics investigation. Other deputies shot the gunman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The decade’s highest total came in 2011, with 73 officers shot dead. Sgt. Officer Steven Smith
Columbus police Officer Steven Smith was in an armored vehicle April 10, serving on a SWAT team that was trying to serve a warrant for alleged arson, when a man inside an apartment fired a shot into the vehicle, hitting Smith, CNN affiliate WCMH reported. NEW MEXICO
Officer Jose Chavez
Chavez, 33, had just arrived to help an officer with a traffic stop in Hatch on Aug. Jason Goodding
Goodding and another officer were trying to arrest a wanted man on a street in the Pacific coast town of Seaside on Feb. Kenneth Steil
The Detroit police’s Steil was wounded by a carjacking suspect with a sawed-off shotgun during a foot pursuit. The suspect opened fire at the deputies when they arrived. (See entry for sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola). Officers found him dead from two close-range gunshots to the head. A suspect eventually was arrested. (See entry for sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola). PUERTO RICO
Sgt. 5 after a suspect shot him while he was responding to a residential burglary. He saw a subject on a bike approach the area, and he called for backup, police said. An earlier version of this story mistakenly included deceased Sgt. Glasser was survived by a wife and two children, KNXV reported. The teen eventually fatally shot himself, police said. Luis A. Marshals Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers
Carothers, 53, was shot dead on the morning of Nov. 16 while responding to reports of gunfire. 10. The detective and two other employees tried CPR and other attempts to save Lucas, but he died at a hospital. Sgt. Chavez was taken to a hospital, where he had surgery before he was pronounced dead, police said. Lorne Ahrens). Lorne Ahrens.) Thompson had gotten married less than two weeks earlier. Police returned fire, killing the man. LOUISIANA
Sheriff’s Deputy David F. A suspect was arrested after a manhunt. Police had been called there on a report of a domestic disturbance. Dailey was called to a Panera Bread restaurant to investigate a man, but as Dailey talked to him the man shot him in the head, police said. The man suspected of shooting Smith was arrested. ARKANSAS
Sheriff’s Cpl. A suspect was taken into custody. He left a wife and two children. 28, 2016. Greg Barney
Barney, of the Riverdale Police Department, was helping police in Clayton execute a drug-related warrant at an apartment when he was fatally shot on Feb. 6. 10 in rural western Arkansas, between Greenwood and Midland. Moats died at a hospital. Related stories

Number of Fatal Ambush Attacks on Police Rises Dramatically Over 2015 Robert David Melton
The Kansas City, Kansas, officer was shot and killed on July 19 while chasing people who’d allegedly been involved in a drive-by shooting, police said. The suspect was later killed in a standoff with police. The caller’s son was in a van when Glasser and his partner parked their squad car but got out of the van and shot Glasser, KTVK reported. NORTH DAKOTA
 
Officer Jason Moszer
Moszer, 33, of the Fargo Police Department was shot Feb. Melendez-Maldonado
Melendez-Maldonado of the Puerto Rico Police Department was shot and killed Oct. The deputy had responded to a report of a person walking past an office building with a handgun under his armpit, near railroad tracks south of the Interstate 70 business loop, police said. Cpl. 6 while responding to a disturbance call. Sgt. Montrell Jackson
Jackson, 32, of the Baton Rouge Police Department, was one of three Louisiana law enforcement officers shot dead — and one of six shot in total — on July 17 by Gavin Long in Baton Rouge, police said. A fellow officer arrived and rushed DeGuzman to a hospital, where he died. He and other officers had arrived outside the home in Phoenix’s Laveen area. Dermyer
Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, was participating in a training operation with other troopers at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond on March 31 when a man walked away from his luggage. 31, the sheriff said. Minutes before Cottrell was killed, authorities said, the suspect’s ex-girlfriend called them to say he had taken off with his weapons and was looking to kill an officer. A suspect was taken into custody. TENNESSEE
Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent was working undercover in Jackson, trying to buy illicit drugs from someone as they were sitting in a vehicle during in a sting operation, when the target pulled out a gun and tried to rob Frazier and an informant on Aug. 22, 2016. 9, authorities said. Officer Clint Corvinus
Corvinus, a 4½ year veteran of the Alamogordo Police Department, was shot and killed Sept. When deputies and officers arrived, the son, wearing body armor, fired a rifle repeatedly, killing Cooper and injuring another officer and a police dog, authorities said. 8 while responding to a domestic disturbance. The suspect, who fled in Brandt’s patrol car, was arrested. 10 during a standoff that followed a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in Fargo, police said. A Wayne State University officer was on life support after he was shot in the head during a police stop on Nov. (Credit: CNN)
Officer Collin Rose
Rose, a 29-year-old officer with Wayne State University’s police department in Detroit, was shot near campus while trying to stop someone on Nov. 10. Sgt. 10, two days after he was shot as he tried to detain a man in Grand Junction. The shooter — the man who was named in the warrant — then fatally shot himself in the head, police said. on November 2, authorities said. VIRGINIA
Trooper Chad P. MISSISSIPPI
Special Agent Lee Tartt
Tartt, 44, an agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, was fatally shot on the morning of February 20 as he and other officers entered a home in Iuka, trying to end a six-hour standoff with a man inside, police said. The Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy was shot dead on June 22 during a confrontation with a man he had approached on the street, authorities said. 20 outside police headquarters in what the department’s chief described as a targeted killing. 19 while responding to a disturbance report. Police arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the shootings. Ashley Guindon is seen in a photo tweeted out by the Prince William County Police Department on Feb. (See entry for Deputy Patrick Dailey, above.)
The fallen officer as Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department. Other officers returned fire, killing the gunman. Cottrell was one of Danville’s six police officers at the time of his death. When the backup officer arrived, he found Rose with a gunshot wound to the head. The gunman, whom police eventually killed, had expressed that he was upset about recent police shootings, wanted to kill white people and white police officers, and “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” Dallas police Chief David Brown said. Officer Kenny Moats
The 32-year-old Maryville police officer and a partner went to a home to check a report of domestic violence involving someone with a gun on Aug. Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Logsdon
Logsdon, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, was one of two deputies fatally shot at or near a restaurant in Abingdon on Feb. One of Koontz’s colleagues also was injured in the shooting. Jacobs and at least one other officer were trying to interview the teen about a weapon purchase, but the teen ran. (Credit: Auburn Police Department)
Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. The shooter was not involved in the training program. Officer Michael Krol
Krol, 40, of the Dallas Police Department, was one of five law enforcement officers shot and killed by a gunman during a protest in Dallas on July 7. He died a day later at a hospital. A shootout followed, leaving the gunman dead and another police officer injured, authorities said. The gunman — a man who was being evicted — also shot the other two deputies, wounding them. Officer Jose Gilbert Vega
Vega, 63, was one of two Palm Springs officers shot and killed Oct. 11, police said. 22 when he tried to stop someone near the university’s campus, police said. Justice Department said. Owen was a 29-year department veteran. The suspect was apprehended. The suspect resisted arrest and shot Goodding, who returned fire and hit him, police said. Craig Hutchinson of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. 5. 17. Melton, 46, was his department’s second officer to be shot dead in the line of duty after Lancaster (above). Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz
Howard County sheriff’s Deputy Carl A. Anthony “Tony” Beminio
Beminio, of the Des Moines Police Department, was one of two central Iowa police officers shot while they sat in squad vehicles at intersections roughly 2 miles apart shortly after 1 a.m. Capt. He died October 28 of complications experienced during surgery. A suspect was taken into custody. OREGON
Sgt. He was trying to serve an arrest warrant for a fugitive, Dontrell Carter, when Carter shot Carothers, the U.S. In May, CNN published a story about a patient who received Geer’s heart. Officer Darrin Reed
Reed, 50, had responded to a call about a disturbance in the town of Show Low when a man shot him on Nov. Bill Cooper
The 65-year-old Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy was on the verge of retirement when he and other officers responded to a 911 call at a manufactured home Aug. Smith died just two days before his 31st birthday. The person accused of shooting him was arrested. Tuozzolo had served with the NYPD for 19 years. Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola
Garafola, 45, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was one of three law enforcement officers shot dead — and one of six shot in total — on July 17 by Gavin Long in Baton Rouge, police said. Frazier had joined the bureau only six months earlier. (See entry for Cpl. According to the fund, firearms were responsible for 41 of 123 officer fatalities in 2015. The officers’ deaths came nearly two weeks after a police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling, a Baton Rouge resident. Long shot the officers after posting a YouTube video in which he spoke about recent protests and officer-involved shootings, and said that victims of bullying needed to resort to bloodshed. Barney was a 25-year veteran of the department and had a wife and two children, CNN affiliate WSB reported. 12 when a passenger of the stopped vehicle exited and shot him, police said. The officers were trying to negotiate with a distraught man who was inside a residence when he fired through the closed front door, police saud. Officer Thomas Cottrell
Cottrell was fatally shot behind the municipal building in the village of Danville on the night of Jan. (See entry for Cpl. Robert Melton is shown in a photo released by the Kansas City Police Department. Sgt. Allen Brandt
Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, was shot multiple times Oct. 10. 2, authorities said. Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Smallwood
Smallwood, 39, was one of the two law enforcement officers shot on Nov. The 2016 shootings have spanned the nation, from California to Massachusetts, and they’ve exceeded the number of firearms-related police deaths in all of 2015. 18 in Long County, Georgia. Deputy Sgt. 22. Steil was expected to recover but developed a blood clot in the hospital and died two weeks later on September 17. Senior Cpl. Smith, 54, died two days later. 24. (See entry for Cpl. His wounded colleague survived. GEORGIA
Maj. SOUTH CAROLINA
Officer Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs, 28, was fatally shot on March 18 by a 17-year-old boy, police said. 9, 2016. 25:
ALASKA
Alaska police officer Allen Brandt, shot in the line of duty, died two week later of complications after surgery on Oct. MARYLAND
Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Dailey
Dailey, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, was one of two deputies fatally shot at or near a restaurant in Abingdon on Feb. INDIANA
Deputy Carl A. Lesley Zerebny is shown in a photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department. His partner shot and wounded the suspect. Jacobs left two sons and a wife who was pregnant. 6. Colson, a 28-year-old undercover narcotics detective, was in plain clothes when he drove up to the station to find the gunfight under way. A suspect was arrested by other officers. NORTH CAROLINA
Officer Tim Brackeen
Brackeen of the Shelby Police Department was shot Sept. An officer shot him when he left his car to confront the gunman, police said. The gunman fled in the detective’s vehicle and stole two more vehicles before being arrested, police said.