Officer Memorial

Officer Down Memorial Page 2018

(01/01/2018 – 09/30/2018)
These officers were killed in the line of duty.  As of September 30, 2018 there have been One Hundred Twelve (112) line of duty deaths.
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Officer Diego Moreno

Diego Moreno, 1983-2018
Kent Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Diego Moreno was struck and killed by a patrol car while deploying spike strips during a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit started after officers began investigating the sounds of gunfire they heard in the area of a mobile home park. They attempted to stop a pickup truck leaving the area, but the driver refused to stop and lead officers on a pursuit along Route 516.

Officer Moreno was attempting to deploy spike strips at the intersection of Route 516 and Meeker Street when he was struck by one of the patrol cars involved in the pursuit. The patrol car then crashed into several parked vehicles.

The truck continued to flee but crashed a short distance away. One occupant in the vehicle and the other two were arrested after fleeing the area. The driver was charged with murder and the other two were charged in connection with the initial shooting.

Officer Moreno had served with the Kent Police Department for eight years.

 

Deputy Sheriff Daniel A McCartney

Daniel A. McCartney, 1984-2018
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress near 45th Avenue Court East and 200th Street East, in Frederickson, at approximately 11:30 pm.

Deputy McCartney was the first officer on scene and became engaged in a foot pursuit of at least one subject. The man opened fire on Deputy McCartney during the foot pursuit, mortally wounding him. Deputy McCartney was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center where he passed away at approximately 2:00 am.

One subject was found dead at the scene. A second subject was arrested the following day after a massive manhunt.

Deputy McCartney was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for three years and had previously served with the Hoquiam Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

 

Officer Down Memorial Page 2017

(01/01/2017 – 12/31/2017)
These officers were killed in the line of duty.  As of December 31, 2017 there have been one hundred twenty-nine (129) line of duty deaths.

 

Randy Gibson

Chief of Police, Randy Gibson, 1958 – 2017
Kalama Police Department, Washington

Chief of Police Randy Gibson died after going into respiratory distress while performing a high-stress arrest.

He began to fall ill following the arrest and drove himself to a local hospital where he was treated. He was discharged at his own request and returned home, where he passed away a short time later.

Chief Gibson was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Kalama Police Department for six years and had previously served with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri, for 20 years. He is survived by his wife.

Officer Down Memorial Page 2016

(01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016)
These officers were killed in the line of duty.  As of December 31, 2016 there have been one hundred forty (140) line of duty deaths.

 

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Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, 1971-2016
Tacoma Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on the 400 block of East 52nd Street.

A male subject inside the home opened fire on Officer Gutierrez, fatally wounding him. Other responding officers were able to make entry into the home and pulled Officer Gutierrez from it. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject barricaded himself inside the home and used two young children as human shields for several hours. He was eventually shot and killed by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office SWAT sniper.

Officer Gutierrez had served with the Tacoma Police Department for 17 years.

Officer Down Memorial Page for 2015

(01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015) These officers were killed in the line of duty.  As of December 31, 2015 there have been one hundred and twenty-nine (129) line of duty deaths.

 

Detective Brent Hanger

Brent L. Hanger, 1968-2015
Washington State Patrol, Washington

Detective Brent Hanger suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking into a remote area of Chinook Pass, near Yakima, to investigate reports of a marijuana growing operation.

He began to suffer chest pains and shortness of breath. Other detectives who were with him immediately called for assistance and started CPR after he collapsed, but were unable to revive him.

Detective Hanger had served with the Washington State Patrol for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

 

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Rick Silva, 1955-2015
Chehalis Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Rick Silva died while undergoing surgery to correct a duty related injury suffer sustained in February 2015 while attempting to arrest a shoplifting suspect.

The offender, who was armed with a knife, resisted arrest. During the ensuing struggle Officer Silva injured his hip in the same location in which he had suffered a previous duty injury. The second injury required him to undergo surgery.

Officer Silva had served with the Chehalis Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.

 

Officer Down Memorial Page for 2014

(01/2014 – 12/2014)  As of December 31, 2014 there have been 118 line of duty deaths in 2014.

 

 Officer Chip Hansen

Derek Andrew “Chip” Hansen, 1971-2014
Wapato Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Chip Hansen died as the result of injuries sustained in 2011 while attempting to subdue a subject who was resisting arrest.

Officer Hansen’s shoulder was injured during the incident and required him to undergo surgery. A blood clot developed following the surgery which resulted in Officer Hansen suffering a pulmonary embolism.

Officer Hansen was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Wapato Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his son, fiancee, parents, and sister.

 

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Sean Michael O’Connell, Jr. 1974-2013
Washington State Patrol, Washington

Trooper Sean O’Connell was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle as he controlled traffic in Conway, Washington.

He was struck near the intersection of Fir Island Road and Main Street and knocked to the ground at approximately 5:45 pm. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper O’Connell was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 

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Tony Vian Radulescu 1967-2012
Washington State Patrol, Washington

Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on a driver of a pickup truck on State Route 16 at Anderson Hill Road, in Gorst, shortly before 1:00 am.

He had radioed in his location and the pickup truck’s license plate and description to dispatchers. When dispatchers were unable to contact him for several minutes, a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy was sent to check on his status and discovered him laying wounded outside of his patrol car. He was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The vehicle that Trooper Radulescu had stopped was found abandoned on a country road approximately three hours later. A SWAT team deployed to the registered owner’s home and as they approached, the suspect committed suicide.

Trooper Radulescu was a US Army veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his son.

 

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Shandon Wright 1982-2011
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff Shandon Wright died from complications following surgery to repair an injury sustained in an assault while on duty.

He was recovering at home after having surgery the previous day when he began having trouble breathing. Paramedics were sent to the home but were unable to resuscitate him.

Deputy Wright had served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

 

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Jayme Lee Biendl 1976-2011
Washington State Dept. of Corrections, Washington

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was strangled in the Monroe Correctional Facility’s chapel by an inmate.

Officer Biendl was assigned to the prison’s chapel. A prisoner, who was serving a life sentence, strangled Officer Biendl during an escape attempt.

The inmate was discovered missing during a routine headcount shortly after 9:00 pm. He was located three minutes later in the prison chapel’s lobby and informed the officers that he had planned to escape.

After an equipment inventory was completed it was discovered that a set of keys and radio were missing. Other officers were dispatched to Officer Biendl’s assigned duty post and found her unresponsive. CPR was initiated but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a short time later.

Officer Biendl had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for eight years.

 

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Edwanton “Eddie” Allen Thomas 1977-2006
Brier Police Department, Washington

Officer Eddie Thomas died while struggling with a male subject in a home on Vine Road. Officer Thomas had responded to the location to assist paramedics with a combative patient who was suffering a diabetic episode due to low blood sugar.

When Officer Thomas arrived at the scene, the patient began to struggle with him.   Officer Thomas depressed the emergency button on his radio and was then able to handcuff the man.   When backup officers arrived they found Officer Thomas unconscious next to the subject.

Officer Thomas was a member of the US Coast Guard Reserve.   He had served with the Brier Police Department for 9 months and had served in law enforcement for a total of 6 years.

 

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