Officer Down Memorial Page
(01/01/2021 – 07/31/2021)
These officers were killed in the line of duty. As of July 31, 2021 there have been One Hundred Eighty-One (181) line of duty deaths.
Sergeant Jeremy Brown
Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington
End of Watch Friday, July 23, 2021
Sergeant Jeremy Brown was shot and killed while conducting surveillance at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Northeast 109th Avenue in Vancouver.
He was approached by three people and was shot as he sat in his vehicle. Two subjects were arrested near the scene. The subject who shot Sergeant Brown was arrested by members of the United States Marshals Service on July 25th, 2021, and charged with first-degree aggravated murder.
Sergeant Brown had served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and was assigned to the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had previously served with the Washington State Department of Corrections and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office in Montana.
Sergeant Brown was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Correctional Officer Gabriel Forrest
Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington
End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2021
Correctional Officer Gabriel Forrest died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Washington.
Officer Forrest had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for 19 years.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.
Police Officer Alexandra Brenneman Harris
Seattle Police Department, Washington
End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 2021
Police Officer Lexi Harris was struck and killed by a vehicle while checking on the welfare of several drivers who had just been involved in a vehicle crash on I-5 near Spokane Street.
Officer Harris had just completed her shift and was en route home when she encountered the crash at about 1:15 am. She had exited her vehicle to check on the drivers when she was struck by another passing vehicle. After being struck, one of the drivers from the original crash stole her POV and fled the area.
The driver who struck her remained at the scene and cooperated with investigating officers.
Officer Harris had served with the Seattle Police Department for five years.
(01/01/2020 – 12/31/2020)
These officers were killed in the line of duty. As of December 31, 2020 there have been Three Hundred Fifty-Four (354) line of duty deaths.
Police Officer Jonathan Shoop,
Bothell Police Department, WA
End of Watch Monday, July 13, 2020
Police Officer Jonathan Shoop was shot and killed in the 10300 block of Woodinville Drive following a vehicle pursuit.
At approximately 9:40 pm Officer Shoop and his field training officer attempted to stop a vehicle for failing to display a license plate. The vehicle fled the stop, struck a man on a scooter, and then crashed on Woodinville Drive. The occupant of the vehicle emerged, made anti-police statements, and immediately opened fire on officers, who were still in the patrol car.
Officer Shoop’s field training officer returned fire, during which Officer Shoop was inadvertently struck in the head and killed.
The man was apprehended six hours later, hiding on the roof of a nearby building.
Officer Shoop was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and had served with the Bothell Police Department for one year. He is survived by his fiancée, mother, and two brothers.
Correctional Officer Berisford Morse,
Washington State Department of Corrections
End of Watch Sunday, May 17, 2020
Correctional Officer Berisford Morse died after contracting COVID-19 through a confirmed exposure to an inmate during an outbreak at the Monroe Correctional Complex’s minimum security unit.
Officer Morse had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for 17 years.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Trooper Justin R. Schaffer,
Washington State Patrol, WA
End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Trooper Justin Schaffer was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis.
The suspect driving the vehicle had stolen an item from a convenience store in Lacey the previous day. The man had threatened the clerk with a stun gun and threatened to run him over. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck the following day and attempted to stop it in Maytown. The vehicle fled into Lewis County with deputies pursuing it.
Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79. The man continued to flee until stopping and barricading himself inside his vehicle several miles later. He was taken into custody by Thurston County deputies.
Trooper Schaffer had served with the Washington State Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.
(01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019)
These officers were killed in the line of duty. As of December 31, 2019 there have been One Hundred Thirty-Two (132) line of duty deaths.
COOPER DYSON, 1994-2019
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, WA
Deputy Sheriff Cooper Dyson was killed in a single-vehicle crash in the 1300 block of 112th Street E while responding to backup other deputies at a domestic violence incident in Parkland.
The deputies who responded to the initial incident at 3:00 am were immediately attacked by a male subject who engaged them in a violent struggle. The deputies believed that the man was attempting to access a shotgun that was inside of the home and called for backup during the struggle.
Deputy Dyson was responding to their call for assistance when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a commercial building. A passerby called to report the crash and Deputy Dyson was found deceased by responding deputies and rescue personnel.
Deputy Dyson was a military veteran and had served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for two years. He is survived by his expectant wife and 2-year-old child.
MICHAEL KNAPP, 1940-2019
Lynden Police Department, WA
Interim Police Chief Michael Knapp succumbed to injuries sustained the previous evening when he was struck by a pickup truck in the 200 block of Fourth Street.
He was crossing the street to attend a special city council meeting at the city hall introducing the three finalists for the permanent police chief position. The vehicle that struck him had its headlights off after sunset. Chief Knapp was flown to a hospital in Seattle with severe injuries and died the following day.
Chief Knapp had been appointed the interim police chief six months earlier. He was a former Police Officer with the Milpitas, California Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. He was the Chief of Police for the City of Medina, Washington between 1998 and 2003, and was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Ferndale, Washington in September 2005 where he served until his retirement in 2016. Chief Knapp was a member of the California Bar Association, is a graduate of the 100th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State. Chief Knapp was also served in the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife.
JUSTIN RICHARD DEROSIER, 1990-2019
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, WA
Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier was shot and killed in the 100 block of Fallert Road after responding to investigate reports of a disabled motor home shortly after 10:00 pm.
After arriving at the scene, he contacted dispatchers with emergency traffic and stated he was being fired at. Members of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the Kalama Police Department responded to the scene and were able to pull him to safety. He was flown to PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver where he passed away shortly after midnight.
Two suspects were taken into custody near the scene. A third suspect was shot and killed when he was encountered by other officers who were searching for him the following night.
The subject who was killed was the half-brother of the man who murdered Chief of Police Ralph Painter of the Rainier Police Department, Oregon, on January 5th, 2011.
Deputy DeRosier had served with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office for three years and had previously served with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and 5-month-old daughter.
RYAN SHANE THOMPSON, 1977-2019
Kittitas Sheriff’s Office, WA
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson was shot and killed in the city of Kittitas following a vehicle pursuit at approximately 7:45 pm.
He had responded to a traffic complaint involving a road rage incident and attempted to stop the involved vehicle. The driver fled along I-90 and exited the interstate into Kittitas where a city officer joined the pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of North Pierce Street and 6th Avenue. The driver opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Thompson and seriously wounding the Kittitas officer.
The subject was shot and killed in the ensuing shootout.
Deputy Thompson served in law enforcement for 12 years including time with the Kittitas Sheriffs Office’s Correctional Facility and Central Washington University Police before becoming a Kittitas Sheriff’s Deputy.
He is survived by his wife and three children, his parents and three brothers.
(01/01/2018 – 12/31/2018)
These officers were killed in the line of duty. As of December 31, 2018 there have been One Hundred Fifty (150) line of duty deaths.
Diego Moreno, 1983-2018
Kent Police Department, WA
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.
Daniel A. McCartney, 1984-2018
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, WA
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.
(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.
Chief of Police, Randy Gibson, 1958 – 2017
Kalama Police Department, WA
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.
(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.
Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, 1971-2016
Tacoma Police Department, WA
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.
(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.
Brent L. Hanger, 1968-2015
Washington State Patrol, WA
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.
Rick Silva, 1955-2015
Chehalis Police Department, WA
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.
(01/2014 – 12/2014) As of December 31, 2014 there have been 118 line of duty deaths in 2014.
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.
Sean Michael O’Connell, Jr. 1974-2013
Washington State Patrol, WA
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.
Tony Vian Radulescu 1967-2012
Washington State Patrol, WA
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.
Shandon Wright 1982-2011
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, WA
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.
Jayme Lee Biendl 1976-2011
Washington State Dept. of Corrections, WA
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.
Edwanton “Eddie” Allen Thomas 1977-2006
Brier Police Department, WA
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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