Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000
This morning at around 1:30 am, two Orlando Florida police officers were shot on a "routine" traffic stop in Orlando. One officer was executed in the back of the head and the other was shot several times in the back and shoulders.
Both officers were only on the job for around one year. One of the officers passed away and the other is in critical condition. This is the first police officer that has ever been shot and killed in the line of duty. The suspect was just captured with one handcuff on and the other two were captured after the incident. The shooter was the last to be caught. I will update you soon. Please be very careful out there. One officer, George Dasilvia, 29, has died from a gunshot wound to the head. A second officer, Edward Diaz, 28, is in critical condition with three bullet wounds to his upper and lower back and shoulder. He is being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Officer Russell Miller became the first Chino Police Department officer killed in the line of duty Tuesday 02-01-00 when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver.
Miller, the father of three, died of internal injuries he sustained when he was hit during an early morning traffic stop.
Joseph John Martinez, 21, of Chino, the man suspected of driving the Chevrolet Suburban that struck Miller, 52, was arrested and faces charges of second-degree murder, and felony hit and run.
Miller was driving west on Schaefer Avenue just east of Central Avenue before 1:30 a.m. when he pulled over a pickup truck for a minor traffic offense, Hernandez said.
Miller walked from his car toward the driver of the truck when a 1999 black Chevy Suburban came up from behind, broad sided his patrol car and struck Miller, flinging him into the bed of the pickup.
The Suburban did not stop after striking the officer, instead turning north on Central Avenue.
The pickup truck's driver, whose name has not been disclosed, flagged down a passing patrol car driven by Officer Bob Bransma, who discovered the injured Miller in extreme pain and radioed for help.
Miller was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center, where he was treated for blunt force trauma, pelvic fractures and internal bleeding until he died almost 10 hours later.
Less than one hour after the accident, Martinez was arrested when his vehicle struck a street-sign pole on Oaks Avenue just south of Chino Avenue.
Residents of the area - including an off-duty officer from another agency - were awakened by the collision and rushed outside to find Martinez staggering down the street, police said.
The residents detained Martinez and held him until police arrived.
Martinez told the officers he had struck a police car, but did not mention hitting Miller. He is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center.
In addition to his wife, Miller is survived by two daughters, Melissa, 20, and Sarah, 19, and a son Russell Jr., 15. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Officer Burt LeBlanc
Jennings Police Department, LA
Date of Incident: February 5, 2000, 2130 hours
Officer LeBlanc was shot and killed after responding to a 911 call for a medical emergency. As officer LeBlanc and two other responding officers approached the door in the carport, the suspect approached from inside and opened fire with a revolver.
Officer LeBlanc, who was not wearing a vest, was shot in the arm and chest. The two other officers, who were wearing vests, were also shot and wounded. Officer LeBlanc was transported to a local hospital where he pronounced dead.
The shooting suspect was a former police officer for the same agency and had just killed another former officer and the former officer's wife. The incident took place at the former officer's home. The suspect was arrested after a standoff and charged with several counts of murder and attempted murder.
Officer LeBlanc had been with the agency for seven years.
Towson Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero Shot & Killed
Bruce A. Prothero was supposed to have been off that day. He was supposed to have been home with his wife, playing with his 4-year-old triplets and waiting for his daughter to come home from school.
Instead, as a favor, the 35-year-old Baltimore County police sergeant put on a suit and tie Monday morning and drove to his part-time job as a security guard at J. Brown Jewelers in Pikesville.
That was just Prothero's way. Always be helpful. Go the extra mile.
And as the father of five young children, Prothero could use an extra day's pay.
But on Monday, he was gunned down by robbers at the jewelry store.
Prothero, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, was killed trying to get a description of a 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 as four men drove off. Police said they recovered that vehicle late last night.
"We have . . . the vehicle that was used in the incident," said Maj. Rustin Price, commander of the county's criminal investigation division. Price would not say exactly when or where the Oldsmobile was found.
Police continued their statewide manhunt today for the robbers.
Metro Crime Stoppers, the county and other statewide FOPs offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the robbers. Detectives in every unit -- and most of the homicide detectives -- volunteered their time, some working 24 hours straight.
No suspects have been named in the shooting.
At the jewelry store, an Eldersburg contractor said yesterday that he was replacing a section of wall that was struck by a bullet during Monday's robbery, which began about 11: 15 a.m. when at least two men entered the store and displayed a gun.
The men grabbed some jewelry and ran out the door, police said. Prothero, who had taken the shift to fill in for a security guard who could not work, chased them.
He was shot twice in a side parking lot and died 45 minutes later.
Prothero was the fifth county police officer to die in the line of duty in the department's 126-year history.
Officer Drehman was killed after a being struck by a falling utility pole. Officer Drehman was directing traffic at the scene of an accident in which a fleeing felon struck the utility pole. As Officer Drehman was directing traffic a passing tractor trailer caught the wires on the pole, pulling it down. The falling utility pole struck Officer Drehman on the head, causing severe injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained on life support for seven days before passing away. He had been with the agency for 15 years.
Captain Garlington drowned while investigating a report of illegal gill net fishing near his home on the Mill Creek Reservoir in Bienville Parish. Captain Garlington responded to the report at approximately 0300 hours, approximately 100 yards from his home. Other officers became concerned after not hearing back from him for several hours. They began a search of the area and located his body four days later, approximately 150 yards from his home. Before beginning his career in law enforcement Captain Garlington played professional football for the Cleveland Browns. He had been with the agency for 14 years.
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000
WOODS CROSS, Utah - A police helicopter on a maintenance flight crashed yesterday afternoon, killing the pilot and a mechanic. The Department of Public Safety helicopter went down at the Skypark airport in this suburb of Salt Lake City. Witnesses said the aircraft's tail rotor appeared to fall off just before the crash, said Police Chief Paul Howard. The tail rotor landed in the middle of a street and narrowly missed a house. The helicopter landed on its side, about 50 feet away in an open field. The pilot, Lt. Thomas S. Rettberg, 59, had been flying for the department since 1978 and worked for the department since 1965, said public safety spokesman Chris Kramer. Also killed was Thomas Bahoravitch, 40, a mechanic for Classic Helicopters at the airport.
Sergeant Scott was killed in an accident while in a vehicle pursuit on U.S. 301. The suspect vehicle fled the scene but wrecked several miles away. Two suspects were taken into custody the next day. Sergeant Scott had been with the agency for 18 years and is survived by his wife, daughter, and son, who is a deputy for a neighboring agency.
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000
Crash kills DPS officer in Tempe;
An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was killed yesterday when his car was rear-ended and burst into flames on U.S. Highway 60 in Tempe. Robert Stravers, 22, of Mesa, was arrested later and held on manslaughter and other charges. Officer Floyd Fink Jr., 53, died a short time after being airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, said DPS spokesman Andy Vidaure. Fink was trapped in his burning patrol car until passers-by managed to pull him free after struggling with his seat belt. ``The flames were everywhere. So, you know, we tugged and tugged on him, but the buckle wouldn't get loose,'' said Peggy Martin, one of the rescuers. She said the patrol car's gas tank exploded about two The driver of the car that struck Fink's vehicle fled, but Tempe police found him later in a shopping center about a mile away. Stravers was booked into Madison Street Jail in Phoenix on six counts that included manslaughter, endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and drug possession, DPS spokesman Kevin Wood said. He said Stravers also had an active warrant out of Tempe
for driving on a suspended license. Fink is survived by his wife, Michael Ann, and four adult children. An account to aid his family was established with Bank One.
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000
Sad news from Glastonbury, Connecticut. At least two other List members posted the news of the officer's death yesterday;
this morning's Boston Globe carries the short article: "Death of officer is ruled a suicide" "Glastonbury, Conn. -- The shooting death of a police officer inside police headquarters has been ruled a suicide. Officer Thomas M. Gadarowski, 45, died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's officer said yesterday. Gadarowski shot himself about 3 p.m. Friday in a nonpublic area of the department, during a shift change just as he was coming on duty. He was a 17-year veteran. He leaves his wife, Jana, and two daughters, ages 6 and 10."
Officers from the South Division of the Fort Worth Police Department were conducting a surveillance of the parking lot at 4200 South Freeway the Town Center Mall. Officers were conducting this surveillance due to a large number of Burglary of Motor Vehicle offenses that have occurred in the parking lot area. On 2-12-2000, Officers notice a white pick-up enter the parking lot occupied by three individuals. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and entered the compartment area of an unoccupied vehicle on the parking lot. The driver placed an item under his garments and went back to the truck and place the item in the bed of the truck. The driver then started toward another vehicle when officers approached him and identified themselves as Fort Worth Police Officers. The driver returned to his vehicle and attempted to flee the location. The pickup swerved and struck Officer J. Gray. At this time Officer Gray and Officer C. Combs fired at the pickup truck. The truck left the parking lot northbound on Hemphill Street. Marked units pursued the vehicle. During the pursuit, the truck was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle before officers stopped the vehicle in the 3300 block of Hemphill Street. Officers arrested two Hispanic male passengers without incident. The driver of the vehicle was approached and it was learned that the driver was wounded. The driver of the pickup truck was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital were he was pronounced dead. Officer Gray was treated and listed in stable condition.
Officer Combs is a 7-year veteran of the department.
Officer Gray is a 4-year veteran of the department.
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000
Deputy shot; 3 die in blaze
HOLTON -- Three people were found dead on rural premises Friday night after a man wounded a deputy from inside the house and the frame building later went up in flames.
A deputy had been sent to the house after a woman's employer called Friday morning to say she had not reported to work Thursday or Friday. The deputy entered the house through an unlocked front door and was hit in the chest with what apparently was a shotgun blast, Durham said. After the shooting, a 911 call was received from the house by a man who said, "I shot your officer ... send me more." Durham said Deputy John Schoen was sent to the house after the woman's employer called the sheriff's office. The woman had called work Wednesday to say she was having car trouble, Durham said.
Schoen was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot, Durham said.Schoen was able to return to his patrol car to call for help.
Schoen's police dog, Falco, was shot and killed.
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000
On Saturday, February 12, 2000 at around 2330 a Lincoln County, Nebraska Deputy stopped a subject known to have outstanding warrants. The suspect pulled a .22 caliber revolver and a struggle ensued. The weapon was fired and the deputy was able to get the weapon away from the suspect. The suspect fled to his vehicle and the Deputies started a pursuit. Nebraska State Patrol Troopers joined the pursuit. The suspect stopped his vehicle and got out with a rifle and fired several rounds at Deputy Stan McKnight's vehicle. One round went through the windshield and struck McKnight in the hand with fragments lodging in his face. The suspect returned to his vehicle and fled. As he drove past Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Jeff Crymble he fired his rifle at Crymble. The bullet passed through the door and struck Trooper Crymble in the abdomen. The suspect lost the officers in pursuit. Deputy McKnight was taken to the hospital in North Platte and then transferred to an Omaha hospital for reconstructive surgery on his hand. Trooper Crymble was taken to the North Platte hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He lost a kidney and will have reconstructive surgery on his bowels. He is listed in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit. He had his vest on and the bullet went through it. the suspect is still at large.
Subject: officer wounded
Date: Friday, February 11, 2000
Police officer, unknown man shot Heroin trafficking surveillance leads to East Baltimore gunfight A plainclothes city police officer and an unidentified suspect were wounded in an East Baltimore gunfight last night following surveillance of heroin trafficking in the 1700 block of N. Chapel St. Eastern District Officer Jerry Weaver, 42, was being treated last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a nonlife-threatening bullet wound to his right arm and rib cage. The slug traveled near Weaver's stomach. Police Commissioner Ronald L. Daniel said last night that Weaver, an 18-year veteran and father of three, was conscious and talking to colleagues and family. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley joined Weaver's relatives and some two dozen police officers at Shock Trauma while the wounded officer was being treated. Weaver was on duty about 8 p.m. last night with his partner, Officer Louis Holley, when the pair saw an unidentified man with a gun, according to city police spokeswoman Ragina Cooper. Both officers and the suspect -- wounded in the foot and thigh -- exchanged multiple shots. Police said they were still determining who fired first. Neighbors reported hearing about 10 gunshots. "Everyone just heard `pop, pop, pop,' " said Eric Taylor, of the 1800 block of W. Lafeyette Ave. "Then a pause and then another round of shots." The suspect, believed to be about 30 years old, was treated last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will be transferred to a local lock-up after his release, police said. Holley was not injured. After being shot, the suspect ran into a nearby rowhouse. He surrendered to police minutes later, said Cooper, who did not know if the house was occupied. Cooper said the officers were working undercover drug surveillance when they observed an alleged drug deal and noticed a man waving a .357-caliber handgun. Police and residents said the neighborhood has several drug corners where heroin is sold openly, and gunfire is frequent.
Deputy dies after being hit by car
Second officer is seriously injured
February 27, 2000
A mother lost her only child and the Knox County Sheriff's Department lost one of its own Saturday when two deputies investigating a shooting were struck by a motorist in Northwest Knox County.
Deputy Angela K. Payne, 31, died Saturday from injuries she suffered when she and Deputy Mike Reyda, 33, were struck by a car at 1:41 a.m. on Byington-Beaver Ridge Road.
Neither Payne nor Reyda were breathing "on their own" when the deputies arrived at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Sheriff Tim Hutchison said.
Reyda eventually began breathing without a respirator and, though still in critical condition in the intensive-care unit, "has been progressively getting better," Hutchison said.
Payne never regained consciousness. She was an only child, and her father is deceased, leaving her mother and her 90-year-old grandmother as her two closest surviving relatives, Hutchison said. Payne's mother was to donate her organs, according to the sheriff.
Payne was hired in March 1997 at the Sheriff's Department but was still considered a rookie on her patrol squad, having been promoted to street duty last June. Reyda has worked for the department for nearly 12 years.
Reyda had not been told Saturday evening of Payne's death.
Payne and Reyda had been sent to a roofing company on Byington-Beaver Road after a man who lives across the street from the business called the E-911 Center. The caller said he heard screaming and then gunfire. When he looked out his window, he saw a man banging on the door of the closed business.
When Payne and Reyda arrived, they parked their cruisers in the northbound lane of the roadway in front of the business because there was no shoulder on which to park, he said. Their emergency lights were operating, he said. The deputies were standing in the southbound lane when they were struck by a southbound car driven by Joshua Grubb, 19, Hutchison said.
Payne was thrown some 30 feet, while Reyda landed near where the two were struck. A third deputy, Jason Daniels, arrived seconds later as backup for Payne and Reyda and was unaware at first that his fellow officers had been hit.
The sheriff said Payne and Reyda may have encountered the shooting suspect in the road and likely had their backs to the approaching car when they were hit.
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000
Subject: We Lost a Brother
I am sadden today at the lost of a fellow worker and fine Officer. Sgt Roy
Zink of the Blue Springs, Mo. Police Dept. died today from complications
after he underwent Emergency Brain Surgery to remove a tumer from the
brain. Sgt. Zink left work Friday after having severe headaches. Later
that day a catscan revealed the tumer on his brain. He took a turn for the
worse on Saturday and the doctors operated, but the tumer had spread too
far and was growing too fast to stop.
Sgt. Zink leaves his wife and 2 young daughters. Sgt. Zink was 41 years
old. Please have his family in your prayers.
Topic: WAPS Officer dies
Conf: Officer Down/Wounded
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2000 11:33 PM
Constable Mark Kristian LOOHUYS of the Western Australian Police Service (22 years) died on Friday 18 February in a crash whilst en route to a job of 'threats to kill' by a gunman at a local Hotel/Bar.
He was a passenger in a rapid response vehicle that left the road and collided with trees at 2220 hours, just 40 minutes before his scheduled cessation of duty for that shift.
The driver of the vehicle and regular partner only sustained minor bruising.
Constable LOOHUYS and his partner were the first car to respond to the initial call and were given priority clearance to speed.
Constable LOOHUYS was single and lived at home with his parents.
The offender causing the incident was arrested and several serious charges laid.
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000
Subject: Portage MI Officer Shot
Forty-nine year old Portage Detective Larry Napp has been upgraded to
serious condition but remains at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Police say the suspect, 20-year old James Gregory Douglas was killed.
Douglas had been arrested before on felony firearms and domestic violence
charges and was wanted for parole violation.
Investigators say Detective Napp was in civilian clothes and in an
unmarked police car, when he came to question Douglas about a string of
burglaries at a Portage pet store.
Police say Douglas pulled a gun from his car and shot Napp. Napp
returned fire, killing Douglas. The officer then called for help.
Police say they found evidence from the pet store in Douglas' house.
Authorities have now closed the case.
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000
Subject: Fallen Officer
On Tuesday, 02/29/00 at approximately 0930 CST, Oakland City, IN Police Officer
Mike E. Deno died at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Evansville IN from a gunshot
wound to the head. On Monday Officer Deno had made a traffic stop on a
suspended driver and was in the process of making the arrest when he was shot on
the right side of his head at near point-blank range with a small caliber
The suspect, Richard Branum, 24, of Winslow, IN was arrested by Gibson County IN
Sheriff's Deputies about one hour after the shooting.
Officer Deno was 24, married (Cindy) and had almost one year on the Oakland City
Town of Remscheid (Police Department of the Town of Wuppertal):
After a fight a 28 year old wife fled from her husband to a public phone and called the police at 14:00 hrs local time.
A mission was given to two radio patrol cars.
The 26 year female officer Kirsten Spaeinghaus-Flick, and her colleague on partol drove to the public phone but didn't meet anyone who may have called.
On their search for the person who called, the crew met a silvercolored BMW which stopped in front of the RPC.
The driver of the BMW (from which the officers didn't know it was the husband of the wife who formerly called the police) got out of his car and went to the RPC, opened the drivers door and stabbed the female officer several times with a long kitchen knife.
The police officer on the passenger side got out of the car and draw his gun ordering the man to drop the knife.
After the man didn't react on the order the police officer gave a warning shot.
At first the man dropped the knife but picked it up again and went for the officer who stopped him with an aimed shot in the thigh.
The stabbed police officer died shortly after on her heavy wounds.
The district attorney applied for an arrest warrant for insidious murder.
The doer was brought to a hospital where he was repeatedly violent.
Because he denies a statement for the action the motive is unknown.
The wife refers to her right to refuse a testimony.
Out of the kin was told the doer is sometimes hot-tempered.
Subject: New Mexico Police Officer
Date: Friday, February 16, 2001 8:48 PM
Juan Pacheco - - - Portales, NM 02/29/00 Cancer