Archive of 2013 December

29Dec2013
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Officer Darrell Jean Windhaus

 United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government  --  Officer Darrell Windhaus suffered a fatal heart attack at the Brownsville Seaport, in Brownsville, Texas, after boarding a ship to conduct an inspection. He collapsed on the deck after climbing a 100-foot ladder to board the oil tanker M/T Chemtrans Sky.

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24Dec2013
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Correctional Deputy Jeremy Wayne Meyst

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California -- Correctional Deputy Jeremy Meyst was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Road 204, near Highway 198, shortly after 2:30 am. He was transporting two prisoners from the Porterville substation to the main jail in Visalia when the crash occurred. He was ejected from the transport van when it overturned. The two prisoners suffered minor

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23Dec2013
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Sergeant Kevin “Gale” Stauffer

 Tupelo Police Department, Mississippi -- Sergeant Gale Stauffer was shot and killed as he and two other officers responded to a bank robbery on South Gloster Street, near the intersection with Main Street, at approximately 3:00 pm. As the officers approached the suspect, who was stopped in traffic at a railroad crossing, the man opened fire on them at close range. Sergeant Stauffer was shot

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20Dec2013
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Investigator Jeffrey Hugh Bryant

Centre Police Department, Alabama -- Investigator Jeff Bryant was killed in an automobile crash on Alabama 35, three miles north of Gaylesville, at approximately 3:00 pm. He had gone to a neighboring county to meet with another officer and was returning to Centre when the crash occurred. Another driver had lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line after over correcting. Her

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20Dec2013
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Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois -- Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada was shot and killed while intervening in a robbery, near the intersection of 30th Street and St. Charles Road in Bellwood, while off duty. Investigator Estrada was attending a Christmas party at the VFW hall when he stepped outside and observed an armed robbery taking place in the parking. He identified

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20Dec2013
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Police Officer Robert C. Deckard, Jr.

San Antonio Police Department, Texas --  Police Officer Bobby Deckard succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 8th while pursuing two robbery suspects in Atascosa County. The suspects, who had committed 15 robberies in San Antonio over the previous several days, were driving a distinctively painted vehicle that Officer Deckard had spotted. He attempted to stop the vehicle but

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19Dec2013
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Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders

Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas --  Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders was shot and killed as he and seven other officers attempted to serve a warrant at rural home near Somerville at approximately 5:30 am. As the team made entry into the home they were met with gunfire from a .308 caliber rifle and Sergeant Sowders suffered fatal gunshot wounds. One suspect was taken into custody

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18Dec2013
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Deputy Sheriff Clinton H. Frazier

Union County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi -- Deputy Sheriff Clinton Frazier was killed in a single car crash on Highway 178, just inside the Myrtle city limits, at approximately 9:00 pm. He was attempting to stop a vehicle when his patrol car left the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned. The driver of the vehicle he was attempting to stop fled the scene following the crash. She

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17Dec2013
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Trooper David Cunniff

New York State Police, New York --  Trooper David Cunniff succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer at approximately 8:00 pm. He had made a traffic stop of the speeding vehicle on the New York State Thruway, at Exit 27, and was stopped on the shoulder when the semi hit him cruiser from behind. The impact caused him

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13Dec2013
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Petty Officer Travis Raymond Obendorf

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government --  Petty Officer Travis Obendorf (BM3) succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier while participating in a search and rescue mission of a disabled fishing vessel in the Bering Sea, 30 miles north of Amak Island, Alaska. He was injured while recovering the small boat after transferring the first group of

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