Archive of 2016 June

30Jun2016

Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II

Deputy Sheriff Tase Sturgill suffered a fatal heart attack while he and other members of the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office were developing a new physical assessment test for the department's Emergency Response Team. He and other deputies had just completed a run at Waverly Central High School when he suddenly collapsed. Deputies and EMTs were unable to revive him. Deputy Sturgill had

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22Jun2016

Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff David Michel was shot and killed while making a subject stop near the intersection of Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot Road, in Harvey. A struggle ensued during the stop and the subject was able to pull a handgun from his waistband. He opened fire on Deputy Michel, striking him several times, and continued to shoot at him after he fell to the ground. Deputy Michel was transported

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19Jun2016

Sergeant Stacey Allen Baumgartner

Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 242 and FM 1485, in Montgomery County, while he was involved in a pursuit. He had been dispatched to a gas station at Highway 242 and US 59 for reports of a subject urinating in public and exposing himself. As he arrived on scene the man attempted to run him over and then

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15Jun2016

Police Officer Zachary Larnerd

Police Officer Zach Larnerd died as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on January 3rd, 2015. He was responding to a domestic violence call when his patrol car left the roadway and went down a 17-foot embankment as he attempted to negotiate a curve on York Highway. The vehicle struck a tree, collapsing its into the driver's seat and trapping him inside. Rescue crews were able

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14Jun2016

Police Officer Michael J. Katherman

Police Officer Michael Katherman was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of North 10th Street and Horning Street at approximately 4:20 pm. He was on patrol in the area when another vehicle attempted to turn left in front of him, causing the collision. Witnesses to the crash performed CPR on Officer Katherman and used his radio to call for assistance. He was transported to Regional

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13Jun2016

Agent Gilberto Colon-Leon

Agent Gilberto Colón-Leon was shot and killed when he took action during a robbery attempt while off duty at approximately 2:00 am. He was taking a friend home when multiple subjects approached them at the intersection of Calle Santiago Iglesias and Calle Ruiz Belvis, in Coamo, and attempted to rob them. Agent Colón-Leon was shot multiple times when he attempted to draw his weapon and take

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12Jun2016

Police Officer Endy Ekpanya

Police Officer Endy Ekpanya was killed in an automobile collision at the intersection of East Broadway Street and Country Club Drive while responding to a non-emergency call. He was traveling eastbound on Broadway Street when a vehicle traveling westbound crossed over the dividing line and struck Officer Epankya's patrol car head-on. Officer Ekpanya was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital

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08Jun2016

Deportation Officer Brian Beliso

Deportation Officer Brian Beliso suffered a fatal heart attack during a foot pursuit of a fugitive in the 300 block of Poplar Avenue in Redwood City, California. He was participating in a large operation targeting criminal aliens in the San Francisco Bay area when the foot pursuit occurred. Other officers discovered him unconscious and immediately began CPR. Officer Beliso had served with

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07Jun2016

Police Officer Natasha Hunter

Police Officer Natasha Hunter succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier when her cruiser was struck from behind by a drunk driver on I-10, near the Esplanade Avenue exit. Officer Hunter was blocking traffic for another officer who was conducting an accident investigation when the drunk driver drove through cones and struck her cruiser. She was transported to a local hospital where she

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04Jun2016

Police Officer Verdell Smith

Police Officer Verdell Smith was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver had been involved in a triple shooting approximately 30 minutes earlier. The man, who had been seen talking to himself loudly, suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot two customers outside of a restaurant on North Main Street shortly before 10:00 pm. Several citizens then chased the man on foot a short distance to a

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