Utah’s new DUI law, strictest in the nation, set to be implemented ahead of New Year’s Eve

Utah is set to implement the strictest DUI law in the nation – just in time for New Year’s. The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 30, lowers the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limit to .05 from .08 – the national limit imposed by former President Bill Clinton. DUI punishments can vary by state. Utah’s … Continue reading “Utah’s new DUI law, strictest in the nation, set to be implemented ahead of New Year’s Eve”

Utah is set to implement the strictest DUI law in the nation – just in time for New Year’s.

The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 30, lowers the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limit to .05 from .08 – the national limit imposed by former President Bill Clinton.

DUI punishments can vary by state. Utah’s new law says anyone who “operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner causing the death of another” will have committed a criminal homicide, which is a felony.

The state legislature approved the change in 2017 before it was signed into law by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.

“That’s the mandate to law enforcement: You see someone driving impaired, you pull them over,” Herbert said earlier this year. “We’re not saying people can’t drink. You can certainly drink, and you can drink until your eyes bug out if you want. We’re just saying don’t’ drive and drink.”

A BAC of .05 percent typically results in about three alcoholic drinks for a 160-pound man, according to the CDC. Effects can include lowered alertness, exaggerated behavior and a “usually good feeling,” the CDC said. As for driving, people with a .05 percent BAC could have reduced coordination or difficulty steering.

The Cleveland Clinic has a BAC calculator for people to input their weight and amount of alcohol ingested.


Already, Utah has seen an uptick in people relying on ride-share programs, according to Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Mark Zesiger. He told The Salt Lake Tribune many people didn’t realize the law had a delayed implementation and assumed it went into effect immediately after the state legislature approved it.

“Our DUI squad definitely saw right after the law was passed an increase in the number of people who were using ride-share programs,” Zesiger said. “That’s a good thing; we’ll take that.”

Law enforcement officials are instructed to “make arrests based on observed impairment” rather than a “predetermined BAC level,” according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Zesiger said all officers have been retrained in field sobriety “to make sure … they do meets standards.”


According to the state’s public safety department, 54,402 arrests were made in the past five years for DUI infractions – an average of 29.8 arrests per day.

Nearly 10,500 people died in 2016 from alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“When we look at the fatal crashes, if you have between .05 and .79 [BAC], you’re seven times more likely to be in a fatal crash,” Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chair of the National Transportation Safety Board has said.

But the American Beverage Institute isn’t on board with the new law, calling it an “attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries.”


“I have no doubt that proponents of .05 laws are well-intentioned, but good intentions don’t necessarily yield good public policy,” spokesman Jackson Shedelbower said in a statement.

“Instead of targeting moderate and responsible drinkers, as this .05 law does, limited traffic safety resources should be focused on the high-BAC and repeat drunk driving offenders responsible for the vast majority of alcohol-related traffic fatalities,” he continued. “That way, the roads actually become safer and those who enjoy a drink or two over dinner before driving are not labeled criminals.”

Shedelbower said it’s understandable that Utah is the first state to implement a .05 BAC law since “many Utahns entirely refrain from alcohol consumption for religious reasons, and therefore, lack a full understanding of its effects.” Utah does heavily regulate alcohol, from what can be brought into the state to how much alcohol content can be found in beer.

While Utah is the first state to implement such a law, it isn’t the only to consider it. Earlier this year, Delaware lawmakers introduced a bill to lower the threshold. Hawaii and Washington, too, have considered such measures.

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Ohio police officer pens emotional plea to speeders after ticketing teen for driving 100 mph

An Ohio police officer told a teenager "you're welcome" in an open letter on Facebook Sunday after issuing the 18-year-old a speeding ticket on State Route 10. And the cop hopes other lead-footed drivers will take note.

When the officer — who was not identified in the post — with the North Ridgeville Police Department pulled the teenager over for speeding, the driver claimed to not realize how fast he or she was going. But the officer immediately knew that wasn't true. In fact, the official said it should be pretty obvious you're speeding when you hit 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone.

"You may not realize when you’re doing 45 in a 35 but you are fully aware of every mile per hour at 100. You realize it with every bump you hit. You realize it as you pass cars so fast the wind moves your car. You realize it every time you drift over the line and when you move the wheel the car reacts a lot quicker than you’re used to. You absolutely realized it," the officer wrote.


The officer said the teen was just "minutes away" from causing a Christmas tragedy, potentially harming him or herself as well as others on the road. It was clear the teen was upset — "visibly shaking and breathing hard" — after being pulled over by the patrol car, but that wasn't the right reason to panic, the cop added.

"Sometimes you’re the innocent person hit by someone with no regard for anyone else and sometimes you’re the one with no regard for anyone else. Today you were the latter."

— North Ridgeville Police Department officer

"You should have been scared that you were trying to kill yourself. I know you’re invincible. I know that you can’t even fathom your own death," the officer continued. "I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18-year-old bodies that I’ve pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I’ve found in front yards after crashes. Unrecognizable bodies. They thought they were invincible too. They weren’t."

In the lengthy letter, the officer pleads with the teenager to think about his or her parents or guardians in the future, explaining how they would be devastated if anything happened to their child.


"Sometimes you’re the innocent person hit by someone with no regard for anyone else and sometimes you’re the one with no regard for anyone else. Today you were the latter," the official added.

At the end of the note, the officer admitted the 18-year-old appeared to be a "nice kid who made a bad decision," though the cop added the ticketed was warranted.

"I don’t feel bad about this ticket at all. In fact, I’m proud of it. I hope you’re paying it off for months and with every payment you think about how it wasn’t worth it. I hope you slow down," the note continues, adding once again a reminder that no one is invincible.

The Facebook post has been shared by more than 78,000 people and received 6,000 comments as of Monday afternoon. The majority of users thanked the police department for the emotional reminder.

"We have some outstanding cops," one Facebook user replied.

"Thank you mr. Officer you could not say it no better way only if the kids realize what damage they can do the other people God bless you and your family," another echoed.

"Thank you for stopping him. Job well done," a man responded.

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2 Chicago police officers responding to a shots-fired call are struck, killed by train

Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train in the city's far South Side Monday night while responding to calls about shots fired near the tracks, authorities confirmed.

Officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31, were conducting surveillance on the city's far South Side when they were hit just after 6 p.m., The Chicago Tribune reported.


Marmolejo and Gary were both fathers of young children, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. Marmolejo had two and a half years on the force, while Gary had 18 months on the force according to police superintendent Eddie Johnson.

“I am deeply saddened by this tragic event and ask that everyone keep their (families) and co-workers in their thoughts and prayers,” Johnson said at a press conference. “An investigation is underway, and we will keep everyone updated as details emerge.”

Police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill confirmed the deaths Monday night but said she had no additional details to release.

Chicago Police Department's chief communications officer, Anthony Guglielmi confirmed on Twitter that two officers "were struck by a passing train" while investigating a shots-fired call.

He said a "weapon was recovered and a person of interest is being questioned at the site where two newly appointment #ChicagoPolice officers lost their lives protecting their community from a gunman."

Local media reported that the officers were struck about 6:20 p.m. local time by a train operated by the South Shore commuter rail line that links northern Indiana and Chicago.

The officers' death brings the total number of Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty to four, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, was killed during a mass shooting last month at a hospital in the Near South Side. Earlier this year Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 53, was shot multiple times while chasing a suspect in a downtown building.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cop saves man from frigid waters: ‘God definitely put me there for a reason’

A Rhode Island police officer is being hailed a hero after saving a man from drowning in cold water.

Jamestown Police Officer Nathaniel Schaffer was covering another employee’s shift the night he responded to a frantic 911 call a little before 1 a.m. from a woman who said her friend was in the water off a pier.

"I think God definitely put me there for a reason," Schaffer told FOX Providence, but he added that "any other officer would have done the same thing given the circumstances."

When Shaffer arrived at the scene, the 34-year-old man from Brighton, Massachusetts, was initially responsive in the water and according to his friend, he willingly jumped into the water but as time passed he wasn’t responding to the officer.


"He became lifeless. He kinda floated, rolled over to his side," Schaffer said. "His mouth was half in the water, half out. He was taking in water with each breath."

While his sergeant was grabbing a flotation device, Schaffer jumped in.

Shaffer grabbed the man and swam to the ladder but the dock was too high to climb six feet, so they decided to go to a lower dock about 100 feet away.

By the time rescue crews had arrived to get the man out of the water, Schaffer said he was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth.


Both were transported to the Newport Hospital. Schaffer was treated for mild hypothermia and the man recovered after a few days as well.

On Tuesday night, the man he saved paid a visit to the police station to thank Shaffer in person and assured him that he wasn’t going to go swimming in that pier again.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

Since the start of 2018, at least 83 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with at least 45 of those deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: a total of 129 officers died with 46 of those caused by gunfire.

Officer Benton Bertram

Officer Benton Bertram was killed on Dec. 12 during a pursuit. (Charlestown Police Department)

Charlestown police Officer Benton Bertram was killed on Dec. 12 while in a high-speed pursuit of a suspect.

Bertram, 33, was killed after his vehicle left the road and struck a tree. He had been with the Indiana police department for nine years and worked in its K-9 division. Family members told WDRB-TV that he “lived for his dogs” and was the “biggest dog lover ever.”

“He would do anything for anybody,” his uncle, Mark Bertram, told WDRB, adding the words “dignity” and “honor” best describe the fallen officer.

“He was doing his job, and he would give it all,” Mark Bertram added.

Bertram made such an impact on his community that a woman he once ticketed for a broken headlight made sure to leave work to pay her respects – even though she had only met him that one time.

“I was driving with a headlight out, and he pulled me over and asked me if I knew I had a headlight out. He gave me my ticket and just told me to get it done as soon as I could,” Barbie Meredith said, adding she was impressed by his professionalism.

Officer Jermaine Brown

Officer Jermaine Brown was killed on Dec. 12 in an ATV accident while investigating a complaint. (Miami Dade Police Department)

Miami Dade police Officer Jermaine Brown was fatally injured on Dec. 12 while conducting an enforcement detail, WFOR-TV reported. He had been operating an ATV vehicle while investigating a complaint of illegal activity near a canal bank when he was killed.

“Everybody who he worked with said he was a cop’s cop,” said Miami-Dade P.B.A. President Steadman Stahl. “He was always dependable. He always had a smile on his face. He worked with different units. He was very intertwined with the community. Everyone knew you could count on him. He was always looking out for the little guy.”

Brown is survived by his three children and wife, who is a sergeant, according to WFOR.

Sergeant Matthew Moreno

Sgt. Matthew Moreno was among three killed in a car accident while officers were responding to an incident.  (Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office)

Sgt. Matthew Moreno, 37, was killed on Dec. 12 after during a car accident as he was responding to a call.

Deputies in two patrol cars were responding to a domestic incident when they were involved in a crash with a civilian vehicle, according to Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

Aside from Moreno, 23-year-old Taelor Valdez and 1-year-old Ezekiel Valdez were also killed in the accident, according to KOAA-TV.

A five-year veteran of the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office, Moreno left behind two daughters and a stepson, CSP said.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Chase White

Deputy U.S. Marshal Chase White was fatally shot while serving an arrest warrant. (United States Marshals Service)

Deputy U.S. Marshal Chase White, 41, was fatally shot on Nov. 29 while serving an arrest warrant in Tucson, Arizona.

White was reportedly serving a warrant to a suspect accused of stalking a law enforcement officer when the suspect opened fire.

White, an Air Force veteran, had been with the U.S. Marshals since 2015. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Still a member of the Air Force Reserve, he was scheduled to leave for deployment shortly after the shooting.

Officer Hunter Edwards

Officer Hunter Edwards was killed in a car accident on Nov. 24. (Winchester Police Department)

Winchester police Officer Hunter Edwards was killed on Nov. 24 in a car accident after he was rushing to help other officers, according to WRC-TV.

Edwards, 30, majored in criminal justice as a college student, certain his career path would be in law enforcement, Anne-Berry Wade, his mother, said. His father, too, used to work in law enforcement.

Two months before his death, Edwards married Tara Edwards, who had a son, WRC reported.

“He was just a good man, a good person,” Tara Edwards said. “He loved what he did.”

Deputy Antonio ‘Tony’ Hinostroza

Deputy Antonio Hinostroza was killed on Nov. 23. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

On Nov. 23, Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Antonio “Tony” Hinostroza was killed in a car accident while on duty, KTXL-TV reported. He was pursuing a suspected drunk driver when he lost control of his car, officials said.

Hinostroza was with the department for 19 years, Sheriff Adam Christianson told the news outlet.

“Tony has served this office with distinction,” he said.

He is survived by his son and mother, according to KTXL.

Officer David Romrell

South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell, 31, was fatally and intentionally struck by a vehicle while responding to a burglary call in Utah on Saturday night, officials said. (Officer Down Memorial Page)

South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell, 31, was responding to a burglary call in Utah on Nov. 24 when he was intentionally struck by the vehicle of suspects who were fleeing the scene, according to officials.

Romrell "did everything right but was targeted by this vehicle as it fled," Chief Jack Carruth said.

A Marine veteran who had spent 11 months on the police force, Romrell was the first officer from the department to be killed in the line of duty. He leaves behind a wife and a 4-month-old baby.

Officer Samuel Jimenez

Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed on Nov. 19 during an active shooter situation at Mercy Hospital in Illinois, the department confirmed. Three people were killed during the incident.

Jimenez, according to the police department, ran toward the gunfire he heard inside the hospital. He wasn't assigned to the particular emergency call, "but [he] went, because that's what we do," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.

Jimenez, 28, was from the department's second district. He had joined the force in February 2017.

Officer Jared William Franks

Greensboro police Officer Jared William Franks was killed in an accident while in pursuit of a suspect. (Greensboro Police Department)

Greensboro police Officer Jared William Franks was killed on November 10 in a car accident while in pursuit of a suspect, the department said in a news release. The 24-year-old North Carolina officer had been with the department since June 2016.

After the crash, Franks and another officer were transported to a hospital, where Franks died. The other officer is expected to survive, according to the Greensboro Police Department.

Franks is the first Greensboro police officer to die on duty in 17 years, said Chief Wayne Scott, according to WBIR-TV.

The police department “has one less hero in its ranks,” it said on Twitter.

Sgt. Ron Helus

Sgt. Ron Helus was among the dozen people killed when a gunman opened fire inside Borderline Bar & Grill in California. (Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Sgt. Ron Helus was fatally shot when he responded to the mass shooting on Nov. 7 at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. He was among 12 killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a bar popular with college students.

Helus, a veteran of 29 years, and a patrolman entered the bar after hearing more gunshots. When they went through the front door, Helus was struck multiple times by gunfire. The patrolman rescued Helus from the line of gunfire and he was taken to a local hospital, where he died early Nov 8.

He is survived by a wife and son and reportedly had plans to retire next year.

“He knew the risks, but he knew, like we all do, why we serve,” Sheriff Geoff Dean said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant. He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight … he died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people."

Helus reportedly called his wife before responding to the shooting.

“He said, ‘hun I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call,’” Dean said.

The suspected shooter was found dead inside the bar, although it was unclear how he died, police said.

Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez

Waller County Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez, 23, was new to the police force. (Waller County Sheriff’s Office)

Waller County Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez had only been with the department for five months – and on patrol as a single deputy unit for three days – before she was killed.

The 23-year-old was responding to a “high priority water rescue call” on October 31 when her vehicle went airborne and landed upside down in a ditch filled with water, according to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.

Vasquez, who was also a volunteer firefighter, is survived by her parents and an older brother. She previously worked at a residential facility for adults with disabilities, a GoFundMe account said.

“She lived her life to give back to the community,” the GoFundMe said. “She was living her vision of the American dream, she immigrated to the US with her parents as a child, and did everything she could to give back to the community she loved.”

Officer Ricardo Davis

Auxiliary Officer Ricardo Davis was killed on Oct. 27 while in pursuit of a suspect. (ODMP)

Ricardo Davis, an auxiliary officer for Washington Park police in Illinois, died on Oct. 27 after falling off a bridge while in pursuit of a suspect.

Davis, 44, attempted to pull over an SUV with two males inside, but the driver refused to stop and eventually crashed into the Poplar Street Bridge complex, KMOV-TV reported. During the pursuit, Davis jumped over a concrete barrier and fell about 50 feet off the bridge, according to KMOV.

He was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

“It’s a big loss to the community and sad it had to end this way. He did what he thought he had to do to protect the community,” Washington Park Mayor Rickie Thomas told the Belleville News-Democrat. “My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are certainly with the family. I am at a loss for words concerning this officer.”

He said Davis was a “very respectful young man.”

Deputy Farrah B. Turner

Deputy Farrah B. Turner died on Oct. 22, becoming the second officer to die in an ambush earlier this month. (Florence County Sheriff’s Office)

Weeks after a South Carolina man ambushed police officers from inside his home, Deputy Farrah B. Turner succumbed to her injuries and died on Oct. 22.

Turner “was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did,” said Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone. “She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable.

Turner was among seven law enforcement officers allegedly shot by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins in Florence, South Carolina. Authorities said the decorated Vietnam War veteran opened fire without warning when officers arrived at his home on Oct. 5 to speak with his son about a sexual assault investigation.

She had been hospitalized since the attack and had multiple operations before her death. Officer Terrence Carraway was also killed in the ambush.

Officer Antwan Toney

Officer Antwan Toney of the Gwinnett County Police Department was killed on Oct. 20. (Gwinnett County Police Department)

Officer Antwan Toney was killed in Georgia on Oct. 20 after being fired upon while responding to the scene of "a suspicious vehicle," the Gwinnett County Police Department confirmed in a news release.

Toney, along with other officers, arrived at an area near Shiloh Middle School about 2:30 p.m. in response to a report of "a suspicious vehicle," police said. Upon finding and nearing the vehicle, “shots were fired from inside the suspect vehicle,” and one of them hit Toney, the news release said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.

Toney, who had been on the force since 2015, was just days away from marking his three year anniversary with the department, police said.

Trooper Kevin Conner

Trooper Kevin Conner, 38, was fatally shot during a traffic stop. (North Carolina Highway Patrol)

North Carolina Trooper Kevin Conner, 38, was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Oct. 17.

Conner was an 11-year veteran of the force and the father of two children: an 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

"It was his lifelong dream," Greg Rudnick, a highway patrolman, told The Courier-Tribune about Conner's job. "He just wanted to make a difference, and he always did. He was always there for everybody."

The suspect fled the scene but was later brought into custody.

Deputy Raymond Jimmerson

Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Raymond Jimmerson was killed on Oct. 5  (ODMP)

Deputy Raymond Jimmerson of the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office in Texas was killed on Oct. 5 after a vehicle struck him.

Jimmerson, 49, was responding to a report of a traffic hazard and was attempting to remove debris from a road when he was hit, KTBS-TV reported.

He had been with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years, according to KTBS.

Officer Terrence Carraway

Florence police Officer Terrence Carraway, 52, was fatally shot on Oct. 3 (ODMP)

Officer Terrence Carraway was killed in South Carolina on Oct. 3 after a man opened fire from inside his home. Six other officers were wounded during the shooting.

Carraway, 52, had just been honored for his 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

"I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known," Florence police Chief Allen Heidler said.

Officers Zack Moak and James White

Brookhaven, Miss., police officers Zack Moak and James White were killed Saturday after responding to a call of shots fired. (MBI)

Brookhaven police Officers Zack Moak, 31, and James White, 35, were shot and killed during a shootout on Sept. 29, authorities said.

At roughly 5 a.m. the officers responded to reports of shots fired at a house in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Then, while exchanging gunfire with a 25-year-old suspect, the officers were “mortally wounded," officials said. Both Moak and White were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"These are two awesome people who lost their lives this morning in the line of duty. Two heroes lost their lives this morning," Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said following their deaths.

Deputy Mark Stasyuk

Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, was killed after a shootout with a suspect in Sacramento County, California. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, was fatally shot on Sept. 17.

Along with another officer, Stasyuk was responding to a disturbance call at a local business around 2 p.m. The officers were given “no indication that the suspect was armed or dangerous,” the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

The other officer was also shot during the altercation with the suspect, who has been caught but is expected to recover.

Stasyuk had been with the force for more than four years, according to the Sacramento Bee.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by family members to help his new wife.

Deputy Robert Kunze III

Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze III was fatally shot on Sept. 16. (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)

Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze III was fatally shot on Sept. 16 during an altercation with a suspect. The 41-year-old was a 12-year veteran of the police department in Kansas.

"Robert was a great asset to the sheriff's office," said Sheriff Joe Easter. "Robert was an exceptional deputy who was loved by everyone he worked with."

Kunze is survived by his wife and daughter.

Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr.

Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. was killed on Sept. 15. An Air Force veteran, he had also served on the Ludowici City Council. (ODMP)

Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. was killed on Sept. 15 after he was struck by a suspect who was being chased by police.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McClelland, 69, had left his car to help direct traffic during the chase when the 23-year-old suspect struck him.

An Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War, McClelland was a longtime member of the Ludowici Police force, having served as a lieutenant for 21 years before becoming the chief of police, according to his obituary. He also served more than 20 years on the Ludowici City Council.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Officer Garrett Hull

Fort Worth police Officer Garrett Hull died on September 14 after being shot in the head by an armed robbery suspect. (Fox 4 News/Fort Worth Police Department)

Fort Worth police Officer Garrett Hull, 40, was shot in the head on Sept. 14 while conducting surveillance on a trio of robbery suspects in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hull, a 17-year veteran of the department, succumbed to his injuries later that day, the Dallas Moring News reported.

"We’ve lost a true hero," Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said at a news conference. "Someone who has dedicated more than one tour of service to this great city and was senselessly killed by three known criminals — two of which are in custody now.”

The officer is survived by his wife and two daughters, the Morning News reported.

“We take for granted that we are protected by these men and women in uniform, who are serving our community every day and fighting against the criminals that took Officer Hull’s life,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement.

Officer Armando Gallegos

Armando Gallegos, a California corrections officer, had been hospitalized since April when he was attacked by seven inmates. (ODMP)

A California corrections officer, Armando Gallegos died on Sept. 14 after spending almost five months in the hospital following an attack.

Gallegos, 56, was attacked by seven inmates in April and had been in the hospital since, the Visalia Times-Delta reported. But in September, Gallegos succumbed to his injuries, Chuck Alexander, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, told the newspaper.

“Our hearts are heavy from the passing of Officer Armando Gallegos. Correctional officers like Armando put their lives on the line every day to keep our prisons and communities safe,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz said in a statement to the newspaper. “We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Irma, his family and friends, as well as our CDCR community, during this difficult time.”

Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts was 35 years old. (ODMP)

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts drowned Sept. 7 after his patrol car was caught in rushing flfloodwatersrom a storm, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Roberts had responded to a 911 hang-up call when his car was washed off the road and became submerged, Sheriff Jim Arnott told the newspaper.

Roberts, 35, had only been with the Missouri police department for about a year, but had worked with a different department in the past, the News-Leader reported. He is survived by a wife and daughter.

"He was compassionate, caring," Willard Police Chief Tom McClain said. "He was thorough in his investigations. He was the kind of officer that any agency would be blessed to have."

“He served hardily and with all his might,” McClain said.

Officer Fadi Mukhlis Shukur

Detroit police Officer Fadi Mukhlis Shukur had recently gotten married and joined the force. (ODMP)

Detroit police Officer Fadi Mukhlis Shukur died on Aug. 15 after he was struck by a vehicle while assisting with crowd control outside of a club, according to MLive.com.

Born in Baghdad, Shukur, 30, had joined the force in February 2018. He also served in the U.S. Navy for six years, according to his obituary.

“Fadi gave his life to his community in the performance of his duty as a Detroit Police officer,” his obituary said.

Shukur is survived by his wife, who he had just married in June.

Officer Kirk Griess

California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Griess was killed in August. (ODMP)

California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Griess, 46, was struck by a passing vehicle after he had pulled another motorist over on Aug. 10. Both Griess and the man he pulled over died in the accident, KNTV reported.

At a memorial service, Griess was remembered for his “perfect hair.”

“When he took off his helmet, you couldn’t tell he had been wearing a helmet because his hair was perfect,” Capt. Mark Headrick said, according to KNTV. “If each of us could spread just a little more kindness, happiness, love, understand and look for opportunities to serve others, we would be honoring Kirk’s memory every day.”

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller

Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was a member of the Fort Myers Police Department since September 2015. (Fort Myers Police Department)

Fort Myers police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, was shot on July 21 when a suspect opened fire while he was responding to a call at a gas station in Fort Myers, Fla.

The police department announced a week later, on July 28, that he'd "passed away as a result of the injuries sustained" in the encounter.

Jobbers-Miller joined the force in September 2015, police said.

"Words cannot capture how we feel, but together we will all help each other during this time of need," Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in a Facebook post about Jobbers-Miller's passing. Marceno described the fallen officer as "a true hero to us all."

"Over the course of the last week, our entire community banded together to support Officer Jobbers-Miller and his family," Marceno said in the post. "The thin blue line runs strong in Southwest Florida."

State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer

Arizona State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer died after he was shot by a suspect who used a trooper’s gun. (Arizona Department of Public Safety via AP)

Arizona State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, 24, was fatally shot on July 25. A Navy veteran, Edenhofer had just graduated from the police academy in May.

“If you didn’t know Tyler, he was an amazing person, selfless, heroic, brave,” his sister said in a Facebook post.

According to the Arizona Republic, Edenhofer was based in Guam, working as a hull maintenance technician for the Navy prior to joining the police force. He was also engaged to be married.

Edenhofer was killed, and another officer was injured, when they got into an altercation with a man suspected of throwing objects from his car and driving erratically in Avondale, Arizona. At some point during the altercation, the suspect grabbed a trooper’s gun and fired two shots.

The other officer, Dalin Dorris, survived the attack.

Officer Michael Michalski

Milwaukee police Officer Michael Michalski served his city for 20 years, according to the police department. (Milwaukee Police Department)

Officer Michael Michalski served Milwaukee for 20 years, including 17 years as an officer, the Milwaukee Police Department said.

Michalski, 52, was fatally shot on July 25 after he responded to a call regarding a wanted man. The suspect was apprehended.

“This is a difficult time for us. He was well loved by the department and was a friend of mine,” Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales said.

Michalski left behind a wife and three sons, according to the police department.

He is the second Milwaukee officer to die in the line of duty this year. Officer Charles Irvine Jr., was killed after the squad car he was in crashed while in pursuit of a reckless driver.

Officer Diego Moreno

Officer Diego Moreno was killed after he was accidentally struck by a fellow officer’s vehicle during a pursuit of a suspect. (Q13FOX)

Kent police Officer Diego Moreno was killed while he was assisting with a vehicle pursuit on July 22. The Washington officer was deploying spike strips to stop a fleeing shooting suspect along a road when he was accidentally struck by a fellow officer's vehicle.

Moreno was an eight-year veteran with the Kent Police Department, it said on Facebook, noting "his contributions to our department and positive impact on his co-workers and the community have been significant."

“Make no question about this, were it not for the actions of this suspect or suspects, this officer would be alive today. It’s directly because of the suspect or suspect’s actions that led to the officer’s death,” Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said.

According to KOMO-TV, Moreno earned many awards while with the police department, including an honor for exceptional duty after he saved a woman from a fire. He was also recognized from saving someone from an overdose last year.

Additionally, Moreno was a Spanish translator and hostage negotiator, KOMO reported.

Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens

Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens with the Dallas Police Department died July 21 after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver while on a funeral escort, authorities said.

Givens, a 32-year veteran of the force, was killed after a Kia Sportage struck him while he was blocking an entrance ramp on Interstate 20, Chief U. Renee Hall said. The officer was doing a courtesy escort for fellow officer Tyron Andrews who died from cancer.

Givens, who was a part of the motorcycle unit since 2012, was taken to the Baylor University Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The officer was stationary on his motorcycle when he was struck "at a high rate of speed" by a 25-year-old black male. The driver, who has not yet been named, was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Officer Joseph Gomm

Office Joseph Gomm was killed just a day after celebrating his 16th anniversary with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. (ODMP)

A day after celebrating his 16th anniversary with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by an inmate and died.

An inmate serving time for a murder allegedly attacked Gomm with a hammer on July 18 at the corrections facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, KSTP-TV reported.

“The corrections family is reeling from this incident,” Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy said. “We are not accustomed to losing staff. … This is a bad day.”

Corrections officers are not armed with guns but do carry radios and pepper spray, according to the Pioneer Press.

“On behalf of all Minnesotans, I offer my deepest sympathies to Officer Gomm’s family, friends, and fellow corrections officers,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement. “We are all indebted to the courageous corrections officers and other state employees, who risk their safety in Minnesota’s prisons to ensure the safety of their colleagues, our communities and the inmates themselves. Minnesotans are grateful for your selfless service, and we mourn with you the loss of your colleague and friend.”

Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa

Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa had been with the Hawai’i Police Department for 10 years. (Hawai’i Police Department)

The Hawai'i Police Department said Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa was killed after he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

Kaliloa was rushed to the hospital on July 17 with gunshot wounds to his neck and leg and underwent surgery but died early the next morning.

A 10-year veteran of the force, Kaliloa leaves behind a wife and three small children, the police department said in a news release. He was honored as the "Officer of the Month" in April 2014. At the time, the department acknowledged Kaliloa for arresting a man who was brandishing a rifle and "discharging it into the air" near a woman's home.

Officer Michael Chesna

Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna was killed one day before the sixth anniversary of his hiring by the department. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)

Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed July 15 after a suspect attacked him with a rock, took his gun and shot him in the head and chest.

According to officials, Chesna found suspect Emanuel Lopes vandalizing a house. When the officer drew his gun and commanded Lopes to stop, the suspect allegedly attcked Chesna with a stone and struck him in the head.

Lopes was arrested and rushed to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Chesna was a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who left behind a wife and two children, aged 4 and 9.

"I hired Mike Chesna six years ago tomorrow," said Grimes, who added that Chesna's mother had told him "he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer]."

“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said.

Trooper Nicholas Clark

Trooper Nicholas Clark, 29, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call on July 2. (New York State Police Department)

Nicholas Clark, a 29-year-old New York state trooper, was shot and killed July 2 by a now-deceased gunman when he responded to a domestic disturbance call near the Pennsylvania border, police said.

Clark was on the scene of a domestic dispute south of Corning around 3:30 a.m.

The 911 call was made by the wife of 43-year-old Steven Kiley. Kiley, according to police, shot Clark before apparently taking his own life.

Clark tried out for the NFL's Buffalo Bills team before entering the New York State Police Academy, which he graduated from in 2015.

He is survived by his parents and a brother.

Officer Mathew Mazany

Mathew Mazany, a Mentor police officer in Ohio, was fatally struck in a hit-and-run incident in June. (Mentor Police Department)

Ohio police Officer Mathew Mazany, 41, was killed June 24 in a hit-and-run accident. At the time, the Mentor cop was helping another officer with a traffic stop early in the morning, according to Cleveland.com.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of the crime and tampering with evidence, WEWS-TV reported.

“Patrolman Matt Mazany remains in our hearts, and he and his family will forever be a part of our Mentor City family, forever a part of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement and will forever hold a special place among all of us for whom he gave his life in service,” City Manager Kenneth Filipiak said in a statement.

Mazany is survived by his wife and son, WJW-TV reported.

Officer Tawanna Marin

Tawanna Marin was a corrections officer for nine years. (ODMP)

Corrections Officer Tawanna Marin, 48, was fatally struck by a car June 18 while she was supervising inmates working along a road, according to The Sun-Sentinel.

From Pompano Beach, Marin was employed with the South Florida Reception Center in Doral.

“We are absolutely devastated by the tragic passing of Officer Tawanna Marin,” Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said in a statement. “For more than nine years, Officer Marin served our state as a corrections officer, and we are forever grateful for her sacrifice and service to our community.”

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Sheriff Theresa King

Deputy Sheriff Theresa King (right) and Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer (left) were shot on June 15. (Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff Theresa King and Deputy Sheriff Patrick Rohrer with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas were shot June 15 when they were "overcome by an inmate being transferred from jail to the courthouse," police said.

Both Rohrer and King were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer later died. King, who was initially listed in critical condition, died shortly after midnight on June 16.

Major Kelli Bailiff, of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, said it was possible the deputies were shot with their own weapons. The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is still investigating the incident, Officer T.J. Tomasic said in a statement.

Rohrer, 35, served with the sheriff’s office for seven years. His family has asked for their privacy during this time, police said.

King, 44, served the department for 13 years.

Officer Charles Irvine, Jr. 

Milwaukee police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. was killed on June 7 during a vehicle pursuit. (Milwaukee Police Department)

Milwaukee police Officer Charles Irvine, Jr., was killed on June 7 during a vehicle pursuit, the department said.

Irvine, 23, was the city's first police officer killed in the line of duty in more than two decades. He joined the force about four years ago, first serving as a police aide before becoming an officer, Milwaukee police said.

“This is a very sad day for our community,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“The Irvine family is suffering, the entire Milwaukee Police Department is suffering. This underscores how difficult the job of a Milwaukee police officer is. Officer Irvine gave his life for the people of this community. He served it because he wanted it to be a better community," he continued.

Sgt. Daniel Baker

Sgt. Daniel Baker was reportedly shot to death after an altercation with a suspect. (Dickson County Sheriff)

A Tennessee officer was found shot to death on May 30 in his patrol car after having an altercation with a man suspected of abusing his girlfriend and stealing her vehicle.

The Tennessean identified the slain officer as Sgt. Daniel Baker, who was 32 years old.

Baker was remembered by the newspaper as a hero who rescued a woman trapped underwater as her vehicle was sinking and who once captured a drunk gunman who opened fire in a parking lot of an auditorium. Baker was also deployed to Iraq at one point, according to The Tennessean.

"Our hearts are shattered, one of best deputies was killed. He's one of the guys who puts it on the line every day to keep us safe," Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said.

Officer Anthony Christie

Officer Anthony Christie was also a Navy veteran. (Savannah Police Department)

Officer Anthony Christie died on May 25 after his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on a highway, WSAV-TV reported. Christie was assisting with a car accident at the time of his death.

Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew said Christie, a Navy veteran, died in service to his community.

“We know policing is a dangerous job, but that doesn’t make incidents like this any less heartbreaking for our community, our department and the entire blue family,” Revenew said.

Christie was sworn in with the department in 2016. He leaves behind a wife.

Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard

North Carolina State Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard had been with the department for only three years. (N.C. State Highway Patrol)

While in pursuit of a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint, North Carolina State Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard struck a bridge abutment and died, the Raleigh News-Observer reported.

The fatal accident occurred on May 21. Bullard was 24 years old and had been with the highway patrol for three years.

“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.”

Officer Aryian Williams

Officer Aryian Williams was killed in a car accident while responding to assist other officers. (Monroe Police Department)

Officer Aryian Williams, 26, was killed on May 21 while responding to assist other officers.

According to KEDM.org, Williams swerved when another car pulled out in front of her, causing her to swerve and hit a tree. She had been with the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana since 2017.

“This is a tragic time for the entire City of Monroe and Monroe Police Department,” Mayor Jamie Mayo said, according to KEDM.

Officer Amy Caprio

Officer Amy Caprio served with the police department for nearly four years before her death. (Baltimore County Police Department)

While responding to a suspicious vehicle call on May 21, Police Officer Amy Caprio with the Baltimore County Police Department was “critically injured,” authorities said.

The officer, who served with the department for nearly four years, was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.

After a manhunt that ended the following day, four teenagers were arrested in connection to her death.

One of the teens — Dawnta Anthony Harris from Baltimore — allegedly “drove at” the officer after she told him to get out of his vehicle as the three other teens, who have not yet been identified, burglarized a house.

According to police, Harris has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

Caprio is the first female police officer to die in the line of duty in the Baltimore County Police Department’s 148-year history, officials told Fox News.

Deputy William Gentry

Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry (right) died on May 7 after being shot in the head, police said. (Highlands County Sheriff’s Office)

Florida Deputy William Gentry died on May 7, a day after being shot in the head while responding to a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot, police said.

After speaking with the cat's owner, the Highlands County officer approached the man suspected of shooting the cat, Joseph Edward Ables, 69, at his Lake Placid front door. Sheriff Paul Blackman said Ables then shot Gentry in the head shortly before 8 p.m. on May 6. The deputy was airlifted to a Fort Myers hospital.

The sheriff's office statement said Ables was a convicted felon with a history of violence toward law enforcement.

Gentry, 40, was a field training officer and served for over nine years with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, where his brother is a detective, Blackman said.

"This is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency," the sheriff added.

Officer Rob Pitts

Officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed on May 4. (Terre Haute Police Department)

Officer Rob Pitts with the Terre Haute Police Department in Indiana was shot and killed on May 4 while investigating a homicide.

Pitts, who served with the police department for 16 years, was fatally wounded when a homicide suspect opened fire on Pitts and other officers from the second floor of a Terre Haute apartment building. He was taken to a local hospital but died shortly after.

The suspect was later shot and killed during a standoff with officers.

“Rob is deeply missed, but we are grateful for the time we had with him," Terre Haute police spokesman Ryan Adamson said. “Thank you for your continued prayers.”

Officer Jesus “Chuy” Cordova

Officer Jesus "Chuy" Cordova died on April 27 after he was shot by an armed carjacker. (Nogales Police Department)

Officer Jesus "Chuy" Cordova with the Nogales Police Department in Arizona died on April 27 after he was shot multiple times while attempting to pull over an armed carjacker.

The gunman, later identified as 28-year-old David Ernesto Murillo, jumped out of the car and opened fire, fatally wounding Cordova.

“The community of Nogales will never be the same but we hope that this unity continues well into the future,” said Nogales Police Chief Roy Bermudez.

The officer served with the police department for roughly a year. Before that, the 44-year-old had served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office for a decade. He is survived by his fiancee, who is pregnant, and his three children.

Officer Charles Whites

Officer Charles Whites had been with the Round Rock Police Department for 19 years. (ODMP)

Round Rock Police Officer Charles Whites died on April 27 – about two months after he was hit by a car.

Whites was struck by a drunk driver while he was directing traffic on Feb. 25, 2018, according to KTBC-TV. Whites had been with the force for 19 years.

“Charles is a magnificent man. Charles' heart has always been to serve and to take care of his community. As many of our people do, he puts himself in harm's way,” Assistant Chief Willie Richards had said of Whites.

Officer Rogelio Santander

Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander died a day after being shot while he was responding to an incident at a Home Depot. (Fox4)

Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to his injuries and died after he was shot responding to an episode at Home Depot, Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Santander and Officer Crystal Almeida, both with the department for three years, were shot on April 24 by 29-year-old suspect Armando Juarez, police said. Santander died a day later while Almeida, who was reportedly shot in the face, is still "fighting hard," Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata told KDFW-TV.

A civilian was also injuried in the shooting. The suspect is in police custody.

Corporal Eugene Cole

Corporal Eugene Cole was with the Somerset County police department for 13 years. (Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)

A sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while he was responding to a robbery at a Maine convenience story on April 25, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office said.

Corporal Eugene Cole, 62, was with the department for 13 years. He has a son who is also with the department, police said.

The shooting happened around 1:14 a.m. at a Cumberland Farms store in Norridgewock, located about 30 miles north of the state capital of Augusta.

"He was one of the finest deputies that you would want to meet," Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said.

Officer Tamby Yagan

Tamby Yagan, a longtime officer with the Patterson Police Department, died in a car accident while on duty. (New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association)

Patterson, New Jersey police Officer Tamby Yagan crashed into a parked car on April 22 while on duty, killing the 41-year-old.

The cause of the accident, including if Yagan suffered a medical emergency before the crash, is still being investigated, according to NorthJersey.com.

“He was a cop's cop,” Police Director Jerry Speziale told the newspaper. “He's somebody who went above and beyond. He was a true community person.”

“He would give you the shirt off his back,” Struyk said. “You could call him any time of night and he would be there for you.”

Yagan was a member of the Patterson police force since 2005. Prior to that, he was a volunteer firefighter. He leaves behind a young son, according to local reports.

Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate

Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate died after being involved in a head-on collision while he was responding to a 911 call. (Officers Down Memorial Page)

Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate was responding to a 911 call of a residential structure fire on April 20 when he was involved in a head-on collision.

The 26-year-old who worked for the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, about 30 miles south of Jefferson City, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Kansas City Star.

Officials said Shoemate was attempting to pass a fire truck that did not have its emergency lights on in a no-passing area when he struck a Toyota 4Runner.

Shoemate started working with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, the department said.

“Casey was a wonderful man and our brother,” the department said. “The following days, weeks, months will be very difficult for us, but with the community support and prayers, we will get through this together.”

The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey

Sgt. Noel Ramirez (left) and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey (right) of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in Florida were fatally shot while they were eating lunch in a restaurant. (Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

While eating lunch at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, were fatally shot in what appeared to be an ambush on April 19.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz described the two officers as “the best of the best.”

“They don’t need to be remembered strictly for their untimely death, but they need to be remembered for the type of people that they are,” he said. “And that’s good individuals, good deputy sheriffs.”

Ramirez left behind a wife and two children, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

The police department confirmed that “there was no crime in progress, no disturbance” prior to the shooting. The 59-year-old suspect, who was later found deceased outside of the restaurant, “appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning.”

Officer Sean Gannon

Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed on April 12. (Massachusetts State Police)

Officer Sean Gannon with the Yarmouth Police Department in Massachusetts was shot and killed on April 12 while serving a warrant in Barnstable.

While searching the home, Gannon and his K-9 came across a man hiding in a closet, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspected shooter opened fire and shot Gannon in the head. The officer’s K-9, Nero, was also injured in the incident.

The suspect was later identified as Tom Latanowich, 29, of Somerville, Mass.

Latanowich, who will be charged with murder, had 111 prior adult offenses and was on probation, according to authorities.

Gannon, 32, served with the Yarmouth Police Department for nearly eight years before his death.

Officer Keith Earle

Officer Keith Earle served with the police department for 25 years before his death. (Huntsville Police Department)

Officer Keith Earle with the Huntsville Police Department in Alabama died on April 9.

The officer succumbed to injuries sustained during an on-duty car accident in March, WHNT19-TV reported. He was on duty at the time of the incident.

“Eula and I are praying for the family of Officer Keith Earl and everyone in the Huntsville Police Department. We offer our deepest condolences as our community mourns his loss and remembers his service,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement after Earle’s death.

The 46-year-old had served with the police department for 25 years.

Corporal Dale Hallman

Cpl. Dale Hallman of the Saluda County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina died around 1 a.m. on April 6 in a single-vehicle crash.

Hallman, who served with the sheriff’s office for five years before his death, was seriously injured when his patrol car went off the side of the road and overturned, according to a local news report. Hallman was ejected from the vehicle.

The corporal was taken to a local hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Hallman was responding to a call from local deputies, who were chasing an armed man who was allegedly holding a child hostage. The deputies called for backup from Saluda's Bloodhound Tracking Team, of which Hallman was a part of.

Hallman’s K-9, Copper, was found at the scene and is expected to recover, according to The State.

The 30-year-old is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and their two children. A GoFundMe has been started for the family.

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle served with the department for more than two years before he died. (Marin County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California was killed on March 15 while responding to a 911 hangup call regarding an alleged traffic accident.

Zirkle, 24, lost control of his vehicle, went off-road and struck a tree, ABC 7 reported. His partner later went searching for Zirkle and discovered him at the scene.

Zirkle, who served with the sheriff’s office for over two years, was transported to a local hospital but later died.

He is survived by his fiancee, two brothers and parents.

Officer Scotty Hamilton

Officer Scotty Hamilton served with the police department for 12 years. (Pikeville Police Department)

Officer Scotty Hamilton of the Pikeville Police Department in Kentucky was fatally shot on March 13 while investigating a crime.

Hamilton was on duty at the time he was shot and killed. The CBS affiliate WLKY reported that the officer was working with a state trooper to investigate a reported crime in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County when the shooting occurred.

Authorities say they have someone connected to the shooting in custody, according to 13 WTHR. No further details have been released.

Hamilton served with the police department for more than a decade. He leaves behind a wife and an infant daughter.

Deputy Sheriff David Lee’Sean Manning

Deputy Sheriff David Lee’Sean Manning was with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina for only four months before he was killed in a car accident. (Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff David Manning of Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina was involved in a fatal car crash on March 11.

Manning was heading North on Highway 111 when he turned his car around to pursue an intoxicated driver, ABC 11 reported. As he did this, Manning lost control of his patrol car and crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.

A man and his wife who were in the truck were hurt but did not have any life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Manning, however, died at the scene.

The driver who Manning was pursuing crashed into a nearby ditch, left his vehicle and ran away from the scene, authorities said. He was later identified as 33-year-old Richard Howard Walters, and has since been arrested and charged with with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired, according to CBS17.

Three others in connection to Manning’s death were also arrested.

Manning, 24, served with the sheriff's department for four months before he died. He is survived by his fiancee, daughter, parents and siblings.

Officer Greggory Casillas

Officer Greggory Casillas was fatally shot while trying to apprehend a suspect on March 9, authorities said. (Pomona Police Department)

Pomona, California police Officer Greggory Casillas, 30, was fatally shot March 9 after he and another officer chased a suspect who "barricaded himself in a bedroom" and "began firing through the door" as officers tried to contact him, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters. A second officer was injured, authorities said.

The confrontation led to a 15-hour standoff with authorities and ended with the suspect's arrest March 10, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

"For the last 15 hours, we attempted to make an arrest of this individual and just did so successfully minutes ago," McDonnell said during a news conference.

The situation began when Pomona officers received a report of a "person driving recklessly," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. The suspect ultimately led police on a chase before crashing and fleeing on foot. The suspect then "ran into an apartment complex and the officers gave chase," Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Dispatchers received a call of an "officer down," at around 9:10 p.m. local time. Pomona police Chief Mike Olivieri said in a tweet that one officer had died and the other was in stable condition.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive," the tweet said.

Officer Ryan Morton

Clinton Police Officer Ryan Morton was fatally shot after responding to a 911 call. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Clinton, Missouri police Officer Ryan Morton was fatally shot and two other officers were injured as they responded to a 911 call at a home in Missouri.

The alleged shooter, later identified as James Waters, opened fire from inside the house when officers tried to apprehend the individual. The suspect was found dead inside the home.

Since news of Morton's death broke, authorities announced that Morton and the other officers were sent to the wrong house – about 15 miles away from where they were supposed to be.

"The 911 call that came in was somehow attached to that [Clinton] address," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said, according to the Kansas City Star.

Lowe said it was a "coincidence" the officers were directed to that address.

"It is tragic that happened. But the fact is they were in the act of committing crimes within that house," Lowe said. "When (the officers) entered that house, they were doing what they needed to ensure no one was hurt and there wasn't any other problems."

Lowe said the loss would greatly impact the "small department."

“It’s a small department. It’s small enough that you know each individual officer and the community knows each individual officer, and it’s hard to put into words when you’re talking about an agency of this size, a community of this size where something tragic like this happened just seven months ago,” he said.

Morton, a 30-year-old Army veteran, was with the Clinton Police Department from February 2015 through January 2017, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He decided to return to the force after fellow officer Gary Michael was fatally shot at a traffic stop in August 2017.

Officer Rodney Smith

New to the Hickman Police Department in Kentucky, Officer Rodney Smith was killed after being swept away by flood waters while on duty.

Smith, 45, reportedly contacted a dispatcher for help after his car was swept away by the floods. A witness saw Smith climb onto the top of his car before it was swept away, KFVS-TV reported.

His body was discovered on March 3.

People in the community remembered Smith as a funny man who made the town a better place, according to WPSD-TV. Smith leaves behind a wife and children.

Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear

Scotland County Deputy Alexis Eagle Locklear died on March 1 in a single car crash. (Scotland County Sheriff’s Office)

Scotland County Deputy Alexis Eagle Locklear was killed on March 1 when his vehicle crashed. Locklear was assisting another officer who was chasing a suspect.

The 24-year-old, who was nicknamed “Thunder,” was only with the police department since May 16, 2017, according to Sheriff Ralph Kersey.

“Deputy Locklear was loved, honored and respected,” Kersey said in a Facebook post. “He brought great joy and pleasure in our hearts and spirits in our time of having him as a brother in this family we like to call home, here at the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.”

His patrol car number 143 will be retired, according to WBTW-TV.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett was killed in the line of duty in March, police said. (Indiana State Police)

Indiana sheriff’s deputy Jacob Pickett was fatally shot March 2 after attempting to apprehend a suspect in a foot chase, police said.

The Boone County deputy was critically wounded while assisting in the chase and later died, Indiana State Police confirmed in a statement.

"Deputy Jacob Pickett made the ultimate sacrifice for his community this morning," Sgt. John Perrine, a public information officer for the Indiana State Police, tweeted. "Rest easy sir."

Pickett, an Indiana native, had been in law enforcement for nearly eight years. He had been working as a K-9 handler, patrolling the streets with his loyal partner "Brick" for the Boone County Sheriff's Office for the past two years.

He's the first person killed in the line of duty from the department since 1935, police said.

"Deputy Jacob Pickett and his family continue to selflessly serve even after his fatal wound by donating his organs," state police said.

Officer Justin Billa

Officer Justin Billa was named "Officer of the Month" in 2016 and had only been on the force for two years. (Mobile Police Department)

Alabama Police Officer Justin Billa was fatally shot on Feb. 20 as he and other law enforcement officials responded to a woman’s murder.

After finding the slain woman, police identified her ex-husband, Robert Hollie, as a “person of interest.” Billa and other officers with the Mobile Police Department established a perimeter around Hollie’s house and asked him to come out, but he opened fire instead, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said.

Billa was shot and later died at a hospital, according to Battiste. Hollie was also killed in the shooting, though it’s unclear if he shot himself or was struck by officers.

Billa, who was named “Officer of the Month” in June 2016, had only been on the force for two years. When he was given the award, his commanding officer praised his attention to detail and professionalism.

“We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems,” Billa told WALA-TV in July 2016. “That’s my idea of good policing, and I feel like that’s what the chief is working towards.”

Billa also said he spent time with his wife before he left for work every day.

"She tells me she loves me every day before I leave for work. And I make sure I do the same," he added.

Aside from his wife, Billa also left behind a young son.

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton died on Feb. 17 after a semi-truck crashed into his patrol car. (Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida died when a semi-truck crashed into his patrol car.

When Stanton was driving to work around 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 17, a semi-truck lost the treading on its tire. The treading then wrapped around the truck’s axle, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, according to Florida Today.

The truck then collided with Stanton’s patrol car.

Stanton, 32, was on duty at the time of the crash. He served with the sheriff’s office for 10 and a half years before his death.

Officer Darren Weathers

Officer Darren Weathers died on Feb. 13 at the age of 25. (Detroit Police Department)

Officer Darren Weathers of the Detroit Police Department was killed on Feb. 13 when his car crashed during a training exercise.

Weathers was rushed to a local Michigan hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.

The 25-year-old officer, whose nickname in the police department was “Lucky,” was a “rising star,” Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig told Fox 2.

"It's no surprise that Lucky quickly became one of the Detroit Police Department's rising stars," Craig said.

Weathers, a military veteran, leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Commander Paul Bauer

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, who had been on the police force for 31 years, was fatally shot by a suspect during a pursuit. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot in the stairwell of a downtown building on Feb. 13, law enforcement officials said.

Bauer spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect and “engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” according to Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Officers had been chasing the suspect on foot.

Bauer, 53, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was attending a training at the Chicago Fire Department with other officials prior to the shooting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Bauer's death "a tragic reminder of the dangerous duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all."

Police captured the suspect shortly after the shooting, and a gun was recovered at the scene, Johnson said.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering

Officers Anthony Morelli (left) and Eric Joering (right) were fatally shot while responding to a 911 call. (Westerville Police Department)

Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were shot Feb. 10.

Both men were officers with the Westerville Division of Police in Ohio, and had been “responding to a domestic 911 hang-up call,” Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said.

“Once on the scene, they made contact with the suspect and exchanged gunfire almost immediately,” he said.

Joering died at the scene while Morelli died at a hospital, according to Morbitzer.

Quentin Smith, 30, was named as the suspect in the case.

Officer Chase Maddox

Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox, 26, was shot and killed. (Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council)

Officer Chase Maddox, 26, of the Locust Grove Police Department in Georgia was shot and killed Feb. 9 in an incident which also left two deputies wounded.

The deputies were at a Locust Grove address to serve an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Tierre Guthrie, who was wanted for failing to appear in court for traffic violations, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has said.

“Guthrie became combative and escalated the situation,” the agency said. “LGPD Officer Chase Maddox arrived on scene to assist the deputies. A fight ensued resulting in Guthrie and the officers firing their weapons.”

Guthrie died. An autopsy indicated Guthrie was shot four times, including twice in the chest, the GBI said.

The agency said Maddox was shot three times, "with the fatal wound being to the head."

Maddox, who served with the police department for five years, left behind a young child and his wife, who is pregnant.

Officer David Sherrard

Officer David Sherrard of the Richardson Police Department in Texas was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 7. (Richardson Police Department)

Officer David Sherrard, a 13-year veteran of the Richardson Police Department in Texas, was fatally shot on Feb. 7 while responding to a disturbance call.

Sherrard, 37, was also a member of the police department’s SWAT team, the Richardson Police Department said in a Facebook post announcing the officer’s death.

“He exemplified the professionalism, heroism, and strong character inherent in all Richardson police officers,” the police department said.

The suspect was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff.

Police said a second person, identified as 30-year-old Rene Gamez, who lived at the apartment where the suspect barricaded himself before surrendering, also died in the shooting.

Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick

Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick was fatally shot and killed on Feb. 5. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

While investigating a car theft, Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado was shot and killed on Feb. 5.

A suspect allegedly opened fire on Flick, 34, and three other law enforcement officers in Colorado Springs as they attempted to take the suspect into custody. Along with the officers, a bystander was also shot, police said.

The suspect died at the scene from return fire.

Flick, who served with the sheriff’s department for 11 years, was married with 7-year-old twins.

Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr.

Officer Glenn Doss died on Jan. 28 after being shot in the head and chest while responding to a domestic violence call. (GoFundMe)

Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr., 25, was shot in the head and chest while responding to a domestic violence call on Jan. 24.

When Doss and other officers arrived, a man, identified as 43-year-old Decharlos Brooks, allegedly opened fire on police officers while they were still in their patrol car. Doss was shot in the incident.

Brooks was taken into custody and charged with eight counts of assault with intent to murder, seven counts of resisting and obstructing, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon and 17 counts of felony firearms.

Doss, who was taken to a nearby Detroit hospital after he was shot, succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 28.

He worked for the Detroit Police Department for two years and is survived by Emily Crouse, his girlfriend of nine years, their 9-month-old son, Eli, and his parents.

Deputy Heath Gumm

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, 32, was fatally shot in Colorado. (Family Handout)

Deputy Heath Gumm of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call on Jan. 24.

Gumm, who served with the sheriff’s office for five years, was shot in the chest by the suspect he had been chasing on foot. The suspect now faces murder charges.

The 32-year-old is survived by his wife and other family members.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill

Christopher David Hill served with the United States Marshals Service for 11 years. (AP)

Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, a husband, father of two children and a U.S Army veteran, served with the United States Marshals Service for 11 years before he was shot and killed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Hill, along with Middle Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force members, was attempting to arrest a woman at a home on Jan. 18 for reportedly making terror threats.

At the same time, a man inside the home opened fire on the task force. Hill was shot, as were two other task force officers, one of whom still was able to shoot and kill the gunman.

Hill was taken to a local hospital but later died from his wounds. He was 45.

Detective Michael R. Doty

Detective Michael Doty was fatally shot on Jan. 16. (York County Sheriff’s Office)

Detective Michael Doty of the York County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina was fatally shot on Jan. 16 while searching for a man who allegedly attacked his wife and then ran into a wooded area nearby.

Christian Thomas McCall, 47, allegedly shot Doty in an “ambush” attack. The detective was later taken to a hospital in North Carolina but died the next day.

Three deputies and one K-9 officer also were injured at the time.

Doty, 37, was a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Sheriff Daniel A. McCartney

Deputy Daniel McCartney was shot and killed January 7. (Pierce County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputy Sheriff Daniel A. McCartney, a Navy veteran, husband and a father to three sons, was fatally wounded while responding to a burglary on Jan. 7.

McCartney, 34, who worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state, was the first officer on the scene.

McCartney was shot while chasing after the suspect on foot. The sheriff later died in the early hours of Jan. 8 at a nearby hospital.

One suspect was found dead at the scene and a second suspect was arrested the next day. A third suspect, who was in a getaway vehicle, also was charged.

McCartney served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office for three years.

Officer Chris Beaudion

Officer Chris Beaudion died after his patrol car struck a tree. (Monroe Police Department/Facebook)

Officer Chris Beaudion, 26, served in the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana. He suffered fatal injuries when his patrol car struck a tree on Jan. 7 around 3 a.m.

Shortly after his death, the News Star reported that Beaudion, who was on duty at the time of the accident, veered left and crossed two lanes of traffic before hitting the tree. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer, who is survived by his wife, two children and parents, was with the police department for 17 months before the crash, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Lieutenant Christopher Robateau

Lieutenant Christopher Robateau (left) served with the New Jersey Police Department until his death in January. (AP)

Lieutenant Christopher Robateau of the New Jersey Police Department was killed on Jan. 5.

The 49-year-old, who was with the police department for 23 years, was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Robateau was married with three children.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Edmund DeMarche, Travis Fedschun, Ryan Gaydos, Kathleen Joyce, Katherine Lam, Stephen Sorace, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

Fake Amazon packages and GPS helped cops catch package thieves

As the online shopping market continues to explode – it reached $121.5 billion, up 14 percent year-over-year in the third quarter according to the U.S. Department of Commerce – the biggest concern has been package theft, alarming shoppers, law enforcement and e-commerce companies alike.

Working in conjunction with Amazon, Jersey City police have taken the matter into their own hands to catch these so-called porch thieves, using technology.

The Jersey City police department installed doorbell cameras and planted fake packages with GPS tracking devices inside and waited for thieves to try and steal them. Much to no one's surprise, they did not have to wait long, with someone trying to take a package three minutes after it had been placed.


"We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken," police Capt. James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission, told the Associated Press "We thought it was a mistake at first."

The suspect was caught, Crecco added. It is unclear if the suspect was subsequently charged with a crime.

According to a 2017 study, 11 million homeowners in the U.S. had packages stolen in the previous year. Approximately 53 percent of homeowners are concerned that packages left outside their homes can be stolen, and 74 percent of packages are stolen while homeowners are at work, adding to the problem.

Amazon — which is providing equipment free for the Jersey City program — declined to provide figures on how many packages are reported stolen or missing, as did UPS and FedEx.

"We absolutely report them to local law enforcement when we hear of them, and we encourage our customers to do the same," UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara said.

Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told The Associated Press that locations for cameras and boxes were selected using the city's own crime statistics and mapping of theft locations provided by Amazon.

"Most of the package thefts we've made arrests on revolve around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image," Kelly said. "With the bait packages, some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS."

Several members of the Jersey City police department volunteered their dwellings to have the technology installed and the boxes placed. Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told the AP that the program has been approved by a municipal prosecutor and hopes to expand the program, with Amazon's help.


The Jeff Bezos-led company has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News, but told the AP: "We appreciate the increased effort by local law enforcement to tackle package theft and remain committed to assisting however we can."

Similar programs have been tried in other cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Hayward, California.

Amazon’s mixed privacy efforts

Amazon has worked hard to stave off package theft in a number of different ways. Earlier this year, the tech giant acquired Ring, which makes video doorbells and a number of other home security products, for $1 billion. Upon completion the deal, the press release made sure to note that the "two companies will work together to accelerate Ring’s mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods…"

Despite this, there has been an outcry against Amazon from several groups who say that the tech giant is infringing upon people's privacy with its technology.

On Wednesday, the ACLU wrote a blog post about one of Amazon's patents that would add face surveillance to homeowner's front doors. "As a former patent litigator, I've spent a lot of time reading patents," Jacob Snow, Technology & Civil Liberties Attorney, ACLU of Northern California wrote in the post. "It’s rare for patent applications to lay out, in such nightmarish detail, the world a company wants to bring about. Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future, with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells.


The company has also received a significant amount of blowback for its Rekognition facial recognition technology, both from its employees and those who have bemoaned it could lead to mass surveillance in the not-too-distant future.

In July, the Rekognition facial surveillance technology wrongly tagged 28 members of Congress as police suspects, according to ACLU research.

Fox News' James Rogers, Christopher Carbone and the Associated Press contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

Texas man who allegedly tried, failed to kidnap teen jogger is arrested

A Texas man was taken into custody on Tuesday for the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl who managed to escape the ordeal, authorities said.

Law enforcement learned that the teen had been out jogging on Dec. 2 when a person she described as a Hispanic male came near her, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. The individual had been driving a tan, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado truck made in the early 2000s, authorities said.

The girl claimed that the male “stopped and got out of the truck and wrapped his arms around her,” prompting her to yell for help, authorities said. She managed to free herself after the pair crashed to the ground, after which he fled the scene in his vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.


On Dec. 5 investigators from the sheriff’s office went to the scene of the incident and while they were there, they spotted a vehicle that matched the one that had been described as the suspect’s, authorities said. When the driver – identified as suspect Steven Salazar – noticed the investigators, he allegedly tried to leave the area before being stopped by a sheriff’s office patrol unit, according to the post.

“Salazar fit the description given of the attempted abductor, however, he denied having any contact with the victim or any involvement with the incident,” the sheriff’s office said.

He was then arrested for reckless driving, and would also face a charge of evading arrest in a vehicle, the post said.


“Investigators were able to positively identify Steven Salazar as being the male that attempted to abduct the 15-year-old victim on Sunday, December 2,” the sheriff’s office said. “Investigators again interviewed Salazar and he gave several inconsistent stories about the incident.”

Salazar was at his home in Alvin, Texas on Dec. 11 when authorities arrived and took him into custody for attempted kidnapping, following which he was booked into the Brazoria County Jail on a $20,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.

The Brazoria County Jail confirmed to Fox News that Salazar remained in custody on Thursday.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, the post said.

SWAT team storms into home, saves 3 hostages; 2 suspects in custody: reports

A SWAT team stormed into an Indianapolis home early Friday, rescuing three hostages who had been taken captive by an armed suspect, reports said.

The suspect had earlier led police on a car chase after trying to escape following a 1 a.m. traffic stop, WRTV-TV of Indianapolis reported. The suspect eventually left his vehicle and ran into the home.

SWAT negotiators were able to communicate with a woman inside the home who said the suspect would not let her leave, the station reported.

An officer using a bullhorn around 4:30 a.m. demanded that the suspect leave, WISH-TV reported. But the suspect didn’t appear to have cooperated.

Using a diversionary device, the SWAT team burst into the home, WRTV reported. The three hostages — two female and one male — were rescued safely, the report said.

The suspect involved in the chase was taken into custody. A second suspect, possibly previously acquainted with the gunman, was taken into custody on a possible out-of-county warrant, according to reports.

Body cam video shows police officers catching boy who jumped from burning apartment

A trio of sure-handed police officers caught an 8-year-old boy who jumped from his burning Texas apartment early Monday morning, stunning body cam footage shows.

Officers Tyler Gross, Corey Jones and David Fields with the Balch Springs Police Department arrived at the apartment complex before firefighters made it to the scene. Body cam footage shows the trio alerting residents and neighbors to the fire roaring nearby — when they suddenly discover a mother and her son trapped in a second-floor unit.

“[We were] scared to death because you know what fire does and how fast it moves,” Fields told WFAA.

Keisha Sowels and her 8-year-old son, Kingston, were trapped inside the apartment, and the only way out was through a window — which she couldn't open, Sowels told FOX4.

The body camera footage shows officers telling Sowels to try to kick out the glass, and when that doesn't work, Jones is seen throwing a baton at the window to smash it.

He and the other officers then encourage Kingston to jump.

“He was just scared,” Jones told FOX4. “I think anybody would be with flames behind them and a jump before him. He knew that we were down there, and we’re going to catch him. He didn’t think twice and jumped out the window.”

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The three officers were able to catch Kingston and, soon after, the fire department arrived and got Sowels to safety using a ladder.

“We’re good, buddy,” Jones can be heard telling the young boy after the leap. “Hey, that was a good jump, man. That was a good jump.”

Police said no one in the apartment complex was seriously hurt in the fire; however, several apartments were damaged by the flames. The fire itself is considered “suspicious” and is under investigation, FOX4 reported.

“I just thank God that they took the time to do what they were called to do as officers and firefighters,” Sowels said. “I really appreciate it. I am totally grateful…Y’all are definitely angels in my eyes, and I really appreciate it and I am grateful for the rest of my life.”

Jones told WFFA he believes any cop would have acted the same way as he and his fellow officers.

“Not wait for fire, not wait for anyone else,” he said. “We’re going to do what we can to help anyone that we can.”

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Indiana police officer dies after car slams into tree during high-speed pursuit

A police officer in southern Indiana was killed Wednesday night after his squad car slammed into a tree during a high-speed pursuit that spanned two counties, officials said.

The chase began around 10:20 p.m. in Charlestown, located about 17 miles north of Louisville, when 35-year-old Benjamin Eads fled as officer Benton Bertram tried to stop Eads' teal 1998 Toyota Corolla, Indiana State Police said in a news release.

The pursuit continued north into neighboring Scott County on State Road 3, where officials said Bertram's vehicle left the roadway near an intersection with State Road 56 and struck a tree in the front yard of a nearby home.

Benjamin Eads was arrested after leading police on a chase that spanned two counties. (Indiana State Police)

Other responding units involved in the chase withdrew in order to help Bertram — but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.


The 33-year-old was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department and worked in the K9 Division, according to the department's website.

Sgt. Benton Bertram and K9 Kubo as seen in this police department photo. (Charlestown Police Department)

Authorities were eventually able to locate Eads in Clark County, where he was arrested. Eads faces multiple charges in both counties, including resisting law enforcement causing death, resisting law enforcement and auto theft.

Indiana State Police said an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Since the start of 2018, at least 77 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty.

Fox News' Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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