Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab
Tampa Police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, both 31, were shot and killed June 29 around 2:15 a.m. after a routine traffic stop. The suspects took off after the alleged murder and provoked a massive manhunt. Officer David Curtis was a four year veteran with the department and was a father of four. Kocab had been with the force for 14 months and is survived by his wife and the child she gave birth to just hours after his passing.
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Officer Brian Walsh
Officer Brian Walsh of Federal Way, Wash. died March 21 from a heart attack while on post at the scene of a shooting. CBS affiliate, KIRO, reports that Officer Walsh died around 6:45 a.m. He was a former member of the Air National Guard was an Officer for the Federal Way Police Department. The 34-year-old is survived by his wife and children.
Police Officer Bryan J. Durman
Officer Bryan J. Durman was investigating a disturbance when a car hit him and took off. Officer Durman died at 10:45 p.m. on April 29 after being struck by an SUV in Lexington, Ky. reports CBS affiliate WKYT. The driver was later arrested and faces murder charges. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Officer was a husband and father.
Captain Chad Reed
Captain Chad Reed of Dixie County Sheriff's Office in Florida was shot to death January 14 when a wanted man opened fire at a BP gas station after veering off the road during a police chase. CBS affiliate WTSP reports that the suspect was later charged with two counts of murder. Captain Reed is survived by his wife and two children.
Police Officer David Haynes
Police Officer David Haynes was chasing a burglary suspect when his car was hit at an intersection. According to CBS affiliate KMOV, Officer Haynes, 27, was killed during the car chase in St. Louis on March 24. The suspect got away, but was arrested about a week later. The young St. Louis Police Department Officer was a newlywed.
Lieutenant Eric Lewis Shuhandler
When Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler of the Gilbert Police Department in Arizona pulled a car over for an obstructed license plate, he was shot in the head as he approached the vehicle. CBS affiliate KPHO, reports that the two men in the car, Christopher Redondo and Daimen Irizarry, both face first degree murder charges. Shuhandler served 16 years with the Gilbert Police Department.
Sergeant Franco Aguilar
Sergeant Franco Aguilar was on a bridge investigating a crash on April 29 when he was knocked off by an oncoming car. CBS affiliate KUTV reports that it is still unclear if Sergeant Aguilar was hit by the car or fell off the bridge trying to avoid it. He was Sergeant for the Sevier County Sheriff's Office in Utah and only 36-years-old.
Sergeant Hector Ismael Ayala
It was the morning of Easter Sunday when Sergeant Hector Ayala of the Montgomery County Police Department,hit a tree in his patrol car. Sergeant Ayala was killed in the automobile accident after responding to a call for backup at a local bar on April 4, according to CBS affiliate WUSA. He is survived by his wife and family.
Deputy Sheriff Ian Michael Deutch
Deputy Ian Deutch of the Nye County Sheriff's Office in Nevada was shot and killed at Terrible's Lakeside Casino on April 26 according to CBS affiliate KLAS. A woman was being shot at when she ran into a casino to seek shelter and call for help. The suspect open fired when Deputy Deutch came to help her. He had served in Afghanistan and left behind a wife and daughter.
Deputy Sheriff James Louis Anderson
Deputy Sheriff James Louis Anderson of St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fla. was killed on January 14 by a drunk driver who was headed down the highway in the wrong direction. According to CBS affiliate, WTEV, the driver was charged with DUI and manslaughter. Anderson left behind a wife and four children.
Police Officer James Bonneau
After responding to a domestic disturbance call on March 9, Police Officer James Bonneau was shot and killed, reports CBS affiliate WLNS. Officer Bonneau of Michigan's Jackson Police Department was only 26 years-old.
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Patrolman James Kerstetter
Patrolman James Kerstetter of the Elyria Police Department in Ohio was shot and killed on March 5 while responding to a disturbance call around 2:15 a.m. According to CBS affiliate, WOIO, Patrolman Kerstetter had spent the last 15 years with the Elyria Police Department. He was the first officer in Elyria to be killed in the line of duty in 67 years and is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Corporal James J. Szuba
Corporal James Szuba and his canine partner, Ricky, of Mishawaka Police Department were killed by an alleged drunk driver on January 9 in Indiana. CBS affiliate WSBT reported that the accident took place at 9:20 p.m. Szuba was side swiped by a driver on his way to provide assistance to a fellow officer. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Trooper Jill Mattice
Trooper Jill Mattice was involved in a fatal car accident on January 20 in Morris, N.Y. According to CBS affiliate WIVB, the New York State Police trooper was killed after a collision with a tractor-trailer that was heading in the opposite direction. Before the accident, Trooper Mattice was stationed in Oneonta where she was serving as the School Resource Officer.
Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier
Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier of California was shot and killed on February 25, reports CBS affiliate KGPE. Deputy Wahlenmaier, 49, responded to a call for help when he became involved in a shootout. The gunman was shot down by police soon after. Fresno County Sheriff's Office Deputy leaves behind a wife two children.
Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox
Deputy Josie Fox of the Millard County Sheriff's Office in Utah was found shot to death on January 5 during a routine traffic stop, according to The Deseret News. After calling in the license plates, Deputy Fox was not heard from again. The Deseret News reports, "Josie was always happy and always had a smile on her face because she loved her job so much, recalled her co-workers."
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Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall
Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall was allegedly beaten to death by three juvenile inmates in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on January 30. According to CBS affiliate KTHV, the three suspects escaped but were later found and taken into custody. The fifty-nine year old member of the Jefferson Country Sheriff's Office was the youngest of nine siblings and a lifelong Pine Bluff resident.
Lieutenant Michael Vogt
Chattahoochee Hills Police Department Lieutenant Mike Vogt was killed February 15 when he approached a suspicious vehicle on the side of the road. According to CBS affiliate, WGCL, the driver had outstanding warrants and allegedly shot Lieutenant Vogt in attempt to escape another incarceration. He was later arrested and charged with murder. Lieutenant Vogt was 56.
Trooper First Class Wesley Brown
Trooper Wesley Brown was off duty at 12:40 a.m. on June 11 when he escorted a patron from an Applebee's after a dispute over a bill. According to CBS affiliate WUSA, once outside, the patron shot Trooper Brown and took off. Wesley Brown was a Trooper for Maryland State Police and was 24-years-old when he died.
Deputy Sheriff William Frederick Schuck III
Deputy William Schuck was found dead in front of his patrol car at 3 a.m. on February 7, reports CBS affiliate WSPA. Schuck, a twenty six year old deputy at Oconee County Sheriff's Office, was out patrolling when his car became stuck on the side of the road. He exited the vehicle to investigate, when it began to move, pinning him between the car and a nearby tree. He is survived by his wife.
Officer Brett Oswald
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer, Brett Oswald was waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck when a woman lost control of her car, hitting Officer Oswald and killing him on June 27. CBS affiliate KCOY reports that the driver has been arrested and faces a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter. Oswald was a highway patrol officer for 21 years.