14 Texas Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2017

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Law Enforcement is a job like no other, and last year, 128 officers made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. That number is 10% down from 2016 when 143 officers died, marking the second lowest toll in over 50 years. The only other year with fewer deaths was in 2013, when 116 officers were killed in the line of duty.

In 2017, traffic-related incidents claimed the lives of 47 officers while 44 officers were shot and killed. Sixteen officer deaths are attributed to job-related ailments, including heart attacks (10). Seven officers died as a result of physical assaults. Five officers also lost their lives helping others during hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Four officers died as a result of ailments contracted during the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. Two officers died in a helicopter crash. Two died in boating accidents. And, one officer was stabbed to death. Nine of the fallen officers were female. Texas had the highest number of officer fatalities (14), including two border patrol agents.

 

2017 Fallen Texas Officers:

 

Police Officer Kenneth Copeland

San Marcos Police Department, TX

EOW: Monday, December 4, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Trooper Damon Allen

Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, TX

EOW: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez

United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government patch

EOW: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cause of Death: Unidentified

 

Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper

Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, Texas patch

EOW: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Police Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Texas Tech University Police Department, Texas patch

EOW: Monday, October 9, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Elias Martinez, Jr.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department, TX

EOW: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

 

Deputy Constable Mark Diebold

Tarrant County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, TX

EOW: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cause of Death: Heart attack

 

Sergeant Steve Albert Perez

Houston Police Department, TX

EOW: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Cause of Death: Drowned

 

Corporal Monty D. Platt

West Texas A&M University Police Department, TX

EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cause of Death: Animal related

 

Detective Elise Ybarra

Abilene Police Department, TX

EOW: Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Deputy Sheriff Jason Fann

Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office, TX

EOW: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Police Officer Miguel I. Moreno

San Antonio Police Department, TX

EOW: Friday, June 30, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Corrections Officer Shana Tedder

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX

EOW: Friday, June 9, 2017

Cause of Death: Heart attack

 

Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales

United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US

EOW: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cause of Death: Stabbed

 

Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood

Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 3, TX

EOW: Monday, April 3, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Detective Jerry Ronald Walker

Little Elm Police Department, TX

EOW: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Our hearts go out to the families of these fallen officers, the San Antonio Police Department, and everyone else affected by last year’s tragic deaths.