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Sgt Korby KennedySergeant Korby Kennedy was killed in a motorcycle crash on Knickerbocker Road, near Albert Street, while escorting a parade at approximately 6:00 pm.

He and other officers were escorting a parade of boats for the upcoming San Angelo Drag Boat Races. He was traveling on Knickerbocker Road when a vehicle pulled out of a parking lot into his path. He was transported to Shannon Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Korby had served with the San Angelo Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, three grandchildren, and two brothers.

Police Officer David Hofer Euless PDPolice Officer
David Stefan Hofer
Euless Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Police Officer David Hofer was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of suspicious activity at J.A. Carr Park at approximately 2:45 pm.

As he and his partner approached the park they were fired upon by a subject. Officer Hofer was shot and mortally wounded. His partner was able to return fire, killing the man.

Officer Hofer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he died from his wounds

Officer Hofer had served with the Euless Police Department for two years and previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years.

Patrolman David Ortiz San Antonio PDPatrolman
David Ortiz
El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, March 14, 2016

Patrolman David Ortiz succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck from behind at the intersection of Lee Trevino Drive and Vista Del Sol Drive.

The impact pushed his motorcycle into the vehicle in front of him, and became trapped underneath one of the vehicles involved in the crash. He was able to pulled from underneath the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Patrolman Ortiz had served with the El Paso Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Pebble Hills Region Command.

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols Texas DPSTrooper
Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was killed in a single vehicle crash while on patrol in Lamar County, Texas, at approximately 11:00 pm.

His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree on FM 38, approximately one half mile north of County Road 35450, in Tigertown.

Trooper Nichols had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for five years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and brother.

Agent Jose BarrazaAgent Jose Barraza
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security – US Border Patrol – Texas

End of Watch: Monday, April 18, 2016

Border Patrol Agent Jose Barraza was killed in a vehicle crash on I-10, near Fort Hancock, Texas, at approximately 7:30 am.

He was nearing the end of his shift when his patrol truck collided with the rear of a semi near mile marker 78. Agent Barraza was killed at the scene. His canine partner suffered minor injuries.

Agent Barraza had served with the United States Border Patrol for almost eight years and was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and mother

Police Officer Endy Ekpanya Pearland PDPolice Officer
Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya
Pearland Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Police Officer Endy Ekpanya was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver at the intersection of East Broadway Street and Country Club Drive while he was responding to a non-emergency call.

He was traveling eastbound on Broadway Street when a vehicle traveling westbound crossed over the dividing line and struck Officer Epankya’s patrol car head-on. Officer Ekpanya was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Officer Ekpanya had served with the Pearland Police Department for one year. He is survived by his 2-year-old son and fiancée.

Sergeant Stacey Baumgarter Patton Village PDSergeant
Stacey Allen Baumgartner
Patton Village Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 242 and FM 1485, in Montgomery County, while he was involved in a pursuit.

He had been dispatched to a gas station at Highway 242 and US 59 for reports of a subject urinating in public and exposing himself. As he arrived on scene the man attempted to run him over and then fled at a high rate of speed. As the pursuit passed through the intersection with FM 1485 Sergeant Baumgartner’s patrol car was broadsided by an SUV.

The impact pushed Sergeant Baumgartner’s patrol car into a light pole and caused the SUV to overturn. Sergeant Baumgartner was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. An 11-year-old child in the SUV was also killed and several other occupants injured in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that was fleeing returned to the scene of the crash where he was arrested and charged with murder and intoxicated manslaughter.

He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Police Officer Mark McCullers SMU PDPolice Officer
Calvin “Mark” McCullers
Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Police Officer Mark McCullers drowned when his vehicle was washed away in torrential flooding while he was working an off duty assignment at a construction site in Highland Park at approximately 1:30 am.

The construction site was at the intersection of St. John’s Street and North Fitzugh Avenue, near the banks of Turtle Creek. A severe thunderstorm had caused the water level in Turtle Creek to suddenly rise and rush down the adjacent roadway. Officer McCuller radioed for assistance when the wall of water struck his car and began to wash it away.

He attempted to exit the vehicle and reach safety, but he was also caught in the flood waters and is presumed drowned.

Officer McCullers was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Southern Methodist University Police Department for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and six children.

Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens Dallas PDSenior Corporal
Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street, between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.

Corporal Ahrens had served with the Dallas Police Department for 14 years and had previously served with the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. His wife also serves with the Dallas Police Department.

Sergeant Michael Smith Dallas PDSergeant
Michael Joseph Smith
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.

Sergeant Smith was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Police Officer Michael Krol Dallas PDPolice Officer
Michael Leslie Krol
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Officer Michael Krol, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.

Officer Krol had served with the Dallas Police Department for nine years and had previously served with the Wayne County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Office for four years.

Police Officer Patricio Zamarripa Dallas PDPolice Officer
Patricio E. Zamarripa
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, of the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.

Officer Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and stepson.

Police Officer Brent Thompson DART PDPolice Officer
Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.

Officer Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, six children, one granddaughter, and three grandchildren. His wife also serves as an officer with the DART Police.

Police Officer Anthony Zarate Bellaire PDPolice Officer
Marco Antonio Zarate
Bellaire Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Police Officer Marco Zarate was killed in a motorcycle crash in the 8500 block of Ferris Drive while pursuing a vehicle that had been involved in an earlier shoplifting.

He was responding to a shoplifting call at a Target store in Meyerland Plaza at approximately 1:30 pm and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle fled from the parking lot with Officer Zarate in pursuit. Officer Zarate’s motorcycle struck a landscaping trailer as the pursuit traveled down Ferris Street, between Chimney Rock Road and South Rice Avenue.

The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee but was eventually taken into custody.

Officer Zarate was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Bellaire Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Corrections Officer Mari Johnson Texas Dept Crim JusticeCorrections Officer
Mari Johnson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Corrections Officer Mari Johnson was murdered by a male inmate inside of the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas.

Other officers found her unresponsive near the prison’s kitchen at approximately 3:00 am. The officers provided medical aide until she was transported to Hendricks Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Officer Johnson had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for seven years.

Police Officer Justin Scherlen Amarillo Police DepartmentPolice Officer
Justin Scherlen
Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thurday, August 4, 2016

Police Officer Justin Scherlen succumbed to injuries sustained 11 months earlier when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle near the intersection of SW 34th Avenue and Georgia Street.

The collision caused Officer Scherlen to become trapped inside of his vehicle for approximately one hour as rescue personnel attempted to extricate him. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He subsequently underwent numerous surgeries and continuous rehabilitation following the crash. He subsequently suffered a complication and died while on a family trip in New Mexico on August 4th, 2016.

Officer Scherlen had served with the Amarillo Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. He also served on the agency’s Honor Guard and Dive Team. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Senior Police OfficerSenior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq
Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 4, 2016

Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier in a police motorcycle crash at the intersection of Burnet Road and Ohlen Road.

He was providing an escort for a funeral and was attempting to reach the next intersection when a car attempted to turn left through the procession. The car pulled directly into his path, causing him to strike it. He was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

The driver who caused the crash was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Officer Abdul-Khaliq was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Austin Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his five children.

Deputy SheriffDeputy Sheriff Kenneth Hubert Maltby
Eastland County, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 7,2016

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Maltby was killed in a vehicle crash on FM 570, near County Road 442, south of Eastland.

A Vehicle traveling in the opposite direction swerved into the opposite travel lane to avoid another vehicle but instead struck Deputy Malty’s patrol car head-on. Deputy Maltby suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Deputy Maltby had served with the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office for two years after having retired from the Dallas Police Department.

Corporal Ransom

Corporal

Robert Eugene Ransom

Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, September 30, 2016

Corporal Robert Ransom suffered a fatal heart attack inside the Marvin A. Smith Criminal Justice Facility while responding to a medical emergency involving an inmate.

As other deputies attempted to revive the inmate Jailer Ransom rushed to retrieve an AED. He collapsed moments later. Both he and the inmate were transported to Good Sheppard Medical Center where he passed away. The inmate that Corporal Ransom was assisting survived and was returned to the jail.

Corporal Ransom had served with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years and had previously served with the Porter County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office for 25 years. He is survived by his children and two brothers.

Corporal Ransom

Border Patrol Agent

David Gomez

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

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Border Patrol Agent David Gomez suffered a fatal heart attack while on bike patrol in El Paso, Texas.

He and several other agents were riding on McKelligan Canyon Road when Agent Gomez suffered the heart attack and fell from his bike. The other agents immediately began CPR and continued lifesaving efforts until medics arrived. He was transported to a local hospital where he was kept on life support until passing away the following day.

Agent Gomez had served with the United States Border Patrol for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and two brothers.

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Assistant Commander

Kenneth Joseph Starrs

South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Assistant Commander Ken Starrs was killed when his department vehicle was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at a crossing on County Road 2140, near Highway 77, in Kleberg County.

Assistant Commander Starrs was en route to the task force office when the collision occurred at the unprotected crossing.

Assistant Commander Starrs had served with the South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force for over five years. He had previously served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 27 years and the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and sister.

At the time of his death, Assistant Commander Starrs served as the president of the Texas FOP State Lodge.

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Detective

Benjamin Marconi

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed from ambush as he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near the intersection of West Nueva Street and Santa Rosa Street.

Detective Marconi was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when an unrelated subject stopped his car behind Detective Marconi’s patrol car. The man walked up to the passenger side of Detective Marconi’s patrol car and shot Detective Marconi once in the head. The man then leaned into the patrol car and shot Detective Marconi a second time before fleeing.

Detective Marconi served with the San Antonio Police Department for 20 years.

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