In Memoriam 2020

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Police Officer
Ismael Chavez
McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 11, 2020

Police Officer Ismael Chavez and Police Officer Edelmiro Garza were shot and killed from ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 3500 block of Queta Street.

They had approached the front door of the home when they were suddenly ambushed and shot before drawing their weapons or making an emergency broadcast. Other officers who were sent to check on them came across the scene and immediately requested backup.

The subject who ambushed them committed suicide as additional units arrived on scene.

Officer Chavez had served with the McAllen Police Department for 2-1/2 years.

 
Police Officer
Edelmiro Garza, Jr.
McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 11, 2020

Police Officer Edelmiro Garza and Police Officer Ismael Chavez were shot and killed from ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 3500 block of Queta Street.

They had approached the front door of the home when they were suddenly ambushed and shot before drawing their weapons or making an emergency broadcast. Other officers who were sent to check on them came across the scene and immediately requested backup.

The subject who ambushed them committed suicide as additional units arrived on scene.

Officer Garza had served with the McAllen Police Department for nine years.

 
Sergeant Constable Pct. #5
Dale Multer
Travis County Constable’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sergeant Dale Multer died after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while serving civil papers. Sergeant Multer had been with the Travis County Constable’s Office for over 24 years, and was planning to retire next year.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer V
Thomas Adedayo Oginggire
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Corrections Officer V Thomas Ogungbire died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Hutchins State Jail in Dallas County.

Officer Ogungbire had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Deputy Constable
Caleb Rule
Fort Bend County Constable’s Office – Precinct 4, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, May 29, 2020

Deputy Constable Caleb Rule was inadvertently shot and killed by a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Officer while responding to a suspicious person call in the 3900 block of Chestnut Bend in Sienna Plantation at 1:40 am.

A citizen had reported seeing a man running from a home in the area. Deputy Constable Rule responded to the scene along with three sheriff’s deputies and located a home with an open door. Deputy Constable Rule was clearing the home with the sheriff’s deputies when he was mistaken for a suspect inside of the home. Deputy Constable Rule was struck in the chest in an area not protected by his vest.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Constable Rule had served with the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office – Precinct 4 for nine months and had previously served with the Missouri City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

 
Correction Officer V
Maria Mendez
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 9, 2020

Corrections Officer V Maria Mendez died after contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure during an outbreak at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas.

Officer Mendez had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 10 years. She is survived by four children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer V
Jesse Wayne Bolton
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, May 8, 2020

Corrections Officer V Jesse Bolton died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, Texas.

Officer Bolton had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and stepdaughter.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sergeant
Raymond John Scholwinski
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sergeant Raymond John Scholwinski died after contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure to another employee at 7900 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble, Texas.

Sergeant Scholwinski had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 44 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sergeant
Lionel Q. Martinez
Alamo Colleges Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sergeant Lionel Martinez suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a shooting call on North Main Avenue at about 10:00 pm.

He was responding to the initial call when he suffered the heart attack. His patrol car then struck a parked car on East Dewey Place near McCullough Avenue. Other responding officers immediately started CPR and he was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Sergeant Martinez had served with the Alamo Colleges District Police Department for 21 years.

 
Police Officer
Jason Knox
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Police Officer Jason Knox was killed in a helicopter crash in the 17050 block of Imperial Valley Drive at about 2:00 am.

He was aboard the MD 369E helicopter as the tactical flight officer. The helicopter had been requested to search the nearby Greens Bayou after police had received unconfirmed reports that two bodies were in the area. The helicopter experienced an issue during the search and crashed into an apartment complex clubhouse.

Responding fire department units extricated Officer Knox and the pilot from the wreckage.

Officer Knox suffered fatal injuries in the crash and the pilot suffered severe injuries.

Officer Knox had served with the Houston Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his parents

 
Detention Deputy
Timothy De La Fuente
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Detention Deputy Timothy De La Fuente died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak of the illness at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center Annex where he was assigned.

Deputy De La Fuente had served with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years. He is survived by his wife.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer V
James D. Coleman
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Corrections Officer V James Coleman died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Middleton Unit in Abilene, Texas.

Officer Coleman had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and one child.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Deputy Sheriff
John Andrew Rhoden
Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 26, 2020

Deputy Sheriff John Rhoden was struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to deploy spike strips during a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car.

The pursuit had started in Williamson County and proceeded into Bell County along I-35 at about 1:40 am. Deputy Rhoden was preparing to deploy the spike strips near Exit 294 when he was struck by a tractor trailer.

Deputy Rhoden had served with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.

 
Corrections Officer
Coy D. Coffman, Jr.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, April 26, 2020

Corrections Officer Coy Coffman died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas.

Officer Coffman was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for nine years. He is survived by his wife and one child.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Chaplain II
Akbar N. Shabazz
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chaplain II Akbar Shabazz died after contracting COVID-19 while supervising inmates at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas.

Chaplain Shabazz had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 48 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer V
Jonathon Keith Goodman
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Corrections Officer V Jonathon Goodman died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the William P. Clements Unit in Amarillo, Texas.

Officer Goodman had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Police Officer
Justin Putnam
San Marcus Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Police Officer Justin Putnam was shot and killed when he and other officers responded to a domestic assault incident at an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Hunter Road at about 7:00 pm.

As the officers entered the apartment they were ambushed by a male subject with a rifle. Officer Putnam was killed and two other officers were critically wounded.

The subject committed suicide after shooting the officers.

Officer Putnam had served with the San Marcos Police Department for 5-1/2 years.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Kelvin D. Wilcher
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, April 6, 2020

Corrections Officer IV Kelvin Wilcher died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Estelle Unit.

Officer Wilcher was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for one year. He is survived by his wife and two children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sheriff
Kirk A. Coker
Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sheriff Kirk Coker suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after responding to an unattended death near Fritch, Texas.

He had responded from his home to the scene of the death. While at the scene of the investigation he received numerous calls about gatherings in violations of the COVID-19 social distancing executive order. When cleared the death investigation and was enroute to the scene of the reported gathering when he suffered a heart attack as he drove on State Highway 136, one mile east of Fritch. His vehicle left the roadway.

He was found by other deputies approximately two hours later.

Sheriff Coker had served with the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office for 12-1/2 years and had served in law enforcement for 35 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Amanda L. De Leon
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, March 20, 2020

Corrections Officer IV Amanda Lee De Leon was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 281, five miles south of George West, Texas while traveling from the Lopez State Jail to the Connally Unit for an assignment.

Her vehicle left the roadway during a period of rain and overturned.

Officer De Leon had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for six years. She is survived by her parents and brother.

 
Sr. Deputy Sheriff
Christopher Korzilius
Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Senior Deputy Christopher Korzilius was killed in a vehicle crash in the 7700 block of RM 2244 at 6:50 am.

His unmarked department vehicle was struck by another vehicle that crossed over into his lane causing Deputy Korzilius vehicle to go over the guardrail and overturn down the embankment, trapping him inside. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Deputy Korzilius had served with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for four years and was assigned to the VICE Unit.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Richard Whitten
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, February 3, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Richard Whitten succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on May 29th, 2019, while responding to a shots fired call in Cleveland.

He was en route to a training class and had just driven past the scene of the double-murder when the shooting was dispatched over the radio. As he responded back to the scene and encountered the suspect fleeing in a vehicle. Deputy Whitten and a member of the Cleveland Independent School District Police Department pursued the subject onto CR 2243, where the man immediately pulled into the parking lot of a veterinary office.

As Deputy Whitten challenged the subject the man produced a handgun and opened fire, striking him in the neck and paralyzing him. The other officer returned fire as the subject fled. The man later committed suicide after being located by other officers.

Deputy Whitten was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, in Houston, in critical condition. On February 3rd, 2020, he suffered a complication while undergoing physical therapy and passed away.

Deputy Whitten had served with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for four years

 
Police Officer
Alan McCollum
Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 31, 2020

Police Officer Alan McCollum was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 358 near Carroll Lane at 9:30 pm.

He and two other officers were on the scene of the stop when another vehicle struck one of the patrol cars, then struck him and a second officer. Officer McCollum suffered fatal injuries and the other officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Officer McCollum was a U.S. Army veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star. He had served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

 
Retired Senior Police Officer
David N. Martinez
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, January 12, 2020

David N Martinez (age 58) passed away on 1-12-2020.Retired Senior Officer Martinez is/was survived by his wife ( Leslie Martinez ) who retired as a Lt. with the Houston PD. Son David N Martinez is an active Houston police officer. David joined the Houston PD on November 14th, 1983 and retired on 5-7-2016. David worked in various assignments including Central and Midwest patrol, employee services, Jail division and Auto Theft. David was an active softball player competing for various law enforcement teams and an excellent billiards player. David used these talents to compete in the Texas police games in softball and billiards earning a billiards HOF induction in 2014.

 
Police Officer
Nicholas Reyna
Lubbock Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Police Officer Nicholas Reyna and Lieutenant Eric Hill, of the Lubbock Fire Department, were struck and killed by a vehicle while at the scene of a previous crash on I-27 near Drew Street.

Officers and rescue personnel were at the scene of an earlier single-vehicle rollover crash on the interstate when a second vehicle also crossed the median. As officers then dealt with the second crash a third vehicle left the travel lanes and struck Officer Reyna, Lieutenant Hill, and a second firefighter. Officer Reyna and Lieutenant Hill both suffered fatal injuries and the second firefighter was critically injured.

Officer Reyna had served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year.

 

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