In Memoriam 2020
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
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.
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.