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Deputy Ryan Zirlke


The Marin County Sheriff’s Department has identified 24 year-old Deputy Ryan Zirkle as the officer who died Wednesday night in a solo automobile crash on Highway 1 north of Point Reyes Station.

Deputy Ryan Zirkle grew up in Novato. He went to San Marin High School and Sacramento State University. He leaves behind his parents and a fiancee.

That portion of Highway 1 is twisty and dangerous, especially when wet. The deputy was traveling southbound after midnight when the accident occurred. There were no witnesses.

On Thursday morning, investigators from the California Highway Patrol inspected the scene and the large tree that Zirkle appears to have hit on the driver’s side after apparently spinning out. First responders spent 35 minutes getting him out of the car.

The deputy’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria had an onboard computer which can also provide black-box type data following a crash.

Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

Pikeville Police Department, Kentucky

EOW: 03/13/18

Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton and Kentucky State Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol near Hurricane Creek Tuesday night when they encountered a suspicious vehicle, according to a statement released by the Kentucky State Police.

After speaking with those inside, the officers separated to canvas the area as well as a nearby residence. Shortly after Martin heard a series of gunshots fired in close proximity and searched for Hamilton, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Pikeville officer had been assisting the Kentucky State Police with an investigation in the area when he was fatally shot in the head, WVAH reported.

“They had a presence in the area due to past known incidences of drug trafficking,” Officer Jody Sims told reporters during a news conference.

The gunman managed to flee the scene, and authorities have not yet named a suspect.

Police arrested four people on unrelated charges at the scene of the shooting.

Reserve Officer Christopher Lawton

Reserve Officer Christopher Lawton

Zachary Police Department, Louisiana

EOW: 03/12/18

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, Louisiana — The Zachary firefighter and reserve police officer who was killed Monday night in a hit-and-run will be remembered as a dedicated public servant, said Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble. 

Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Lawton, 41, was killed Monday night when he was run over by a U-haul truck in the parking lot of the Baker Walmart, officials on the scene said. He and another Zachary police officer were working undercover to investigate felony drug charges, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.

“Chris was a hard worker and a dedicated fireman,” Kimble said Tuesday morning. “And a family man, he believed very much in his family.”

Kimble said Lawton was married with two children. 

Lawton embodied “just being a public servant, giving back to his community,” Kimble said. 

Lawton joined the fire department in 1996 as a volunteer and then became a full-time firefighter in 1998, Kimble said. He had been a deputy chief for the last few years. 

Lawton became an reserve officer with the Zachary Police Department in 2008, according to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement records. 

He was honored for 20 years of service at the 2017 fire department award ceremony. He won a medical lifesaver award from the department in 2014 after he rendered aid to a man while on vacation with family in Mexico, according to previous reports from The Advocate.

Lawton also graduated in 2016 from the Leadership North program, which is a training for local leaders organized by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. He recently volunteered through the Zachary United Methodist Church to build a wheelchair ramp at a home, according to previous reports.

“Chris was a leader to the men below him, he was a leader for the fire service,” Kimble said. “Chris was very dependable, if he told you he was going to do something, you could count on it going to happen.”

Kimble asked for the community to keep the Lawton family in his prayers. 

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome ordered all flags at city-parish buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff to honor Lawton.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of the Zachary firefighter and policeman who lost his life while bravely serving his community,” Broome wrote in a statement. “I join all of East Baton Rouge Parish in expressing my gratitude for his service, and offer up prayers for his family, his fellow first responders, and to all those who knew him. Our hearts go out to the Zachary community.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Lawton for Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark said.

Albert Franklin, 33, and Ashley Chaney, 30, were both arrested in the fatal hit-and-run, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said early Tuesday.

Franklin, 4979 St. Louis St., Zachary, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of first-degree murder, hit and run, simple criminal damage to property and fugitive from Zachary police. Chaney, 2424 Toledo St., Baker, was booked on obstruction of justice.

Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning

Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office

EOW 03-11-2018

“The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 6:17 pm last night that there was a collision involving one of our patrol units. The weather condition was light rain. Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning was 24 YOA and had been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since November 8, 2017.

Deputy Manning was conducting patrol and traveling north in his patrol car on NC Hwy 111/122, north of Pinetops. In the performance of his duties as a Deputy Sheriff, he recognized a violation of the motor vehicle law, turned around on a vehicle and started traveling south on that same road. During this time, there was a collision with a Chevrolet Silverado. Both parties in the other vehicle sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Deputy Manning succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The suspect vehicle, which was a Nissan Altima, collided with a ditch bank about 2/10 of a mile south of the fatal collision. The driver of the vehicle ran from the scene. The suspect was not located after an extensive K9 search by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding agencies.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Traffic Reconstruction unit was called in from Raleigh to investigate the fatal collision. At this time, it is still under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
We are truly saddened by the loss of Deputy Manning. All parties involved in this fatal collision will continue to be in our prayers.

As the Sheriff of Edgecombe County I would like for everyone to please respect both families in their time of bereavement. I also ask the citizens of Edgecombe County to pray for healing and comfort for both families and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.”

-Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson Jr.

Police Officer Gregory Casillas

Police Officer Gregory Casillas

Pomona Police Department, California

EOW: 03/09/2018


On Friday, March 9, 2018, Police Officer Casillas was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street following a vehicle pursuit.


After officers attempted to stop it for reckless driving. The driver crashed into another vehicle right before fleeing on foot and entering and apartment. As two officers attempted to make contact with the man he fired at them striking both officers.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital and Officer Casillas later succumbed to injuries. The suspect remained barricaded inside the home.

Police Officer Gregory Casillas had served with the department for only six months.

Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton

Police Officer

Christopher Ryan Morton



Officers were sent to a home at approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 6th, 2018 in reference to a 911 hangup call. 

Police responded to the home, which is located in the 300 block of West Grandriver Street, and went inside. Once inside, the suspect immediately began firing shots with a semi-automatic rifle hitting three different officers.

Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, remained in a back bedroom until he was rescued by other officers. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

During the shooting two other officers were injured. Both suffered “minor injuries” according to a spokesperson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Officer Morton had served as both a reserve officer and full-time officer with the Clinton Police Department for three years. The department says that Officer Morton had recently returned to full-time status following the line of duty death of Officer Gary Michael on August 6th, 2017. Officer Morton was a veteran of the Army National Guard.


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