List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States, September 2016

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This is a list of people reported killed by non-military law enforcement officers in the United States in September 2016, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. The listing documents the occurrence of a death, making no implications regarding wrongdoing or justification on the part of the person killed or officer involved. Killings are arranged by date of the incident that caused death. Different death dates, if known, are noted in the description.

For lists of killings from other years, see: List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States.

The table below lists 14 individuals. (This number should update automatically when changes are saved.)

September 2016[edit]

Date Name (age) of deceased State (city) Description
2016-09-30 Hyer, Cheyenne (3) Mississippi (Kiln) Off-duty Long Beach police officer Cassie Barker (27) left her 3-year-old daughter alone in a patrol car while visiting her shift supervisor Sgt. Clark Ladner (36) in his home off Standard-Dedeaux Road. Hyer was found unresponsive in the vehicle after being strapped in a baby seat for four hours and was later pronounced dead at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis.[1]
2016-09-30 Thomas, Reginald (Jr.) (35) California (Pasadena) Beaten and tasered which caused his death by Pasadena Police after Mr. Thomas called 911 for assistance due to his mental illness issues.[2][3]
2016-09-27 Olango, Alfred (38) California (El Cajon) Police were responding to a report of a man acting erratically when he pulled an electronic cigarette from his pocket and took "a shooting stance," prompting officers to fatally shoot him.[4]
2016-09-26 Desai, Nathan (46) Texas (Houston) Shot by police after committing a mass shooting on a residential street where he injured ten people.[5][6]
2016-09-20 Scott, Keith Lamont (43) North Carolina (Charlotte) Police officers were looking for an individual (not Scott) with warrants out for his arrest. Keith Lamont Scott was said by his daughter to be unarmed, sitting in a car, reading. Police stated that they saw a man (Scott) with a gun leave his vehicle. Scott ended up being shot by officer Brentley Vinson.[7]
2016-09-16 Beshaw, Jesse (29) Vermont (Winooski) Beshaw, who was wanted for burglaries and known to carry a weapon, was observed entering a residence by a city police officer. When he exited, he began running from the police and refused to adhere to commands to stop. He then aggressively advanced on sheriff Nicholas Palmier and was shot. Emergency medical aid was administered but Beshaw died at the scene. Beshaw was found to be unarmed.[8][9]
2016-09-16 Crutcher, Terence (40) Oklahoma (Tulsa) Crutcher was shot once near his vehicle, as police demanded for him to raise his hands. No weapon was found on the scene.[10]
2016-09-16 Glenn, Nicholas (25) Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Glenn shot and killed a woman and wounded five other people, including two police officers, and was shot by police.[11][12]
2016-09-14 Adan, Dahir (22) Minnesota (St. Cloud) Adan went on a stabbing rampage at the Crossroads Center, wounding ten people. He was shot by an off-duty officer.[13]
2016-09-14 King, Tyre (13) Ohio (Columbus) King was shot by an officer as police responded to a report of a robbery taking place in a neighborhood, which King did not commit.[14]
2016-09-12 Bivins, Markell L. (25) Iowa (Cedar Rapids) Bivins was shot to death by officers while attacking an ex with a knife.[15]
2016-09-11 Sterling, Terrence (31) DC (Washington) In the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2016, Terrence Sterling (31) was riding home on his motorcycle after attending a bachelor party. Based on a report of a motorcyclist driving erratically, two MPD officers pursued him despite receiving orders to stand down, at 3rd and M Street NW, a witness saw a police car pull into Terrence's path, causing a collision. Officer Brian Trainer then rolled down the passenger side window of the vehicle where he sat and shot Terrence in the neck and back. Terrence died from these wounds. Terrence Sterling was unarmed and posed no danger to the officers. He had not broken any laws and had no elevated drug or alcohol levels, and even if he had, none of this is justification for murder. Brian Trainer fired fatal shots from the safety of his vehicle in an illegal manner. Body cameras were only turned on after the shooting had taken place.[16]
2016-09-09 Ell, Travis (64) Washington


Officers were reporting reports of vandalism when Ell approached them with a lead pipe. When Ell approached the officers with pipe raised and did not respond to commands to lower it, he was shot.[17]
2016-09-08 Torres, Jose (38) California (Delhi) Merced County Sheriff Deputies were investigating a domestice disturbance report. Torres came out of the home with an assault-type rifle and shot Deputy Alejandro "Alex" Barba, striking him at least once. Deputy Adam Leuchner returned fire, killing Torres.[18]
2016-09-03 Ayers, Cameron (25) Washington

(East Wenatchee)

After stopping a vehicle he was in, officers recognized Ayers, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. While attempting to detain Ayers, an officer fired three shots at Ayers, killing him.[19]


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