List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States, 2009

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This is a list of people killed by nonmilitary law enforcement officers in the United States in 2009, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. Inclusion in the list implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The listing merely documents the occurrence of a death. Killings are arranged by date of incident which caused death. Different death dates are, if possible, noted in the description.


The BJS reports 497 homicides by law enforcement officers of people in arrest-related deaths, which does not include bystanders, hostages or those not in the custody of the state.[1]

The table below lists 72 individuals.

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

2009[edit]

Date Victim State (City) Description
2009‑12‑31 Smith, Adam J. Washington (Bothell) Shot after refusing to drop a screwdriver that was recently used to stab another man in the face. Police were responding to report of domestic violence.[1][2]
2009-12-21 Crable, David Washington (Eatonville) Shot after shooting and injuring deputies. Officers were responding to report of a domestic disturbance. One deputy later died of injuries.[3]
2009-12-19 Vu, John C. (41) Washington (Lacey) Shot in the rear torso while attempting to flee a house surrounded by Thurston County deputies. The deputies were attempting to effect a warrant for Mr. Vu's arrest on second-degree murder charges.[4]
2009-12-19 unnamed male Washington (Des Moines) Shot after pointing gun at police. Police were approaching man as prime suspect in recent report of domestic violence involving a gun.[5]
2009-12-18 Hogg, Darrin (22) California (Bakersfield) Shot by Bakersfield police officers who were responding to a report of a fight. They did not find the fight but heard gunshots and continued to investigate. One office saw Hogg walking and asked to speak with him. Hogg walked away but as the officer approached, Hogg fired at him. Two more officers arrived at the scene and the shootout continued. Hogg was shot. He died at a local hospital.[6][7][8]
2009-12-17 Ward, John Calhoun Texas (Dumas) John Calhoun Ward was attempting to murder his girlfriend on the night of December 17, 2009. When police arrived, he had her at gunpoint and was shot by Dumas police.[9]
2009-12-13 Morales, Nicholas Alvarado Colorado (Denver) Officer responding to "shots fired" call, spotted Morales with the spotlight on his patrol car. Morales turned and pointed his gun at the officer. The officer fired five shots, fatally wounding Morales.[10]
2009-12-07 Reuter, Brandon Michael California (Redding) Shot after threatening police with gun, that turned out to be a BB gun that looked like a 9mm handgun. When shot, a police dog had a hold on Reuter. He was being pursued for having stolen $3000 from a bank at gunpoint.[11]
2009-12-01 Clemmons, Maurice Washington (Lakewood) Shot after refusing commands to stop and after reaching into waist area. Clemmons was the prime suspect in a recent killing of four police officers.[12]
2009-11-17 Nestor, Michael C Georgia (Augusta) Shot while backing vehicle towards officers. Nestor was wanted on a drugs possession warrant. Police approached Nestor at his home while loading possessions into his vehicle in an apparent attempt to flee.[13]
2009-11-14 Gastin, Bradley Georgia (Macon) Shot after attempting to run over police in stolen vehicle. Officers were pursuing the vehicle after a report of a recent carjacking.[14]
2009-11-12 Ramsey, Terry Georgia (Richmond County) Shot after refusing to put down the knife Ramsey was holding to the throat of his estranged wife. Police were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.[15]
2009-11-06 Pierce, Chad Georgia (Arlington) Shot while reaching towards glove box. Pierce had led officers on a high speed, 20 mile chase that ended with Pierce crashing his vehicle into a ditch. No weapon was found in vehicle.[16]
2009-11-03 Hawkins, Landris (28) Arkansas (Little Rock) Shot to death by police after making "a threatening move." Hawkins had allegedly used a kitchen knife to cut himself and his grandmother, who officers say he would not let out of the house when they arrived. The man had a history of mental illness, according to police and family members.[17]
2009-11-01 LaBossiere, John Washington (Lake Stevens) Shot during confrontation with police. Officer was responding to report of armed man forcing entry into home where LaBossiere's estranged wife was staying.[18]
2009-10-28 Abdullah, Luqman Ameen (aka Thomas, Christopher) Michigan (Dearborn) Shot 21 times during FBI raid on Dearborn warehouse.[19]
2009-10-28 Cooper, John California (Fresno) Cooper called 911 and said he would kill "the first cop I see." He called again indicating thoughts of suicide. When Fresno Police officers arrived Cooper was pointing what appeared to be a gun at his head. When he pointed the gun at officers they shot and killed him. It turned out to be a toy gun.[20]
2009-10-27 Vargas, Steven Anthony (32) California (Fresno) When Vargas crashed his SUV into a parked minivan a neighbor flagged down a Fresno Police officer. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer reported that witnesses told the office the driver had a weapon and appeared to be on PCP. The office approached the vehicle and, feeling Vargas was reaching for a weapon, fired his pistol several times, killing Vargas. No gun was found.[21][22] In December 2011, the City of Fresno was ordered to pay a $1.3 million settlement in an excessive-force cased based on the shooting.[23]
2009-10-23 Riggins, Sara Georgia (Albany) Shot as officers responded to a domestic disturbance.[24]
2009-10-19 unnamed male Georgia (Austell) Shot while attempting to run over deputies with vehicle. Police were responding to report of a suspicious person climbing a fence. When the deputies approached the man in his car and ordered him to get out, he drove towards one of the deputies.[25]
2009-10-11 Bentley, Dartanya Jr
unnamed person
Georgia (Rincon) Died from injuries in motor vehicle accident after fleeing vehicle ran over spike strips placed in road by deputy. Bentley was originally stopped for speeding, but fled in vehicle when asked for his driver's license. As high speed chase ensued. After running over the spikes Bentley and his passenger died in the accident that also injured a person in a different vehicle.[26]
2009-10-11 Davis, Erik Von Georgia (Stockbridge) Shot after striking officer in the neck with a hammer. Police were responding to the sounds of shouting. Davis was in the doorway of a home “yelling all sorts of crazy things”.[27]
2009-10-2 Dempsey, Dana Minnesota (Elk River) Shot in front of court house, where he was to appear for a controlled substance charge he had pleaded guilty to. Officers state he drew and fired a revolver before he was shot by Capt. Dan Andren and court security deputy Nicole Stottlemyre”.[28]
2009-09-23 Graham, Lonnie (28) California (Fresno) Graham, a wanted parolee, was shot by Fresno Police early Wednesday morning. Friends say he was trying to surrender to police. Police called him out of the house and shot him when he did not drop a shiny object in his hand. A cell phone was found near his body.[29][30]
2009-09-19 Hysaw, Katherine Arizona (Phoenix) Officers were responding to calls of Hysaw threatening her neighbors with a knife. When they entered her apartment, Hysaw started throwing bottles at them. Officers attempted to use a taser, but missed. Hysaw then attacked one of the officers with a butcher's knife. After 2 rubber bullets failed to stop her, one of the officers fired 2 rounds from his rifle. Hysaw died at the scene.[31]
2009-09-15 Villareal, Christopher Washington (Richland) Shot after attempting to ram a police officer on a motorcycle with his car. Police were pursuing Villareal for erratic driving.[32] In March 2013, a federal judge determined that a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer could proceed to trial.[33]
2009-09-10 Jason Williams (32) Washington (Seattle) Shot after pulling out a toy/replica gun. Deputies confronted two men as prime suspects in recent robbery of a credit union. The second man was Tasered and arrested.[34][35]
2009-09-10 unnamed male Georgia (St. Simons Island) Shot after threatening to kill police with high-powered rifle. SWAT team had responded to report that the man had barricaded himself in his house with a gun after code enforcement officers informed him he had too many signs in front of his house.[36]
2009-09-04 unnamed male Washington (Federal Way) Shot after threatening to kill officers during confrontation with police. Officers contacted the man while searching for a suspect in a bank robbery earlier in the day.[37]
2009-09-02 Ayers, Jonathan Georgia (Toccoa) Shot after reversing vehicle into an officer. Undercover police had approached Ayers as part of an investigation into drugs and prostitution.[38]
2009-08-15 Burkett, Joseph Leonard Washington (Olympia) Shot after pulling out gun and not allowing police to take it from him. Burkett was in the emergency room of a hospital being treated for a head injury. Police were called in when Burkett became agitated. The officers confiscated two guns from Burkett and remained while he was treated.[39]
2009-08-10 Naranjo, Brian Christopher Colorado (Longmont) Shot after pointing handgun at officers. Police had stopped Naranjo on a routine traffic stop when it was discovered Naranjo had an outstanding arrest warrant and fled in his vehicle. A high speed chase ended with a police car ramming Naranjo's vehicle.[40]
2009-08-06 Larson, Shawn Washington (Lake Stevens) Shot after fighting with deputy at truck scales. Larson had been pulled over for driving erratically.[1][41]
2009-07-21 Schwartz, Penny
Baker, Barbara
Georgia (Duluth) Shot after Schwartz confronted officer with a handgun. A single officer responded to a Baker's report of a suicidal person. Baker was shot by accident.[42]
2009-07-14 Serna, Jesus (32) California (Fresno) Fresno County Sheriff's SWAT team officers responded to reports of a man with a gun at a tire shop on South Elm Ave near West North Ave. just south of Fresno City limits. Serna, armed with a rifle, fired on the arriving Deputies before they got out of their cars, wounding them with glass fragments. Serna then hid in a nearby industrial area. Deputies found him and called for him to come out. Serna refused and was shot and killed by deputies.[43]
2009-07-10 Poss, Jason Washington (Spokane) Shot after refusing orders to drop knife and threatening officers with the knife. Police approached Poss as the primary suspect in two recent reports of assault and home breakins.[44]
2009-07-10 Player, Jr., Woodrow California (Athens) LASD sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on Player after receiving a 911 call by a woman who said that a man fitting his description threatened her and her child with a gun. When the deputies pulled up behind his car, Player got out of the car and started running into an alley. He was then shot multiple times by the deputies A spokesman for the Sheriff's Department claimed that Player reached into his waistband and turned towards the deputies. Other witnesses, however, stated that he was unarmed, and was shot while running. [45]
2009-07-07 Pebles, John Washington (Bellevue) Shot after attacking officer with a knife. Police were responding to a report of domestic disturbance.[46]
2009-07-04 Slater, James L., Jr Washington (Woodinville) Shot while holding knife. Deputies were investigating report of domestic disturbance.[47]
2009-07-02 Esparza, Hector Colorado (Denver) Police were responding to a family disturbance, in which Esparza has attacked his step-father. Esparza was in a bedroom, and claiming to be armed with a gun. Esparza suddenly exited the bedroom and raised a gun towards two officers. Officers immediately fired and killed Esparza.[48]
2009-07-02 Monnie, Dwight Washington (Arlington) Shot by deputy responding to a domestic violence call.[1]
2009-06-24 unnamed male Georgia (Fort Oglethorpe) Shot after shooting a police officer in bullet-proof vest. The man was resisting arrest in a restaurant parking lot.[49]
2009-06-18 McCoy Jr., Lawrence Florida (Miami Beach) McCoy stole a taxi after pistol-whipping the driver and engaged in a vehicle pursuit with police officers. He later crashed into an oncoming car. After getting out of the taxi, he ran and started a foot pursuit. The officers initially claimed that McCoy engaged in a "blazing gun battle." McCoy was shot 9 to 11 times. However, the police issued a new statement, revealing the find of a pistol that they believed belonged to McCoy.[50][51]
2009-06-14 Shehada, Husien Florida (Miami Beach) Shehada was shot by police after he stopped and put his hands in the air. Before, his brother Samer got into a fight with several men. When the police responded, they claimed that received reports that one of the brothers was hiding an AK-47 under his T-shirt. No 911 calls mentioned a gun being involved. A video recorded by a grocery store CCTV camera showed that Husein Shehada was actually carrying a coat hangar.[50]
2009-06-10 Meservey, Niles (51) Washington (Everett) Niles Meservey was killed after being shot eight times by Officer Troy Meade while sitting in his car outside a hotel, intoxicated and driving through a chain link fence. According to Meade, the car was coming back toward him when he unholstered his gun and began firing at Meservey. In October 2009, Meade was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.[1] In July 2010, Meade was found not guilty of the charges. Meservey's family filed a $15 million civil lawsuit against Meade and the city of Everett.[52]
2009-06-10 Velarde, Eugene Paul Colorado (Denver) Velarde was shot when he pointed a pistol at a pursuing officer during a foot chase. Velarde had earlier led the officer in a car chase ending when Velarde struck the unmarked police vehicle.[53]
2009-06-08 Wiggs, David LeRoy Colorado (Pueblo) Shot while holding handgun. Police were approaching Wiggs related to arrest warrants for felony sexual assault.[54]
2009-05-31 Padilla, Roberto (33) California (Fresno) Padilla was being followed by Fresno Police as a suspect in a string of armed store robberies. When he left a grocery store police followed him down an alley and confronted him. He pulled a weapon and did not drop it as ordered. The five police officers fired 16 times, killing Padilla. It was later confirmed he had just robbed the store.[55][56][57]
2009-05-30 Bass, Darrell B. Washington (Covington) Shot after aiming a rifle at a sheriff's helicopter during standoff. Police were responding to report of Bass's threat to ignite a 250-pound fertilizer bomb in his residence. No explosives were found in the home.[58]
2009-05-29 Wasilchen, Daniel Washington (Granite Falls) Shot by deputies after getting into an argument with a state noxious-weed expert inspecting Wasilchen's property.[1]
2009-05-24 Kepler, Howard Blair Colorado (Broomfield) Shot after killing wife and during shootout with police. Police were responding to report of domestic disturbance.[59]
2008-05-18 Ellenwood, Randall Vernon Idaho (Nez Perce) Shot by Idaho state trooper after overpowering the trooper along with a passenger, Daniel Ricardo Rodriguez, during a traffic stop.[60]
2009-05-06 Curtis Wetzel (37) Washington (Lakewood) Shot by one of five officers responding to reports of a drunken man assaulting his wife. Police claim Mr. Wetzel refused orders to drop a knife and approached to within 17 feet of the officers.[61][62]
2009-04-30 Gutierrez, Luis (26) California (Woodland) Gutierrez was walking on an overpass when he was stopped by three plainclothes deputies from an anti-gang task force. He fled and allegedly pulled a knife on a deputy who caught up with him. Two of the deputies fired on him, killing him.[63]
2009-04-27 unnamed male Georgia (Decatur) Shot after attempting to assault officer with a knife. Police were responding to screams inside an apartment.[64]
2009-04-27 Kenneth Woodham (57) Washington (Parkland) Shot by Pierce County deputy responding to 911 call by Mr. Woodham's wife reporting him having been drinking and screaming at her and her mother.[65]
2009-04-17 Bastos, Jairo Georgia (Roswell) Shot after attempting to run over a police officer. Police were responding to a report of abduction of two children who were in the vehicle.[66]
2009-04-10 Kim, Susie California (Santa Ana) Shot after a pursuit. Police were pursuing Kim for a traffic violation; Kim was found under the influence of alcohol and cocaine with her 18-month-old daughter in the car.[67]
2009-03-28 Willis, Stephen (23) California (Fresno) Fresno Police shot 35 times and killed Willis who they say pulled a gun on them as they approached his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex.[68]
2009-03-24 Stewart, Barbara (47) Maine (Biddeford) Shot after pointing what appeared to be a handgun at police. The gun was later found to be a pellet gun. Police were responding to Stewart's call to police threatening suicide or murder and stating that she was armed.[69]
2009-03-21 Mixon, Lovelle California (Oakland) 2009 shootings of Oakland police officers
2009-03-17 Longest, Johnnie L Washington (Spokane) Shot after shooting police dog. Police were tracking suspect on foot with police dog after man's vehicle crashed during police chase. Officers were attempting to pull over man for reckless driving.[70]
2009-03-09 Becerril, Victor (32) California (Fresno) Shot by Fresno Police when he held a large wooden object in a threatening manner. He had fled a 2 AM traffic stop. After stun gun was ineffective the officer shot Becerril five times, killing him.[71][72]
2009-02-26 Reagor, Davlon Royall Colorado (Denver) Shot while attempting to run over officer after a car chase.[73]
2009-02-07 Munoz, Philip Colorado (Florence) Died of apparent heart failure. Munoz had fled from police in a stolen garbage truck. Once stopped a Taser was used on him multiple times. Coroner reported “massive” amounts of cocaine in Munoz's system.[74]
2009-02-05 Bennet, Theo Florida (Jacksonville) First of two men killed by Jacksonville police that day. Tried to hold up two undercover officers in car posing as drug dealers. Fired in car, narrowly missed officer, both returned fire, Bennet was pronounced dead at the scene.[75]
2009-02-05 Unnamed female Florida (Jacksonville) She carjacked someone, then led police on a high-speed chase, ending with police shooting her. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and did not recover.[75]
2009-01-20 Lewis, Clayton Georgia (Albany) Shot after retrieving handgun from console of his car. Police had stopped Lewis regarding suspected drug activity. As Lewis began to flee in his vehicle an officer dove into the backseat of the car. The officer shot Lewis when Lewis retrieved the gun.[76]
2009-01-14 Joseph Bernerd Hradec (37) Washington (Seattle) Shot after spraying officers with a chemical irritant and threatening officers with a knife. Police were responding to a 911 call for help at a motel.[77][78][79]
2009-01-04 Payan-Leal, Jose (22) California (Bakersfield) Shot by three Bakersfield police officers who say he was armed, suspected of stealing a car, and running away from them.[80][81]
2009-01-01 Murphy, Miles Washington (Seattle) Shot after pointing rifle with bayonet at police and refusing commands to drop weapon. Murphy was dressed in World War II -period German uniform and was holding a World War II-era German rifle. Police were responding to reports of gunfire on New Year's Eve which turned out to be blank rounds fired from the rifle.[82]
2009-01-01 Grant, Oscar California (Oakland) Oscar Grant was shot dead by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale BART Station while face down on the station floor. The officer who shot Grant, Johannes Mehserle, was charged with second-degree murder in Grant's death. Mehserle was found not guilty of murder, but was convicted of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Mehserle was sentenced to two years of prison and served 11 months.[83][84]

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