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

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This is a list of people killed by nonmilitary law enforcement officers in the United States occurring before 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.


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

The tables below list a total of 174 individuals.

2008[edit]

The table below lists 28 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2008-12-27 Colbert, Ferlando (45) Georgia (Atlanta) Shot after allegedly attempting to use vehicle to run over state trooper following a chase. The trooper had attempted to pull Colbert over on suspicion of driving a stolen van when the chase began.[1]
2008-12-17 Kesler, Damany O. (23) Georgia (Stockbridge) Shot after shooting at police. Police were pursing Kesler after he had allegedly stolen a motorcycle at gunpoint.[2]
2008-12 George, Pierre Georgia (Atlanta) Shot while attempting to run. Police were responding to citizen report of armed kidnapping by George. An officer cornered George in his vehicle at which point George attempted to flee on foot. George was not armed and the person making the report was jailed, accused of causing the killing by making a false report.[3]
2008‑11‑17 Allen, Lawrence (20) Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Shot to death by off-duty officer Chauncey Ellison, Sr. who was accompanied by his girlfriend, off-duty officer Robin Fortune. The officers had driven around Allen's neighborhood looking for an individual who had stolen a pizza from their two sons. During an altercation in front of Allen's home, Ellison shot Allen in the back, leaving him paralyzed. He died three months later. Ellison and Fortune were fired in 2010, and in 2014 they were found guilty of reckless endangerment and sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison.[4][5]
2008‑11‑08 unnamed male Washington (Everett) Shot after refusing to put down firearm. Police were responding to report of a burglary-in-progress.[6]
2008-10-29 Alexander, Julian C. (20) California (Anaheim) Shot after mistaken identity. Police were chasing four burglary suspects in the neighborhood, Alexander came out of his home holding a broomstick to investigate a noise. Mistaken for one of the juvenile suspects and shot twice in the chest. Shooting officer was Kevin Flanagan.[7]
2008-09-20 Roe, Shawn M. (36) Washington (Blyn) Shot during shootout with deputies. Roe was prime suspect in recent murder of a Forest Service officer and a civilian.[8]
2008-09-19 Bitterman, Gabriel (23) Nebraska (Lincoln) Died shortly after being tasered after officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Incidentally, an MTV camera crew was present during the incident.[9]
2008-08-04 unnamed male Maine (Albion) Shot while wielding a shotgun during confrontation with police. Officers were responding to report of domestic violence disturbance.[10]
2008-07-30 unnamed male Washington (Mountlake Terrace) Shot after leaning out a window with a firearm. Officers were responding to report of gunshots.[11]
2008-07-16 Spradling, William (24) Arkansas (Little Rock) Shot by officers after allegedly pointing a gun at them. They were investigating a burglary.[12]
2008-07-15 Clark, Montellis Georgia (Atlanta) Shot after shooting at police. Officers approached three burglary suspects in front of a home when one began shooting at them.[13][14]
2008-06-24 Wark, Kelly Utah (Lehi) Shot after shooting officer twice in head. Police had pulled her vehicle over after gas station attendant reported that she seemed generally impaired.[15]
2008-06-14 Crosby, John R. Massachusetts (Dedham) Was shot by two police officers when, after a 45-minute standoff, he charged them with a knife.[16]
2008-06-09 Gonzalez, Leonel Maldonado Washington (Othello) Died after being struck by vehicle driven by deputy. The deputy was following two cars when one car swerved sharply to left into the lane of an oncoming vehicle. The deputy saw something dark in his lane but could not avoid hitting Gonzalez.[17]
2008-06-09 Yancey, Linda (44) Georgia (Stone Mountain) Shot by sheriff's Deputy Derrick Yancey who staged a murder-robbery of his wife and claimed to have killed the robber. Instead, the deputy was himself found guilty of murdering both his wife Yancey and the day laborer Cax-Puluc.[18]
2008-06-09 Cax-Puluc, Marcial (23) Georgia (Stone Mountain) Shot by sheriff's Deputy Derrick Yancey who staged a murder-robbery of his wife and claimed to have killed the robber. Instead, the deputy was himself found guilty of murdering both his wife Yancey and the day laborer Cax-Puluc.[18]
2008-06-05 Brown, Tyrone Maryland Brown, a former Marine, was shot by officer, Gahiji Tshamba, after he groped a woman's buttocks. Tshamba was found to be under the influence of alcohol during the shooting, and shot Brown because he was a much larger man. Tshamba never identified himself as an officer.[19]
2008-05-19 Rosas, Sergio (41) California (Fresno) A Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy responding to a 911 hang-up call about 10 PM, went to the intersection of Cedar and Central Avenues. He approached a parked vehicle and Rosas exited with a knife and advanced toward the deputy. The deputy shot and killed Rosas.[20]
2008-04-25 Clark, David Duncan Washington (Bellingham) Shot after brandishing what appeared to be a handgun. Police were responding to a report of disorderly conduct. The gun was found to be a toy.[21]
2008-04-16 Carrizales, Jesse (17) California (Fresno) At Roosevelt High School (Fresno, California) student Jesse Carrizales was shot and killed by a campus Police Officer.[22] Carrizales had hit the officer with a bat and was standing over him, yelling and threatening. When the officer fell he had lost his weapon, but while on the ground he pulled his backup weapon and fired once or twice, hitting Carrizales in the chest. Carrizales died at the scene.[23][24]
2008-03-28 Miller, Jesse Missouri (Marionville) Miller had his car break down and fatally shot a man who had apparently came to his help. As a police officer arrived at the scene, Miller opened fire on him, missing him, and was shot by the officer. Miller was the son of Frazier Glenn Cross, the Neo-Nazi perpetrator of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting.[25]
2008-02-07 Cantrell, Antoine Georgia (College Park) Shot while being arrested. Police were responding to report of man making threats. Cantrell had fled from police who caught him after a foot chase. The officer reports that he was trying to arrest Cantrell when the gun fired.[26]
2008-02–06 Geoffrey, Schaub Florida Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Office were performing surveillance outside of Schaub's home because he was suspected of molesting a 7-year-old boy. He was shot after he pointed a flare gun covered in cloth at the deputies[27]
2008-02-03 unnamed male Washington (Tacoma) Shot after pointing gun at officers. Police were responding to report of domestic violence. During 6-hour standoff with SWAT team man threatened to shoot officers and himself.[28]
2008-01-04 Wilson, Tarika Ohio (Lima) Killed during SWAT raid of her rented home. SWAT was there to apprehend Anthony Terry on suspicion of drug trafficking. Police opened fire killing Ms. Wilson and injuring her 14 month old son.[29][30]
2008-01-02 Poke, Kelvin Maryland (Laurel) Shot during shootout with police. Poke was an inmate who escaped from a hospital after overpowering guards and stealing two guns. He hijacked two cars and was cornered when the shootout occurred.[31]
2008 Lumpkin, Joseph Florida Lumpkin was being pursued by the Miami-Dade Police Department because of him being suspected in a shoplifting. Lumpkin struggled for the officer's gun and was shot.[32]

2007[edit]

The table below lists 29 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2007‑12‑31 Cho, Michael (25) California (La Habra) Shooting of Michael Cho. Cho was brandishing a tire iron outside a liquor store and vandalizing cars. La Habra police responded to the scene, and within 40 seconds, two officers demanded Cho to drop the tire iron and the officers then fired 11 shots at Cho, killing him. The two police officers were cleared by the Orange County district attorney. Cho's family filed a lawsuit against the city of La Habra alleging wrongful death and negligence and received $250,000.
2007‑12‑25 Larson, Aaron Washington (Federal Way) Shot after attacking trooper with fists. Larson was acting erratically, had jumped out of a moving vehicle, had exposed himself and struck vehicles with his belt. Use of Taser was ineffective.[33]
2007-12-13 Zazueta, Alvaro (28) California (Bakersfield) Zazueta was shot and killed by Bakersfield police who were responding to a home invasion robbery. When gunfire came from the suspects police responded, hitting and killing Zazueta. The other suspect was arrested.[34][35]
2007-11-28 Manuel, Donta (33) Florida (Belle Glade) Manuel and Jonathan Wallace were sheriff's deputies killed by a pursuing patrol car during a stolen car investigation.[36]
2007-11-28 Wallace, Jonathan (??) Florida (Belle Glade) Wallace and Donta Manuel were sheriff's deputies killed by a pursuing patrol car during a stolen car investigation.[36]
2007-10-05 Ramos, Frank (49) California (Bakersfield) Ramos was shot while holding a replica handgun while standing in a street.[37]
2007-10-04 Baker, Samuel Georgia (Quitman) Died from a spinal cord fracture and dislocation Baker suffered when he fell to the ground after being “tased.” Police were responding to report of man with knife. Upon being confronted by police, Baker “flashed the officers his knife”, at which point the officers used the Taser on Baker.[38][39]
2007-07-16 Snyder, Aaron Richard Colorado (Denver) Shot after advancing on police while exposing revolver in holster under tuxedo jacket. Snyder was at the State Capital and had declared himself “the emperor of Colorado”.[40]
2007-07-15 Brandon, Ronald Wisconsin (Madison) Brandon had a realistic-looking pellet gun pointed at officer Matthew Kenny and another, in what investigators believe was a "suicide-by-cop." Officer Kenny shot and killed the man. His actions were later ruled justified and he received the Medal of Valor, the police department's top honor, for that shooting. Officer Kenny was later responsible for another ruled-justified police shooting of Tony Robinson.[41]
2007-06-24 Lopez, Cesar Wilfredo Georgia (Athens) Shot after pointing a gun at officers. Lopez and four other people in a group were suspects in a pair of shootings that occurred earlier that night.[42]
2007-06-23 Farrow, DeAunta (12) Arkansas (West Memphis) Farrow was carrying a replica BB handgun in his hand and was shot twice by a police officer outside an apartment complex. Prosecutors considered the shooting to be justified.
2007-06-14 Davis, Jessie Ohio (Lake Township) Davis's husband, Bobby Lee Cutts Jr., an officer with the nearby Canton police, killed her during a fight in their home, and then had a friend help him hide the body in a county park near Akron. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole the following year
2007-06-05 Alvarez, Jose Ramos Washington (Yakima) Shot during fight with police during which Alvarez produced a pistol. Police were attempting to arrest Alvarez as the prime suspect of a recent murder.[43]
2007-05-30 Smashum, Anthony Georgia (Savannah) Shot while climbing fence to escape from police. Officers approached Smashum attempting to arrest him on a warrant. Smashum fought with officers before fleeing.[44]
2007-05-13 Benitez, Ricardo (47) Idaho (Meridian) Officer Brian Lueddeke shot and killed Benitez inside his home after he allegedly jumped toward the officer with a bread knife. Police say Benitez threatened his family and violated a court order, and the county prosecutor found the shooting justified. His wife and two sons filed a claim against the city.[45]
2007-04-30 Duong, Hay Nhat (25) New Jersey (Township of Hamilton Atlantic County) Police Officer Leo Rudolph shot Duong, after he came toward the officer and made a motion as if to reach for a gun after several warnings to drop to the ground. Duong had no weapon.[46]
2007-04-15 Pettaway, Ron Georgia (Fulton County) Shot outside a bar. Police were responding to report of a fight.[47]
2007-04-11 Gomez, Mario Fernando Torres (34) Oklahoma (Tulsa) Gomez was unarmed and fleeing from police when he was shot at the I-44 & 169 interchange. The officer who shot Gomez was cleared in the shooting, but in 2010 the city paid $85,000 to settle a lawsuit by Gomez's family.[48]
2007-04-06 Wong, Edmund California (Downey) Wong was shot several times by officers with the Downey Police Department who were responding to reports of an armed man getting into a truck on the 9000 block of Pico Vista Street. Officers arrived at the scene and tried to stop the fleeing suspect. After crashing his silver Toyota into a patrol car and exiting the vehicle with what appeared to be a gun, the Downey patrol officers opened fire, striking Wong repeatedly. He was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. After his death, it was learned that Mr. Wong himself was the party who contacted the police, giving them a detailed description of his vehicle, his own physical description and a description of his weapons.[49]
2007-04-03 Wilcox, Milton Georgia (Candler County) Died from injuries sustained during motor vehicle accident. Wilcox was the passenger in a vehicle struck by a police cruiser just after the officer “looked down to adjust his computer and CD player.”[50][51]
2007-03-17 German, Marlon St. Mark Washington (Kennewick) Shot after threatening to kill his estranged girlfriend and striking her with a knife. Police were responding to report of domestic violence.[52]
2007-03-13 Sullivan, Michael Eugene (24) California (Bakersfield) Sullivan stole a knife from a cutlery store at Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield, California. He was pursued by a Bakersfield Police officer assigned to the mall. Outside the mall the pursuit was joined by Police officer Erick South and his K-9. Approaching Sullivan, South released his dog on Sullivan. Sullivan stabbed South in the arm. South shot Sullivan who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.[53][54]
2007-03-12 Chass, Jeremiah (16) California (Sebastopol) Jeremiah Chass was holding his 6-year-old brother hostage in his family's minivan outside their home, threatening to kill him with a pocket knife with a 2-inch blade. After Chass released his brother, two Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies pepper sprayed him, and then Chass started kicking one of the deputies in the face, and waving the knife around. The deputies fired 8 shots, killing Chass. Chass's family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county of Sonoma and the deputies, alleging wrongful death and excessive force. In 2009, they received a $1.75 million settlement.[55]
2007-2-12 Rojas, Noe (17) California (San Diego) Rojas was shot while having a replica handgun.
2007-02-12 Millsap, Berry Washington (Tacoma) Shot after pointing a cordless drill at police. Police were responding to report of a domestic disturbance. Millsap had met officers on porch of home and had threatened to shoot them if they went inside the house. Millsap ran into the house and hid behind couch, then stood up pointing a drill at officers.[56]
2007-01-17 Sullivan, Robert Washington (Seattle) Shot after shooting at and injuring one officer. Police had confronted Sullivan when they saw him shooting at someone else.[57]
2007-01-04 Cooke, Zachary California (Eureka) Eureka Police Department officers, Terry Liles and Steven Watson, ATF agent, Michael Medlin, and a detective of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Marvin Kirkpatrick, were raiding a home. During a raid, a shotgun-like flash was seen momentarily, causing Liles to fire 15 shots. Medlin, believing Liles was shot, fired at the drywall of a room where Cooke was hiding. Cooke died with eleven gunshot wounds, and another wounded subject was discovered moments later.[58]
2007 White, Scott Maine (Rumford) Shot after a seven-hour standoff outside White's former wife's home.[59]

2006[edit]

The table below lists 29 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2006‑12‑25 Caywood, Adam Washington (Yakima) Shot after apparently attempting to run down officer with vehicle. Police were pursuing Caywood as a prime suspect in a recent home burglary. After crashing vehicle, and as officers were approaching on foot, Caywood reversed into police cruiser.[60]
2006-12-24 Lee, Sigmun (45) California (Bakersfield) Shot and killed by Kern County Sheriff deputies Sean Pratt and Jason Nelson. They had been called to a report of a man vandalizing the motel room and threatening guests. They found Lee holding a hammer and ordered him to drop it. Instead he moved toward the deputies. Feeling threatened, they shot and killed him.[61] A review board of Sheriffs Department officials determined that the shooting was within department policy.[62]
2006-12-15 Sargent, Willie Allen Jr Georgia (Snellville) Died of injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Sargent's vehicle was hit by an officer responding to a call for backup for a suspicious person. The officer was traveling approximately 80 mph without lights or siren.[63]
2006-12-07 Honda, Jonni Kiyoshi California (Eureka) On December 8, 2006, Honda, approached from a Super 8 motel in a prone position and reportedly aimed a handgun at police officers, causing his death. He was wanted in Trinity County for failing to appear in court as part of a case in which he was accused of molesting children. In November, Honda was pursued by the California Highway Patrol and temporarily hid in the woods. On December 7, detectives from the Eureka Police Department attempted to serve the arrest warrant on Honda after detectives from Trinity County gave a tip that he was staying at a Super 8 motel. When Honda was alerted to their presence, he locked a motel room door and a 32-hour standoff ensued.[64]
2006-11-30 Culosi, Salvatore Fairfax, Virginia A SWAT team from Fairfax, Virginia showed up to Culosi's home as part of a sting operation set up by detective, David J. Baucom. While Culosi was exiting his house, SWAT officer, David Bullock, accidentally fired his MP5 as it was aimed at Culosi. The round entered through Culosi's side and exited through his heart, killing him instantly.[65]
2006-11-25 Bell, Sean New York Sean Bell shooting incident. Sean Bell was shot to death, and two of his friends were wounded, after five NYPD undercover and plainclothes officers fired 50 shots on Bell's car. Three officers, Marc Cooper, Gescard Isnora, and Michael Olive, were charged with crimes ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, and were all found not guilty.
2006-11-21 Johnston, Kathryn Georgia Kathryn Johnston shooting
2006-11-12 Fender, Bruce Georgia (Savannah) Died from injuries after being struck by police cruiser. Witness report that Fender walked in front of the vehicle and was not using a designated crosswalk.[66]
2006-11-16 Banks, Willie Georgia (Moultrie) Shot after pulling out a pocket knife. Police were serving a bench warrant. Witness claim Banks was handing a box cutter to police.[67]
2006-10-28 Jolley, Isaac Georgia (Atlanta) Shot by an off-duty jail detention officer. During an argument with Jolley's brother, the officer struck the brother in the head using the officer's personal weapon. The weapon discharged, fatally striking Jolley in stomach.[68]
2006-10-13 Eugene Culp Washington (Shoreline) Shot while attempting to hit police officer with vehicle. Officers were responding to report of man knocking at front and back doors of a house.[69][70]
2006-10-03 Orrin Tack Hunnicutt Arizona (Catalina) Orrin Tack Hunnicutt, 30 was shot by Deputy Norman Baughman, 42, Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar said.[71]
2006-08-24 unnamed male Georgia (Decatur) Shot after lunging at police officer and attempting to grab officer's service revolver. Police were responding to report of trespassing in vacant apartment.[72]
2006-08-23 unnamed male Georgia (Decatur) Died after being pepper sprayed and hit with batons.[72]
2006-08-03 Figueroa, Joaquin (25) California (Fresno) Fresno Police officers suspected Figueroa was responsible for shooting and wounding one of their officers. When police confronted him and he did not show his hands as ordered, Police shot and killed him. He was unarmed.[73][74]
2006-07-15 Griffin, Alan Georgia (Atlanta) Shot by an off-duty deputy. Griffin was the pimp for a prostitute that the deputy had attacked. The deputy shot Griffin when Griffin confronted him with a handgun. The deputy was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.[75][76]
2006-06-07 Cabrera, Santos Georgia (Atlanta) Shot after swinging a piece of metal at an officer. Police were responding to a report of a fatal ax attack on a child. When officers approached a man acting suspiciously, he threw a tire at one officer, breaking his arm.[77]
2006-04-14 Burgess, Christopher California (Eureka) Officers from the Humboldt County Probation Department attempted to serve a warrant on Burgess for a probation violation. He then pulled out a 10-inch hunting knife. The probation officers maced him, but Burgess forced them out of the house. He then retreated through the yards of various neighbours and went into a gully. Eureka Police Department officer, Terry Liles, located Burgess and yelled at him to give up. Moments later, Burgess was shot two times by Liles after he allegedly threatened him with a knife.[78][79]
2006-09-17 Chasse, James Oregon James Chasse
2006-08-04 Wilson, Ryan Colorado (Lafayette) Died of an irregular heartbeat after being shocked by a Taser. Police were investigating a report of marijuana plants growing in the area.[80]
2006-05-30 Zehm, Otto Washington Otto Zehm
2006-04-14 Moore, Cheri Lynn California (Eureka) Moore, who was suicidal, was shot by SWAT after pointing a flare gun. Two police officers were indicted by a grand jury for involuntary manslaughter, but the case was dismissed by a judge.[81]
2006-03-07 Hamley, Joseph Erin Arkansas Fatal police shooting of Joseph Erin Hamley
2006-02-28 Andrews, Eric James Temecula, CA) Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department were responding to a 911 call about a suicidal man in an apartment complex. When they arrived at the apartment, they ordered all occupants to evacuate. An 18-year-old woman first came out with a knife and was temporarily detained by the deputies. She told them that Andrews was inside her apartment building. When they came into the apartment, they ordered anyone inside to show themselves to the deputies. After no response, they went upstairs and saw Andrews holding a knife. Andrews was ordered to drop the knife, but he charged at the deputies, resulting in his death.

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2006-02-25 Brown, Aaron Alexandria, VA Killed by police officer shooting into the vehicle in which Brown was traveling with other teens who had left a restaurant without paying the bill.[83][84]
2006-02-13 Angle, Everett (58) California (Atwater) A SWAT officer from the Merced County Sheriff's Department shot and killed Everett Angle after a two-hour standoff. Angle walked out of his house and fired a shot from a .22 caliber rifle. Angle had been facing health problems and was depressed according to his daughter-in-law.[85][86]
2006-02-04 Williams Jr., Jessie Lee Gulfport,Mississippi Williams was beaten while being arrested for a misdemeanor charge at the Harrison County jail. He was kicked, tased, covered with a mask filled with pepper spray while being tied to a restraint chair, and he finally died on the chair when he was hit.[87][88]
2006-01-20 Walker, Clarence Georgia (Marshallville) Died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia while being arrested and after being subdued with pepper spray. Officers were arresting Walker for probation and parole violations.[89][90]
2006-01-06 Anderson, Martin Florida Martin Anderson death controversy

2005[edit]

The table below lists 15 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2005‑12-03 Ex, Harvey (53) Nevada (Stateline) Ex was killed in a shootout with two sheriff's deputies outside Harrah's Lake Tahoe casino.[91]
2005‑10‑16 Hodell, Robert (59) New Jersey (Galloway Township) Hodell was shot and killed by Galloway Township Police Corporal Sean Hackney after he armed himself with scissors and charged at the officer.[92]
2005-10-14 Garcia, Mario Perez (34) California (Atwater) About 7:40 PM Merced County sheriff deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated man trying to shoot himself. When deputies arrived at the home they found Garcia holding a handgun and they negotiated with him for fifteen to twenty minutes. When Garcia demanded they shoot him and pointed his gun at the deputies, one of the deputies shot and killed him.[93][94]
2005‑09‑04 Brissette, James Louisiana Danziger Bridge shootings
2005-09-04 Madison, Ronald Louisiana Danziger Bridge shootings
2005-09-02 Glover, Henry Louisiana Death of Henry Glover
2005-08-11 Kim, Richard; Lee, Kwang Tae California (Dublin) Police shot Lee as he was wielding a knife, and one of the shots pierced through a door and struck Kim, killing him.[95]
2005-08-05 Erwin, Rodney Colorado (Colorado Springs) Shot after pointing gun at police who were attempting arrest for parole violation.[96]
2005-07-28 Walton, Shane (28) California (Bakersfield) Walton, as suspect in a carjacking and armed robbery, was pursued in a high speed chase by Bakersfield Police officers. When they stopped his vehicle and he tried to run away, two officers fired multiple times, killing him.[97]
2005-07-07 Ousa, Bounmy West Valley City, Utah Shot outside his home while undercover police were staking out a suspected drug house[98]
2005-06-20 Manley, Perry Washington (Seattle) Shot after attempting to enter courthouse with WWII-era grenade. Police spent 20 minutes attempting to convince Manly to surrender. Was shot after making a “furtive movement with the grenade” which was later found to be defused.[99]
2005-06-18 Mendoza, Daniel (21) California (Fresno) Daniel Mendoza, age 21, was shot and killed by Fresno Police officers.[100] He was a passenger in a car police had pulled over after a brief chase. He had been sought in connection with a shooting into his girlfriend's apartment on June 8.[101]
2005-05-07 Bryant, Jashon (18) Connecticut (Hartford) Hartford Police Department officer Robert Lawlor and an FBI agent were working for an anti-drug task force in Hartford's North End and were trying to apprehend two suspects, Jashon Bryant and 21-year-old Brandon Henry. According to Lawlor, Henry and Bryant were in their car and Henry sped towards the FBI agent. Lawlor then fired at the car, killing Bryant and wounding Henry. Lawlor was charged with manslaughter and assault, and was found not guilty in 2009.[102]
2005-04-23 Williams, Brandon Georgia (Atlanta) Shot after shooting and killing police officer. Williams was the driver of a vehicle that was pulled over by an anti-narcotics unit. As the officer approached the vehicle, Williams shot him through the closed window.[103]
2005-03-31 Good, Michael Douglas California (Bakersfield) Good was killed by Kern County Sheriffs deputy Sean Pratt when Good allegedly pointed a handgun toward the officer at a motel.[104][105] A Sheriff's Department shooting review board found the shooting to be within policy.[106]

2004[edit]

The table below lists 14 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
12-24-2004 Miller, Rodney Allen (45) Minnesota (Beauford) Shot by State patrolman while unarmed. Officer stated vehicle was in motion and shooting deemed justified.[107]
2004‑12‑28 Madonna, Michael Idaho (Hayden) Shot after shooting a policeman. Officers were questioning Madonna about an earlier hit-and-run accident when he fled into his house and retrieved a gun.[108]
2004-12-23 Herrera, Juan Buena Park, California Herrera and another person were pulled over for a traffic violation. Herrera then drove away from the officers as they were going towards the driver's-side window, initiating a vehicle pursuit. After his Oldsmobile was blocked by a patrol car, Buena Park police officer, Ron Furtado, ran up to the driver's-side window and ordered Herrera to put his hands up. Furtado then shot Herrera in the head as he was allegedly leaning over the seat to grab a weapon.[109]
2004-11-09 Bell, Michael E. (21) Wisconsin (Kenosha) Bell was tased four times and then shot in the head by officer Albert Gonzalez after a traffic stop. Four officers were involved. Gonzalez killed Bell after Officer Erich Strausbaugh called out "He's got my gun!", referring to Bell, but his gun was actually caught on a car's side mirror. Bell was unarmed. The incident occurred in Bell's driveway while his mother and sister watched. Bell's family received a $1.75 million settlement in a civil suit in March 2010, and used the money to raise awareness about the case. Officer Strausbaugh killed himself in October 2010.[110] As of May 2013, the state of Wisconsin has filed no charges against the officers involved.[111]
2004-11-01 Walters, James Alan (40) California (Bakersfield) Walters was shot by Kern County Sheriffs deputies after a standoff outside his home.[112]
2004-10-09 Badovinac, David Michael Colorado (Colorado Springs) Shot after shooting at police.[113]
2004-07 LaRue, James Colorado (Colorado Springs) Shot after pointing gun at police and using officer's Taser on two officers.[113]
2004-04-14 Bochat, Donald (31) California (Farmersville) Wanted for shooting and wounding a California Highway Patrol Officer on April 10, Bochat was found in a Farmersville residence but he fled in a vehicle. Officers shot at the vehicle, disabling it. When he emerged from the vehicle, rifle in hand, he was shot and killed by officers.[114]
2004-03-28 Perez, James Jahar Akbar Oregon (Portland) Perez was pulled over for failure to signal a turn. After some kind of altercation (witnesses say he did not even take off his seatbelt, and he was unarmed), officer Jason Sery fired three rounds into his vehicle.[115] A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the officer.[116]
2004-02-20 Jackson, Herman Georgia (Sylvester) Died from broken larynx suffered as a police officer wrapped his arm around Jackson's neck to subdue him during an arrest.[117]
2004-02-17 Cardenas, Rodolfo (43) California (San Jose) Cardenas was shot and killed by Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement agent Michael Walker in downtown San Jose. Walker mistook Cardenas for a wanted fugitive, and shot him during a foot chase. Cardenas engaged in a car chase with Walker before the foot chase, and Walker claimed Cardenas had a weapon on him and was pulling it out before he shot him. Walker was charged with voluntary manslaughter but was found not guilty.[118] In 2006, Cardenas' family received $1 million from a federal civil rights lawsuit.[119]
2004-01-13 Chaney, Terry James Georgia (Lilburn) Shot after shooting at deputies. Officers were responding to a report of a home invasion were two people were killed. Officers chased the suspect into the woods where he shot at them.[120][121]
2004-01-09 Duncan, Joshua (27) California (Bakersfield) Two Bakersfield police officers were investigating a report of attempted burglary in a mobile home park. The officers said they fired their weapons when the suspect drove a car toward them. The passenger in the car was wounded by police gunfire.[122]
2004-01-04 Stansbury, Timothy New York Timothy Stansbury

2003[edit]

The table below lists 9 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2003‑12‑12 Walker, Kenneth Georgia (Columbus) Shot during traffic stop on suspicion of drug possession.[123]
2003-10-24 Reed, Piarre California (Meiners Oaks) Shot in the head by a SWAT team sniper outside of his home. Police allege that Reed was armed, but no weapons were found.[124]
2003‑10‑11 Venable, Billye California (San Diego) Shot in the head while allegedly resisting arrest.[125]
2003-07-13 Tran, Cau Bich (25) California (San Jose) Shooting of Cau Bich Tran. Tran, a woman enduring a mental health crisis, was shot once in the chest by a police officer in her apartment after a neighbor called police to report a disturbance. Tran had a vegetable peeler and was shot several seconds after officers arrived to her home. The officer involved in the shooting was not indicted by a grand jury, and Tran's family was awarded $1.8 million in a lawsuit filed against the city of San Jose.
2003-05-22 Zongo, Ousmane New York Ousmane Zongo
2003-05-05 James, Kendra Oregon (Portland) Shot as a passenger in a car while trying to flee a traffic stop
2003-05-02 Herring, Gregory Colorado (Colorado Springs) Died of “sudden cardiovascular collapse” during struggle with police. The police were responding to report of a naked and bleeding man in apartment parking lot who was yelling and banging on doors. City settled for $19,500 with Herring estate.[126]
2003-03-08 Pleasance, Michael Illinois (Chicago) Shot in a subway terminal. An officer had broken up a fight involving another man and Pleasance was standing nearby when the officer shot him in the head. Pleasance's family was awarded $3 million for his death. The officer was suspended for 30 days and later promoted.[127]
2003-02-02 Bates, Stanley Georgia (DeKalb County) Shot after lunging at police with knife. Police were responding to report of a man attempting to enter his mother's home by force. The officer involved later lost a $7 million civil judgment in federal court for wrongful death in the incident.[128]

2002[edit]

The table below lists 8 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2002‑12‑20 Weigel, Bruce James Wyoming (south of Cheyenne) Died of “mechanical asphyxiation” as a result of arresting state trooper putting weight on Weigel's back while handcuffing Weigel on the ground. The state of Wyoming settled a federal lawsuit for $500,000 in the case.[129][130]
2002-12-12 Ham III, James Lee Georgia (Tift County) Died from injuries following police use of a PIT maneuver on suspect's vehicle. Police were attempting to stop suspect after having stolen $10.69 worth of gas.[131][132]
2002-12-05 Taylor, James E. Kentucky (Louisville) Fifty-year-old African-American Taylor was shot multiple times in his apartment on St. Catherine Blvd. in Old Louisville, his hands cuffed behind his back. The two arresting LMPD officers alleged that he'd tried to cut them with a box-cutter he apparently had in his back pocket. Officers were acquitted of all charges.[133]
2002-10-11 Nelson, Dawn Rae Arizona (Chandler) Nelson was shot by officer Dan Lovelace. According to Lovelace, Nelson was driving towards him with her car, but prosecutors said they believed that Lovelace's life was not in danger when he shot Nelson. Lovelace was charged with second-degree murder, and was not found not guilty. He was fired from the Chandler Police Department.[134]
2002-10-? Torres, Everado (24) California (Madera) A Madera Police officer shot Torres as he sat, handcuffed, in the back of a police car. He had been arrested for resisting as police tried to quiet a loud party. The officer reported that she had intended to reach for her Taser but grabbed her firearm instead.[135]
2002-8-12 Arnold, Christopher "Winks" Pennsylvania (York) Arnold died of positional asphyxiation after being beaten by police in his front yard, hogtied, and placed face down in the police wagon. Officers were responding to a reports of Arnold, a schizophrenic, walking around and talking to himself.[136]
2002-05-25 Volpa, Mark Charles, Jr. (21) California (Auberry) A SWAT team from Fresno Police, Fresno County Sheriff's Office, and Clovis Police surrounded Volpa in his camper. They negotiated for several hours for his surrender. Officers say he was shot and killed when he exited the camper with an assault rifle. He had been sought for killing a Fresno County Sheriff's deputy May 19.[137][138]
2002-2-22 Hammick, Byron Oregon (Portland) Police were responding to a 911 call from a security guard that a man was assaulting a 3-year-old boy. The police were informed by the guard that the man could be armed with a handgun. When police arrived, they ordered Hammick to stop. The officers considered using their mace and batons to subdue Hammick, but decided that the motel room was small and that Hammick was too large. Police fired a shot through a broken window, wounding Hammick. Four shots in total were then fired, killing Hammick. He was found to be unarmed, but had PCP and Methamphetamine in his system. Before the incident, Hammick called 911 between 1:30 AM and 2:00 AM to report a noise complaint about a local dance club across the street from the motel. Later, Hammick called 911 at 3:05 AM, threatening to kill the 3-year-old boy.[139][140]

2001[edit]

The table below lists 6 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2001-11-06 Hood, Timothy Georgia (Athens) Shot after placing a gun to officer's head.[141]
2001-09-21 Bostic, Stacy Rondell Georgia (Athens) Shot after shooting at officer. Police were responding to report of an armed robbery of a hotel. A man running from the scene matched suspects description and was commanded to stop.[142][143]
2001-08-22 Harris, Daniel (47) Ohio (Cleveland) Harris was shot while grabbing a police officer's gun and refusing to let go, after a car chase with police.
2001-08-08 Martinez, Nelson Bellevue, Washington Mike Hetle, a Bellevue, Washington police officer, confronted Martinez as he was driving away from the scene of an alleged domestic dispute with his cousin. Hetle was given erroneous information by a dispatcher who claimed that Martinez was known for being a repeat offender for domestic violence. Hetle ordered Martinez, in English, to get out of the car and, in Spanish, to put his hands up. Martinez did not comply and began to pull something from his waistband, which was later found out to be a wallet. Hetle then shot Martinez two times, believing he was in danger[144]
2001-07-14 Johnson, Tyron (30) California (Bakersfield) Johnson was killed by Bakersfield Police officers. They were investigating gunshots and chased Johnson. He fired at them several times, striking an officer and a woman. The wounded officer shot and killed Johnson.[145]
2001-06-30 Curtis, Scott Andrew Oklahoma (Washita County) Shot and killed after leading troopers on a car chase.[146]

2000[edit]

The table below lists 16 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
2000-10-28 Lee, Anthony Dwain California (Los Angeles) Anthony Dwain Lee was shot by police while carrying a rubber toy gun at a Halloween party.
2000-10-19 Graham Colorado (Cripple Creek) Shot after pointing a rifle at police. Graham had started a fire in the police parking lot and was spraying fuel on the fire.[147]
2000-10-18 Scott, Marsean (19) Ohio (Cleveland) Police confronted a man with a gun after responding to a call of shots being fired. Marsean Scott exchanged gunfire was police and died.[148]
2000-10-04 Adams, John Tennessee (Lebanon) Shot after shooting at police. Officers raided wrong house in drug raid. Adams' wife thought they were victims of a home invasion and called for Adams to get his gun.[149]
2000-08-01 Palacios, Alfredo Cerna (37) California (Bakersfield) Shot by a Bakersfield Police officer when, with a pair of scissors in his hand, he moved toward the two officers. He was within eight to twelve feet of the officers who were investigating a report of a man behaving strangely.[150][151]
2000-06-30 Bymon, Lisa (26) Georgia (Hinesville) Stabbed to death, along with her two young children and her friend, by off-duty Ludowici Police Officer Calvin Williams. Williams was sentenced to four life sentences for the crimes.[152][153]
2000-06-30 Bymon, Desiree (7) Georgia (Hinesville) Stabbed to death by off-duty Ludowici Police Officer Calvin Williams.[152][153]
2000-06-30 Bymon, Juwan (6) Georgia (Hinesville) Stabbed to death by off-duty Ludowici Police Officer Calvin Williams.[152][153]
2000-06-30 Davis, Ponda (28) Georgia (Hinesville) Stabbed to death by off-duty Ludowici Police Officer Calvin Williams.[152][153]
2000-05-04 Dieterle, Todd (37) California (Santa Rosa) Dieterle robbed a convenience store with a plastic squirt gun that was painted to look realistic, and was shot at least seven times by Santa Rosa Police Department and Santa Rosa Junior College Police officers.
2000-05 Camacho, Robert Francisco California (Rohnert Park) Camacho was shot in his trailer park 5 times by police after they came there to respond to a mental health crisis. Camacho had a firearm and was firing it in the trailer park before being shot by police.
2000-04-10 McDonald, Erin (31) California (Windsor) McDonald was shot by police officers after she pointed a BB gun at them. Police came to her residence in response to a psychotic episode.
2000-03-31 Bourne, Tysheen (19) New York (Brooklyn) Shot to death, along with Andre Fields, by undercover NYPD narcotics detectives after the teenagers allegedly attempted to rob the officers with a toy pistol and a pellet gun wrapped in black tape.[154]
2000-03-31 Fields, Andre (17) New York (Brooklyn) Shot to death, along with Tysheen Bourne, by undercover NYPD narcotics detectives after the teenagers allegedly attempted to rob the officers with a toy pistol and a pellet gun wrapped in black tape.[154]
2000-03-16 Dorismond, Patrick New York (New York) Patrick Dorismond
2000-01-28 Young, Cornel Jr. (29) Rhode Island (Providence) Young, an off-duty police officer, was killed by two fellow Providence police officers, when he tried to assist them during a violent arrest. The officers did not recognize Young in plainclothes and shot him after he refused to drop his weapon. Young had apparently not realized they were talking to him. The officers then realized they had shot a fellow police officer and transferred him to a hospital; Young was pronounced dead a short time later. His mother filed a civil rights suit against the city of Providence and against the police responsible for his shooting, but the suit was unsuccessful. The department posthumously promoted Young to the rank of sergeant.[155]

1990s[edit]

The table below lists 48 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
1999-12-30 Mauro, Scott A Georgia (Martinez) Shot while pointing shotgun at officers while approaching them. Police were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance. They found Mauro on the porch of the home with a shotgun taped to his throat. A standoff ensued.[156]
1999-09-29 Mena, Ismael (45) Colorado Ismael Mena was shot eight times and killed when 14 SWAT officers entered the wrong house while conducting a no-knock raid.[157]
1999-09 Butler, Antonio (19) Florida (Miami) Butler, an unarmed carjacking suspect, was shot dead by a Miami police Sergeant.[158]
1999-08-30 Busch, Gidone (31) New York (Brooklyn) Gidone Busch was a mentally disturbed male who was shot and killed with 12 bullets outside his apartment by four NYPD officers after he refused to drop a hammer which he had just used to both strike a sergeant in the arm, and threaten other officers.
1999-07-26 DuBose, Demetrius California (San Diego) Demetrius DuBose was shot while charging at officers while waving their nunchukas. Officers attempted to question DuBose outside a home that had been burglarized. When DuBose fled officers caught him and they scuffled during which DuBose took nunchukas from two officers.[159]
1999-05-21 Mitchell, Margaret LaVerne California (Los Angeles) Mitchell, who was pushing a shopping cart along La Brea Avenue, 'lunged' at officers with a screwdriver and that one of the officers stumbled and then fired, killing her.

[160] [161] [162]

1999-04-13 Salmon, Aquan (14) Connecticut (Hartford) Salmon was shot by officer Robert Allan, who thought that Salmon had a gun on him. Salmon was approached by police because he was sought in connection with an attempted robbery and assault of a woman, along with three other youths. Salmon had a cigarette lighter which the officer said he believed was a gun.[163]
1999-02-18 Shaw, James Georgia (Waycross) Shot while dragging officer with vehicle. Officers had approached Shaw to question him regarding reports of violent threats. The officer had reached inside Shaw's car to stop it.[164]
1999-02-04 Diallo, Amadou New York (Bronx) Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by four undercover and plainclothes NYPD officers in a housing complex during a search for a rape suspect. Diallo had a wallet in his hands, and the officers claimed they thought it was a gun. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder, and were later found not guilty by a jury in 2000.
1999-01-20 Seymour, Sheryl Sue Texas (Houston) w/f 40, mentally ill, shot and killed by Houston police officer J. G. Lopez after calling for ambulance to take her to hospital. Police claim she lunged at them with a butcher knife. Sheryl was barely 5 ft. tall and weighed about 100 pounds. Lopez was no-billed.
1999-01-18 Bayer, Stephen California (Simi Valley) A man described as depressed over business reversals led authorities on a three-county auto chase that ended Monday morning, when police fatally shot him after he pointed a loaded handgun at them, authorities said.

[165] [166] [167]

1999-01-17 Landrum JR, Irvin California (Claremont) Died six days after being shot multiple times during a routine traffic stop. Allegedly pulled a firearm and fired upon officers, who responded in kind.[168]
1998-12-28 Miller, Tyisha California (Riverside) Shot dead by police officers called by family members who could not wake her as she lay unconscious in a car.

[169]

1998-12-27 Reid, Franklyn (19) Connecticut (New Milford) Officer Scott Smith shot Franklyn Reid to death during a foot chase. The following month, Smith was charged with murder in Reid's death, and was sentenced to 6 years of prison in 2000. The conviction was appealed, and Smith pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent homicide, and received two years of probation.[170]
1998-05-13 Salazar, Jair Florida (Delray Beach) Officer Peter Cagnina fired three shots and killed Mr. Salazar while he "had an object in his hand".[171]
1998-02-14 Montoya, Abelino (18) New Mexico (Las Vegas) Las Vegas Officer Joseph Mantelli shot Abelino Montoya after a car chase resulting from a traffic violation stop. Sergeant Steve Marquez fired a shot that did not hit Montoya. Both officers were charged with murder, and Marquez was acquitted by a judge and Mantelli was found guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to 13 years of prison, but a state court appeals threw out the conviction and Mantelli served three years after pleading no contest to manslaughter. Montoya's family filed a lawsuit against the City of Las Vegas and were settled with $4 million.[172]
1997-09-02 Atkinson, James Justin Idaho (Boise) Shot while dragging police officer with car. The officer had reached into Atkinson's car to turn off ignition when Atkinson sped off.[173]
1997-08-17 Wood, Donald Georgia (Brunswick) Shot after shooting at police. Wood had abducted his estranged wife and led police on a 3.5 hour car chase in a vehicle Wood had stolen at gunpoint.[174]
1997-04-29 Kao, Kuan Chung California (Rohnert Park) Shooting of Kuanchung Kao. Kao was waving a 6' wooden stick in the driveway of his home while he was drunk. After police arrived, Kao struck a police car with the stick, and one of two officers on the scene fired once at Kao.
1997-02-28 Phillips Jr, Larry California (Los Angeles) North Hollywood shootout
1997-02-28 Mătăsăreanu, Emil California (Los Angeles) North Hollywood shootout
1997-02-15 Hernandez, Salomon (28) California (Santa Rosa) Hernandez did not pay at the Coddingtown Exxon gas station, and police were called. Police say Hernandez tried to attack an officer with a screwdriver. Three shots were fired at Hernandez.[175]
1996-10-25 Milstead, Mark Virginia (Maurertown) Mark Milstead was fatally shot by Shenandoah County deputy sheriff Chad Kibler as Milstead attempted to flee from an attack by Steven Ramey, the former boyfriend of Milstead's pregnant fiance, Jill S. Cardwell. Ramey had fatally shot Cardwell and wounded Milstead, then left the scene following a gunfight with the injured Milstead, only to return while Milstead was in the middle of calling 911 for help.[176][177]
1996-09 Gallegos, Joseph (18) Colorado (Bayfield) Gallegos shot three of his friends to death and engaged in a shootout with police, being shot dead by them.[178][179][180]
1996-08-29 Saunders, Kevin (37) California (Santa Rosa) Saunders had police called on him after a domestic disturbance at his home. Police say Saunders was reaching for a gun in his waistband area, and was unarmed.[175]
1996-07-04 Gaines, Nathaniel Levi New York Nathaniel Levi Gaines
1995-10-12 Gammage, Johnny Pennsylvania Johnny Gammage
1995-07-18 Boyles, Tyler Lee California (Garden Grove) Tyler Lee Boyles, 20, was fatally shot by Garden Grove, California police after pointing a pellet gun at police officers in the dark. Boyles had called police at 11:02pm stating he was planning to rob a local convenience store, that he had a handgun, and wanted police to shoot him. Police fired more than 20 shots at Boyles. According to family friends, Boyles may have been suicidal and potentially suffering from a mental illness at the time of his death.[181]
1995 Huang, Yong Xin (16) New York (New York City) Huang was shot by police after having a pellet gun in his possession in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The officer claimed that he accidentally fired the shot. Huang's family received $400,000 in a lawsuit settlement against the city.[182]
1994-12-22 Baez, Anthony New York (New York City) Anthony Baez
1994-10-10 McCormick, Deborah (44) Texas (Houston) Despite locked doors, Officer Mike Griffith entered a wedding chapel/flower shop where he had previously purchased flowers and forced McCormick (who co-owned the flower shop with her mother) into a back room where he forced her to perform sex acts, then he repeatedly stabbed her with a butcher knife, robbed her, and left. Griffith was convicted and executed by lethal injection on 6 June 2007 for his crimes against McCormick. A few days after killing McCormick, Griffith robbed a bank, forcing the sole employee to walk to a back restroom where he shot her in the back of the head (she survived). Two weeks later, he robbed a bridal salon and sexually assaulted a salesperson.[183][184]
1994-04-04 Chavez Gaona, Catarino Virginia (Harrisonburg) Chavez Gaona set fire to his rental apartment, and sat in a tree with a shotgun. Firemen responded to the call, then called police, who first attempted to negotiate, but then shot him in order to battle the fire.[185]
1993-12-02 Winterbourne, Alan California (Oxnard) Winterbourne went to an Employment Development Department branch in Oxnard and opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun at the employees. When the shotgun jammed, he pulled out a .44 magnum pistol and continued shooting. He then walked out through a side door, where he exchanged gunfire with four police officers. Two rounds entered Winterbourne's shoulder and chest, respectively, wounding him. A vehicle pursuit ensued, where Winterbourne took out a Browning .300 rifle and fired at a police car. The bullet ricocheted through a spotlight, killing James O'Brien, a sergeant and detective with the Oxnard Police Department. The police held their fire for the safety of passing motorists, and the pursuit continued. Winterbourne then parked at a local EDD branch in Ventura, with six police cars forming a perimeter. He got out of his car, brandishing a Ruger Mini-14 loaded with a 30-round magazine. He finally moved towards an adjoining office, where he was shot nine times by six officers as he was 40 feet away from the door.[186][187]
1993-07-30 Myrick, Don (53) California (Santa Monica) Myrick, a saxophonist and former member of Earth, Wind & Fire, was fatally shot by a Santa Monica policeman during a narcotics investigation. While attempting to serve a search warrant, an officer mistook a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon. He fired a single bullet that hit Myrick in the chest. Myrick died in the hospital shortly afterwards.[188]
1993-04-16 Thompson, Emogene Georgia (Duluth) Gwinnett County Police Department Ofc. Michael Harold Chapel shot to death a woman outside a muffler shop (demolished, now entrance to Sugarloaf Mills) for cash hoarded by victim. Extra security was ordered in transporting Chapel due to rumors of a possible planned prison-break ambush.[189]
1992-11-05 Green, Malice Michigan Malice Green
1992-10-02 Scott, Donald P. California (Malibu) Donald P. Scott
1992-08-25 White, Susan (42) Texas (Houston) Shot multiple times by officer Joseph Kent McGowan after he falsely obtained a warrant for her arrest. He was later found guilty of murder after he claimed she was holding a weapon, but she was hanging up the phone with 911. She had anticipated the killing from this particular officer.[190] He was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison.[191]
1992-08-25 Denovo, Rosebud California (Berkeley) Shot while threatening officers with a machete, after breaking into the UC Berkeley chancellor's home
1992-08-21 Weaver, Sammy Idaho Ruby Ridge
1992-08-22 Weaver, Vicki Idaho Ruby Ridge
1992-07-03 Garcia, Jose New York Garcia allegedly pulled out a revolver and was wounded by gunshots from the officer's sidearm. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced "dead on arrival."[192]
1991-04-21 Sevier, Gregory (22) Kansas (Lawrence) Sevier, a Native American, was shot and killed by Officers Ted Bordman and James Phillips in his parents' home after Sevier allegedly lunged at Bordman with a knife. The officers were responding to a 911 call from Sevier's mother, who was concerned for her son's welfare after he allegedly locked himself in his bedroom with a knife.[193]
1990-09-27 Dashti, Mehrdad California (Berkeley) Dashti took 33 people hostage at a bar near the UC Berkeley campus for seven hours, armed with a MAC 10 handgun, a semiautomatic handgun, and a revolver. At the end of the hostage situation, Dashti killed one hostage and wounded seven other people. Dashti was killed by several police officers.[194]
1991-04-10 Phillip Pannell New Jersey (Teaneck) Pannell was fatally shot by police while fleeing. An officer was charged with manslaughter but acquitted.[195]
1990-03-22 Archie, Adolph Louisiana (New Orleans) Adolph Archie was beaten to death by police officers. His killing took place at the police precinct station house of Officer Earl Hauck, who Archie had allegedly killed during a shootout earlier that evening. Archie had been shot in the arm before being taken into custody and was first driven to a hospital, but did not enter it, before being taken to station house and beaten to death. Some of Archie's injuries included a fractured skull, kicked in teeth, a fractured larynx, and severely hemorrhaged testicles.[196][197]
1990-03-01 Cotto, David New York (Brooklyn) Cotto, 20 years old, was shot when he raised two knives and "rushed the officers." Police had been called to Cotto's apartment because of a fight with a neighbor. Cotto's family said that he was not attacking the police officers, but was "staggering blindly" due to the effects of the mace with which he had been sprayed.[198]
1990-02-19 Booker, Anthony (19) Florida (Miami) Booker, a brother of Bob Marley, fired a shotgun once at an officer in a mall parking lot and an officer returned fire.[158]

1980s[edit]

The table below lists 25 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
1986-02-24 Sherri Rasmussen California (Van Nuys) Rasmussen was killed in her home by off-duty Los Angeles police officer Stephanie Lazarus, who had dated her husband before their marriage. Lazarus staged the killing to appear as if it were a burglary attempt Rasmussen had walked in on; the two scuffled slightly in the process. The case was indeed investigated initially as if it had been a burglary; Lazarus's DNA left behind in a bite on Rasmussen's body helped convict her when the case was reopened over 20 years later.
1985-06-12 Edmund Perry New York (Manhattan) Perry, a returning, newly graduated honors student from Phillips Exeter Academy was shot to death by undercover NYPD detective Lee Van Houten whom Edmund tried to rob while in the

company of his brother, Jonah. Both Van Houten and Jonah were acquitted of criminal wrongdoing.

1985-05-13 Africa, John Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Africa and 10 others, including 5 children aged 7 to 13, were killed in the bombing of their rowhouse during an armed standoff with the Philadelphia police. The fire resulting from the bombs destroyed 65 homes and left 250 homeless. Gunfire was also flying as people tried to escape the fire. One of the two survivors maintains that police were shooting at the fleeing people, while the police stated that the people had been firing at police. A city investigative commission called the bombing "unconscionable" in their March 1986 report, but nobody from the city was criminally charged. In 1996, a federal jury awarded $1.5 million civil judgment for excessive force and violation of 4th amendment protections.
1985-05-13 MOVE adult #2 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE adult #3 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE adult #4 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE adult #5 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE adult #6 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE child (7-13) #1 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE child (7-13) #2 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE child (7-13) #3 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE child (7-13) #4 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1985-05-13 MOVE child (7-13) #5 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Killed in the police bombing of an occupied rowhouse during an armed standoff.
1984-10-29 Bumpurs, Eleanor New York (New York City) Eleanor Bumpurs
1983-09-28 Stewart, Michael New York (New York City) Death of Michael Stewart
1983-01-13 Sanders, Lindberg (49) Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police, along with six others, during a raid on a home where the group had allegedly been holding Patrolman R. S. Hester hostage for 30 hours.[199] This incident is referred to as the "Shannon Street Massacre."[200]
1983-01-13 Sanders, Larnell (26) Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1983-01-13 Coleman, Michael Delane (18) Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1983-01-13 Thomas, Earl (20) Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1983-01-13 Houston, Andrew (JuJu) (18) Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1983-01-13 Harris, Cassell Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1983-01-13 unnamed male Tennessee (Memphis) Shot and killed by police during the "Shannon Street Massacre."[199][200]
1982-12-28 Johnson Jr., Nevelle Overtown, Florida Overtown, Florida police officers, Luis Alvarez and Louis Cruz, were conducting a business check on an arcade. They then spotted a suspicious bulge in Johnson's waistband. Although what happened next is disputed, Alvarez held on to Johnson and his service revolver was fired, killing Johnson.[201]
1982-10-05 Drumgoole, Willie Lee California Drumgoole, who was arrested on burglary charges, attempted to escape from a jail cell in Richmond as another inmate was being transferred to his cell. When he refused to follow orders to get back in the cell, he was placed in a chokehold and was sprayed with mace. A few minutes later, he had trouble breathing and died from a neck injury as a result of the chokehold.[202]
1981-02-15 Wolanski, Joseph New York (Brooklyn) A woman called police and reported that her boyfriend was threatening her and her family. When they responded, Wolanski, who was on the fire escape, broke the kitchen window. One of the officers fired four shots, killing the unarmed Wolanski.[203]

1970s[edit]

The table below lists 8 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
1979-12-17 McDuffie, Arthur Florida Arthur McDuffie
1977-05-05 Torres, Joe Campos Texas Joe Campos Torres
1976-02-08 Edwards, Larry (19) Michigan (Ann Arbor) Shot fleeing scene of convenience-store robbery.[204] City Council voted not to dismiss two shooting officers but department paid Edwards's mother $15,000 in 1978.[205]
1976-01-05 Evans, Mal California (Los Angeles) The former road manager and personal assistant for The Beatles, Evans was shot by police at his home in Los Angeles. Officers were called when his girlfriend phoned the police and told them that Evans was confused and had a gun. The police mistook the air rifle Evans was holding for a rifle and shot him dead.[206]
1975-05-26 Fitzgerald, Patrick William Illinois (Crystal Lake) Fitzgerald and two other teenagers in McHenry County, Illinois initiated a foot pursuit after police were responding to a report of them attempting to break into a bowling alley. Fitzgerald charged at an officer after he fired a warning shot over his head, and a knife with a stilleto blade was found near Fitzgerald's body after he was shot.[207]
1971-11-20 Rosario, Filemino New York (Manhattan) Two foot patrolmen met Rosario near Lexington Avenue and East 122nd Street running and waving a gun. After they identified themselves as police officers, Rosario pointed his gun at them and pulled the trigger twice. The gun misfired both times. One of the officers then shot Rosario five times in the chest.[208]
1970-05-14 Gibbs, Phillip Lafayette Mississippi Jackson State killings
1970-05-14 Green, James Earl Mississippi Jackson State killings

Prior to 1970[edit]

The table below lists 18 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (City) Description
1969-12-04 Hampton, Fred Illinois (Chicago) Deputy Chairman of the Black Panther Party killed while sleeping in a raid by Chicago policemen
1969-12-04 Clark, Mark Illinois (Chicago) Member of the Black Panther Party killed with Fred Hampton by Chicago policemen
1968-02-08 Hammond Jr., Samuel South Carolina (Orangeburg) Orangeburg massacre
1968-02-08 Middleton, Delano Herman South Carolina (Orangeburg) Orangeburg massacre
1968-02-08 Smith, Henry Ezekial South Carolina (Orangeburg) Orangeburg massacre
1957-10-01 Taylor, Ralph Walker Indiana Taylor and his compatriot, Victor Wayne Whitley, ran a police roadblock and were fired on by police. Taylor was killed by officer Lester Kenan. Whitley escaped and was captured the next day.[209]
1957-02-23 Nader, Nickey Ohio (Forestville) Nader was killed with Michael Burke during a police ambush of a supermarket burglary. Burke and Nader, whom police had suspected of "safecracking" in the area, broke into the supermarket, encountered police, and ran. Police opened fire and killed Burke immediately. Nader returned police fire and was shot to death by police. Over 100 shots were fired in the exchange.[210]
1957-02-23 Burke, Michael Ohio (Forestville) Burke was shot to death while running from police during an ambush of a supermarket burglary.[210]
1956-07-02 Wilson, Alfred Ohio (Leavittsburg) Wilson killed his two sisters-in-law and another woman in June 1956. He was sought by police for 11 days until a tip alerted them to his location. He refused to surrender when ordered to by police and was subsequently shot twice in the head by patrolman Russell Duffy.[211]
1955-08-28 Rollins, Charles Luther Michigan (Detroit) Rollins was held under siege by over 200 police officers in the home of his nephew, Bernard Smith. After a tear gas bomb set the house on fire Rollins ran out firing a shotgun and was killed as ten officers fired over 40 shots at him. Smith later said of Rollins that "He read the Bible some, but mostly he rode a bicycle up and down the sidewalk when he wasn't working. He never talked to adults in the family. He only smiled."[212]
1952-11-03 Noel, Carlyle Ohio (Columbus) Noel was one of 1,600 prisoners rioting in an Ohio penitentiary. Twenty one Ohio highway patrolmen were trapped inside the prison and opened fire with shotguns on a crowd of prisoners. Four, including Noel, were wounded, and Noel died of his wounds.[213]
1952-06-28 Kauffman, Gary F. California (Costa Mesa) Kauffman abducted his own two-year-old son, another man, and the man's two-year-old son after shooting his estranged wife in the arm. He drove himself and his three hostages to his own house. When he was forced outside by tear gas, he attempted to flee in his car but was fired on by officers. When Kauffman returned fire he was shot to death by police, whose gunfire also wounded Kauffman's son in the head.[214]
1951-11-06 Shepherd, Samuel Florida (Lake County) Shot and killed by county sheriff Willis V. McCall while being transported from the Florida State Prison in Raiford. Shepherd was handcuffed to Walter Irvin. McCall claimed that the prisoners attacked him when he had to stop the car to change a flat tire, although Irvin's testimony and voluminous evidence made McCall's version implausible.[215]
1949-04-17 McIntyre, George Washington (Pullman) McIntyre was wanted for questioning by Pullman police concerning an assault. He shot and killed officer Ross Klaar when Klaar attempted to arrest him. McIntyre ran away from the scene but was later found by other officers. A gun battle ensued, during which three law enforcement officers and McIntyre died.[216]
1947-02-19 Pierce, Elmer Henry Illinois (Chicago) Nine Chicago policemen ambushed Pierce, whom they described as "a dangerous maniac." According to detective Joseph McCabe, Pierce ignored an order to surrender and reached for a gun, at which point McCabe killed him with ten shots from a machine gun.[217]
1947-01-01 Rocco, Alphonse New York (Gilboa) Rocco's ex-wife Olga was shot with a shotgun by a woman who had been duped into thinking that she was merely taking a photograph. Rocco was wanted by the NYPD for questioning in connection with the shooting. Detectives tracked him to Gilboa, where he was shot nine times.[218]
1943-01-23 Hall, Robert Georgia (Newton) Robert Hall, a black man, was beaten to death by Baker County Sheriff M. Claude Screws, Policeman Jones, and Special Deputy Kelley (all white). The officers arrested Hall late at night at his home for the theft of a tire, handcuffed him, drove him to the courthouse, and beat him (still handcuffed) on the courthouse steps with their fists and an eight-inch solid-bar blackjack for between 15 and 30 minutes until he reached unconsciousness. They then dragged his body to the jail and called an ambulance. Hall was taken to a hospital where he died within the hour. The officers claimed Hall had reached for a gun and used insulting language when arriving at the courthouse. Screws was indicted on federal charges of violating Hall's civil rights, but Supreme Court case Screws v. United States was decided in Screws' favor.[219][220]
1934-05-08 Pojman, Frank Ohio (Cleveland) Pojman was arrested by two Cleveland Police patrolmen for alleged intoxication (which the coroner later disproved). En route to the police station, the patrolmen assaulted Pojman and he suffered a fractured skull and later died from his injuries.[221]

19th century[edit]

See also: Category:American Old West gunfights

The table below lists 2 individuals.

Date Name (Age) of Deceased State (Political Subdivision) Description
1889‑08‑14 Terry, David S. California (Lathrop) Chief Justice of California David S. Terry attempted to assault U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Johnson Field at a train station in Lathrop, California. Field's bodyguard, U.S. Marshal David Neagle, shot and killed Terry. This event led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Neagle[222]
1858‑11‑10 Hollis, John New York (Manhattan) Longshoreman Hollis allegedly threatened to kill ship captain Thomas Conway for not giving him a job on his crew. Conway called police. Officer Robert Cairnes responded, and Hollis ran away. Cairnes pursued, firing his pistol after him. Two shots missed, before a cartman grabbed Hollis's collar and held him. Cairnes ran up exclaiming, “You will get away from me, will you?” and shot directly into Hollis’s back, so close that his coat caught fire. A coroner's jury ruled the fatal shooting was not justifiable, but a grand jury declined to indict the officer.[223]

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