Police Officer Kenny Moats Maryville Police Department, Tennessee End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Police Officer Kenny Moats | Maryville Police Department, TennesseeMaryville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Kenny Moats

Maryville Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 25, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Arrested

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Tony Crisp
Maryville Police Department
418 W. Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: (865) 273-3700

Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call at a home near the intersection of Kerrway Lane and Alcoa Trail at approximately 4:00 pm.
Patrol units had responded to the home earlier in the day for a domestic dispute. Patrol units were sent to the address a second time when another call was received by dispatchers stating one of the subjects was now armed. Officer Moats and a second narcotics detective who happened to be in the area responded to the scene to assist patrol units.
They parked their vehicle approximately 70 yards from the residence and assisted one person from the home before taking cover behind their car. As they waited for patrol units to arrive the subject opened fire from a garage, striking Officer Moats in the neck. The other detective as well as a responding Blount County sheriff’s deputy were able to return fire before taking the subject into custody.
Officer Moats had served with the Maryville Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force. He is survived by his wife and three children.

MARYVILLE – Maryville’s police chief addressed the media Friday afternoon on the officer shot and killed by a suspect while answering a domestic violence call.

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said Kenny Moats, 32, of Maryville had a “stellar” nine-year career.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with officer Moats’ family, and the men and women who worked with him on a daily basis here at the Maryville Police Department,” Crisp said at a news conference Friday.

Crisp asked for the community to continue to pray for Moats’ children and family.

“It’s a sad day yesterday, and the days ahead will be sad,” Crisp said.

Crisp said a number of people have already reached out to help the family and police department.

KenJo Markets established a memorial fund for Moats, according to the city of Maryville’s website.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund can drop off donations at CBBC Bank or the city of Maryville. The city asks to make checks payable to the Kenny Moats Memorial Fund.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

The sheriff’s office identified the suspect in Moats’ shooting death as Brian Keith Stalans, 44, of Maryville.

Authorities took Stalans into custody Thursday afternoon.

Blount County Sheriff James L. Berrong said Friday he “anticipates charges shortly.”

“We have full confidence this person will be brought to justice,” Crisp said. “We have confidence in the judicial system that we have.”

A candlelight service for Moats is scheduled at the Blount County Courthouse at 8 p.m. Friday.

Sergeant Shawn Miller West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa End of Watch: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sergeant Shawn Miller | West Des Moines Police Department, IowaWest Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Sergeant Shawn Miller

West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: August 3, 2016
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief Shaun LaDue
West Des Moines Police Department
250 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: () –

Sergeant Shawn Miller was killed in a motorcycle crash while returning from court after testifying in a hit-and-run case at the Dallas County Courthouse.
He was traveling on Highway 169 when another vehicle turned left in front of him at the junction with I-80. Sergeant Miller was unable to avoid a collision and struck the side of the vehicle.
Sergeant Miller was an Iowa National Guard veteran. He had served with the West Des Moines Police Department for 26 years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He had previously served with the Iowa Department of Corrections. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Shawn Miller was remembered Thursday as a leader who found ways big and small to touch the community he served as a police officer for 26 years.

The 47-year-old was killed in the line of duty Wednesday after colliding with a car while riding his personal motorcycle on U.S. Highway 169 in Dallas County. He was returning to West Des Moines after testifying in a hit-and-run case at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel.

"It’s always the good ones that go," said Joe Carter, of West Des Moines.

Carter knew Miller from the officer’s off-duty job as a security guard at the Sheraton hotel in West Des Moines. Miller was always there to bring order during hectic weekends when Carter worked the hotel’s front desk.

But it was an encounter last month that gave Carter new perspective on the "serve" portion of the adage "to protect and serve."

Carter was stranded by the side of the road, after someone hit his car, when Miller drove by to check on him. Carter waved the officer away, but 15 minutes later, Miller drove by again. This time, he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He stopped to make sure Carter was safe.

The interaction made such an impression that Carter, who is black, asked his wife to take his picture with the officer. He posted it on Facebook.

"With all of these people hating on police officers, I thought, maybe if they saw me taking a picture with him, it would show … they’re not all that bad. Especially him, he was a great officer," Carter said.

Paul Murphy, 32, of Clive, said he met Miller by chance while working at the Kum & Go on Jordan Creek Parkway in 2007.

Murphy served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments to Iraq. Miller and another officer would stop by the Kum & Go daily to get coffee and chat with the employees, he said.

Murphy and Miller quickly discovered they were both veterans. They swapped stories about the military, and Miller increasingly became someone Murphy confided in. "I really got to know him and trust him," he said.

Miller persuaded him to join VFW Post 9127 in Beaverdale, an organization the police officer was passionate about, Murphy said. They met there regularly with other veterans. Murphy says the camaraderie helped him acclimate to life after the military.

When he started to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Miller was one of the first people he turned to for help.

"You could talk to him about anything, and he genuinely cared to listen," Murphy said. "It really kind of helped me open up."

Miller eventually encouraged him to seek counseling for his PTSD. The officer’s encouragement was also instrumental in Murphy’s decision to pursue his bachelor’s degree. Miller had a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University and was pursuing a master’s in public administration at Drake University.

Although the two men saw each other less in recent years,  Murphy said he would still send Miller text messages when he saw a West Des Moines police car or when he needed advice.

"He would always be there. … He was not only a friend, but a mentor," Murphy said. "If I hadn’t met him, I would be a totally different person. … I’m going to miss him. I can’t believe he’s gone."

Miller attended Dowling Catholic High School, where he served on the volunteer corps, a student group that conducts service projects throughout the Des Moines area, said Jerry Deegan, president of Dowling Catholic.

"It’s consistent with what he committed his life to," Deegan said.

Miller graduated in 1987 and joined the Iowa National Guard, serving in the 186th Military Police Company. His company deployed to northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Storm from January 1991 through May 1991.

Dallas County Attorney Wayne Reisetter was Miller’s company commander during that deployment. He remembers an impressive soldier who was promoted to sergeant shortly before heading overseas.

"We looked within our ranks and said we need to push the promotion of these young people who are deserving of it and who will be outstanding leaders for us," Reisetter said. "He was one of those."

His military company was responsible for transporting prisoners captured by the advancing front to holding compounds. Leaders like Miller were responsible for the safety of their men, Reisetter said.

"It fell to those first-line leaders, such as Shawn, to really take initiative, to understand the mission," he said. "Of course, in war nothing ever goes right. That first-line leader had to be very astute to overcome that mission, regardless of issues that came his way."

The two worked together again back home in central Iowa. Reisetter took a position as assistant Dallas County attorney in 1991, and Miller joined the West Des Moines police force as a reserve officer in 1990 and became a full-time officer in 1995.

Reisetter said the community has lost a fair, just and reasonable officer.

"What an empty space," he said. "He was one of those people I would certainly say is a model to follow to heal relationships in the community. Now, we are without that model."

Miller was scheduled to be promoted to sergeant by the Police Department at the end of the month.

"Every time I swear in an officer … we always look to the family members and say, thank you for allowing these people to serve in this capacity because, every day they leave, you don’t know if they’re going to come home," West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer said. "Whatever we can do to support them and encourage them … this is a huge sacrifice for all of us, and we appreciate it."

Miller had several roles at the Police Department, including narcotics investigator, field-training officer, firearms instructor, evidence-processing technician and drug recognition expert.

Jim Romar, who retired from the West Des Moines Police Department in 2007, said he knew Miller as a reserve officer, just starting his career in law enforcement. Even then, Miller "had a genuine dedication to his service to the community," Romar said.

Paul Parizek, a sergeant with the Des Moines Police Department, worked alongside Miller in the 1990s as a reserve officer in West Des Moines.

"He was everything you hear. A very honorable man, both personally and professionally. A very calming, yet commanding presence. A well-respected leader and a solid family man," Parizek said.

Miller’s late mother, Mary Miller Rise, was a longtime 911 dispatcher and part-time records clerk for the West Des Moines Police Department. Miller’s father, Jerry Miller, retired from the Clive Police Department in 1999, after 30 years on the force.

Miller is survived by his wife and three children.

A memorial fund has been established for the family at the Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union. Donations can be made in either location, 423 E. Court Ave., or inside the Federal Building, 210 Walnut St., Room 927, or online at dmpo-cu.org.

Police Officer Shannon Brown Fenton Police Department, Louisiana End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Police Officer Shannon Brown | Fenton Police Department, LouisianaFenton Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Shannon Brown

Fenton Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: August 7, 2016
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Cited

Agency Contact Information

Chief Luther Alfred
Fenton Police Department
712 Third Avenue
Fenton, LA 70640
Phone: (337) 756-2321

Police Officer Shannon Brown succumbed to injuries sustained on August 7th, 2016, when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Route 165, near Fourth Avenue.
He was writing a citation when a third vehicle struck his patrol car from behind, pushing it into him, and causing him to suffer a severe leg injury. He was transported to CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on August 13th, 2016.
The elderly driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Brown was cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Officer Brown had served with the Fenton Police Department for three years.

 

Sad news to report tonight from the world of law enforcement. Fenton Police officer Shannon Brown died today from his injuries he suffered last Sunday evening while conducting during a traffic stop. in the rural town of Fenton, Louisiana.

Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police said:the Fenton police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 165.  While Officer Brown was outside of his unit a Nissan Altima driven by 77-year-old Florence T. Boudreaux of Port Arthur, TX struck the rear of the Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle.

The force of the impact caused officer Brown’s police Tahoe to strike the vehicle that had been stopped.  Officer Brown was standing in front of the Tahoe at the time of the collision and one of his legs was seriously injured.  He was transported to a hospital in Lake Charles.

His injuries were to severe and office Brown passed away at the age of 40.

Boudreaux, who was the driver of the Altima that struck Officer brown’s vehicle, was charged with failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.  The investigation is remains under investigation.

Police Officer Tim Smith Eastman Police Department, Georgia End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Police Officer Tim Smith | Eastman Police Department, GeorgiaEastman Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Tim Smith

Eastman Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 5 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 13, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Becky Sheffield
Eastman Police Department
PO Drawer 40
Second Avenue
Eastman, GA 31023
Phone: (478) 374-7788

Police Officer Tim Smith was shot and killed while responding to reports of a subject carrying a firearm at the intersection of Smith Street and Main Street at approximately 9:30 pm.
Officer Smith made contact with the subject along the railroad tracks adjacent to the intersection. The man opened fire on Officer Smith, wounding him. Officer Smith was able to return him fire and informed dispatchers he had been shot.
The subject fled the scene but was apprehended two days later.
Officer Smith had served with the Eastman Police Department for 5-1/2 years. He is survived by three children and his fiancee. Officer Smith was murdered two days before this 31st birthday.

 

He leaves behind two sons, a daughter and a stepson, his fiancée Chelsea Clark told CNN. Smith would have turned 31 on Monday, she said.

They had been a couple for two years.

"We were engaged. We were trying to get on our feet before getting married," she said, explaining that Smith always hugged her and his children and told them he loved them every day before work.

Police Officer Jose Chavez Hatch Police Department, New Mexico End of Watch: Friday, August 12, 2016

Police Officer Jose Chavez | Hatch Police Department, New MexicoHatch Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer Jose Chavez

Hatch Police Department, New Mexico
End of Watch: Friday, August 12, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 12, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Trey Gimler
Hatch Police Department
133 N. Franklin Street
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: (575) 267-5216

Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Street at approximately 3:40 pm.
One of the vehicle’s passengers exited the vehicle during the stop and opened fire on Officer Chavez, wounding him. Another officer who witnessed the incident immediately called for assistance and pursued the subjects at high speeds for several miles.
The occupants then carjacked a second vehicle at a rest stop along I-25 near Radium Springs, before continuing to flee. The subjects were taken into custody after a successful stop sticks deployment by responding officers.
Two of the subjects were identified as fugitives wanted for murder in Ohio.
Officer Chavez was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Chavez had served with the 8-officer Hatch Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Chavez, 33, died after he was flown to an El Paso hospital. He was a father of two girls, ages 14 and 6. Chavez had only been on the force for two years.

A large crowd came together to mourn Chavez during a candlelight vigil Saturday night. Songs were sung, scriptures were read and memories were shared of Chavez.

Chavez’s sister, Patricia Ramirez, said that her brother was an amazing person and that his death has not been easy to understand.

"I keep hoping that they’ll tell us this isn’t real," Ramirez said. "We miss him a lot."

Ramirez said she and her family are very thankful for the support they’ve received since the shooting.

"Seeing all of these people out here, knowing that my brother was loved and that so many people were touched by him is truly amazing," Ramirez said.

Ultimately, Ramirez said, her family is anxious to have their day in court.

"We want justice because Jose was a great guy and he did not deserve this at all," Ramirez said. "It’s unfair."

Police Officer Justin Scherlen Amarillo Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Police Officer Justin Scherlen | Amarillo Police Department, TexasAmarillo Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Justin Scherlen

Amarillo Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: 208

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 8, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Police Chief Ed Drain
Amarillo Police Department
200 E 3rd Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: (806) 378-9452

Police Officer Justin Scherlen succumbed to injuries sustained 11 months earlier when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle near the intersection of SW 34th Avenue and Georgia Street.
The collision caused Officer Scherlen to become trapped inside of his vehicle for approximately one hour as rescue personnel attempted to extricate him. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He subsequently underwent numerous surgeries and continuous rehabilitation following the crash. He subsequently suffered a complication and died while on a family trip in New Mexico on August 4th, 2016.
Officer Scherlen had served with the Amarillo Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Uniformed Division. He also served on the agency’s Honor Guard and Dive Team. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Edward Drain, Chief of the Amarillo Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Justin Sherlen.

Officer Scherlen, 39, was critically injured in a head on patrol vehicle crash September 8th of last year as he was responding to a routine call. The driver of a Jeep Wrangler crossed the centerline of the roadway striking the front and left corner of the patrol vehicle.

Following an extensive extrication process on the early morning of the patrol vehicle crash and a two month’s stay in the hospital, he was released to recuperate at home. He had suffered extensive fractures and soft tissue injuries to his legs, hips and back that left him wheelchair bound as he left the hospital. He has undergone multiple surgeries since his release from the hospital and has endured months of physical rehabilitation during the past year.

On Thursday, he was with his family on a trip in New Mexico when he unexpectedly died during his sleep. An autopsy is scheduled by the County Coroner in New Mexico to determine the exact cause of death. It is presumed that there were complications of his recovery from his patrol vehicle crash.

Although no citations were issued at the time of the crash, the investigation continues to determine why the driver of the Jeep crossed the centerline of the roadway. There has been no mention of any alcohol involvement from authorities.

Officer Scherlen served the Amarillo Police Department for twelve years. He was assigned to the Uniform Division and was a member of the agency’s Dive Team and Honor Guard. He is survived by his wife, Jessica and their four young children.

Officer Justin Scherlen-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee End of Watch: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier | Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TennesseeTennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee

Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 10 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 9, 2016
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Charged with murder

Agency Contact Information

Director Mark Gwyn
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37216
Phone: (615) 744-4000

Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier was shot and killed while conducting an undercover narcotics operation in Jackson, Tennessee, at approximately 2:00 pm.
The subject of the investigation had Agent Frazier and an informant drive to Brianfield Cove where he told them he could obtain one ounce of cocaine. When the man returned to the backseat of the vehicle he displayed a handgun and attempted to rob them. Agent Frazier was shot once in the back as he attempted to exit the vehicle.
The man fled the scene on foot but was arrested at a home approximately one half mile away. He was subsequently charged with murder and attempted aggravated robbery.
Special Agent Frazier had served with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for only six months and was assigned to the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics. He had previously served with the Millington Police Department for six years, the University of Memphis Police Department for four years, and also served with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier was shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Jackson, marking the first line-of-duty death for the agency.

Frazier, 35, joined the TBI in February after working as an officer with the Millington Police Department.

TBI Director Mark Gywn said Frazier was shot while working with Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics on an undercover drug operation on Brianfield Cove about 2 p.m.

Frazier was in a car with an informant and another man conducting an undercover drug purchase. The other man, who was sitting in the back seat, pulled a gun and tried to rob Frazier and the informant, who were in the front seat, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said. The gunman fired once, striking the TBI agent.

The TBI said the gunman was captured on Tinker Hill Cove, less than a half-mile from the shooting scene. His name has not been released.

Frazier was pronounced dead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

"This has been one of the toughest days in our agency’s history," DeVine said in a press conference at the Jackson Police Department.

Gwyn said Frazier lived in Shelby County, but was working with Jackson police.

Frazier was a father and husband, Gwyn said.

"To say that we are devastated by today’s events is an understatement," Gwyn said. "We are a family at the TBI, so the loss of this agent in the line of duty hits all of us from Memphis to Mountain City."

Gwyn said Frazier was “exactly what we look for in a TBI agent: hardworking, enthusiastic and dedicated to making Tennessee a better place to live. We are deeply saddened by his death and will work aggressively to investigate this case to the fullest. His commitment to our agency and the public will not be forgotten."

Asked about possible charges, the director said: “Obviously, murder,” and added the TBI will consult with the district attorney about further charges.

Millington Public Safety Director Gary Graves said Tuesday evening that Frazier worked for that department from February 2010 until six months ago. He was assigned to several divisions, including investigations and as a dog handler. He also served with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

"This is very, very rough," Graves said. "With all of the police shootings that have gone on, it affects the officers. But this one was close to home."

State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said he was briefed on the incident before the TBI press conference.

"We mourn this terrible loss," Norris said in a statement. "West Tennessee has lost one of her own. Agent Frazier gave his life in the line of duty doing what our crime fighters do every day — risking their lives to keep us safe. He has not died in vain. The war on drugs continues, and we will redouble our efforts to win."

Gwyn said Frazier’s death is an example of the danger that officers face daily.

"Every day, law enforcement officers in our state put their lives on the line. All we want is to make this state a better place to live," Gwyn said. "Agent Frazier’s death will be our rallying point. Tonight, we ask all the citizens of Tennessee to join with us in holding Agent Frazier’s family in your thoughts and in your prayers."

Gwyn said the operation was no different from ones the TBI conducts daily.

“I have agents all across this state every day doing what Agent Frazier was doing,” he said. “All you can do is pray they go home safely.

“Today, that prayer wasn’t answered, unfortunately.”


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