Fallen Heroes (January 11, 2019)

HONORING:

Police Officer Clayton Townsend
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Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Age: Not Available

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Clayton Townsend was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on northbound State Route 101 just south of McDowell Road, in Scottsdale at 6:00 pm.

He was approaching the car he had stopped when another vehicle struck him and then struck the stopped vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver who struck him admitted to texting and driving at the time of the crash. He was charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangerment.

Officer Townsend had served with the Salt River Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and 10-month-old child.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Natalie Corona
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Davis Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Age: 22

Tour: 7 months

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed after responding to a report of a three-car vehicle crash near the intersection of 5th and D streets.

As Officer Corona was conducting an investigation at the collision scene, one of the persons involved opened fire, striking Officer Corona.

Officer Corona was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, where she died from her wounds.

The subject fled into a nearby home and committed suicide.

Officer Corona started her career with the Davis Police Department in 2016 as a part-time volunteer Community Service Officer. In 2018 she attended the Police Academy and graduated in July and completed her field training three weeks prior to the incident. She is survived by her parents. Her father had recently retired from the Colusa County Sheriff's Office.

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HONORING:

Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners
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Provo Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Saturday, January 5, 2019

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

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DETAILS:

Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners was shot and killed in Orem, Utah while attempting to arrest a wanted fugitive at 10:00 p.m.

Investigators had received information that the wanted subject was going to be in the area of a retail store at 50 West University Parkway, in Orem. Members of the Provo Police Department and the Orem Police Department located the subject in the parking lot and attempted to take him into custody. During the arrest the man opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Shinners. The subject was also wounded in the shootout and is in custody.

Officer Shinners was transported to Utah Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds shortly before midnight.

Officer Shinners had served with the Provo Police Department for three years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Master Police Officer. He is survived by his wife and young son.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Dale Woods
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Colerain Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, January 7, 2019

Age: 46

Tour: 15 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Dale Woods succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier while moving traffic control devices at the scene of a previous crash on Colerain Avenue near Harry Lee Lane.

The initial crash involved a vehicle striking a utility pole during a period of rain, requiring the utility company to respond to make repairs. Officer Woods was moving a traffic cone as part of the road closure when a pickup truck struck him.

He was transported to Cincinnati Medical Center where he passed away. His organs were donated following his death.

Officer Woods had served with the Colerain Township Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his three children.

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May you be at rest.

This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).