Police Officer Christopher Fariello was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on at the intersection of Capital Circle NW and Northwest Passage by a vehicle being pursued by other officers at 1:26 am. Around 12:30 am, the Tallahassee Police Department received a call about an assault. An investigation revealed that a subject entered his home, shot and wounded three of his family members, then fled in his vehicle. As the Leon County Sheriff's Office and Tallahassee Police Department encountered the vehicle at North Monroe Street and Capital Circle NW, the subject turned his vehicle around, drove toward oncoming traffic, and collided with Officer Fariello's patrol car. Officer Fariello was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The subject was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, homicide, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Officer Fariello had served with the Tallahassee Police Department for four years and had previously served with the Wilton Manors Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, and cousin.
Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson succumbed to injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Okeechobee Road, near South Header Canal Road, in Fort Pierce. A driver was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes when they crashed into Investigator Patterson's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission truck at about 12:00 pm. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Investigator Patterson was airlifted to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Investigator Patterson had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and young children.
Police Officer Kennis Croom was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at the 2400 block of 51st Avenue in Meridian at 5:30 pm. Other officers responding to the call discovered that Officer Croom and a victim of the domestic violence had been shot. Both were pronounced dead a short time later. The male suspect had fled the scene but was arrested the following morning by members of a United States Marshals Service task force in Choctaw County. Officer Croom had served with the Meridian Police Department for almost two years and previously served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Jackson Police Department, Brookhaven Police Department, and Hinds County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Justin Terry was killed when a steel height-restriction beam fell onto his department vehicle on U.S. 95, near Route 215, at about 7:00 am. The beam had been installed to prevent over-height vehicles from entering the construction zone where a new overpass was being built. A tractor-trailer pulling a piece of large equipment struck the beam, causing it to fall onto Detective Terry's vehicle as he also drove beneath it. Detective Terry had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Homicide Sex Crimes Bureau. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed in Pittsville while attempting to arrest a man wanted on multiple felony warrants from several jurisdictions. Deputy Hilliard saw the man leaving his apartment on Gumboro Road and attempted to arrest him. The man fled on foot and then opened fire on Deputy Hilliard as he pursued him. Deputy Hilliard was fatally wounded during the shooting. The man continued to flee after shooting Deputy Hilliard but was arrested later in the night. He was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Deputy Hilliard had served with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office for six years and had previously served with the Berlin Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Deputy Sheriff Melvin Richardson succumbed to injuries sustained in a collision with a harvesting combine on Highway 275 near 260th Street. At 12:35 pm, the combine was traveling southbound on Highway 275. Deputy Richardson was driving northbound when his vehicle collided with the combine. The combine was wider than the lane, and Deputy Richardson's left front tire collided with the machine. Deputy Richardson had served with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office for seven years and had served in law enforcement for more than 15 years. He had previously served with the Sidney Police Department and Auburn Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Police Officer Joseph Santana and Corporal Michael Paredes were shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Officer Santana and Corporal Paredes responded to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot and responding officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center where they succumbed to their wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Officer Santana had served with the El Monte Police Department for one year and previously served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and twin sons.
Corporal Michael Paredes and Police Officer Joseph Santana were shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Corporal Paredes and Officer Santana responded to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot, and responding officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center, where they succumbed to their wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Corporal Paredes served with the El Monte Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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