The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Sergeant Barbara Ester, 47
Arkansas Department of Correction
January 20, 2012 – Sergeant Barbara Ester was stabbed to death by an inmate when she entered an open dormitory area to investigate a contraband issue. Sgt. Ester had reason to believe that inmate Latavious Johnson, a convicted murderer, possessed an unauthorized pair of tennis shoes. And, when she approached Johnson he stabbed her in the side, abdomen, and chest. Sgt. Ester is survived by her husband who also works as an officer in the same facility.
Patrol Officer Garret Davis, 28
Honolulu Hawaii Police Department
January 21, 2012 – Officer Garret Davis was killed while assisting a stranded motorist. He’d parked his patrol car behind the disabled vehicle and was struck from behind by another vehicle. The patrol car immediately burst into flames. Officer Davis died at the scene.
Deputy Sheriff James Thacker, 53
Pike County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department
January 23, 2012 – Deputy Sheriff James Thacker was killed in a head-on automobile crash when a vehicle crossed the center line, striking the patrol car.
Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas, 46
Atlanta Georgia Police Department
January 24, 2012 – Officer Gail Thomas was assisting at the scene of a traffic accident when she was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver.