The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of the officers who sacrificed everything to keep us safe.
Patrolman Martoiya Lang, 32
Memphis Tennessee Police Department
December 14, 2012 – Patrolman Martoiya Lang was shot and killed while she and another officer served a search warrant for narcotics. She is survived by her four children.
Deputy Sheriff Christopher R. Parsons, 31
Washington County Missouri Sheriff’s Office
December 15, 2012 – Deputy Christopher Parsons responded to a 911 call about an unconscious woman. As EMS personnel loaded the patient into the ambulance, her son exited the home with a rifle and fired a single round, killing the deputy. Deputy Parsons had served only two months with the sheriff’s office before his death.
Patrolman Angel Garcia, 27
El Paso Texas Police Department
December 16, 2012 – Patrolman Angel Garcia was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was removing a ladder from the roadway.
Corporal David Gogian, 50
Officer Jeff Atherly, 29
Topeka Kansas Police Department
December 16, 2012 – Corporal Gogian and Officer Atherly were shot and killed while checking on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a local grocery store. While speaking with the occupants of the car, one of them began firing a weapon, fatally wounding both officers.
Officer Sean Louis Callahan, 24
Clayton County Georgia Police Department
December 18, 2012 – Officer Sean Louis Callahan was in foot pursuit of a man who turned and fired a weapon, striking the officer in the head, twice. Officer Callahan was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to the gunshot wounds the following day.
*45 police officers have been shot to death in 2012.