Seven law enforcement officers across the country have been killed in the line of duty in the past seven days, according to multiple news outlets and law enforcement social media pages, marking an unusually deadly week for the profession.
Feb. 5: Seaside, Oregon, Police Sgt. Jason Goodding was shot and killed while trying to arrest a suspect. Goodding leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Feb. 8: Mesa County, Colorado, Deputy Derek Geer was shot and killed by a suspect who was able to fire his gun after being stunned by Geer. Geer leaves behind a wife and two children.
Feb. 10: Harford County, Maryland, Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon and Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey have died following a confrontation with a man in a restaurant. The deputies were dispatched to a restaurant. Inside, Dailey engaged the suspect in conversation. The suspect pulled a gun and shot Dailey in the head. He then fired at Logsdon in the parking lot outside. Logsdon was able to fire back. Both deputies have been commended for their combined 46 years of work, including pulling a boy from a burning car before it exploded, and talking a man out of killing himself.
Feb. 10: Tulare County, California, Deputy Scott Ballantyne and pilot James Chavez were flying a surveillance plane to assist ground patrols who were attempting to find an armed suspect when the CTLS single engine plane lost altitude and crashed into a mountain in the San Joaquin Valley.
Feb. 10: Fargo, North Dakota, Police Officer Jason Moszer was shot and killed while setting up a perimeter around a house where a man was reported to be committing domestic violence. That man killed Moszer at the beginning of an hours-long standoff with SWAT. Moszer suffered a non-survivable wound but remained alive long enough for his family to say goodbye.
Feb. 11: Riverdale, Georgia, Police Department Maj. Greg Barney was shot and killed while enforcing a perimeter while other officers executed a drug warrant. The suspect fled out the backdoor of the home before firing at Barney.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 124 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015, and 42 of those officers were fatally shot.
The fund also says before Feb. 5, two police officers, a corrections officer and a Homeland Security agent were killed in the line of duty in 2016.
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