Police Killings in 2017

Note: Click here for a full analysis of police shootings from 2016.

There has been one big anomaly so far this year. Two of the murdered officers were American Indians that were killed by American Indian suspects. This means that so far for 2017, American Indians are over-represented in cop killings to an extreme degree. As the data set grows, we should see American Indians become a smaller percentage. This is still a small data set, so we do not recommend that you draw conclusions until closer to the end of the year.

Twelve officers shot. The suspects include 4 blacks, 3 whites, 2 American Indians, 2 Latinos, and 1 Asian.

Two corrections officers have been killed. One by black suspects, and one by a white suspect.

Two officers have been killed chasing fleeing suspects.  One was a white suspect and one was a black suspect.

Police Officers Murdered by gunfire:

Lieutenant Debra Clayton (Black Female)
Orlando Police Department, FL, Monday, January 9, 2017, Shot by a black male

Detective Jerry Ronald Walker (White Male)
Little Elm Police Department, TX, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Shot by a Latino male

Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery (American Indian Male)
Rolette County Sheriff’s Office, ND, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Shot by an American Indian male

Police Officer Michael D. Louviere (White Male)
Westwego Police Department, LA, Friday, January 20, 2017, Shot by a black male

Police Officer Keith Boyer (White Male)
Whittier Police Department, CA, Monday, February 20, 2017, Shot by Latino male who also wounded a second officer

Police Officer Houston James Largo (American Indian Male)
Navajo Division of Public Safety, NM, Sunday, March 12, 2017, Shot by an American Indian male

Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson (White Male)
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA, Saturday, March 18, 2017, Shot by a black male

Detective Jason T. Weiland (White Male)
Everest Metropolitan Police Department, WI, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Shot by Asian (Hmong) male

Police Officer Justin Terney (White Male)
Tecumseh Police Department, OK, Monday, March 27, 2017, shot by a white male
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood (White Male)
Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 3, TX, Monday, April 3, 2017, shot by a white male

Deputy Sheriff David Wade (White Male)
Logan County Sheriff’s Office, OK, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, shot by a white male

Corporal Stephen J. Ballard (Black Male)
Delaware State Police, DE, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, shot by a black male

Corrections Officer:

Steven Floyd (Black Male)
Delaware Department of Correction, Delaware, Thursday, February 2, 2017, Beaten to death by black males

Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan (White Female)
North Carolina Dept of Public Safety – Div of Prisons, NC, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Beaten to death by a white male

Police officers killed while pursuing a fleeing suspect:

Police Officer Nicholas Rodman (white male)
Louisville Metro Police Department, KY, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, killed pursuing black male suspect

Officer Lucas F. Chellew (white male)
California Highway Patrol, CA, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, killed pursuing a Latino male suspect