When a Police Officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an Officer, it’s an entire nation.
— Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder
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Sergeant
Patrick Devon Thompson

santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office

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Friday, September 2, 1994

Sergeant Thompson was killed in an accident as he was driving an unmarked cruiser in a heavy rainstorm and lost control, colliding with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Thompson had served in law enforcement for 18 years. He was survived by his mother, wife, sons, and daughters.


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sergeant
Michael Lynn Crowe

Arizona DPS

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Tuesday, July 4, 1995

Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Daniel Elkins, of the Yuma Police Department, were shot and killed after they, and a third officer, went to their headquarters in Yuma, Arizona, to check on paperwork in reference to missing evidence. All three officers were unarmed.

While in the building the suspect shot and killed Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins. The third officer escaped unharmed and summoned backup. A Yuma County deputy was charged with both murders. Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins were the suspect's immediate supervisors in the Southwest Border Alliance.

On April 30th, 1997, the suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 40 years.

Sergeant Crowe was survived by his wife and two daughters.


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Lieutenant
Danny P. Elkins

Yuma Police Department

End of Watch:


Tuesday, July 4, 1995

Lieutenant Danny Elkins and Sergeant Michael Crowe of the Arizona Department of Public Safety were shot and killed after they, and a third officer, went to their headquarters to check on paperwork in reference to missing evidence. All three officers were unarmed.

While in the building the suspect shot and killed Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins. The third officer escaped unharmed and summoned backup. A Yuma County deputy was charged with both murders. Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins were the suspect's immediate supervisors in the Southwest Border Alliance.

On April 30th, 1997, the suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 40 years.

Lieutenant Elkins was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


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Officer
Patrick kent Hardesty

Tucson Police Department

End of Watch:
Monday, May 26, 2003

Officer Patrick Hardesty was shot and killed while investigating a hit-and-run traffic accident at the intersection of Fort Lowell Road and Park Avenue.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, Officer Hardesty located a suspect and a struggle ensued in which Officer Hardesty was shot five times and fatally wounded. Officer Hardesty was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Responding officers apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was found guilty of first-degree murder on February 25th, 2005, and was sentenced to death on March 10th, 2005.

Officer Hardesty was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had been with the Tucson Police Department as a reserve officer for 11 years, and as a full-time officer for 19 months. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, two sisters, and a brother.


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Commander
Joseph Allen Goldsmith

Apache County Sheriffs Office

End of Watch:
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Commander Joseph Goldsmith succumbed to injuries incurred when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while escorting a race known as the "Law Enforcement Run for the Wall." He was escorting the runners between Tuba City to Window Rock, Arizona.

During the escort, he lost control of his motorcycle when it struck a gravel shoulder of Highway 264. He suffered severe injuries in the accident and died.

Commander Goldsmith was a US Air Force veteran. He had served with the Apache County Sheriff's Office for 5 years, and had previously served with the Arizona Department of Corrections for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and two brothers.


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Senior Officer
Leander Frank

Navajo Division of Public Safety

End of Watch:
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Police Officer LeAnder Frank was killed in a head-on crash while responding to a call in Apache County, Arizona.

He was traveling on Indian Route 64, between Tsaile and Chinle, when their vehicles collided. Officer Frank was killed in the crash. The occupants of the other vehicle were injured.

Officer Frank had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 13 years.