In Memoriam 2018
San Antonio Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, January 4, 2018
Steven Michael Abbott age 44, passed away January 4, 2018. He was born on March 31, 1973 in Houston, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Jean Moore-Perrenot. Steven is survived by his wife, Sandra and his children, Joshua and Jasmine; his grandparents, Carl and Bonnie Moore; parents, Bob and Haddy Abbott; brother, Chris and his wife, Eunice; his aunt Pam and her son (his cousin) Brad; his step brother and sister, Chris and Jennifer Perrenot.
Steven served his country in the United States Marine Corp for 10 years.
Steven was a San Antonio Police Instructor and SAPD Blue Line Choir member. He founded the SAPD Gunners Soccer Team; coached various other youth soccer clubs, such as the SA Texans SC, Alamo City SC, and Lone Stars SC.
Richardson Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Police Officer David Sherrard was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex at 4250 East Renner Road.
As officers arrived on scene they located a man suffering from a gunshot wound outside of the apartment. The officers were able to identify an apartment where the suspect was located. As they made entry into the apartment the man opened fire, striking Officer Sherrard in the neck. Officer Sherrard was transported to Medical City Plano where he succumbed to his wound.
The subject barricaded himself inside of the apartment for several hours before surrendering. The man who shot Officer Sherrard was charged with capital murder of a police officer.
Officer Sherrard had served with the Richardson Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Police Officer/Chief of Police
Lubbock Police Department, Texas
San Marcus Police Department, Texas
Grapevine Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Thomas served with the Lubbock Police Department from 1974 until he was appointed Chief of Police in San Marcos in 1990. Tom then became Chief of Police in Grapevine in 1992, where he served until 1998. Following a 28-year career in law enforcement, he taught political science courses at South Plains College and criminal justice courses at Wayland Baptist University. Mr. Martin was elected to serve on the Lubbock City Council for District 5 serving four years with the final two years as Mayor Pro Tem. He was elected on May 10, 2009 and served as the Mayor of Lubbock for two consecutive terms. Following a ten-year career in municipal government, he began teaching government courses at Texas Tech University.
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Police Officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while he and two other officers attempted to arrest a shoplifting suspect at a Home Depot store at 11682 Forest Central Drive.
An off-duty officer working overtime at the store and the store’s loss prevention officer had detained a subject who attempted to shoplift in the store. During the investigation, it was determined the man had an outstanding felony warrant and the off-duty officer requested additional units. Officer Santander and another officer arrived at the store and remained with the subject in the loss prevention office as the off-duty officer confirmed the warrant.
As Officer Santander and the other officer attempted to place the man in custody he drew a handgun from his pocket and shot both officers and the loss prevention officer, critically wounding all three. The man fled the scene but was located later in the day following a vehicle pursuit.
Both wounded police officers and the loss prevention officer were transported to a local hospital where Officer Santander succumbed to his wounds the following morning.
Round Rock Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, April 27, 2018
Police Officer Charles Whites succumbed to injuries sustained on February 25th, 2018, while directing traffic around the scene of fatal accident on I-35 near Round Rock Avenue.
A vehicle being operated by a drunk driver struck him, causing him to suffer severe injuries. Officer Whites was transported to a local hospital where he remained in grave condition until succumbing to his injuries on April 27th, 2018.
The driver who struck him was initially charged with intoxication assault.
Officer Whites had served with the Round Rock Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and stepson.
Deputy Inspector General
Texas Juvenile Justice Department – Office of Inspector General, Texas
End of Watch Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale was killed in a vehicle crash on FM 51, north of Decatur, Texas.
He was returning to Gainesville, Texas, following a meeting with state prosecutors in Decatur. His department vehicle collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Deputy Inspector General Hale had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He had served with the Decatur Police Department before joining the Texas Juvenile Justice Department – Office of Inspector General. He is survived by his wife and eight children.
Senior Special Agent
Paul Scott Ragsdale
United State Depart of Justice-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – U.S. Government
End of Watch Thursday, May 24, 2018
Senior Special Agent Paul “Scott” Ragsdale suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in control and arrest techniques training at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas.
He suddenly collapsed during the training. He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, in Grapevine, where he passed away.
Special Agent Ragsdale had served with the ATF for 16 years and was assigned to the Dallas Field Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Chief of Police
Lonnie Verde Burton
Wayland Baptist University Police Department
End of Watch Monday, June, 25, 2018
Chief of Police Lonnie Burton succumbed to complications of a knee injury sustained on May 18th, 2018, when he fell from a curb in front of the Wayland Baptist University police station in Plainview, Texas.
The injury required Chief Burton to undergo knee surgery. He died as a result of complications of the surgery.
Chief Burton was instrumental in the formation of the Wayland Baptist University Police Department and had served with the agency for nine years. He had previously served with the Plainview Police Department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, three grandchildren, and father.
Jarrod Kyle Friddle
Cumby Police Department
End of Watch Monday, July 9, 2018
Police Officer Jarrod Friddle suffered a fatal heart attack following canine training in a bite suit.
Once the training finished, Officer Friddle returned home where he collapsed.
Officer Friddle is survived by his wife, five children, and his mother.
Earl “Jamie” GIVENS
Dallas Police Department
End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 2018
Senior Corporal Jamie Givens was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a funeral escort for another police officer at approximately 5:30 am.
The procession was being escorted by motor officers along I-20 to a location in East Texas. Corporal Givens stopped to block traffic entering the highway at Bonnie View Road. He was stationary on his motorcycle, with its emergency lights activated, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
He was transported to Baylor Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The driver who struck him was arrested and charged with DUI.
Corporal Givens had served with the Dallas Police Department for 32 years.
Ft. Worth Police Department
End of Watch Friday, September 14, 2018
Senior Corporal Garrett Hull succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained as he and other members of the Criminal Intelligence Unit attempted to apprehend three armed robbery suspects.
The officers had been conducting surveillance of the three suspects, who had been involved in over 15 armed robberies in which three people had been shot. The suspects entered a bar on the 400 block of West Biddison Street shortly before midnight and robbed the 10 patrons at gunpoint. As they fled from the building the officers attempted to take them into custody.
All three suspects attempted to flee on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. During the foot pursuit, one of the men opened fire, striking Officer Hull in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject before placing Officer Hull in a patrol car and transporting him to a hospital.
The other two suspects were apprehended nearby.
Officer Hull succumbed to his wounds the following evening.
Officer Hull had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Mark A. Cox
Real County Sheriff’s Department
End of Watch Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Deputy Sheriff Mark Cox suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting canine training in Liberty Hill, Texas, at 10:00 am.
Deputy Cox was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Real County Sheriff’s Office for three years and had previously served with the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office for five years. He had also previously served with a law enforcement agency in Florida. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Raymond Bradley Jimmerson
Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch Friday October 5, 2018
Deputy Sheriff Raymond Jimmerson was struck and killed by a vehicle on US Highway 259, approximately seven miles north of Nacogdoches, at approximately 6:45 am.
He had responded to the area for reports of debris in the roadway. He was fatally struck while attempting to remove the debris.
Deputy Bradley had served with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years and had served in law enforcement for over 20 years.
Waller County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez drowned after her patrol car was caught into floodwaters near the intersection of FM 362 and Hoover Lane.
She was responding to investigate reports of high water when her patrol car was swept into a water-filled ditch and overturned. After considerable effort, other deputies were able to remove her from the vehicle. She was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital Cypress where she was pronounced dead.
Deputy Vasquez had served with the Waller County Sheriff’s Office for only five months and was on her third shift after completing field training.