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Remembering police officers who lost their lives on duty last year

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The life of a police officer can change in a second when responding to a call.

In 2023 alone, there were 378 officers shot in the line of duty, according to a report from the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). 

In total, 46 police officers were killed last year, a 60% increase since 2018, according to the FOP.

These are eight stories of police officers who tragically lost their lives on duty last year.

Police console each other at the memorial to fallen Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Officer, Joshua Eyer to First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, May 3, 2024.  (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

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  1. Sergeant Michael Moran, Colorado
  2. Trooper Aaron Smith, Indiana
  3. Master Trooper James Bailey, Indiana 
  4. Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso, Illinois
  5. Lieutenant Milton Resendez, Texas
  6. Sergeant Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix, Nevada
  7. Sergeant Cory Maynard, West Virginia
  8. Officer Garrett Crumby, Alabama

1. Sergeant Michael Moran, Colorado

In November 2023, Sgt. Michael Moran of the Cortez Police Department in Colorado was shot during a traffic stop, according to the Montezuma Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect fled but was later tracked down by police, and gunfire was exchanged. Fox News Digital reported at the time that one suspect was killed in the shooting and another was taken into custody. 

After Moran was shot, he was rushed to Southwest Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. 

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Cortez Police Sgt. Michael Moran, 46, was killed in the line of duty when a suspect opened fire on him during a traffic stop. (Cortez Police Department)

Before joining the Cortez Police Department in 2012, Moran served in the Marines for nine years. 

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“As a new officer, Sgt. Moran rose quickly through the ranks, becoming a K-9 handler in 2016,” the Cortez Police Department said. “He was most proud of his canine partner Otto, who served by his side until retiring in 2020.”

2. Trooper Aaron Smith, Indiana

In June 2023, Indiana state trooper Aaron Smith died after being struck by a suspect driving a stolen vehicle. He was 33 years old. 

Smith exited his patrol car to deploy stop sticks during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Ronald Reagan Parkway at around 8:45 p.m. when he was struck, according to the Indiana State Police statement. 

He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, where he died. He was with the police department for five years before his death. 

“This young trooper was the best of us. He was a shining star with the state police,” Superintendent Doug Carter said of Smith in June 2023. “He didn’t survive tonight. I am usually not without words, but I don’t know what else to say, besides the sadness continues to follow us. He was one of those guys who stood out.”

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Trooper Aaron Smith was struck and killed after he attempted to stop a stolen vehicle by laying stop sticks June 28, 2023. (Indiana State Police)

“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Smith’s family, friends and co-workers,” Carter said in the written statement, adding Smith is survived by a “young wife and a beautiful family.”

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3. Master Trooper James Bailey, Indiana

In March 2023, just a few months before Smith’s death, a similar situation occurred in Indiana. 

Master Trooper James Bailey was also hit by a suspect’s vehicle and his injuries led to his death. 

According to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Brian Walker, Bailey was hit by a suspect’s car on Interstate 69 while helping other troopers with traffic from weather-related crashes. There was a pursuit headed his way. 

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Walker put stop sticks down in an attempt to de-escalate the situation but was struck by the suspect’s vehicle. The driver, Terry Sands II, was taken into custody. 

“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Bailey’s family, friends and co-workers”, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said.

4. Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso, Illionis

Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso, a Chicago police officer, was killed while he was chasing an armed teenage suspect who turned and fired at him “at close range” in Gage Park, according to FOX 32. The incident began with two police cars responding to a domestic-related call. 

Chicago police officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso's department portrait

Chicago Police Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso was killed March 1, 2023. (Chicago Police Department)

Then-Police Superintendent David O. Brown told reporters at the time that the caller said the suspect was chasing a female with a gun. 

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When the officers arrived, one knocked on the door, while another engaged with the armed suspect, reported to be an 18-year-old with a prior criminal violation. 

The suspect was shot in the head and taken to a hospital, Fox News Digital reported. Vasquez-Lasso was shot multiple times and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died of his injuries. 

“Vasquez-Lasso had been on the force for five years, and Brown said he had a very bright future ahead of him. Brown also noted that the officer comes from a family of public servants,” FOX 32 stated.

5. Lieutenant Milton Resendez, Texas

In October 2023, Lt. Milton Resendez was shot while he was pursuing two individuals who left a traffic stop, swapped vehicles and were driving through several cities along the southern border, Fox News Digital reported. The suspects were arrested hours later. 

Chief Mario Pera of the San Benito Police Department in Texas told reporters Resendez was struck in the abdomen by a bullet that went through the door of his patrol car and hit below his body armor. 

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This undated photo provided by the San Benito Police Department shows San Benito Lt. Milton Resendez, who was fatally shot Oct. 18, 2023, in San Benito, Texas, after joining an hours-long pursuit of two men who fled a traffic stop. (San Benito Police Department via AP)

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said at the time that 18-year-old Rogelio Martinez Jr. of Brownsville and 23-year-old Rodrigo Axel Espinoza Valdez of Mexico both face multiple charges, including capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.

6. Sergeant Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix, Nevada

Sgt. Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix were killed by a drunk driver on a Las Vegas freeway in December 2023. 

The two were stopped to check on a driver who seemed to be sleeping in his car, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

Shortly after the troopers stopped, they were hit by the car. The driver quickly fled. 

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One of the men died at the scene and the other died at UMC Trauma Hospital, Fox News Digital reported. 

The car was found about five hours later, and 46-year-old Jemarcus Williams was arrested on two counts of each charge: reckless driving resulting in death, driving under the influence resulting in death and duty to stop at the scene of an accident involving death, according to Fox News Digital. 

7. Sergeant Cory Maynard, West Virginia

Sgt. Cory Maynard of the West Virginia State Police was killed in June 2023 after responding to a complaint about a shooting. 

When Maynard and two other officers arrived, Timothy Kennedy allegedly began to fire a weapon. Maynard was shot and taken to the hospital, where he died. 

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Kennedy, who fled after the incident, was caught and charged with first-degree murder. 

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This undated photo provided by West Virginia State Police shows State Police Sgt. Cory Maynard. Maynard was fatally shot June 2, 2023. (Courtesy of West Virginia State Police via AP)

“The brave men and women of law enforcement and all first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe are an inspiration to us all,” Republican Gov. Jim Justice said at the time of the incident. “I again ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in embracing Trooper Maynard’s family, loved ones and all of our courageous West Virginians in uniform during this incredibly difficult time.”

8. Officer Garrett Crumby, Alabama

In March 2023, an Alabama officer was killed and another was injured while responding to a domestic violence call. 

The Huntsville Police Department said officers arrived at the scene around 4:45 p.m. and quickly located a woman who had been shot. 

 

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State Attorney General Steve Marshall said officers Garrett Crumby and Albert Morin were helping the woman and two small children when an armed man ambushed them and then barricaded himself in an apartment.

Both officers were taken to Huntsville Hospital, where Crumbly died. Marshall said Crumbly was a three-year veteran of the department. He had also served with the Tuscaloosa Police Department for eight years. 

“Our part of the country has been reminded again this week of the pure heroism of those who make up the thin blue line — the dividing line, at times, between life and death for the citizens that they swear an oath to protect,” Marshall said at the time. “These two law enforcement officers responded to a domestic violence call this evening, knowing full well that they would be placing their lives on the line in defense of their fellow man. We must never take their service and sacrifice for granted.”

The suspect was booked for capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

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More bad weather could hit Iowa, where 3 powerful tornadoes caused millions in damage

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For block after block through the small city of Greenfield, Iowa, the destructive power of an EF-4 tornado that ripped apart more than 100 of the town’s homes in just one minute is evident in the muddy, shattered mess left behind.

All along the mile-long swath Thursday was the deafening clamor of heavy equipment scooping up the splintered homes, smashed vehicles and shredded trees. But on either side of that path, picturesque houses and lawns seem untouched, and one might be hard-pressed to believe a twister packing peak winds of 175-185 mph (109-115 kph) had ravaged the community of 2,000, killing four people and injuring at least 35.

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More than 202 homes were destroyed by a series of tornadoes that raked the state on Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday at a news conference. Most were in and around Greenfield. The count does not include businesses or other buildings destroyed or damaged, like Greenfield’s 25-bed hospital.

The havoc spun by the tornado now shows on the faces of people still processing how quickly homes and lives were shattered.

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Among those killed were Dean and Pam Wiggins, said their grandson Tom Wiggins.

Local residents clean up debris from a tornado damaged home, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Greenfield, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On Thursday, Tom Wiggins tried to find any of his grandparents’ mementos that remained after the tornado demolished their home, leaving little more than the structure’s foundation. He described them as “incredibly loved by not only our family but the entire town.”

Not far away, Bill Yount, 64, also was cleaning up.

“It’s like somebody took a bomb,” said Yount, gesturing to the land — covered with wood, debris, trees stripped of their leaves, heavy machinery and equipment to clean up the mess.

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Yount’s house was the only one “that really survived. And I don’t know why,” Yount said, pointing to the devastated remains of his neighbors’ homes.

Also surveying the damage was 80-year-old Edith Schaecher, who was briefly trapped in her collapsed house with her daughter until neighbors helped them out. They sought shelter in a basement concrete shower, holding pillows over their heads to protect from the falling debris.

“It was over within probably 30 seconds,” she said, destroying the home where she had lived for 47 years.

Schaecher’s neighbor, Joan Mitchell, was with her 57-year-old son in the home she’d lived in for 10 years when the tornado roared through.

She had ignored the tornado warnings — until she was knocked to the floor and two recliners flew on top of her.

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“I kept praying and praying, and after that I started hollering, ‘Help! Help! Help!’” Mitchell recalled. Both she and her son survived with bumps and bruises.

The governor praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response on Thursday as she sought a disaster declaration for multiple counties. After surveying Tuesday’s destruction, the National Weather Service determined that three separate powerful tornados carved paths totaling 130 miles (209.21 kilometers) across Iowa, according to Donna Dubberke, the meteorologist in charge in Des Moines.

Colton Newbury, 24, was working in Des Moines when the twister hit, nearly 60 miles (97 kilometers) away from his wife and 10-month-old daughter at their home in Greenfield.

He rushed back only to find their home was “a hole in the ground,” he said. His wife hadn’t heard the sirens. Newbury said his cousin ran out to get his wife and baby, and they rode out the tornado in the cousin’s basement. The winds pulled entire homes away, he said: “About every house on the block, just foundations left.”

Still more severe weather was moving across the Midwest. The weather service’s Storm Prediction Center shows an enhanced severe storm risk late Thursday into Friday morning for much of Nebraska and western Iowa, including areas where tornadoes hit Iowa and hurricane-force winds, large hail and torrential rain flooded streets and basements in Nebraska.

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This latest band of severe weather — including possible tornadoes — will hit Iowa “when people are sleeping,” warned NWS meteorologist Andrew Ansorge of Des Moines.

“Because of the damage already there, it won’t take much wind to inflict even more damage on these homes,” Ansorge said. “It’s just a bad deal all the way around.”

More severe weather also could hit Saturday and Sunday in storm-damaged parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. An emergency was declared in Temple, Texas, after powerful storms ripped through the city of more than 90,000. Thousands lost power, Thursday’s classes were canceled and nearby Fort Cavazos reported debris blocking traffic at the Army installation.

Before Tuesday’s twister in Greenfield, this year’s deadliest tornado was the one that killed three people in Logan County, Ohio on March 14. The Greenfield tornado set a new grim record as it obliterated homes and crumpled massive power-producing wind turbines outside the city.

The Greenfield tornado, initially rated an EF-3, was identified Thursday as the third EF4 tornado of 2024, with the first in Marietta-Lake Murray, Oklahoma, in April and the second in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, earlier this month. On average there are three or four EF4 tornadoes a year with a record high of 13 in 2011, according to Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist Matt Elliott.

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It was so destructive that it took authorities more than a day to account for the area’s residents, and Iowa’s Department of Public Safety said the number of injured is likely even higher. Officials haven’t yet released the names of the Greenfield victims.

A fifth person was killed Tuesday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Greenfield when her car was blown off the road in a tornado, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Monica Zamarron, 46, died in the crash Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Reynolds has requested an expedited presidential disaster declaration for those Iowa counties that sustained significant damage. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joined her at the news conference in Greenfield and said that her agency will process the request as quickly as possible to get resources — which could include funding for temporary housing — to those left without homes.

This is a historically busy tornado season in the U.S., in an era when climate change is heightening the severity of storms around the world. April had the country’s second-highest number of tornadoes on record.

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Through Tuesday, 859 tornadoes had been confirmed this year, 27% more than the U.S. sees on average, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Iowa has recorded the most, with 81 confirmed twisters.

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Flint woman found dead in vehicle on Michigan freeway

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(CBS DETROIT) – A driver was found dead inside a vehicle on I-94 in Van Buren Township early Friday, state police said. 

Van Buren Township officers notified Michigan State Police that they found a Honda Civic on the I-94 freeway exit ramp at Haggerty Road at 2:35 a.m., and the driver was dead.

When troopers arrived, they identified the driver as a 59-year-old Flint woman and notified her family. 

The investigation pends an autopsy and medical examiner’s report. 

No evidence of foul play was found, state police said. 

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“The on scene investigation did not locate any signs of foul play, narcotics use, or any evidence of a crash,” Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said. “Once the autopsy is completed, we will be able to determine our next steps in this investigation.”  



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The Milwaukee Bucks’ Draft Picks: Current Status And Future Options

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ Draft Picks: Current Status And Future Options


As the Milwaukee Bucks gear up for another critical offseason, their draft capital is under close scrutiny. It’s a bare cupboard thanks to their goal of building a championship-caliber team around Giannis Antetokounmpo before the clock strikes midnight on his prime.

That leaves Milwaukee with very few options when it comes to upgrade their roser—an important task following a second-straight premature playoff exit in the first round. Here’s a comprehensive look at the current status of the Bucks’ draft picks, the ones they’ve traded away, and the options they have moving forward.

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Inventory of Draft Picks

Picks the Bucks Currently Own:

  • 2024 First-Round Pick: The Bucks own the 23rd selection in the 2024 NBA Draft. They were initially awarded the 21st pick, but the New Orleans Pelicans held a swap.
  • 2024 Second-Round Pick: The Bucks own the 33rd selection in the 2024 NBA Draft.
  • 2026 First-Round Pick: Milwaukee retains this pick, although it is subject to a potential pick swap with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • 2028 First-Round Pick: The Portland Trail Blazers hold the right to swap picks with the Bucks.
  • 2030 First-Round Pick: Similar to 2028, the Trail Blazers have the right to swap picks.
  • 2031 First-Round Pick: Available to trade starting the night of the 2024 draft.
  • 2031 Second-Round Pick: This pick is also available for trade or use.

Traded Away Draft Picks

The Bucks have traded away several picks in recent years as they’ve pushed for championship contention. Here’s a detailed look at those transactions:

  • 2025 First-Round Pick: This pick is conditionally owed to New Orleans (if it falls within the 1-4 range) or New York (if it falls within the 5-30 range).
  • 2027 First-Round Pick: This pick is fully unprotected and owed to the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • 2029 First-Round Pick: This pick is unprotected and committed to the Portland Trail Blazers.

General Options with Draft Picks

Given the limited and conditional nature of their draft assets, the Bucks’ front office needs to be strategic. Here are some potential options they can explore:

1. Using Existing Picks for Long-Term Roster-Building

The Bucks could keep their 23rd and 33rd overall selections to add more young players to their roster. This would give them cheaper alternatives than trading for a veteran who has already signed a lucrative contract. This would also give them a lottery-ticket to develop players who could become stable parts of the franchise.

2. Utilizing Picks in Draft-Day Trades

On draft night, the Bucks can leverage their picks to move up or acquire additional assets. This can include:

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  • Moving Up in the Draft: Packaging their 2024 first-round pick with a player or another pick to move higher in the draft and select a promising young talent.
  • Trade for a Veteran: Combining their 23rd overall pick, 33rd overall selection, 2031 first and/or 2031 second in any combination with a current player to upgrade the roster.

3. Strategic Pick Swaps

Considering the numerous pick swaps with New Orleans and Portland, the Bucks can:

  • Negotiate Pick Swaps: Engage in discussions with the Pelicans and Blazers to navigate around the swaps, potentially offering other assets to retain certain picks. This would give them more flexibility about which picks they can trade this offseason.

The Bucks have a nuanced draft pick situation. While they’ve traded away significant future assets to build a championship-contending roster, they still hold a couple of valuable picks. The key for the Bucks is to leverage their existing picks to enhance their roster while navigating the complexities of their traded and swapped picks.

As the offseason unfolds, the Bucks’ front office faces the challenge of balancing immediate roster improvements with the preservation of future flexibility. The decisions made regarding their draft picks will be pivotal in maintaining their competitive edge and maximizing the prime years of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Whether they opt for immediate trades or strategic draft maneuvers, the Bucks’ draft strategy will play a crucial role in shaping their pursuit of sustained success.



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