LEARN MORE: NLEOMF 2016 REPORT CASE STUDIES
The NLEOMF is a great organization dedicated to protecting police officers’ lives and honoring their memories. They have recently put out a report analyzing five years’ worth of incidents they identified as relevant to the safety of police officers today. You can read it or download it right on this page.
I am not affiliated with the NLEOMF, but I have done a lot of in-depth research on a number of the “case studies” (highlighted in blue font) found in this report. I write books about these incidents and have been doing this work since 2011. My criteria for inclusion of cases in my LODD research are slightly different than NLEOMF. I do not look at fatal vehicle crashes involving police. I do include warrant service, vehicle pursuits, ambushes, and other cases when the weapon used to kill a police officer was a firearm.
After reading the NLEOMF report, I was able to identify several of the incidents they term “case studies.” I know these fallen officers’ stories by heart because LODDs are now my life’s work. The cases I was able to identify include:
Page 25 – Jaime Padron OD13
Page 28 – Wiliam Stiltner – Cameron Justus OD12
Page 34 – William Coleman OD13
Page 37 – Eric Zapata OD12
Page 38 – David Gogian – Jeff Atherly OD13
Page 42 – Josh Mitchell OD13
Page 43 – Derek Kotecki OD12
Page 44 – Bradley Jones OD12
Page 44 – William Mast OD13
Page 53 – Tony Radulescu OD13
The indicator “OD12” and “OD13” refer to the books where the officer’s story is included. OD12 is Officer Down 2012 and so on. You can find out everything I know about their stories below. Click on the officers to learn more about their stories.
I hope that sharing this detailed information will be helpful to people who need to learn more about fallen officers and their experiences. I believe when we remove the officer's identity from the case study, we lose an important opportunity to explore the incident more deeply, identify the many causative factors and truly understand fatal encounters.
For additional resources
Check out our page on LODD research here. You can look at all of the data on incidents we have researched and written about since Deputy Suzanne Hopper was killed on January 1, 2011.