Police officer deaths on the rise in 2019 in Louisiana cop killer remains on the loose

closeVideo: Louisiana police officer Chateri Payne died after shot at least four times

A horrifying report shows that Louisiana police officer Chateri Payne died after shot at least four times, including at least once in the head.

The hunt continued Monday for the person suspected of the award of a young Louisiana performance last week, her murder during a 7-day piece that turned out to be especially tragic for the police officers, with data, but now with an increase in 2019 line of duty deaths compared to the year before.

As America enters its third full week of the calendar year tomorrow, seven police officers have been confirmed killed in January of this year. The latest death Sunday, caps off a horrible seven days for the men and women in blue, in which officers also died in separate incidents on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

“We are discouraged to see an increase in law enforcement officer fatalities as we begin the new year,” Steve Groeninger, senior communications director of the National police Memorial Fund, told Fox News. “This increase serves as an important reminder of the dangers of working for America’s peace officers, and that we owe to the men and women who serve our sincere gratitude for their efforts to keep our communities safe.”

The Officer Down Memorial Page, which keeps a list of deaths of the police officers in the line of duty, has said that “officers throughout the country continue to remain vigilant to this kind of unwarranted attack, unfortunately sometimes there is little that can be done to prevent such an incident.”

“So far in 2019, there are six line of duty deaths, a 33 percent total increase over the same period last year,” Chris Cosgriff, Officer Down, executive director and founder, told Fox News. “Felonious gunfire deaths are up 67 percent and vehicle-related incidents are also an increase of 67 percent. All three traffic-related deaths involved officers being struck by vehicles while outside their patrol cars.”

He added: “All three of these deaths could have been easily avoided had the offending driver’s compliance with states’ move-over laws and no-texting while driving laws.”


Sydney Carlier, in the foreground, accompanied by roommates, Jenna Brewer, center, and Camille Foder, behind the flag, places flowers at a memorial for killed Davis police officer Natalie Corona, on Friday, in Davis, California.

The only performance not killed in the line of duty this year, Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne, was shot Wednesday night during the preparation of the head to the work, the researchers said. Her funeral is set for this upcoming Saturday – and the “coward, or cowards” who opened fire on her – in the words of the police — have not yet been found.

The six officers who are killed in the line of duty so far this year are:

  • Master police officer Joseph William Shinners, Provo, utah Police Department (Utah): Shinners, was shot dead during an attempt to understand that a refugee on Jan. 5, which has now become one of the most deadly day for police officers in Utah’s history. Six officers died on the same day a year apart, according to KTSU.
  • Police officer Dale James Woods, Colerain Township Police Department (Ohio): Forest, a 15-year veteran of the department, died on Jan. 7 after succumbing to injuries he suffered days earlier when he was hit by a pick-up truck during the removal of cones from the scene of an earlier crash.
  • Police officer Clayton Joel Townsend, Salt River Police Department (Arizona): Townsend, who is survived by his wife and 10-month-old child was killed on Jan. 8 during a traffic stop. Townsend ran in the direction of a car he pulled over when another vehicle operated by someone who later admitted to texting while driving, slammed into him, police say.
  • Police officer Natalie Corona, Davis Police Department (California): Corona, a 22-year-old and recent police academy graduate, was shot on Jan. 10 in what the police described as an “ambush”style attack. Her killer later took his own life.
  • Trooper Christopher Lambert, Illinois State Police (Illinois): Lambert was on the way home north of Chicago, on Saturday, when he stopped to investigate a three-car accident. The 34-year-old was then hit by another vehicle traveling through the area in a death the police say appears to be an accident.
  • Sergeant Wytasha Carter, Department of the Police of Birmingham (Alabama): Carter, who previously was among a group of officials who rushed to a house fire to save two little girls, was shot and killed outside a nightclub early Sunday while investigating a suspected car break-in.

The increase of the number of deaths in 2019 following a year-the large increase in 2018, according to the National police Memorial Fund.

“The Memorial Fund announced in its 2018 Provisional End-of-the-Year law Enforcement Fatalities Report that 144 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officials to have died in the line of duty over the past year, representing a 12 percent increase compared to the 129 officers, who died in the line of duty in 2017,” he said on his website.

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