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Memories of fallen officers etched into eternity on memorial

2 years 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 March 10, 2015 10:26 PM March 10, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - More than forty officers of the law have been killed in the line of duty in the Capital Region.

Tuesday, Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells became the most recent officer to die after being shot by murder suspect Jamie Croom. Wells name will likely be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It holds the names of the more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The memorial helps keep the memory of the officers from all of U.S. history. The first name dates back to 1791. Officers names are added during a ceremony each spring during National Police Week.

Before Wells, Denham Springs Police lost an officer in a vehicle crash. Baton Rouge Police have lost eighteen in the line of duty. In 2005, Terry Melancon was killed while serving a warrant.

Tuesday night, a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy was shot while serving a warrant, too. The bullet was not able to pierce the deputy's bullet proof vest and he was uninjured.

According to the memorial's website, 449 officers have been killed in the line of duty in Louisiana.
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