In just the last few days, the law enforcement community has experienced a significant amount of loss.

In no more than two days, four LEOs were killed in the line of duty and a sheriff’s deputy was lost to a potential self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Our hearts are heavy, and so today we ask everyone across the country, regardless of their feelings on law enforcement, to take a moment and remember these heroes for the sacrifices that they’ve made and the legacy that lives on. 

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Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins 

33-year-old Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was killed on August 23.  He was the proud father of three children.  He’d been serving with the Illinois State Police for about 10 years.

According to Illinois State Trooper Josh Korando, the officer was shot while executing a warrant in East St. Louis.

Shortly after, police surrounded a home near 42nd Street and Caseyville Avenue.

 

We’re told that police arrested at least one person and then searched a second area nearby around 43rd Street and Vanburen Avenue.

Shortly after, we were told that a total of three people were taken into custody.

 

“It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Trooper Hopkins laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Hopkins and the ISP while we continue to grieve and work through this tragedy,” stated Acting Director Brendan Kelly.

Illinois Governor JB Britzker took to Twitter:

“Our state troopers display unbelievable courage and put their lives on the line for us every single day,” Illinois Governor JB Britzker said. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this dangerous active situation in East St. Louis, and every day.”

A neighbor, Dorothy Burns, said heard commotion in the area around 5:30 a.m. as her husband readied for work.

“All I heard is boom boom — two shots,” she said. “Then it sounded like an explosion and I saw smoke like they were trying to smoke ‘em out.”

Burns said she’s on 42nd Street for three years.  She then seemingly blamed police in her rant to local media.

“All I can say is they need to cut this violence out because it’s on my block,” she said. “Police need to get some stun guns cuz too many people are getting shot. Too many guns around.”

According to Terrence Hargrove Sr., another neighbor who lives about six houses down from where the trooper was shot, said he heard police detonating “concussion bombs,” or stun grenades, at about 5:30 a.m.

He says when he walked outside, he saw his street were lined with police vehicles. 

“Police are everywhere,” said Hargrove.

Another neighbor who lives just a few blocks down talked to local media outlets about the shootings that have killed 24 people in East St. Louis this year – including her late husband, John Graham.

“This is sad. It’s just sad. What can we do to save our community to make it better for our children, seniors and neighbors.?” she said. “All these killings are just senseless.” 

 

Deputy Sheriff Jose Luis Blancarte

Deputy Sheriff Jose Blancarte suffered a fatal heart attack at the scene of a vehicle fire on Highway 90 four miles west of Brackettville on August 23.


 

He began directing traffic after assisting at the fire scene. A short time later he began feeling ill and requested EMS to his location. Medics began to perform CPR when he became unresponsive while being transported to a local hospital. He passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Deputy Blancarte had served with the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and six siblings.

This loss of this deputy marks the 76th officer fallen this year.

 

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Cammon

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Cammon died on August 23 after he lost consciousness during a SWAT training exercise back in 2013 and never recovered. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for dehydration and cardiac issues after collapsing at the Sheriff’s Training Facility in Tustin. Cammon was transferred to a rehabilitation center but never regained consciousness before passing away.

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Cammon was just 35-years-old when he passed away.

 

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Deputy Cammon had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California for six years. He was 35-years-old.

 

Trooper Moises Sanchez

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Moises Sanchez died August 24.  His passing comes nearly five months after suffering from head injuries sustained from being shot in the line of duty in April.

“Today is an extremely difficult day for Texas, as we have lost one of our finest, Trooper Moises Sanchez,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

McCraw was quoted in a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“Trooper Sanchez demonstrated great strength and bravery as a Texas Trooper, and we will honor his selfless service and sacrifice forever. Our DPS family is deeply saddened by his passing, and we’re asking for continued prayers and support for Trooper Sanchez’s wife and three children as well as his countless friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

The incident happened at approximately 8:45 p.m. on April 6, 2019. That’s when Trooper Sanchez, who was stationed in Palmview, Texas, came up to a two-vehicle crash scene in Edinburg.

One of the drivers took off and later shot Trooper Sanchez.

That suspect, Victor Godinez, was captured and will now face the charge of Capital Murder.

Victor Alejandro Godinez

Victor Alejandro Godinez is the suspect in the shooting of a Texas State Trooper.

 

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra shared the news on Twitter after the shooting.

“Trooper Sanchez arrived at the hospital in extremely critical condition on Saturday night. The Neuro ICU doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff went to work immediately to address a gunshot wound to his shoulder and head,” said Guerra.

The fight had just begun.

“Since being admitted to the hospital, he has remained medically sedated and numerous procedures have been performed to help address his injuries. He has been stabilized and remains in critical condition. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers for continued progress of his condition.”

Trooper Sanchez was a United States Marine and had a wife and three children.  He fought hard for his life in the months following the shooting.

He and his family received an outpouring of support by countless members of the public, fellow law enforcement partners and hospital staff.

“The department remains extremely grateful for their generosity and support,” said McCraw.

Sanchez, who was just 49-years-0ld, underwent surgery on Thursday night and was in critical condition on Friday.

 

In June, he was transferred to Houston after his wife shared that he was stable enough to be transferred.

“He cannot sit or stand unassisted. He has been able to take some steps with the assistance of the mechanical exoskeleton,” she said.

 

Victor Alejandro Godinez was in court this week.  His next court date was set for October.  He was already facing three counts of attempted capital murder. 

Rest easy, Trooper Sanchez.  We’ll hold the line from here.

 

Deputy Sheriff Brian Krumm

Pima County Sheriff’s Department has identified the corrections officer who died at Pima County Superior Court last Wednesday morning as Brian Krumm, who was a 13-year veteran with the department.

 

Sheriff Mark Napier says it happened in a secure area not accessible to the public at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Napier said other corrections officers were nearby at the time and came to Krumm’s aid within seconds.

“At that time, he was in a secure area that was not accessible to the public. We believe at that time he was alone and that this was not the result of felonious contact he had with an inmate or another party,” Napier said.

He went on to explain the quick response.

“There were several corrections officers who were there within seconds of the incident, but the injuries to our corrections officer were fatal. When we know what occurred and we are sure of the facts, we will release them to the media. It is an incredibly sad day for the department.”

PCSD says that there was no threat to the public.

In a statement released Wednesday evening the Sheriff’s Department said:

“Please understand this is a difficult and tragic day for this department and this incident is being carefully investigated. We will provide more information as we can. Thank you for your support and understanding.”

The sheriff’s department has not yet released how he was shot. While multiple news sources in Arizona have covered this event, none have speculated as to the source of the gunshot that claimed his life.

TheCount.com is the only outlet that has speculated or claimed outright that the fatal wound was self-inflicted.

‘As the sheriff stated this was not the result of contact with any other person, we can conclude that it was self-inflicted. We are awaiting word as to whether it was an intentional or accidental discharge of the weapon.’

There is an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Krumm’s death. Law Enforcement Today will keep track of this investigation and will provide updates once the Pima County Sheriff’s office holds their press conference.

Out thoughts and prayers go out to Krumm’s family and to the men and women in law enforcement in Pima County and Tucson. 

Each of these heroes will be remembered for the sacrifices they made when they signed up for a life of service. May they rest in peace.

 

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