Officer Down: Ohio officer murdered while putting down stop sticks to end vehicle pursuit

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SPRINGDALE, OHIO- She was only 33-years-old.  And while trying to end a vehicle pursuit on Saturday, March 21, police say Officer Kaia Grant was murdered.

It happened at 8:30 p.m. in Springdale, Ohio.  The chase started in a neighboring jurisdiction.

Police said they tried to stop an armed, suicidal subject who then took off… leading them on a chase onto I-275.

That’s where Officer Grant and a police sergeant were getting ready to deploy stop sticks near State Route 4.

Police say the driver intentionally swerved toward them, hitting them both.

Officer Grant was flown to a local hospital. She did not survive.

The sergeant suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect was arrested.

Officer Grant had served with the Springdale Police Department for eight years and leaves behind her parents.

MACON, GA – Law Enforcement Today has also obtained information from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office about the identity of the deputy who died as a result of an early morning crash on March 18th.

Officials say that 27-year-old Deputy Kenterrous Taylor passed away due to a fatal car crash that saw the deputy get ejected from his cruiser.

According to Sergeant Linda Howard, the deputy’s cruiser was the only car involved in the wreck.

The crash transpired at approximately 1:30 a.m. on March 18th nearby the intersection of Forsyth Road and Napier Avenue.

Deputy Taylor was en route to a burglary call located on Zebulon Road that had come in early that morning, when his cruiser had struck a wall and flipped numerous times when rushing to the scene.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis was one of the first on the scene of the crash.

The young deputy was pronounced dead on the scene. From what Sheriff Davis said, Deputy Taylor was not on duty, but heard the call and responded:

“This particular case, he was off-duty, and the call came out, and he responded and tragically lost his life.”

Deputy Taylor was sworn into the BCSO just last year in March. His recruitment was part of an effort at the time to attract talent to the BCSO.

News crews took the time to interview the newly sworn in deputy, and what he said to cameras last March brings to light why he responded in the dead of night to a call even when off-duty:

“I’m going to do whatever I have to do to keep my community safe.”

Deputy Taylor also noted that watching his father “don the blue” inspired him to take on a career with the sheriff’s office:

“My dad – while growing up – watching him put that uniform on. Law enforcement has always been a passion for me.”

Nearly a year to the day that Deputy Taylor was made part of the BCSO, we lost him to a tragic accident. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.

He leaves behind three young children in his passing.

This sadly wasn’t the only law enforcement officer we lost due to a crash recently. On March 15th, a police sergeant from Houston, Texas was also killed as a result of an early morning crash. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is currently investigating a crash that took place in the early hours of March 15th in Montgomery County.

Officials say that Houston Metro Police Sergeant Erik Martinez Tellez died as a result of a single-vehicle crash.

While the circumstances regarding how the crash happened haven’t been fully determined, the pictures of the aftermath are telling of the fatal impact that occurred.

Off-duty sergeant killed in wreck. Police: right before the crash, his friend decided to stay in the house.

Authorities say that Sergeant Tellez was hanging out with a friend when the two decided to take out the friend’s 1954 Chevrolet for a late night/early morning cruise.

However, when the sergeant’s friend was inside the home, he apparently opted to hop into the car himself and take it for a spin.

Off-duty sergeant killed in wreck. Police: right before the crash, his friend decided to stay in the house.

At around 1:00 a.m., police say Sergeant Tellez was cruising through the Riverwalk subdivision at a high rate of speed, which resulted in him crashing into a tree near Brazos and Riverwalk.

While there’s been no officiated release of an estimated rate of speed that Sergeant Tellez was traveling at, the impact seemed to have caused the car wrap around the tree.

Off-duty sergeant killed in wreck. Police: right before the crash, his friend decided to stay in the house.

Sergeant Tellez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Outside of authorities deducing that excessive speeds were involved in the fatal crash, there’s been no other insight into what, if anything, else played a role in the crash occurring.

Reports indicate that the sergeant was off-duty at the time of the crash.

In the meantime in Douglas County, Kansas, a Wellsville police officer was involved in a fatal crash on March 14th with another driver that had also died as a result of the impact.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is actively examining the incident to gather an understanding of what might have caused the crash.

At around 5:30 a.m. on March 14th, sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a crash that happened in the 700 block of N. 1800 Road. Authorities have identified that 30-year-old Officer Bryon Virtue of the Wellsville Police Department had been involved in the accident with an unidentified female driver.

Officer Virtue was transported to a hospital in Topeka, where he later succumbed to his injuries from the wreck. The female driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DCSO is still investigating the incident and noted that updates on the incident will be provided via social media. At this time, there’s no insight available with regard to what caused or contributed to the accident.

The fact of the matter is that car accidents can occur in seconds and often without warning. Even the most responsible of drivers can’t account for what other drivers on the road may (or may not) do. 

To all our men and women in law enforcement, please be safe when responding to calls.

We all appreciate each and every one of your acts of diligence and urgency to come to our aid in times of need. However, we also want you to make it home to your loved ones. 

Thank you for all that you do and the sacrifices and risks you take every day. 

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