BARTLESVILLE, OK – On March 25th, a Washington County sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty when an “uncooperative and aggressive” inmate clashed with jail employees, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
While the suspect involved has yet to be identified by officials, authorities have identified the deceased sheriff’s deputy as Deputy Kyle Davis.
A Washington County sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty Thursday when an "uncooperative and aggressive" suspect fought with jail staff, the Sheriff's Office announced in a press release. https://t.co/yErerdquGm
— Tulsa World (@tulsaworld) March 26, 2021
It’s without question that operations related to corrections and jail facilities can be dangerous for staff and inmates alike.
While in an ideal world, all dangers related to alleged offenders would end once they’re arrested, the reality is jail intake-based efforts can be extremely dangerous when uncooperative and combative inmates are involved.
During the morning of March 25th, the Bartlesville Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control had wound up arresting 17 people who were eventually brought over to the Washington County Detention Center in Bartlesville to be processed in.
Reportedly, the two agencies had been involved in a multi-month effort that involved an “extensive investigation into controlled substances,” which resulted in the numerous arrests being brought into the jail at that time.
And apparently, one of the inmates being brought into the jail facility became combative with jail staff. While specifics around the physical altercation have not been released, Deputy Davis had been involved in the fracas with the detainee and was injured during the fight to get the unnamed inmate under control.
Officials say that the inmate was being booked into the facility under charges of “endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance.” The inmate’s bail was slated to be set at $175,000 for the reported charge.
BREAKING UPDATE: The sheriff's office has identified the deputy killed yesterday as Deputy Kyle Davis. https://t.co/L1l9OHEqCf
— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) March 26, 2021
Following the physical altercation, Deputy Davis has been transported to a local hospital for treatment where staff attempted to render life-aid, but “resuscitation efforts were not successful.”
Deputy Davis had joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer/dispatcher in January 2008 and was promoted to deputy sheriff in 2010, where he served as a field deputy and transport/courthouse security deputy.
In a statement released by the WCSO, they stated the following about Deputy Davis:
“Deputy Davis is a graduate of Copan High School and was an avid hunter and loved to fish. Deputy Davis had a heart of gold and could always bring a smile to your face! Deputy Davis leaves behind a wife, 2 children, and a host of family which includes his law enforcement family.”
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been tasked with leading the investigation into the deputy’s death, which is also being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and the Bartlesville Police Department.
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Earlier in March, we at Law Enforcement Today shared the unfortunate news of an Orlando Police officer who passed away due to complications stemming from an injury received while on duty years prior.
Here’s that previous report.
ORLANDO, FL – An Orlando Police officer passed away on March 15th due to complications associated with injuries sustained back in June, 2018, when the officer was reportedly shot in the head when responding to a domestic violence call.
The Orlando Police Department shared the unfortunate news of the passing of Officer Kevin Valencia, who had reportedly succumbed to injuries sustained from an incident that occurred back on June 11th, 2018.
On March 15th, OPD Chief Orlando Rolon shared a statement regarding the officer’s passing:
“It is with deep regret and heart ache that I inform you of the passing of Officer Kevin Valencia. I ask everyone to keep Meghan, their kids, and the entire Valencia family in your prayers. Officer Valencia was a member of the OPD family for 3+ years.”
“On June 11, 2018, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot and critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call where a deranged individual took his own life after killing four children and shooting Officer Valencia.”
“On October 20, 2020, Officer Valencia retired from the Orlando Police Department, where he was awarded the prestigious purple heart for his heroic efforts on the night of June 11, 2018.”
The domestic violence incident referenced in Chief Rolon’s statement was disturbing, to say the least.
Officer Valencia was among the officers that responded to an apartment where a woman claimed that her boyfriend, identified as Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., had beaten her and was inside the apartment with four children .
The woman who’d called 911 to report the abuse had given an apartment key to Officer Valencia, which reports regarding the incident show that the apartment key broke when Officer Valencia tried using it to enter the apartment.
Officer Valencia had been reportedly given the okay by his sergeant to try kicking in the door, which when he started to kick it in, Lindsey began firing off shots.
That’s when Officer Valencia was shot in the head.
A standoff between police and Lindsey lasted for nearly 24 hours, which ultimately ended with Lindsey killing four children – two of which were his own – before he turned the gun on himself.
The murdered children were identified as 12-year-old Irayan Pluth, 10-year-old Lillia Pluth, 6-year-old Aidan Lindsey, and 1-year-old Dove Lindsey.
Needless to say, Officer Valencia’s injuries were extremely severe due to him having been shot in the head. He’d been in a coma up until around October of 2020, where he was showing slight signs of improvement due to him being considered medically “emerged”.
However, while the specifics haven’t been shared by officials or loved ones, Officer Valencia passed away on March 15th in connection to his sustained injuries.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina shared a statement on Twitter regarding Officer Valencia’s passing, which read as follows:
“My thoughts and prayers are with Meghan, the kids and my Orlando police family. Officer Kevin Valencia risked his life for this community and paid the ultimate sacrifice. He is a hero and will be remembered forever.”
My thoughts and prayers are with Meghan, the kids and my @OrlandoPolice family. Officer Kevin Valencia risked his life for this community and paid the ultimate sacrifice. He is a hero and will be remembered forever #NeverForget https://t.co/qTboADCcqm
— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) March 15, 2021
The Orlando Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, held a procession on the evening of March 15th in honor of Officer Valencia.
This evening, Officer Kevin Valencia was escorted by our officers, as well as those from other agencies. Brother, we’ll take it from here… pic.twitter.com/UcywwuLdug
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) March 16, 2021
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