Another Line of Duty Death Notification arrived in my email today announcing the death of Deputy Sheriff Sean Pursifull, a 31-year old Law Enforcement Officer in Kentucky. As reported by the Associated Press on PoliceLink.com today:
PINEVILLE, Ky. – A sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Kentucky was killed when a teenage driver’s car rammed the officer’s parked cruiser.What a complete and total tragedy that two officers - Deputy Pursifull and K-9 Officer King - died in this senseless and preventable incident. I am sure that both will be sorely missed by family, friends, and fellow officers at the Bell County Sheriff's Department.
State Police say Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Pursifull, 31, died early Thursday. The teens have been charged with murder in Pursifull’s death.
Authorities say the teen and another youth in a black 2002 Mazda drove away from an Exxon gas station in Baxter without paying and police followed them down U.S. 119 into Bell County. State police said the car was speeding in a 55 mile-per-hour zone and two state troopers attempted to stop the vehicle during a pursuit.
Pursifull was stationed on the northbound side of U.S. 119 in his vehicle when the teen’s car veered over the center line and rammed into Pursifull’s vehicle on the right side. Pursifull and his K-9 dog “King” were killed in the collision, state police said in a statement.
The 17-year-old driver, from Delaware and a 16-year-old passenger from Pennsylvania were only slightly injured.
Both were released from a hospital and jailed in the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of murder and assault on a service animal.
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In addition to Deputy Pursifull's death, I needed to add one more Law Enforcement Officer to my sidebar as I somehow managed to miss his death yesterday when I did my original post. Corporal Courtney G. Brooks of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department was the very first officer to die in the line of duty this year on January 1st.
A 40-year old father of three and 13-year veteran of the force, Corporal Brooks was struck by a hit-and-run driver on I-95 in Baltimore City at approximately 11:30 pm. on December 31st, 2007 while putting out traffic cones at the interchange of I-95 and I-395 to keep commercial vehicles out of downtown Baltimore during their New Year's celebrations.. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after midnight on New Year's Day making his death the first line of duty death in 2008. The driver of the vehicle who struck him was apprehended the next morning and awaits trial.
Rest in peace - Corporal Brooks, Deputy Pursifull, and K-9 Officer King. May you never be forgotten.