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These are the Houston officers who have died in the line of duty since 2015

Honoring Houston's fallen heroes. Left to right: Christopher Brewster, Kaila Sullivan, Sandeep Dhaliwal
Honoring Houston's fallen heroes. Left to right: Christopher Brewster, Kaila Sullivan, Sandeep Dhaliwal (KPRC 2)

HOUSTON – The men and women who serve our communities put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of the public.

Here are the ones who have lost their lives while on the job in the last five years:

Kaila Sullivan is seen in this photo released by the City of Nassau Bay on Dec. 11, 2019.
Kaila Sullivan is seen in this photo released by the City of Nassau Bay on Dec. 11, 2019. (City of Nassau Bay/Facebook)

2019

Sgt. Kaila Sullivan

Cause of death: Vehicular assault

Sgt. Sullivan was assisting in the arrest of a man wanted on a domestic violence charge on Dec. 11 when the suspect broke free and jumped back into his vehicle. As he sped away from the scene, authorities said the man hit Sullivan. She was transported to Houston Clear Lake Hospital, where she later died. Sullivan was days away from celebrating 16 years on the force.

Photo of fallen HPD Sgt. Christopher Brewster who was killed in the line of duty in east Houston on Dec. 7, 2019.
Photo of fallen HPD Sgt. Christopher Brewster who was killed in the line of duty in east Houston on Dec. 7, 2019. (KPRC)

Sgt. Christopher Brewster

Cause of death: Shooting

Sgt. Brewester was gunned down while responding to a domestic violence call on Dec. 7, 2019. He had been on the force for nine years.

Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal is seen in this undated photo.
Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal is seen in this undated photo.

Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Dhaliwal

Cause of death: Shooting

Deputy Dhaliwal was shot to death during a traffic stop in in a northwest Houston neighborhood on Sept. 27, 2019. He was a 10-year veteran of the force.

Deputy Omar Diaz is seen in this undated image.
Deputy Omar Diaz is seen in this undated image.

Deputy Sheriff Omar Diaz

Cause of death: Natural causes

Deputy Diaz collapsed while responding to a stabbing call on July 6, 2019. It was later ruled that his death was caused by a blood clot that traveled to his lung from another part of his body. He had been on the force for 10 years.

2018

Waller County deputy, Loren Vasquez, 23, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a high water call late Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Waller County deputy, Loren Vasquez, 23, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a high water call late Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez

Cause of death: Drowned

Deputy Vasquez had just finished training and was on her third night alone when she responded to a water rescue call on Oct. 31, 2018. On her way to the call, she lost control of her vehicle, became airborne and landed upside-down in a water-filled ditch.

2017

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Police Officer Elias Martinez, Jr.

Cause of death: Motorcycle crash

Officer Martinez was working an off-duty job and escorting an oversized load on Sept. 8 near League City when he was involved in a crash and was thrown from his motorcycle. He served on the force for 25 years.

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Sergeant Steve Perez

Cause of death: Drowning

Sgt. Perez was trying to get to his primary post on Aug. 27, 2017, during Hurricane Harvey but was unable to get downtown, so he tried to use his secondary post in Kingwood. While trying to get to Kingwood, his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters. Perez was a 34-year-veteran of the force.

Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood is seen in this undated group photo.
Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood is seen in this undated group photo. (Harris County Pct. 3 Constable's Office)

Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood

Cause of death: Shooting

Deputy Greenwood had been in law enforcement for more than three decades. On April 3, 2017, Greenwood was killed while on his way to work in Baytown. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

2016

Bellaire PD Officer Marco Zarate
Bellaire PD Officer Marco Zarate

Police Officer Marco Zarate

Cause of death: Motorcycle crash

Officer Zarate was responding to a shoplifting incident on July 12, 2016, at a Target in the Meyerland area when the suspects took off. Zarate followed and was pursuing the shoplifters through a residential area when he crashed into the back of a landscaping trailer parked in the street. He served with the Bellaire Police Department for seven years.

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Police Officer Endy Ekpanya

Cause of death: Car crash

Officer Ekpanya was en route to a non-emergency call on June 12, 2016, when a woman who was intoxicated crossed several lanes of traffic and hit Ekpanya head on. Both drivers were pinned inside their vehicles. Ekpanya was flown to Memorial Hermann via LifeFlight, where he later died. The woman suffered minor injuries.

2015

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Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth

Cause of death: Shooting

Deputy Goforth was at a gas station on Aug. 28, 2015, when he was ambushed and shot multiple times execution-style. Goforth served on the force for 10 years before his death.

Tronoski Jones died in 2015 during an altercation  with an inmate.
Tronoski Jones died in 2015 during an altercation with an inmate. (KPRC 2)

Detention Officer Tronoski Jones

Cause of death: Heart attack

Officer Jones died while on the job on Aug. 20, 2015, after he suffered a heart attack during an altercation with an inmate who was being transported back to his jail cell at the downtown Houston jail. Jones served as a detention officer for nearly four years.

Officer Richard Martin was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2015.
Officer Richard Martin was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2015. (KPRC 2)

Police Officer Richard K. Martin

Cause of death: Vehicular assault

Officer Martin was involved in a high-speed chase on May 18, 2015, and was throwing down spike strips when the suspect hit Martin and continued driving. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. Matric was a four-year veteran of the force.


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