4 LEOs killed on duty over Thanksgiving weekend

Officers from Mississippi, Virginia, Utah and California were killed in the line of duty


By PoliceOne Staff

Thanksgiving weekend was a deadly one for law enforcement with four officers killed in the line of duty across four different states. One officer was killed after being hit by a car driven by a suspect fleeing a burglary, while the other three officers died as a result of car crashes. 

Officer Leann Simpson

Officer Leann Simpson. (Photo/ODMP)
Officer Leann Simpson. (Photo/ODMP)

Officer Leann Simpson of the Philadelphia Police Department in Mississippi was killed Saturday in a car collision. Simpson was en route to assist with a traffic stop when her patrol car hit a light pole and rolled. An Army veteran, Simpson had been with the Philadelphia PD for a little over one year.

OFFICER HUNTER EDWARDS

Officer Hunter Edwards of the Winchester Police Department in Virginia was killed Saturday in a car crash while responding to a call. He was a four-year veteran of the department and served on the SWAT team and Civil Disturbance unit. 

Officer Hunter Edwards. (Photo/ODMP)
Officer Hunter Edwards. (Photo/ODMP)

OFFICER DAVID ROMRELL 

Officer David Romrell. (Photo/ODMP)
Officer David Romrell. (Photo/ODMP)

Officer David Romrell of the South Salt Lake Police Department in Utah was killed Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by suspects fleeing the scene of a burglary. Other officers fired at the driver and killed him, while a K-9 unit later apprehended the passenger who fled on foot. Romrell was a Marine veteran and had been an officer for 11 months. 

DEPUTY SHERIFF ANTONIO HINOSTROZA 

Deputy Antonio Hinostroza. (Photo/ODMP)
Deputy Antonio Hinostroza. (Photo/ODMP)

Deputy Antonio Hinostroza of the Stanisalus County Sheriff’s Department in California was killed Sunday in a car crash during a vehicle pursuit when his car struck a utility pole. The suspect was later apprehended. Hinostroza was a Marine veteran and a 19-year veteran of his department.

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