4 LEOs killed on duty over Thanksgiving weekend

4 LEOs killed on duty over Thanksgiving weekend

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 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 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 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 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.