WASHINGTON - Thursday’s shooting in Richmond at a bus stop is the latest tragedy in what’s been a deadly year so far for law enforcement across the country, the DMV is no exception.
Four officers from the DMV have died in the line of duty so far this year, the horrific Richmond shooting brings that number up to five.
Many of these shootings are happening as the community is still healing and mourning the recent officer deaths.
Just last month Prince William County officer Ashley Guindon was laid to rest. She was fatally shot on her first day on the job, she was responding to a domestic disturbance.
The two other officers with her were also struck but survived. Just two weeks earlier two deputies in Hartford County were killed at a Panera Bread while responding to a call reporting a crowded restaurant. Senior deputies, Mark Logsdon and Patrick Dailey both served in the military and were fathers.
Prince George's County Detective Jacai Colson drove up to the police station in plain clothes when he was shot and killed after a man fired at the police station in Landover. He was caught in the crossfire between the suspect and police, a fire from an officer’s gun struck Colson.
And now the Richmond shooting which took the life of a trooper and injured another while they were on a training exercise at a Richmond bus station.
So far this year, 29 officers have died in the line of duty, according to the officer down memorial page which honors fallen law enforcement heroes.
This time last year, nationwide, there were 31 fallen officers.