Deputy Troy Anthony Ratcliff Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department Louisiana End of Watch: Saturday, June 5, 1999
Biographical Info Age: 21 Tour of Duty: 2 years Badge Number: AU-20
Incident Details Cause of Death: Automobile accident Date of Incident: Saturday, June 5, 1999 Weapon Used: Automobile Suspect Info: Killed in accident Deputy Ratcliff was killed when his cruiser was struck head-on by a vehicle which crossed into his lane. The impact caused both vehicles to burst into flames and both vehicles were burnt beyond recognition. The other driver was killed in the crash as well.
Deputy Ratcliff had served with his agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.
Sergeant Jeremy Paul Newchurch Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department Louisiana End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Biographical Info Age: 31 Tour of Duty: 8 years Badge Number: AU-15
Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 Weapon Used: Officer's handgun Suspect Info: Convicted of manslaughter. Sergeant Jeremy Newchurch was shot and killed with another officer's service weapon while struggling with a narcotics suspect on Georgette Street.
Sergeant Newchurch was working with the agency's narcotics task force, conducting an operation in a high drug traffic area. The task force observed a vehicle parked in the roadway and approached it to question the driver. As they did, the driver sped off and crashed into a nearby ditch. When Sergeant Newchurch attempted to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, the suspect attempted to take another deputy's weapon. The weapon discharged and the round struck Sergeant Newchurch in the chest, just above his vest. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect was taken into custody and charged with first degree murder of a police officer and several other charges. He later plead guilty to manslaughter and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.
Sergeant Newchurch had served with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department for eight years.