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JAN 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 1

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JAN 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 1

Police Officer Tyler

Police Officer Tyler Avery Herndon Mount Holly Police Dept., North Carolina End of Watch Friday, December 11,2020 Age 25 Tour #N/A Badge #N/A Police Officer Jason Nicholas Shuping Concord Police Dept., North Carolina End of Watch Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Age 25 Tour 1Year 6 Months Badge #4434 Police Officer Tyler Herndon was shot and killed while he and other officers responded to a burglary in progress at a car wash at 313 Beatty Drive at about 3:30 am. The subject was shot and wounded by other officers on the scene. He was charged with first-degree murder. The incident occurred two days before Officer Herndon’s birthday. Police Officer Randall Versie Smith Birmington Police Dept., Alabama End of Watch Monday, December 28, 2020 Age 63 Tour 8 Years Military Veteran Badge #N/A Officer Randy Smith died as the result of complications of an inadvertent gunshot wound suffered on March 25th, 1995, while responding to a domestic disturbance call at 916 18th Street in Ensley. An armed man was in the house with a small child who had been left inside as the mother fled the home at about 3:00 am. Officer Smith arrived on the scene and entered the home in an attempt to rescue the child. As he was rushing back outside with the child, another officer heard the commotion and was entering the home when the two nearly collided. The second officer’s gun was inadvertently discharged and the round struck Officer Smith in the head. Officer Smith was flown to University Hospital where he underwent several hours of surgery. He remained in a coma for several weeks following the shooting. The wound left him partially deaf, partially blind, and permanently disabled. Police Officer Jason Shuping was shot and killed while responding to an attempted carjacking at a fast-food restaurant at 7761 Gateway Lane NW. A North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agent had encountered an abandoned vehicle at the scene of a single-car crash on the I-85 exit ramp to Bruton Smith Boulevard. As the agent and a Concord police officer were at the scene of the crash a woman approached and told them a man had just attempted to carjack her at a nearby Sonic restaurant. The ALE agent, along with Officer Shuping and another officer responded to the restaurant where they encountered the suspect. As they approached the man outside of the building, he produced a gun and opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Shuping and wounding the other Concord officer. Officer Shuping had served with the Concord Police Department for 18 months. Sergeant Gordon William Best North Myrtle Beach Police Dept., South Carolina End of Watch Friday, January 1, 2021 Age 30 Tour 7 years Badge # N/A Sergeant Gordon Best was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 17 S, near 39th Avenue S, while responding to a call at about 4:00 am. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a utility pole during a period of rain. Sergeant Best had served with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety for seven years. Officer Smith was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Birmingham Police Department for eight years at the time of the incident. He is survived by his three children, two grandchildren, and mother. 94 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 95

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