List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States, May 2017 - Wikipedia

List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States, May 2017

This is a list of people reported killed by non-military law enforcement officers in the United States in May 2017, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. The listing documents the occurrence of a death, making no implications regarding wrongdoing or justification on the part of the person killed or officer involved. Killings are arranged by date of the incident that caused death. Different death dates, if known, are noted in the description.

The table below lists 10 individuals. (This number should update automatically when changes are saved.)

May 2017Edit

Date Name (age) of deceased State (city) Description
2017-05-28 Francis De La Cruz (35) San Jose, California Responding to a disturbance call at the Donner Lofts affordable housing complex, police were met by a mentally ill man who refused to open the door and instead set fire to the inside of the door. When police forced their way in and apprehended the other occupant, DeLaCruz advanced on the officers with an ax and was fatally shot.[1]
2017-05-25 Adam Trammell (22) West Milwaukee, Wisconsin A neighbor called the police when Trammell, who had a history of schizophrenia, caused a disturbance in their shared hallway. Police officers broke down Trammell’s door, tased him in the shower 15 times and gave him sedatives.[2] The medical examiner said that the use of sedatives and the Taser use were contributing factors in Trammell's death.[3]
2017-05-12 Wiggington, Douglas Almond (48) Indiana (Greenfield) Officers Sgt. Rodney Vawter and Officer Dillon Silver with the Greenfield Police Department responded to a 911 call for help for an intoxicated man lying in the grass they found Wiggington who was incoherent and unable to follow their orders. Wiggington can be heard on the audio recording struggling to answer Silver’s questions, slurring his words. He became combative when the officers tried to roll him on his stomach. The officers shot him twice with a Taser. The death certificate states the man died from “a discharge from a conducted electrical weapon. The Department cleared both officers of any wrong doing but the family will be seeking justice since a bystander called for help for Wiggington who was alive before the officers used the taser.[4]
2017-05-09 Jayson Negron (15) Connecticut (Bridgeport) Negron was shot after police claim he tried to flee from a one-way street in a stolen car. After officer James Boulay shot one of the cars tires, he opened the door and apprehended Negron. After Boulay was hit by the car's open door, which was moving backwards, he fatally shot Negron.[5]
2017-05-08 Anthony David Soderberg (29) Los Angeles, California A man who broke into a woman's home barricaded himself after she called the police. He armed himself with a gun that belonged to one of the residents. A LAPD SWAT team was dispatched to the home, which was surrounded by bushes and was located at the top of a hill. A helicopter was used to survey the home. At first, officers used a bullhorn to convince the suspect to surrender. After no response, tear gas was launched. The suspect then opened fire at the police, including the helicopter. Officers returned fire, killing him. It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a sniper who was in the helicopter.[6][7]
2017-05-06 Jacob Peterson (15) San Diego, California A 15-year old male student at Torrey Pines High School called 911, requesting officers to perform a welfare check. Two officers arrived and spotted him in the front parking lot. As they were exiting their cruisers, he pulled out an air pistol and pointed it at the officers. Officers opened fire on him. First aid was rendered, and the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. The police suspected that the boy intended to commit suicide-by-cop because of a note found on his body.[8][9]
2017-05-03 Malik Carey (18) Grand Rapids, Michigan According to Grand Rapids police, the 18-year-old victim was a probation violator and he has been shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers after he allegedly refused to comply with officers' commands, produced a handgun and fired at the officers.[10]
2017-05-03 Nicholas Flusche (26) San Francisco, California Police officers encountered a stabbing in process and shot Flusche, who died at the scene.[11]
2017-05-01 James Edward Ray (41) Detroit, Michigan Police officers responded to a domestic violence call, when Ray shot one officer. Ray was shot multiple times when the officers returned fire. He died at the scene.[12]
2017-05-01 Peter Selis (49) University City, San Diego Police received report of a man shooting people by the swimming pool, upon arriving they saw the suspect still in the pool area and he appeared to be reloading. Three officers shot the suspect after he allegedly pointed the gun at them.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Green, Jason (2017-06-01). "San Jose: Man shot and killed by police officer ID'd". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  2. ^ Maqbool, Aleem (2018-10-04). "Don't shoot, I'm disabled". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  3. ^ Hill, Crystal (2018-04-27). "Cops Tased a mentally ill man 15 times in the shower. That's not what killed him, Milwaukee DA says". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference East Valley Tribune, Aug. 2, 2010 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Fry, Ethan (May 9, 2020). "Lawsuit blames Jayson Negron's death on cavalier culture in Bridgeport police". Connecticut Post.
  6. ^ Kate Mather (May 9, 2017). "Fatal police shooting in Sunland marks first time LAPD fires from helicopter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "LAPD shot from helicopter when it killed standoff suspect". San Jose Mercury News. May 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Julie Watson (May 8, 2017). "Teen killed by San Diego officers left suicide note". MSN. Associated Press. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Karen Kucher; Lyndsay Winkley (June 28, 2017). "DA clears SDPD officers who shot, killed suicidal Torrey Pines teen". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  10. ^ Hurwitz, Sarah (May 3, 2017). "GRPD: Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting". WOOD-TV.
  11. ^ "San Francisco police release video of fatal officer-involved shooting in Subway". KRON4. May 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Suspect identified in Detroit police shooting". Detroit Free Press. May 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "White man shoots six people of colour in suspected hate crime". The Independent. May 1, 2017.