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Dayton police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty

Since 1880, 24 Dayton police officers have died in the line of duty, stemming from gunfire, crashes and other causes.

A Dayton police officer was shot Monday night while serving a search warrant and is in critical condition.

Dayton officer Mary Lynn Beall was the last officer killed by gunfire in 2002.

Here are the officers who died in the line of duty:

• Officer Mary Lynn Beall, gunfire, Aug. 25, 2002

• Officer Jason K. Grossnickle, gunfire, May 23, 1996

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• Officer William Steven Whalen, gunfire, March 22, 1991

• Officer Eddie L. Hobson, vehicular assault, Oct. 11, 1981

• Detective Sgt. William Kenneth Mortimer, gunfire, March 4, 1974

• Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns, gunfire, July 1, 1973

• Sgt. Paul E. Mortimer, duty-related illness, July 31, 1970

• Patrolman James Lee Mobley, gunfire, Jan. 25, 1970

• Patrolman Ronald K. Wells, gunfire (inadvertent), April 6, 1967

• Patrolman Richard Owen Baker, motorcycle crash, Nov. 5, 1965

• Patrolman Herman A. Drexler, gunfire, May 16, 1947

• Patrolman Sherman E. Nowlin, struck by train, May 3, 1947

• Detective Sgt. Lucius J. Rice, gunfire, Oct. 5, 1939

• Patrolman William Tom Wilson, gunfire, Feb. 23, 1928

• Patrolman Walter E. Rauch, gunfire, Dec. 25, 1927

• Capt. John C. Post, gunfire, Sept. 25, 1927

• Patrolman William C. Horn, gunfire, Sept. 18, 1927

• Patrolman George E. Clark, gunfire, Jan. 29, 1923

• Detective George V. Purcell, gunfire, Sept. 23, 1916

• Patrolman Charles V. Thomas, gunfire, May 21, 1916

• Patrolman John J. Stapleton, motorcycle crash, Jan. 17, 1916

• Patrolman William Dalton, animal-related, Aug. 10, 1899

• Sgt. Amer M. Keller, fire, Jan. 7, 1897

• Patrolman Lee Lynam, gunfire, Jan. 17, 1880

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