SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces that ISP Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718, was tragically killed on June 28, 2017, while on patrol.

On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Trooper Albin was involved in a crash on I-74 near Farmer City.  Trooper Albin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.  At approximately 8:45 pm, Trooper Albin succumbed to his injuries.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” stated Director Schmitz.  “I extend my deepest sympathy to Trooper Albin’s family, friends, and co-workers.  I pray that those who cared for and loved him find the strength they need during this most difficult time.  No further words can express the pain and loss we are all feeling.”

Trooper Albin joined the ISP on January 8, 2006.  He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer.  Trooper Albin’s canine partner, “Biko,” was in the rear of the squad car at the time of the crash.  Biko was transported to a local veterinarian’s office and appears to have sustained only minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.





Leon County Sheriff Deputy Ambushed Tallahassee, FL


On November 22nd, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office lost a respected member of its family.   Deputy Chris Smith was killed in the line of duty while responding to a house fire where he was ambushed by an armed suspect shortly after arriving on scene. Our community and families are in mourning for this loss. Deputy Christopher L. Smith was 47 years old.  He was a loving Christian man who loved his wife and his children most of all.   Deputy Smith began his law enforcement career as a Dispatcher with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1989.   From 1991 through January 2009, Deputy Smith served as a Correctional Officer and then a Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.   He was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff Campbell January 20, 2009 and was assigned to Uniform Patrol Bureau where he served until his death. Deputy Smith will be greatly missed by his co-workers and all of the LCSO family. We will be posting Information here concerning arrangements as it becomes available.  Please keep Deputy Smith’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we join them in this time of mourning.  Leon County Sheriff Press Release 


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff’s Office

November 22, 2014 – 4:15pm

At 10:15 a.m. on November 22, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tallahassee Police Department and the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire at 3722 Caracus Court. As the deputies arrived on scene first, the suspect launched an armed ambush attack. One deputy was immediately shot and killed. The other deputy engaged the suspect and was shot also. The suspect took the fallen deputy’s firearm and began walking North on Caracus Court actively shooting at the first responders as they arrived on the scene.

Responders from the Tallahassee Fire Department were also shot at by the suspect as they arrived to fight the fire. Tallahassee Police Officers responded to the area and engaged the suspect, shooting him and killing him.

Multiple agencies have responded to the scene and are assisting with this investigation as it continues to unfold. Members of the Tallahassee Police Department, the Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County Emergency Medical Services, the State Attorney’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

This incident is still active and on-going.


Press Release: City of Tallahassee
November 22, 2014 – 4:35pm

Tallahassee Fire and Police this morning, November 22, responded to an incident where a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the Plantation Woods Subdivision in Leon County. Another deputy was wounded and the suspect was also killed. Details are still unfolding with City emergency responders assisting the Sheriff’s Office, which is the lead agency on the incident.

“Our fire and law enforcement officers put the safety of others above all else,” said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. “It is almost unimaginable that a call for help turned into the ambush of a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy and the shooting of another deputy by the assailant. Every one of these first responders is a hero and our hearts go out to them and their families.”

“As a community, the events of this week – that I can only describe as senseless violence – are troublesome and weigh heavy on our hearts,” he added. “Yet, how we come together as a community will make us stronger and bring us closer together. I know the people of Tallahassee will remain united as we pull together to support the victims, law enforcement and each other.”

Tallahassee Fire and Police will work closely in partnership with the Leon County Sheriff’s Department as more information becomes available.


FD & PD ambushed in Tallahassee FL Fire Audio



Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy; killed in the line of duty while investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle within a business parking lot in the 2000 block of Arden Way this morning, October 24, 2014. Deputy Danny Oliver and his partner were approaching the occupied vehicle when, for reasons unknown, the occupant(s) fired multiple rounds at the Deputies, striking Deputy Oliver in the upper torso and mortally wounding him. The suspects fled the scene and began a violent crime spree by carjacking several citizens of their vehicles in a nearby neighborhood, shooting one in the upper torso. That shooting victim is reported to be in stable condition. Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was a 15-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, assigned to the North Patrol Division; Problem Oriented Policing team. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.



In nearby Placer County, sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin says one of her department’s deputies was killed after he was shot with an AR-15-type assault rifle.  Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner identified the slain officer as homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42. Davis had been with the department since 1999. He leaves his wife and four children.



A man armed with an assault rifle shot and killed two California sheriff’s deputies and wounded another deputy and a motorist in separate incidents Friday in and around Sacramento, authorities reported.

After a six-hour chase and manhunt, a suspect, Marcelo Marquez, 34, was taken into custody in Placer County Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn, 30 miles northwest of Sacramento.

A woman who was with the man earlier was taken into custody in Placer County, and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.