Officer murdered after being shot by armed robber whose getaway car he pulled over in a traffic stop

Officer murdered after being shot by armed robber whose
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MANGHAM, LA- A part-time Mangham Police
Officer, Marshall Waters, is dead – killed in the line of

He died Thursday morning from a lower abdomen gunshot wound he
sustained on October 17 at approximately 1PM.

Waters, 49, was shot while conducting a traffic stop on Highway
425 near the border of Richland Parish and Franklin Parish. He was
shot while exiting his patrol car.

The accused suspect was also the accused in a robbery in
Rayville, which took place earlier that same afternoon.

Shane Scott, the spokesperson of Northeast Louisiana Ambulance
Service, confirmed Waters’ death shortly before 3AM Thursday

Waters was a full-time employee for NELA.

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According to Scott, Waters was a man who proudly served his
community, dedicating his life to public service and public safety.
Waters was also a firefighter for the Winnsboro Fire

The day of the shooting, Waters was transported to Franklin
Medical Center in Winnsboro then transported via helicopter to
Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, where he underwent
surgery to repair a hemorrhaging femoral artery.

He remained in critical condition and underwent at least two
additional surgeries during his stay in the intensive care

The Police Chief, Perry Fleming also confirmed Waters’ death
via a Facebook post. 

“It’s with great sadness and broken hearts that I,
Chief Perry Fleming, and the Mangham Police Department have to
inform you of the passing of Officer Marshall Waters PD3 who was
shot in the line of duty on October 17, 2020.

We ask that you please continue to pray for Marshall
Waters family and the Mangham Police Department family during this
time. RIP PD3.† 

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy both made statements,
expressing sympathy for the family of Marshall Waters. 

Cassidy expressed his feelings in a tweet:

“Laura and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of
Officer Marshall Waters of Mangham. We extend our sincerest prayers
to his family during this difficult time.†

“Becky and I are grieving the loss of Officer and EMT
Marshall Waters today. Every day, police put themselves between
law-abiding Louisianans and dangerous people, and we’ll never
forget Officer Waters’ sacrifice.†Kennedy said. 

One of Marshall Waters’ colleagues, Blayne Muse was also kind
enough to say:

“He was always willing to do whatever it took to get
the job done and he believed in people regardless of the negative
of the situation, Marshall, always found a way to find the positive
in that person.â€

Muse also stated how much he admired Waters’ positivity and

The accused suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, age 27, of
Ville Platte, was searched and taken into police custody. The
stolen vehicle in which Semien was stopped, reportedly played the
role of getaway car in the robbery.

Semien abandoned the stolen vehicle in a ditch near Fort
Necessity after shooting Waters. Waters was shot in the lower
abdomen beneath his vest.

Semien was found in the woods, still armed, where he was later
taken into custody, per State Police. Semien was initially arrested
on charges of armed robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and
attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. 

The robbery, which took place earlier that afternoon, occurred
at the Medicine Chest Pharmacy in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

He dressed as a chipmunk and was identified rather quickly.
State Police and US Marshals were called in to help find him.

According to the surveillance video, Semien entered the rear
door, forcing a female employee back inside the store, and held her
at gunpoint while she filled a bag with an undisclosed amount of
narcotic medication. He ran westbound towards an apartment

It is unclear if the charges will be upgraded since the
unfortunate death of Waters and whether or not an attorney would
speak on behalf of Semien.  

Anyone interested in donating to the fallen officer’s family,
can do so at
A Go Fund Me page was also created by Marshall Waters’ sister,
Roshanda Ladson to take care of his family’s needs.  

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.  

It’s not the first loss in October:

GREENVILLE, S.C.- A tragic car crash that took
place Tuesday evening, October 20th, has claimed the life of a
Greenville County Sheriff’s deputy.

Master Deputy Conley Jumper was killed, and several others were
injured after a traffic stop turned deadly. 

According to reports, around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, deputies
initiated a traffic stop on I-85 northbound near White Horse Road
in Greenville.

During that traffic stop, at least one occupant of the stopped
vehicle got into a “physical altercation†with two deputies and
a struggle ensued, according to Lt. Ryan Flood of the Sheriff’s

During the struggle, the car that deputies had stopped
“proceeded to accelerate†and collided with a tractor-trailer,
Sheriff Hobart Lewis said. Lewis continued by saying the details of
how that acceleration happened are still unclear and under
Greenville News

It was said that two deputies and at least two occupants of the
stopped vehicle were injured after the initial collision, according
to Lieutenant Flood.

As a third deputy was responding to provide backup, they crashed
into the vehicles that were initially stopped.
Officials said
three deputies and at least two civilians were
taken to the hospital following the crash. Master Deputy Jumper did
not survive, but the other two deputies and two civilians are
expected to make a full recovery. 

Thoughts and prayers for the
Greenville County Sheriff’s Office after the death of Sergeant
Conley Jumper. He died from injuries after a series of crashes on
I-85 yesterday. The sheriff called Jumper a “gentle giant.”

End of watch 10/20/2020

— Fred Cunningham (@fredontv)
October 21, 2020

In a press conference on Tuesday evening, Sheriff Lewis said
Sgt. Conley Jumper had been killed as a result of what happened
along I-85. 

Lewis said:

“It is with a broken heart that we confirm tonight
that a deputy with our agency identified as Master Deputy Conley
Jumper has passed away,†

Jumper, who was described as a six-foot-four “dedicated
lawmanâ€, and “gentle giantâ€, has been a member of the
Sheriff’s Office for almost 28 years, much of that time working
with police dogs and building narcotics cases that reached the
federal level.

The Greenville County
Sheriff’s Office (SC) lost a legend in Sgt Jumper. I am at a loss
for words w/ his death b/c we lost not only a phenomenal lawman
& drug interdiction guy that I looked up to…but also a
Friend, lifelong public servant, husband, father, son, hero, etc.

— Keith Grounsell (@Keith_Grounsell)
October 21, 2020

Lewis went on to say:

“He was a man of integrity and

He continued:

“He was a dedicated lawman. He was truly larger than

Greenville News reported that law enforcement officers were
stationed near the scene and northbound lanes of I-85 remained
completely shut down in the area into the evening Tuesday. As crews
worked the scene of the crash, dozens of cars of deputies and
troopers were visible alongside unmarked law enforcement vehicles.
While officers worked to determine what happened, a stretch of I-85
was illuminated by at least 34 sets of flashing blue lights.

During the press conference, Lewis got noticeably chocked up
when asking for prayers for Jumper’s family. He leaves behind a
wife, Sarah, and a daughter, Kat. 

Lewis said:

“He had more certifications and instructed more
classes than anyone can count, and that’s because he always
strived to be the best deputy he could be,†

He continued:

“He was a tireless worker and loving friend, and he
had a heart of gold. He will be missed dearly by everyone who had
the pleasure of knowing him.â€

A memorial has been started
for Sgt. Conley Jumper. He was a deputy for the Greenville County
Sheriff’s office. This is the car he used on the job. Folks have
been bringing by flowers and balloons.

— Nolan Blair (@NolanBlairWYFF4)
October 21, 2020

Lewis said that Jumper had been a Master Deputy but was promoted
to Sergeant posthumously.

In 2018, Jumper was honored with the Russ
Sorrow Award
by Crime Stoppers of Greenville. The award is
named in honor of Sorrow, who also died in the line of duty in
1996. The reward is reserved for officers who “show a high level
of professionalism and commitmentâ€,
Greenville News reported

It was an award befitting Jumper, Lewis said.

Lewis is quoted as saying:

“He was a man of integrity and

He went on to say:

“He was the true essence of a public

Both collisions are being investigated by the South Carolina
Highway Patrol and the State Law Enforcement Division.

The Greenville County
Sheriff’s Office shared a fundraiser set up for the family of
Master Deputy Jumper. who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.

— WLOS (@WLOS_13)
October 21, 2020

Law Enforcement Today sends our thoughts and prayers to the
Jumper family, and all of their loved ones.

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In August, Law Enforcement Today brought you a story of an
officer in Texas that was killed during a traffic stop. 

BEAUMONT, TX – A Texas police officer was
killed and another was seriously injured when their cruiser was hit
by a wrong-way driver at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Beaumont Police Department said Officer Sheena
, 23, was killed when a wrong-way driver hit
her cruiser, and another officer was seriously hurt while they were
driving on Cardinal Drive, near the Highway 347 overpass.

The police cruiser was hit head-on by the driver of a Ford
Mustang, according to Beaumont Police spokesperson
Officer Haley Morrow

Yarbrough-Powell was pronounced dead at the scene, Morrow

The second officer, who was driving, was rushed to a nearby
hospital in serious condition. He is now in stable condition and
has had surgery since the crash according to Chief Jimmy

Officer murdered after being shot by armed robber whose getaway car he pulled over in a traffic stopBeaumont Police
Department Chief Jimmy Singletary speaking at Sunday afternoon news

The driver of the Ford Mustang was also taken to the

At a Sunday afternoon news
, Chief Singletary said Powell was a Lumberton native
and had been with the force since 2018. She had been married for
only 10 months.

The Beaumont Police Department posted on Facebook:

“It’s a sad day for The Beaumont Police Department
and the community that our Officers proudly serve.

“At 2:30 this morning, two Beaumont Police Officers
were traveling Northbound on Cardinal Drive, near the Hwy 347
overpass, when they were struck head-on by a wrong way

Sheena Yarbrough has been identified as the officer killed in
Sunday’s crash. She was sworn into the police department in
December of 2018 & was married for 10 months. Her partner
(driver) underwent surgery & is in stable condition.

— H. Tyler Seggerman (@TylerSeggerman)
August 9, 2020

“One Officer was transported to the hospital with
severe injuries but is stable. He underwent surgery early this
morning and has since been released. He has a long road to recovery
ahead of him but we will be with him every step of the

“Unfortunately, his partner did not survive her

“Officer Sheena Yarbrough-Powell, was a 23 year old
Lumberton Native. She was hired by the Beaumont Police Department
as a Police Cadet on August 13, 2018. On December 20, 2018 she was
sworn in as a Beaumont Police Officer.

“Sheena was assigned to 4th Watch Patrol. She had been
married for just 10 months.

“There’s no doubt that it’s an extremely difficult
time to be a Police Officer but it’s also an extremely important
time. Our Officers and Dispatchers have done a remarkable job
during this difficult time but today, we are hurting.

“The next few days, weeks, months and years will be
difficult for Sheena’s family, both blood and blue but we will
get through this together with the help of our

“I would like to say thank you to the State Troopers
from the Texas Department of Public Safety for responding and
leading the investigation of the crash.

“I would also like the thank the Jefferson County
Sheriff’s Office and Lamar P.D. for stepping in and answering our
calls for service while most of our Officers were on the scene of
the crash.

“Also, I want to ask our community to not only keep
Sheena’s family and the police department in your prayers but
Beaumont EMS and Fire Department. Police, Fire and EMS go

“We are all first responders and our paths cross
multiple times throughout our respective shifts. So this loss is
hard for them too.

“We have already started to feel the outpouring of
support from the community and it means more than you know. There
will be more information released as we plan the services to honor
Sheena’s life.â€

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Yarbrough-Powell’s death marks the 18th officer killed in the
line of duty in the history of the Beaumont Police Department.

A list of all Beaumont police officers killed is noted on the
Down Memorial Page
, with the first one being Deputy City
Marshal William E. Patterson dying from gunfire on Sept. 25,

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the
recent crash.

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames told
Sunday this is the second officer she has lost since
taking office in 2007:

“My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends
left behind after such a needless tragedy. There are no words that
can comfort grieving at a time like this, but my hope is that you
know how many people in our city grieve with you. Our entire city
hurts when we lose a first responder.â€

We recently reported on another officer who died in the line of
duty in Detroit, Michigan. Law enforcement lost another hero on May
31, 2020, when
Officer Waldis “Jay†Johnson
succumbed to his injuries
sustained in April 2017 when he was shot in the head while
responding to a domestic violence call in Detroit.

A 14-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department at the time,
Officer Johnson was shot on April 30, 2017 when he and his partner
responded to a call at the Oakman Apartments in the city, located
on the west side.

They had been dispatched to that location on the report of a
domestic disturbance.

According to the
Officer Down Memorial Page
, Johnson and his partner had
approached a common front door to the apartment complex, which was
locked. After a few minutes, a man who was unrelated to the call
for service came downstairs.

Johnson was immediately met by a tenant with a gun, who pointed
it at Johnson. A struggle ensued for control of the firearm.
Johnson let go momentarily to get control of his gun, and both
fired at the same time. Two bullets struck the suspect from
Johnson’s gun; however, Johnson was shot once in the head.
Johnson’s partner, Officer Darren Weathers, fired back and killed
the suspect, James Edward Ray, 46.

Johnson suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in rehab
until his death. He is survived by his wife, daughter and two

On July 31, Trooper Caleb Starr, 33, was injured when his
vehicle was struck head-on by an intoxicated driver in Michigan.
According to the Officer
Down Memorial Page
, Starr was traveling west on Grand River
Avenue, in Boston Township, responding to a low-priority call when
a vehicle crossed the center line and struck his vehicle.

He had to be extricated from the vehicle and flown by helicopter
to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, in Grand Rapids, where he
remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Trooper Starr served with the Michigan State Police for less
than two years. He is survived by his wife and two children



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