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Taking a look back at officers killed in the line of duty

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Although the Peoria police officer involved in the shooting Thursday morning did not lose his or her life, it is a somber reminder of the dangers of the job for fellow officers.

Some remember the last time they lost one of their own.

This latest brush with violence is a reminder of the losses the Peoria Police Department has suffered over the years.

A total of 15 officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1894.

For fellow officers these boil down to much more than just numbers. The most recent killed was Cristy Sue Tindall.

Reports said she was killed in a car accident while she and her partner were responding to a call for backup. It happened the evening of Dec. 30th, 2004.

The police car struck a utility pole killing Tindall and injuring her partner.

The 10-year veteran of the Peoria Police Department was just 33 years old when she died.

Another officer Donan James Faulkner, Jr., who went by Jim, was shot and killed while chasing a suspect on foot shortly after midnight on Sept. 20th, 2001.

Faulkner was 37 years old and had served with Peoria police for seven years. 

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Regarding the incident happening Thursday morning, Daniel El's mother was there but was too distraught to talk.

We also have yet to learn anything about the injured officer and how their family and colleagues are handling the news.

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