Criminologist Talks Dangers Of Probation Officer's Job After MWC Shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY - Details about the cold-blooded slaughter of an Oklahoma probation officer is shedding light on what experts say can be a dangerous profession. 

Midwest City Police say 32-year-old Jeff McCoy was beaten, shot and killed Friday during a probation and parole visit.

Police say McCoy's killer is 21-year-old Midwest City High School graduate Lester Kinchion. Police say Kinchion wasn't even the person probation officer McCoy was visiting Friday, when police say Kinchion began his rampage. A local criminal expert has some ideas about what went down in Midwest City.

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Police Identify Man Killed In MWC As Probation Officer

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- Police say an Oklahoma probation officer was beaten and then shot dead on a neighborhood street Friday in Midwest City. 

Police say 32-year-old Jeff McCoy was making a mandatory visit to a house on the 1400 block of Maple Drive just before noon, when he got into a dispute with 21-year-old Lester Kinchion, the roommate of the person McCoy had gone to see. 

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Tom Gahl, 25 Years Later

On September 22, 1986, United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl was killed in the line of duty in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a Monday morning, not unlike any other Monday morning Tom had experienced in his previous 11 years as a probation officer. That morning, Tom was visiting the home of parolee Michael Wayne Jackson. Tom arrived at the home at approximately 8:15. After not being able to contact Jackson, Tom turned to leave the residence, but Jackson ambushed Tom and shot him three times with a sawed off shotgun. An 11 day manhunt ensued, ending with Jackson taking his own life in Wright City, Missouri.

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.

Brian Steven Simon Memorial Patch

As some may recall, Brian Steven Simon, United States Probation Officer, District of Nevada, passed away, on May 28, 2010. Since his passing, Brian’s wife, Brenda, and daughter, Becca, left Las Vegas, Nevada, to be closer to family in Bethesda, Maryland. Although gone, neither Brian, nor his family, have been forgotten. To commemorate Brian, a Memorial Patch has been created and has been made available to all who would like to purchase one. The proceeds from the sale of the Memorial Patch will be deposited into his seven year old daughter’s college fund, which was established following his death.

Patches may be purchased by contacting USPO Bridger Franzen, in the District of Nevada, at United States Probation Office, 300 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, for $8.00 per patch. Please send check or money order made payable to “Clara Seeno,” who is the executor of the account. Cash is always accepted; however, it is not recommended. You may also contact Bridger Franzen at: Work - (702) 527-7263 or Cell - (702) 280-2831. Thank you all in advance for your generous donations. A photograph of the patch has been attached.

1 confirmed dead in Canton shooting

CANTON — A man was shot and killed during a roadside fight with a state probation officer when he tried to grab the officer’s gun, police said.

his is the first time someone has died after being shot by a probation officer in North Carolina, said Pamela Walker, director of external affairs for the N.C. Department of Correction, which employs probation officers.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. The SBI investigates all officer-involved shootings in North Carolina.

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