‘It’s OK to cry’: Emotional Newport News police chief calls officer killed in line of duty a hero
by: Sarah Fearing
Posted: Jan 23, 2020
“There is a lot of healing that needs to take place. There is no timetable for that,” said Chief Drew.
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew holds a news conference to provide details about a deadly traffic stop Thursday night. Officer Katie Thyne died in the line of duty.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Speaking through tears, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew identified the officer who died in the line of duty Thursday night as Officer Katie Thyne.
Chief Drew provided new information about the investigation and Officer Thyne during a Friday morning news conference.
Officer Thyne was originally from New Hampshire. She was a Navy veteran and a reservist. She joined the Newport News Police Department in 2018 and was assigned to the South Precinct. She leaves behind her mother and stepfather, a brother, her two-year-old daughter, and a loving partner. She was 24-years-old.
While the driver’s side door was open, Chief Drew said the driver accelerated. Officer Thyne was unable to get out of the way and was dragged for about a block. The driver crashed into a tree at Walnut Avenue, pinning Officer Thyne. She died from her injuries at Sentara Norfolk General.
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‘Raegan will know her mother’: Friend, day care provider remembers Officer Katie Thyne
BY CHELSEA DONOVAN
JANUARY 27, 2020
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - "When I leaned her over the casket, I said, 'Kiss your mommy,' and she did and it broke my heart," said Jenifer Locey.
"It's so hard to look at Raegan and know she is not going to see her anymore," said Locey.
Locey described the toddler as innocent, bubbly and always smiling.
"She is just like Katie - always happy, just a spitfire. She is the favorite at daycare," Locey told News 3.
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Long line of police cars escort fallen officer Katie Thyne home