Two police officers were killed in the line of duty in roughly the past 24 hours.

The first incident occurred in Longmont, Colorado, where 21-year-old police cadet Taylor Thyfault was killed and 37-year-old trooper Clinton Rushing was injured after a motorist fleeing police slammed into the two officers as they were providing assistance in an unrelated crash:

The motorist, 27-year-old Christopher Lee Gebers, was arrested at the scene and reportedly told witnesses the crash wasn’t his fault because “the emergency brake locked up“:

And cadet Thyfault is being hailed as a hero for reportedly saving the tow truck driver as Gebers plowed into the accident scene:

Hero, indeed.

The second incident occurred in Louisiana where an unidentified Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer working security at a construction site was found fatally shot in his patrol car at 7:10 this morning:

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement calling the officer’s death an “unspeakable tragedy, and a vile and cowardly act”:

However, police in New Orleans are unsure of a motive at this point:

Rest in peace.