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Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne
Tulare County (CA) Sheriff's Department
Deputy Sheriff Ballantyne and a civilian pilot were killed in an airplane crash. After assisting ground deputies with the arrest of a suspect brandishing a firearm, the single engine aircraft Deputy Ballantyne was a passenger in crashed. No distress calls were made from the aircraft. Deputy Ballantyne is the first officer to have died in an airplane crash in 2016 and the first officer fatality from the state of California.