Hero Down: Miller County Deputy Casey Shoemate Killed On Way To House Fire

Miller County sheriff's deputy Casey Shoemate died responding to a call.

Miller County, MO – Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Shoemate was killed in the line of duty on Apr. 20, as he responded to a 911 call of a residential structure fire.

Deputy Shoemate, 26, was traveling southbound at approximately 5:50 p.m., when he attempted to pass a firetruck that was out on an unrelated call, a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson said, according to The Kansas City Star.

Deputy Shoemate has his emergency lights and sirens activated as he attempted to go around the fire truck.

As the deputy pulled into the northbound lane on a no-passing section of the highway, his 2014 Dodge Charger collided with a 2017 Toyota 4Runner head-on, the Lake News Online reported.

Deputy Shoemate was pronounced dead at the scene, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Robert Levin, the 65-year-old driver of the Toyota, was transported to a hospital in Columbus by air ambulance. He was listed in serious condition, and was expected to undergo hip reconstruction surgery due to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Investigators said that the deputy and Levin were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision, the Lake News Online reported.

Deputy Shoemate joined the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 3, 2017, and previously served with the Eldon Police Department and the Versailles Police Department.

“Casey was loved and respected by everyone he ever met,” his obituary read. “He had a presence about him that caused you to instantly want to be a part of his life.”

Deputy Shoemate leaves behind his fiancé, Kristina Engle, his 7-year-old son, Samuel, and his 3-year-old daughter, McKenzie, as well as an abundance of family members and friends, according to his obituary.

Deputy Shoemate was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Shoemate, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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John-Brown
John-Brown

Rest in peace, brother.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Rest In Peace Brother

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

So sad. Seems too many are killed in traffic accidents. Knowing the public does not always give right of way to Emergency Resonders on a call, they need to be more careful & make sure they have the clearance to do the evasive actions they sometimes need to, on the roads. The fire truck must have been blocking the visibility of his cruiser, till he was already in the oncoming lane. He should have done a ‘sneek’ look over to make sure he had a clear road to fully move into. Assuming that’s what happened. Older people don’t always hear & react as well as younger, behind the wheel. Prayers to his broken family & loved ones, blood & blue.

gfc1963
gfc1963

It amazes me that people don't get out of the way for the police of ambulances with their sirens and lights on! Here in the UK people move out of the way immediately!

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

This is so sad, RIP officer! I hate to say this, but hopefully some think about it, especially the young officers, this is coming from a retired LEO, and not preaching but some advice. You can't help anyone if you don't get to the scene. Think about it and be safe, it's dangerous enough without you adding to it.

LRoy709
LRoy709

RIP Brother.

BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

RIP Officer

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Died with his seatbelt on -- wow, he must have been speeding fast. Hope the department is getting the expenses of the other driver.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"Hero Down",huh?

I think the use of that phrase for any dead officer is a bit overhanded. If they died braving danger in the line of duty, of course the title hero applies. This guy was speeding and driving recklessly. If ANYONE ELSE besides an officer died that way, no one would be calling that person a hero.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
And you're borderline illiterate. We can't all be winners bro.

sjndestiny
sjndestiny

This incident is nothing but tragic all the way around. This head-on happened on the highway nearly in front of where I live. There is no way anyone in the oncoming lane would hear the sirens or see the lights in time to pull over due to the curves and the hills on this part of the road. Sadly, the deputy pulled out on a double yellow line to pass on a section that is notoriously curvy and hilly. I drive this stretch daily and always slow way down as I reach this portion. I have to make a left turn just a few hundred feet from Rabbit Hill Road onto Fox and I can't count the number of times I've nearly been hit by oncoming traffic bopping up over the hill. It is just an extremely treacherous roadway. RIP young man.

sjndestiny
sjndestiny

Well, sorry about that: As my husband would say, I'm making it all about me. Just wanted to provide perspective.

hankf68
hankf68

We are required by law to do so and we do. Re-read what happened. The officer pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing the accident. A terrible tragedy regarless. The fire truck should have pulled to the side, I agree, but maybe they didnt have the oportunity, place or time. Sometimes, there is no place to get over.

RunCop
RunCop

Ah, lowest common denominator...I'm not your 'bro' ....n 'gro!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

N'gro? What the hell is that? That's not even slang.

even you typing that sentence is the whitest thing I'll encounter all day today. And i work near Beverly Hills.

outside_thebox33
outside_thebox33

Your comment of basically stated that "Calling him a hero was overstated because he was not killed in the line of Duty and that he was driving reckless." fails to see the big picture. Yes, he made a bad decision to pass the Fire Truck, but that doesn't change the fact that he puts his life in danger every day.

This Officer, as it is with all Police Officers are all heroes because every day they risk their lives responding to calls. You do not see the whole picture.

That's like stating that if a soldier who is fighting terrorism happens to not have been killed in a firefight then that constitutes that he's not a Hero.

People always want to create something negative in every story.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@outside_thebox33
Understood, I see what you're saying. My wording was bad.

My larger point is no one is a hero just because they were a cop, just like I'm not a hero because i was a veteran. It's a word we use way too often nowadays.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Your supposed service in the military in no way compares to serving as a police officer. All police officers wear a badge and carry a gun. All police officers, for at least some of their career, work the streets and deal with human garbage day in and day out. All police officers have been involved in violent encounters. In contrast, the VAST majority of those in the military perform a supporting role. Few carry guns. Few have any authoritative responsibility over others welfare. Few see any kind of violence. That is not to say that I don't respect and appreciate those that serve in the military. All of my uncles served in combat in WWII and/or Korea. My brother graduated from West Point. But comparing the military to police service is apples and oranges, my friend.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Apples and oranges indeed. Your jurisdiction was a couple corners and a main highway.

Mine was the Pacific Ocean.

You're right. There is absolutely no comparison.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Wow, you policed a fucking empty ocean? Almost exclusively international waters where your "authority" was almost nonexistent. Someone give this man a participation trophy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
and you police your one-stoplight town, yokel. But you should feel accomplished for policing East Bumfuck, you inbred fuckboy.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, actually, it was in Montgomery County, MD. The wealthiest, but yet the most MS-13 infested county in the state. You should know that being from "North Virginia" and all.