Hero Down: Newport News Police Officer Katie Thyne Murdered By Fleeing Suspect

Holly Matkin

Newport News Police Department Officer Katie Thyne was murdered in the line of duty on Thursday night.

Newport News, VA – Newport News Police Department (NNPD) Officer Katie Thyne was murdered in the line of duty on Thursday, after she was dragged by a vehicle that was fleeing a traffic stop.

The fatal encounter began in the 1400-block of 16th Street at approximately 6:47 p.m., WAVY reported.

Officer Thyne, 24, and a second Newport News police officer responded to the area due to a report of drug activity, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said in a press conference on Friday morning.

After removing a passenger from the suspect vehicle, the officers turned their attention to the driver, who was later identified as Vernon Green WAVY reported.

Officer Thyne was standing inside the open driver’s side door when Green suddenly stomped on the accelerator.

The officer was unable to back away from the car in time, and was dragged for approximately one block before the vehicle slammed into a tree, pinning her.

“She was in between that door and that tree,” Chief Drew explained.

Green attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended after a brief chase.

Officer Thyne was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Chief Drew said that there is bodycam footage of the fatal incident, and described it as being “very clear,” WAVY reported.

Green has been charged with felony homicide, possession of narcotics, and felony evade and elude.

The female passenger in the suspect vehicle was also arrested on a drug charge.

Chief Drew had to pause to regain his composure as Officer Thyne’s photo was projected onto the large screen beside him during the emotional press conference.

“If you ever saw her, all she did was smile. You almost started to laugh because she was always smiling,” Chief Drew told reporters.

Officer Thyne, a New Hampshire native who was both a U.S. Navy veteran and reservist, joined the NNPD in 2018.

She was assigned to the South Precinct’s evening shift, Chief Drew said.

He recalled having spoken with Officer Thyne when she first joined the force.

“This is what she wanted to do,” the chief recalled. “She wanted to be in law enforcement, and she wanted to do it in this city.”

Officer Thyne was also very active in community events, and was an assistant basketball coach at the local Boys and Girls Club.

“She is, and will always be, a valued member of the department,” Chief Drew said. “Katie was a true hero.”

Officer Thyne leaves behind her partner and her two-year-old daughter, as well as her mother, stepfather, and brother.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Newport News Police Department Officer Katie Thyne, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Katie Thyne, your life mattered.

Comments (39)
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flybynight
flybynight

RIP officer.

Terbear7296
Terbear7296

Thank you for your service to our country and the city of Newport News. RIP. Prayer to the family and friends of this brave officer. ☹️

MSK
MSK

Rest In Peace Officer Thyne. A young hero taken from us way, way to soon.

Mcgver55
Mcgver55

Rip officer. Let's give the death penalty to this a-hole

Sick of Stupid
Sick of Stupid

Rest in Peace Dear Sister. Your life mattered and you are a remarkable woman. May your family find peace

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#unsafetactics

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Vernon E. Green II previously did 10 years (0 suspended) for possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a felon...

The preliminary hearing for his current charges, which include felony non-capitol murder, felony eluding resulting in death, and marijuana possession, is currently scheduled for May.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Should be mandatory/immediate execution upon conviction of crimes like this and many other crimes.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Woodchipper.

whitefawn34
whitefawn34

Thank you for your    Dedication, Service,  and Protection. 
Thoughts and Prayers going up for Family, Friends,  and your Brothers and, Sisters in Blue.
May you R. I. P.  Officer Thyne.
💔😞

Luscious775
Luscious775

Poor gal. Terrible way to pass hope he never gets out

Scattered
Scattered

Rest in Peace Officer. You mattered and we thank you for your service. God Bless You!

Heezels
Heezels

Rest In Peace Officer.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What a heartbreaker, 24, I am will NEVER get used to seeing LEO's getting murdered. RIP Officer Thyne you will never be forgotten 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

Anomie88
Anomie88

Today, I will not answer the radio call that there is an active shooter in your child’s school.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend or husband has come home drunk and is beating you again.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.
Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief. Today, I won’t investigate the person peeping in your windows at 3 AM when you are asleep.
Today, I won’t find your teenage child or college student stranded on the side of the rode without cell phone reception or injured in a crash on a secluded road.
Today, I won’t perform CPR on your mother or father.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or is trapped in a burning building and is need of rescue.
Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived.
No, today I will not do that. Why?
Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and a mayor or governor or congress person who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are afraid to tell people how it really is AND all who know nothing about policing, have vilified my profession.
Or today,
I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.
I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.
I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen.
I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.
I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy.
I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.
I was ambushed checking a house or a business or a school. I was ambushed by people who have heeded the anti-police rhetoric and want lawlessness to succeed.
I was killed doing my job.
A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won't be coming home today.
The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today, but most people won't know why.
There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest.
My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere.
A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.
There will be no cries for justice.
There will be no riots in the streets.
There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace” because that would be “racist.”
No citizens will scream that something must be done because that wouldn’t be part of the social agenda.
No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.
Only a lonely someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about and that I am missed.
I was a police officer.

Baxter12
Baxter12

Another of "Lowest coms" cousins; what a surprise...
This pos should have never made it to jail!! 🤬

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

Praying for her family both blood and blue.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Officer Thyne! Thank you for your service to our country! Prayers to your family and friends! 👩‍✈️🙏💙

As for the pos who did this, the moment the guilty verdict is read, take him out back and put a bullet in his head!! Euthanize the vermin!! Stop wasting our tax dollars supporting these waste of oxygen!!

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Too sad for words. How about some real Justice for LEOs!! Either Life or Death is the only justice.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This happening to much what has happened to my beloved country

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

MamaD79
MamaD79

@Sharonmk DEATH PENALTY!!!!! Should have shot these POS on sight!!! RIP Officer Katie Thyne....God Bless you and fly with the Angels now #bluelivesmatter #thinblueline #proudleomama

MamaD79
MamaD79

@Anomie88 No words :(''''

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏


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