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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: September 6, 2001

Location: Hamilton County, Tennessee

Assault Weapon: MAK 90 assault rifle

On September 6, 2001, Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Donald Bond, age 35, was shot and killed when he stopped at a fruit and vegetable stand to check on a suspicious vehicle. When Deputy Bond did not respond to a 2:18 AM call from his dispatcher, an alert was sent out to locate him. A fellow deputy found Bond dead beside his patrol car, shot multiple times with an MAK 90 assault rifle. Later that morning, acting on a tip, a SWAT team evacuated the suspect's street and waited for a chance to make an arrest. After observing Marlon Duane Kiser, age 31, throw out a front panel of body armor and Deputy Bond's service weapon, police arrested Kiser and charged him with first-degree murder. Kiser is awaiting trial in the case.

Mike O'Neal and Gary Tanner, "Suspect Held in Deputy's Death," Chattanooga Times Free Press, September 7, 2001; "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2001," Federal Bureau of Investigation; "Courts News Digest," Chattanooga Times Free Press, February 18, 2003.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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