Officer Rank: Lance Corporal
Memorial Panel: 13-E: 23
Department: Beaufort County, South Carolina, S.D.
End of Watch: 01/08/2002
Length of Service: 5
Corporal Tate and Corporal Dyke Coursen responded to a domestic disturbance call where a citizen was taken hostage at gun-point. After entering the residence, both officers were shot and killed with a high-powered assault rifle.