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In The Line of Duty


Officer Kevin Tonn
Galt Police Officer
EOW: January 15, 2013

With heavy sorrow I am sad to announce the on-duty death of Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn, age 35. Officer Kevin Tonn was one of two officers who responded to a burglary in progress on the 200 block of “F” Street in Galt around 11:00AM on January 15th. While officers were interviewing neighbors, one of the witnesses pointed down the road to the train tracks, roughly a block away, and told officers the subject walking in the area appeared to be the suspect.

As Officer Kevin Tonn approached the suspect, the suspect became very aggressive and an altercation between the suspect and Officer Kevin Tonn ensued. At some point during the struggle, the suspect retrieved his handgun from his person and shot Officer Kevin Tonn. The suspect, after shooting Officer Kevin Tonn, also shot at another responding officer, who was uninjured by the gunfire. The suspect then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Kevin Tonn was taken to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Kevin Tonn was a three year veteran of our department, one of two of our K-9 handlers, and a very devoted member of our patrol team. He was not married and did not have children, but was survived by his parents, his K-9 “Yaro” and other close family members.

The Galt Police Officers Association is seeking any available monetary support to assist in funding the memorial related services for Officer Kevin Tonn slated to take place on Monday, January 21st, 2013, 1100 hours, at the Adventure Christian Church located at 6401 Standford Ranch Road, Roseville, CA 95678. Our Association has set up a Memorial Fund for Officer Kevin Tonn:

1200 “C” STREET
GALT, CA 95632

The GPOA Board and membership would like to express our sincere thanks for any assistance your membership may offer. We also appreciate the many thoughtful telephone calls and personal appearances made by your board members and general membership offering their condolences. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself, 209-745-4644, or Vice-President John Rocha, 209-366-7074.

Chris J. Smith
GPOA President


EOW - Kenyon M. Youngstrom / September 5, 2012 Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom CHP Contra Costa
EOW: September 5, 2012

On September 4, 2012, at approximately 0820 hours, Officer Kenyon Youngstrom of the CHP Contra Costa command was on patrol on I-680 southbound.  He had just completed an enforcement stop on a motorist when his beat partner, Officer Tyler Carlton, advised Officer Youngstrom he was approaching Youngstrom’s location, following a motorist driving a Jeep on which he intended to initiate an enforcement stop.

As the Jeep approached in stop-and-go traffic, Officer Youngstrom waved the driver to the shoulder of I-680 and the driver complied, stopping behind the parked patrol vehicle.  Officer Carlton followed the Jeep to the shoulder and stopped his patrol vehicle behind the Jeep.  Officer Youngstrom approached the driver and engaged in a brief conversation when the driver produced a handgun and shot Officer Youngstrom.  Officer Carlton drew his weapon and shot the driver, inflicting lethal injuries.  Officer Carlton requested assistance and provided Officer Youngstrom with medical aid until he was relieved by responding personnel.

Officer Youngstrom was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, with life threatening injuries.  On Wednesday, September 6 at 1805 hours, Officer Youngstrom, age 37, was pronounced deceased with his family by his side.  He is survived by his wife Karen, and four children ages 5 to 17; his parents, Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom of Riverside, CA.; four brothers and a sister.

Officer Youngstrom entered the CHP Academy in August 2005, and was assigned to the CHP’s Contra Costa Area upon graduation in February 2006. He transferred to the CHP’s Golden Gate Division headquarters in January 2009, and had transferred back to the Contra Costa Area office on August 1, 2012.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994 to 2000, achieving the rank of Specialist.

Funeral Services for Officer Kenyon Youngstrom will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Mission Church
6391 Leisure Town Road
Vacaville, CA.

An account has been established at Mechanics Bank for the benefit of the family of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.
Click Here for more information.

Deputy Robert “Bob” Paris
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Dept.
EOW: April 12, 2012

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012, two Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriffs arrived at a fourplex residence in the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive in Modesto to serve an eviction notice, reportedly accompanied by a civilian locksmith. As they were attempting service, an occupant of the residence opened fire, striking and mortally wounding Deputy Robert Paris and the civilian, later identified as 35 year old Glendon Engert. The second deputy was not wounded and reportedly returned fire. The suspect barricaded himself in the residence and a standoff ensued. Law enforcement from throughout the region responded and the neighborhood was evacuated.

Later that night a fire erupted, destroying the home. The body of a man believed to be the murder suspect was found in the charred ruins of the fourplex. Investigators said they found evidence that suggests the gunman was prepared for an armed confrontation with police, including numerous weapons and equipment, a high-powered assault rifle, ammunition, a gas mask, and police-style radios. The gunman was also wearing a ballistic vest.

Deputy Paris, age 53, was a 16 year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, and two adult children. Paris was hired at the department as a reserve deputy in May 1996, and he became a full-time employee in August 1998. He was a graduate of Tracy High School and the Ray Simon Criminal Justice Training Center in Modesto. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said Paris had strong interpersonal skills and fit well in a variety of positions. “He was a compassionate, caring individual who always put others’ needs before his own,” Christianson said. “He was a good deputy. He just loved serving the community.”

Funeral Services for Deputy Bob Paris will be held at noon on Friday, April 20, 2012
Big Valley Grace Community Church
4040 Tully Road, Modesto
(209) 577-1604

There will be a procession from the church to Lakewood Memorial Park and a graveside service.
Lakewood Memorial Park
900 Santa Fe Avenue
Hughson, CA

A memorial trust for Deputy Paris’ has been established as follows:
Deputy Robert Paris Jr. Memorial Trust
Account #0181549189
West America Bank
2251 Claribel Rd #I
Riverbank, CA 95367
(209) 869-2469


Officer Jermaine Anthony Gibson
Cathedral City PD
EOW: March 18, 2011

On Friday, March 18, 2011, at approximately 11:34 p.m., Cathedral City Police Officer Jermaine Gibson was involved in a high speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle occupied by a wanted parolee at large. During the pursuit, Officer Gibson lost control of his police unit and collided with a palm tree on the east side of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Officer Gibson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the collision scene.

The suspects in the car he was pursuing also crashed farther down the road along Indian Canyon Drive near Camino Parocela. Witnesses said that car also collided with a palm tree, and then exploded. Officials report the occupants of the car are hospitalized at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with major injuries.

Officer Gibson, age 29, served with the Cathedral City Police Department for 18 months and had previously served with the Rialto and Desert Hot Springs Police Departments. Gibson was honorably discharged as an infantry squad leader from the U.S. Marine Corps after four years of duty, which included two tours in Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and Pistol/Rifl

e Expert Badges.

Officer Gibson is survived by his wife, Jessica and one month old son, Jermaine Anthony Gibson; mother, Cheryl Gibson; and brother, Taure

an R. Gibson.

Officer Thomas Adams
CHP Garberville
EOW: February 15, 2011

On Tuesday, February 15, at approximately 1420 hours, CHP Officer Thomas Adams (24) sustained fatal injuries following a head-on collision on US-101, just south of Piercy.

Officer Adams, a Fortuna native, was traveling north on Highway 101 in a patrol vehicle just south of Piercy near Garberville. Jeff Kidd (39) of Perris, was driving south on the highway in a 2004 Toyota Tundra with passenger Jared P. Geldhofbond (31) of Riverside. The two vehicles collided about 14 miles north of Leggett and 13 miles south of Garberville. Officer Adams was pronounced deceased at the scene. Kidd and Geldhofbond were taken to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville and later released.

After graduating from the Academy in January 2009, Officer Adams began his career in Oakland. He transferred to the Garberville Area in September 2010. He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Karen Adams. His mother is a public safety dispatcher for the CHP who is assigned to the Humboldt Communications Center.

Officer Andrew Garton
Hawthorne Police Department
EOW: May 26, 2011

On the afternoon of May 26, 2011, Hawthorne PD Traffic Bureau Motor Officers were assigned to assist in the funeral escort duties of a Manhattan Beach police officer Mark Vasquez, who died recently after a long battle with cancer.

At approximately 12:20pm Hawthorne PD Officer Andrew Garton and El Segundo PD Sgt. Rex Fowler collided near the intersection of 227th Street and Hawthorne Blvd., in the city of Torrance. The collision caused Officer Garton to be thrown into oncoming traffic. Garton was transported Harbor UCLA Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Sgt. Fowler suffered a broken leg and is recovering.

Officer Garton was a seven year veteran and had been assigned to the Traffic Bureau as a motorcycle officer for the past four and a half years. He also served as a long time member of the Department’s SWAT team. Officer Garton is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 12 and seven.

Officer Ryan Stringer
Alhambra Police Dept.
EOW: July 10, 2011

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday July 10, Alhambra PD Officers Ryan Stringer and Juan Mejia were responding to an emergency call of an armed robbery in progress when their patrol vehicles collided near the intersection of E. Main Street and N. Garfield Avenue. Both officers were transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where Officer Stringer died of his injuries. At this writing Officer Mejia is in critical but stable condition.

Officer Stringer, age 26, joined the Alhambra Police Department in January 2009. He is survived by his mother and father, and four sisters.

Officer Jeremy Henwood
San Diego P.D.
EOW: August 7, 2011

Early Sunday morning, August 7, 2011, San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood died from gunshot wounds suffered in an incident that unfolded the previous evening.

The incident started at approximately 5:22 p.m., Saturday, August 6, when a man was shot in the face with a shotgun in the parking lot of an In-N-Out restaurant on N. Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon. A motive for that shooting has not been disclosed; the victim is expected to survive.

Moments later, the same gunman allegedly pulled beside Officer Henwood’s patrol car at a stop sign in a City Heights neighborhood and shot him “absolutely unprovoked,” according to Capt. Jim Collins of the San Diego department’s homicide squad.

As Officer Henwood was rushed to a hospital emergency room, dozens of officers from several departments, responding to the radio call of “officer down,” located the suspected gunman outside an apartment building.  When he reached for a shotgun, several officers opened fire, killing him, Collins said.  White was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. by paramedics on scene.

Officer Henwood (36) a four-year veteran of the police department currently assigned to the Mid-City Division, was also a Captain in the United Marine Corps Reserves who recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.  Henwood passed away at Scripps Mercy Hospital at 1:42 a.m., Sunday, August 7. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and sister.  His family, who traveled to San Diego from Texas, made the courageous decision to donate his organs for transplant – Officer Henwood’s final act of heroism.

Donations to Officer Henwood’s memorial fund can be made as follows:

Officer Jeremy Henwood Family Trust
c/o San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street
San Diego, CA 92111


Sergeant Ira G. Essoe, Jr
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
EOW: February 4, 2010

On February 4, 2010, Sergeant Ira Essoe succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained on November 6, 1980.

He and his partner, who were both in plain clothes, had gone to the Mall of Orange to collect bail on a warrant. When they arrived at the location, they observed three men breaking into a car in the mall’s parking lot.

Sergeant Essoe approached one side of the car as his partner approached the other. One of the subjects was able to disarm Sergeant Essoe’s partner at gunpoint, and ordered him to lay on the ground. As Sergeant Essoe attempted to draw his weapon, all three suspects opened fire on him, striking him twice.

One of the men then stole Sergeant Essoe’s gun and keys as they fled. Two of them were apprehended following a high speed pursuit a short time later. The third was later linked to the crime while in federal prison for bank robbery. All three were sentenced to eight to 18 years in prison for attempted murder.

Sergeant Essoe remained in poor health and passed away from direct complications of the wounds on February 4, 2010.

Sergeant Essoe is survived by his wife and three children.

Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier
Fresno County Sheriff’s Department
EOW: February 25, 2010

Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier (49) was killed in a shooting Thursday morning in rural Fresno County. A second sheriff’s deputy was wounded by shrapnel and a Reedley police officer remains on life support . The incident began around 9:40 a.m. February 25, at a mobile home set on 20 acres in the town of Minkler. Officers were assisting Cal Fire in serving an arrest warrant connected to investigations into a recent series of reported arsons and shooting incidents.

After attempting to make contact and ordering occupants out of the residence with no response, officers broke down the door. Upon entry the suspect opened fire. Deputy Wahlenmaier was reportedly struck in the side. Deputy Mark Harris (48) took shrapnel to the head/eye area. The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home and continued shooting as additional officers arrived to assist. Shortly after police set up a perimeter, Reedley Police Officer Javier Bejar (28) was hit in a subsequent exchange of gunfire.

The body of the suspect, Ricky Liles (51), was found at approximately 5 p.m. inside the mobile home. A woman believed to be Liles’ wife had emerged from the home about an hour earlier.

Deputy Wahlenmaier leaves behind his wife, Bev, daughter, Amy 24, son Austin 21, and his parents, all of Fresno.

Deputy Ken Collier
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
EOW: February 28, 2010

San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Collier (39) was killed in a traffic collision in the early morning hours of February 28, 2010.

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. Deputy Collier and his ride-along, Sheriff’s Dispatcher Ryan Debellis, came upon a wrong-way driver heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 52, in the city of Santee.

Deputy Collier advised dispatch and tried to overtake the wrong-way driver. His patrol SUV was traveling in the center median shoulder when it struck the center median bridge abutment, rolled several hundred feet, ejecting Deputy Collier, and coming to a rest in a ravine. Debellis, was able to crawl out of the patrol vehicle just moments before it burst into flames. It took a tremendous effort by the deputies and other first responders to get Collier and Debellis up from the ravine where they could be treated by emergency medical personnel. Both were air lifted to local trauma centers.

Despite the valiant efforts of the deputies and officers from all over the county, emergency medical responders, and hospital personnel, Deputy Collier succumbed to his injuries. Ryan Debellis is expected to make a full recovery.

Moments after the collision, Jose Jasso Lopez (22) of San Diego was stopped driving the wrong way on Highway 52. He was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies and CHP Officers between Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge in Santee. Pending charges will include felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Deputy Collier leaves behind his fiancée, whom he was set to marry in June, and his brother and sister, all from the San Diego area.

Officer Javier Bejar
Reedley Police Department
EOW: March 1, 2010

Reedley Police Officer Javier Bejar was taken off life support this morning and passed away at approximately 5:30 a.m. Officer Bejar was the second officer mortally wounded in the Minkler/Fresno County incident that unfolded on February 25. The incident began around 9:40 a.m. at a mobile home set on 20 acres in the town of Minkler. Officers were assisting Cal Fire in serving an arrest warrant connected to investigations into a recent series of reported arsons and shooting incidents.

After attempting to make contact and ordering occupants out of the residence with no response, officers broke down the door. Upon entry the suspect opened fire, killing Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier and wounding Deputy Mark Harris. The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home and continued shooting as additional officers arrived to assist. Shortly after police set up a perimeter, Reedley Police Officer Javier Bejar (28) was hit in a subsequent exchange of gunfire.

The body of the suspect, Ricky Liles (51), was found at approximately 5 p.m. inside the mobile home. A woman believed to be Liles’ wife had emerged from the home about an hour earlier.

Before joining the Reedley Police Department, Officer Bejar served in the U.S. Marines with tours in Iraq and Kuwait. He is survived by his wife of two years.

Officer Dan Benavides
CHP Border Division
EOW: May 7, 2010

CHP Officer Dan Benavides (39) was killed Friday, May 7, 2010, when his Cessna 206 patrol aircraft crashed in a remote section of desert southwest of the Salton Sea in Imperial County.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a CHP air unit, Air-63, was working a speed detail on State Route 86, north of Hoskins Road. After completion of the detail, Air-63 was en route to work a separate speed detail on Interstate 8, west of Dunaway Road, when the El Centro Communication Center lost contact with the pilot. A military and multi-agency search-and-rescue operation for the aircraft was immediately initiated. At approximately 4:03 p.m,, debris from the aircraft was located by a California State Park Air Unit in a rugged, mountainous, desert area near SR-78, west of Split Mountain Road. Benavides was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of the collision is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Officer Benavides was a 13-year veteran with the Department and assigned to the Border Division Thermal Air Operations Unit since July 2006 as a fixed-wing aircraft pilot. His previous assignments included Monterey, San Jose, San Diego and Oceanside CHP Area Offices.

Officer Benavides was a resident of the Coachella Valley. He is survived by his wife and a 9-year-old daughter.

A trust fund has been established for the family of CHP Officer Dan Benavides as follows:

C.A.H.P. Credit Union
402 West Arrow Hwy, Suite 7
San Dimas, CA 91773

“Dan Benavides Memorial Fund”
Checks payable to Megan Benavides, account #119638

Officer Tom Coleman
CHP San Bernardino
EOW: June 11, 2010

Funeral Services

Services for CHP Officer Tom Coleman will be held Thursday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m. at Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St, Redlands, CA 92373. A reception is being planned for immediately following the funeral.

Officer Coleman (age 33) was killed in a crash on June 11, while pursuing a fleeing suspect in Redlands. At approximately 6:28 a.m., Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on a silver Ford Focus for a traffic violation in the city of Redlands. The Ford Focus fled from Officer Coleman, committing numerous traffic violations at a high rate of speed. Officer Coleman had his lights and siren activated.

As the suspect headed eastbound on San Bernardino Avenue near Nevada Street, Officer Coleman advised that the suspect was still at a high rate of speed. The CHP then began to receive citizen 911 calls that a motorcycle officer had been involved in a collision. CHP officers responded to the intersection of San Bernardino Ave and Alabama Street to find that Officer Coleman had been involved in a serious traffic collision with a big rig truck in the intersection.

The suspect continued to flee eastbound on San Bernardino Avenue. The suspect then turned southbound on Buckeye Street and was involved in a collision at Lugonia Avenue near the Citrus Plaza. Four suspects in the vehicle attempted to flee on foot but were captured by CHP officers soon after.

Officer Coleman was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is survived by his wife Jamie, their two-and-a-half year old son, and 8-month-old daughter, his mother and sister. Officer Coleman was a seven-year veteran of the CHP.

The driver of the Ford Focus, Richard Perez (20) has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Officer Tom Coleman.

Contribution information for CHP Officer Tom Coleman is as follows:

402 W. Arrow Hwy. Ste 7
San Dimas, CA 91773

Make checks payable to:

Jamie Coleman
Account # 119677
Write on check: “Tom Coleman Memorial Fund”

Officer Philip Ortiz
CHP West Los Angeles
EOW: June 22, 2010

On June 9, 2010 CHP Motor Officer Philip Ortiz initiated a traffic stop on a Honda SUV northbound on the 405 near the Interstate 10 interchange. As he had the SUV pulled over on the side of the interstate, the driver of an Infiniti sedan sped along the shoulder bypassing slower traffic to get to an off-ramp. The driver plowed into the motorcycle, SUV and Officer Ortiz. The impact mangled the motorcycle and knocked the SUV onto its side. Paramedics had to free Ortiz from the wreckage.

Officer Ortiz remained in a coma until he passed away at 5:50 p.m. on June 23 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

Officer Ortiz, age 48, spent 28 years with the CHP and had worked in the West Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, parents and large extended family.

Funeral Services

Viewing will take place on Tuesday June 29, 2010.
Viewing: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Rosary: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230

Memorial services will take place on Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Procession and internment — After the memorial service there will be a procession to the Holy Cross Cemetery for the internment.

Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

Reception — A reception will be held following the graveside service at the Radisson Hotel.

Radisson Hotel
6161 West Centinela Ave.
Culver City CA 90230
(310) 649-1776 (overnight accommodations available)

Trust Fund — A trust fund has been established for the Ortiz family with the C.A.H.P. Credit Union. Please make any checks payable to Jessica Ortiz with “Philip Ortiz Memorial Fund” written on the memo line. Donations can be sent directly to the C.A.H.P. Credit Union.

C.A.H.P. Credit Union
402 West Arrow Hwy, Suite 7
San Dimas, CA 91773
Account #119704

Officer Justin McGrory
CHP Barstow
EOW: June 27, 2010

At approximately 3:38 a.m. on June 27, 2010, Officer Justin McGrory and Officer Ryan Bostrom were on a traffic stop on northbound I-15, when a red 2009 Pontiac G6, driven by Rafael Garcia, 18, of Las Vegas veered onto the right shoulder, clipped the right rear of the patrol vehicle, then continued and struck Officer McGrory. Officer McGrory was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Apple Valley, where tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. Garcia has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, and transportation of marijuana.

Officer McGrory, age 28, began his career with the CHP in October 2007. He is survived by his wife Kelly and three children, with their fourth child expected within weeks. He is also survived by his father, retired CHP Lieutenant Robert McGrory, and mother, Jeana McGrory.

Funeral Services

Funeral services for Officer Justin McGrory will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 12:00 p.m.

High Desert Christian Center
14545 Hook Boulevard
Victorville, CA 92394

Officer Brett Oswald
CHP Templeton
EOW: June 27, 2010

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, 2010, CHP Officer Brett Oswald was responding to an abandoned vehicle in the middle of South River Road in Paso Robles when he was hit by another vehicle. Officer Oswald (47) was outside his patrol car checking the abandoned vehicle and awaiting a tow truck when a woman driving a Toyota Corolla turned a corner at high speed and lost control. The Toyota struck the driver’s door area of the patrol car, sending it into Oswald.

Officer Oswald was airlifted to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton where hospital staff worked extensively to save his life. Tragically he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 8:30 p.m. The 22-year-old driver of the Toyota, Kaylee Weisenberg, suffered minor injuries and was subsequently arrested on charges of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and driving on a suspended license.

Officer Oswald served as a CHP officer for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Marlene; mother Linda Oswald; and father Richard Oswald.

Funeral services for Officer Brett Oswald will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

Paso Robles Event Center
2198 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Officer Christopher Wilson
San Diego Police Department
EOW: October 28, 2010

Funeral Services

Date/Time: Thursday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: 2277 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106
Procession from Qualcomm Stadium begins at 0700 hours (see below)

Map and directions to the church

On October 27, 2010, around 11:00 pm, US Marshals and SD County Probation went to serve an arrest warrant at an apartment complex in the Skyline area of Southeast San Diego. They were looking for a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon (245 PC) charges. When County Probation made contact at the door, the subjects closed the door on the Marshals and Probation Officers. The apartment door was kicked in and the subject of the warrant was arrested. At the same time there was a male and female who ran for a back bedroom and barricaded themselves inside. The US Marshals and County Probation Officers removed the other female and an additional male from the apartment, set up a perimeter, and called San Diego PD for assistance. A total of six SDPD Officers, including a SDPD Officer and his K-9 partner, went into the apartment in an attempt to get the male and female out of the bedroom. When there was no response, SDPD Officers started to kick in the bedroom door and were met with gun fire. SDPD Officers returned fire. Officer Christopher Wilson was shot in the head, the K-9 was shot in the face. Two of the officers carried Wilson out of the apartment, the K-9 Officer removed his partner from the apartment, and the other two officers barricaded themselves in another bedroom for cover.

Officer Wilson was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where doctors, knowing the injuries to him were catastrophic, kept him alive until family members could be brought to the hospital. Officer Wilson succumbed to his injuries at approximately 0255 hours of the morning of October 28.

The other two officers were able to escape out of the second story apartment through a window with the assistance of the fire department. The K-9 was transported to the emergency vet hospital, where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the face. He is expected to survive.

After an 8 hour stand-off, SWAT team members made entry into the apartment and found a male and female in the bedroom, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. It is unknown if they died from shots fired by the officers or if they were self inflicted. Several guns were found around the bodies.

Officer Wilson was a 17 year member of the SDPD, was a member of the SWAT team, and a Field Training Officer. He worked out of the Southeast Division. He is survived by his ex-wife and two adult children. The ages of the children is not confirmed at this time. Officer Wilson was a veteran of the US Navy and had attained the rank of Lieutenant before leaving to join SDPD.

The San Diego Police Officers Association has set up a trust fund for Officer Wilson’s family. Checks can be made payable to the SDPOA Charity Fund. Please write “Officer Wilson” in the memo line. Any donations (100%) will go directly to the family. Donations can be mailed to SDPOA, 8388 Vickers Street, San Diego, CA 92111.

Officer Ryan Bonaminio
Riverside Police Department
EOW: November 8, 2010

Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio, a four-year veteran of the department and a United States Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was shot and killed following a traffic stop near Fairmont Park.

The incident began at approximately 9:45pm on Sunday November 7, when police received a call about a hit-and-run accident at the 60 Freeway and Market Street. Officer Bonaminio was on routine patrol when he attempted to stop the truck to question the driver about the incident. The trucker initially refused to stop, but eventually pulled over in front of nearby Fairmont Park. He got out of the vehicle and fled on foot with Bonaminio in pursuit on foot. The two engaged in a gunfight and Bonaminio was hit at least once. When additional officers arrived on scene, they found Bonaminio on the ground with a gunshot injury.

Officer Bonaminio was transported by paramedics to Riverside Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

At this writing, the suspect has not been apprehended.

Additional incident and funeral information will be forwarded as available.