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We shall never forget the many men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Patrol Inspector Ross A. Gardner
End of Watch: October 28, 1925
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Gardner was killed in a motorcycle accident while returning to Elsinore, California, from San Diego, California, for a temporary duty assignment. He was riding a government motorcycle which had taken to San Diego to get repaired. He struck the rear of a stalled vehicle which was parked in a travel lane and had no lights on.


Inspector Norman G. Ross
Inspector Norman G. Ross
End of Watch: February 10, 1928
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Ross was shot and killed while transporting two suspect illegal aliens near Kane Springs, California.


Senior Patrol Inspector Harry E. Vincent
End of Watch: March 25, 1930
United States Border Patrol

During the evening of March 23, 1930, Senior Patrol Inspector James E. Renshaw and Patrol Inspector Harry E. Vincent were inspecting northbound traffic about one mile north of Oceanside, California. The traffic check operation was being conducted on a temporary roadway where new construction was underway. At 10:00 p.m., an automobile traveling in a southerly direction missed the detour and struck down Officers Renshaw and Vincent. Both officers were knocked unconscious. A bystander, Mr. William Trotter, took charge of the situation. Mr Trotter had the officers transported to a clinic in Oceanside.


Inspector Philip D. Strobridge
End of Watch: March 7, 1933
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Strobridge succumbed to injuries received five days earlier in an automobile accident while returning from a court date in Los Angeles, California. He and three other inspectors were riding together in a government vehicle when the accident occurred.


Inspector Earl F. Fleckiger
Inspector Earl F. Fleckiger
End of Watch: June 23, 1945
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Fleckiger was shot and killed while transporting a suspect he had arrested near Calexico, California.


Patrol Agent John A. Rector
End of Watch: October 16, 1956
United States Border Patrol

Agent Rector was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow agent who was discussing gun limitations with a third agent at the Chula Vista Sector Headquarters in California. The two agents had unloaded the .357 caliber handgun while examining it, reloaded it, and placed it in a drawer as they began to discuss a different weapon. The discussion returned to the .357 and one of the agents removed it from the drawer, not realizing it had been reloaded. When he pulled the trigger the gun discharged and round passed through the wall and struck Agent Rector in the head as he sat at his desk. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound several hours later.


Inspector Archie L. Jennings
Inspector Archie L. Jennings
End of Watch: April 16, 1960
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Jennings was struck and killed by an automobile while conducting a traffic checkpoint near Oceanside, California. A vehicle which had stopped at a stop sign was rear-ended by another speeding vehicle. The stopped vehicle was then catupulted into Inspector Jennings, causing fatal injuries


Pilot Kenneth L. Carl
Pilot Kenneth L. Carl
End of Watch: June 18, 1961
United States Border Patrol

Pilot Carl was killed in an airplane accident near Yuma, Arizona, while on duty.


Inspector Theodore L. Newton Jr.
End of Watch: June 17, 1967
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Newton and Inspector George Azrak were shot and killed after being abducted from a traffic checkpoint on Highway 19 near Oak Grove, California. The ensuing investigation determined that the two had stopped a vehicle with over 800 pounds of marijuana. While searching the vehicle they were overpowered and taken to a remote cabin in a deserted mountainous area. The two had been handcuffed together and were shot and killed as they lay on the ground.


Inspector George F. Azrak
End of Watch: June 17, 1967
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Newton and Inspector George Azrak were shot and killed after being abducted from a traffic checkpoint on Highway 19 near Oak Grove, California. The ensuing investigation determined that the two had stopped a vehicle with over 800 pounds of marijuana. While searching the vehicle they were overpowered and taken to a remote cabin in a deserted mountainous area. The two had been handcuffed together and were shot and killed as they lay on the ground.


Inspector James G. Burns
Inspector James G. Burns
End of Watch: December 8, 1968
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Burns suffered a fatal heart attack following a search in a Calexico, California, river bottom.


Inspector Ralph L. Anderson
Inspector Ralph L. Anderson
End of Watch: October 25, 1968
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Anderson was accidentally shot and killed when his rifle discharged while on patrol near San Ysidro, California.


Agent Glenn A. Phillips
Agent Glenn A. Phillips
End of Watch: July 8, 1974
United States Border Patrol

Border Patrol Agent Glenn A. Phillips of the Chula Vista Station, Chula Vista Sector, was killed at 9:40 p.m. on July 8, 1974, in a jeep accident. He was traveling alone on the Tijuana Street Extension, a dirt road located near the international boundary approximately one mile west of the Port of Entry at San Ysidro. Agent Phillips was responding to a call for assistance from Patrol Agent Petraglia who had spotted a group of aliens entering the United States illegally. The San Diego Police Department’s report indicates that Agent Phillips was traveling at approximately 20 miles per hour, probably without lights, when his jeep crashed into the front end of a parked flatbed trailer. The jeep was badly damaged and the front of the trailer extended well into the interior and to the rear of the jeep. The bed of the trailer struck the right side of Agent Phillips’ face, apparently killing him instantly.


Pilot Lester L. Haynie
Pilot Lester L. Haynie
End of Watch: June 14, 1985
United States Border Patrol

Pilot Haynie was killed in an airplane accident near Yuma, Arizona, while on duty.


Agent John Robert McCravey
End of Watch: February 20, 1987
United States Border Patrol

Agent McCravey succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident three days earlier while chasing a suspected of transporting smuggled aliens. The vehicle he was chasing caused dust to be kicked up, possibly blocking Agent McCravey’s visibility. His patrol car overturned and became submerged in the All American Canal near Calexico, California.


Agent Luis A. Santiago
Agent Luis A. Santiago
End of Watch: March 28, 1995
United States Border Patrol

Inspector Anderson was accidentally shot and killed when his rifle discharged while on patrol near San Ysidro, California.


Agent Stephen C. Starch
End of Watch: June 14, 1997
United States Border Patrol

Agent Starch was killed after he fell into a ravine while tracking suspected illegal aliens.


Agent Thomas J. Williams
End of Watch: October 20, 1998
United States Border Patrol

Agent de la Ossa and Agent Thomas J. Williams were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head on collision on a rain slicked road. The two agents were returning to San Diego, where they were stationed, from a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico, when the accident occurred. The accident took place on Highway 82 in New Mexico. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.


Agent Jesus A. de la Ossa
End of Watch: October 20, 1998
United States Border Patrol

Agent de la Ossa and Agent Thomas J. Williams were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head on collision on a rain slicked road. The two agents were returning to San Diego, where they were stationed, from a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico, when the accident occurred. The accident took place on Highway 82 in New Mexico. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.


Agent Stephen Michael Sullivan
Agent Stephen Michael Sullivan
End of Watch: March 27, 1999
United States Border Patrol

Border Patrol Agent Sullivan was killed when the Ford Bronco he was driving overturned and tumbled down an 1,100 foot cliff in San Diego County, California.


Agent Roberto Javier Duran
Agent Roberto Javier Duran
End of Watch: May 6, 2002
United States Border Patrol

Agent Roberto Duran was killed when his patrol vehicle overturned while he was on patrol on Federal Route 15 in Arizona. Agent Duran was assigned to the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Diego, California, and had been temporarily assigned to the Casa Grande Station in Tucson, Arizona.


Senior Patrol Agent Catherine Mary Hill
Senior Patrol Agent Catherine Mary Hill
End of Watch: October 25, 2002
United States Border Patrol

Agent Catherine Hill was killed in an automobile accident when her Jeep Wrangler patrol vehicle went over an embankment and rolled over several times. Hill was ejected from the vehicle and was found by a maintenance worker. The incident occurred on East Spooner’s Mesa in Border Field State Park in San Diego County, California.

Imperial County

El Centro Police Department

Officer Paul Robinson
End of Watch: August 30, 1926
El Centro Police Department

Officer Robinson was shot and killed while responding to a call at the corner of 2nd Street and Main Street. He had been with the agency for only four months.


Officer Rupert W. Franks
End of Watch: August 12, 1948
El Centro Police Department

Officer Rubert Franks was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty. Another vehicle pulled out in front of Officer Franks while he was travelling on Broadway.

Officer Franks had been with the agency for three months.


Officer Arthur Kenneth Hennesay
End of Watch: May 3, 1977
El Centro Police Department

Officer Hennesay and Officer John Vickers were shot and killed when they were ambushed at a disturbance call.

Officer Hennesay had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife, son and three daughters.


Officer John A. Vickers
End of Watch: May 3, 1977
El Centro Police Department

Officer Vickers and Officer Arthur Hennesay were shot and killed when they were ambushed at a disturbance call. Officer Vickers had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Holtville Police Department

Patrolman Charles Strawhun
End of Watch: January 29, 1963
Holtville Police Department

Patrolman Strawhun was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer.

San Diego County

Imperial County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Julian Abraham Partin
Deputy Julian Abraham Partin
End of Watch: February 11, 1920
Imperial County Sheriffs Department

Deputy Partin was shot and killed by a bar hall owner who was upset about investigations that Deputy Partin was leading. Deputy Partin had been appointed a deputy sheriff the previous October and was attempting to clean up the town of Winterhaven. Deputy Partin made complaints about the suspect’s pool and gambling hall to the sheriff and was attempting to have it closed down.

As Deputy Partin walked from his home to a nearby store, the suspect confronted him and shot him with a .32 caliber handgun. The suspect was convicted of Deputy Partin’s murder and was sentenced to life.

Deputy Partin had been with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for only four months and was survived by his wife and children. One of Deputy Partin’s sons, Policeman C. M. Partin, was killed in the line of duty on January 23, 1927, while serving with the Los Angeles Police Department.


Deputy Ivan Ernest Null
End of Watch: October 17, 1935
Imperial County Sheriffs Department

Deputy Null was shot and killed while investigating a robbery of a store the previous evening. Deputy Null had approached a parked vehicle to question its occupants about the robbery. As he looked into the window he was shot twice by one of the suspects who was armed with a rifle.
When Partin left his home shortly before 9 a.m. on his way to the store, Lake was waiting down the road with a Browning .32 automatic pistol. When Partin drew near, Lake opened fire on Partin hitting him numerous times and killing him. The suspect was convicted of Deputy Partin’s murder and was sentenced to life.

Deputy Partin had been with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for only four months and was survived by his wife and eight children.


Deputy Benjamin J. Solomon
End of Watch: April 10, 1963
Imperial County Sheriffs Department

No further information about the death of Deputy Sheriff Benjamin J. Solomon is currently available.


Deputy Milton Raymond Smalling
End of Watch: January 22, 1967
Imperial County Sheriffs Department


Deputy Michael J. Edwards
End of Watch: May 30, 1975
Imperial County Sheriffs Department

Deputy Edwards was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol.


Sergeant Richard G. Romero
End of Watch: October 24, 1988
Imperial County Sheriffs Department

Sergeant Romero was killed in a helicopter accident while working on a multi-agency narcotics task force.

Also killed in the accident were Investigator Michael Davis of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Roy Chester of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy James McSweeney of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and Deputy Mark Tonkin of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the three California National Guard crew members operating the flight.

Carlsbad Police Department

Officer Wesley S. Fox
End of Watch: February 13, 1978
Carlsbad Police Department

Officer Fox was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call.


Officer William Robert Jack
End of Watch: September 1, 1991
Carlsbad Police Department

Officer Jack was killed in an on duty motorcycle accident while on traffic control duty for a concert. His police motorcycle hit a raised center divider and rolled several times.

Chula Vista Police Department

Officer Clarence L. Henrichon
Officer Clarence L. Henrichon
End of Watch: May 2, 1958
Chula Vista Police Department

Officer Henrichon was killed in an airplane accident while searching for a missing person. The plane crashed into a hillside near San Diego, California, as a result of inclement weather.


Officer Robert Earl Cox
End of Watch: July 19, 1958
Chula Vista Police Department

Officer Cox was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Coronado Police Department

Lieutenant Frank S. Greene
Lieutenant Frank S. Greene
End of Watch: October 12, 1954
Coronado Police Department

Lieutenant Greene was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle occupied by three subjects. As Lieutenant Greene spoke with one the occupants a struggle ensued and he was shot. Lieutenant Greene served with the Coronado Police Department for 18 years.

El Cajon Police Department

Officer Frederick Henley Wilson
Officer Frederick Henley Wilson
End of Watch: May 22, 1970
El Cajon Police Department

Officer Wilson succumbed to head injuries sustained when he was attacked by two suspects.

National City Police Department

Officer Robert A. Medina
End of Watch: June 24, 1987
National City Police Department

Officer Medina was killed in an automobile accident while returning to his city from a parole hearing.

Oceanside Police Department

City Marshal Charles C. Wilson
End of Watch: July 4, 1889
Oceanside Police Department

Marshal Wilson was shot and killed patrolling the downtown area. Marshal Wilson and his brother, the deputy marshal, heard gun shots near a hotel and went to investigate. When the arrived at the scene they observed a man holding a kerosene lamp taken from a street light. Marshal Wilson grabbed the man’s horse by the bridal. The suspect immediately shot Marshal Wilson in the head, killing him instantly.


City Marshal John E. Mugan
End of Watch: September 24, 1916
Oceanside Police Department

Marshal Mugan was shot and killed by the city’s night watchman during a dispute over the respective duties and authority of the two officers. The night watchman, who was drunk at the time, saw Marshal Mugan standing on Main Street talking with another man. The suspect came out of the saloon and shot Marshal Mugan in the neck after swearing at him. The night watchman was arrested a short time later and charged with Marshal Mugan’s murder.

Marshal Mugan had been with the agency for over 10 years and had previously served with the San Diego Police Department.


Officer Tony Zeppetella
Officer Tony Zeppetella
End of Watch: June 13, 2003
Oceanside Police Department

Officer Tony Zeppetella was shot and killed after he stopped a vehicle belonging to a known 28-year-old gang member

He had stopped the suspicious vehicle in the branch parking lot of the Navy Federal Credit Union. After an exchange of gunfire, the suspect shot and killed Officer Zeppella.

Officer Zeppetella had served with the Oceanside Police Department for 13 months. He is survived by his wife, six-month-old son, parents, brother, and sister.

San Diego Police Department

Officer Emery E. Campbell
Officer Emery E. Campbell
End of Watch: August 27, 1913
San Diego Police Department

Officer Campbell was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local bar. Upon his arrival he observed the suspect standing on the street corner. He approached the suspect from behind touched his shoulder. The man suddenly swung around and shot Officer Campbell three times in the face and neck. Bleeding heavily, hewas able to knock the suspect to the ground and hold him there until other officers arrived and arrested him. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries within an hour.


Patrolman Walter B. Holcomb
Patrolman Walter B. Holcomb
End of Watch: October 21, 1918
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Holcomb died as a result of contracting Spanish influenza. At the time he contracted the disease he was transporting a flu victim to the hospital. The virus was part of a worldwide epidemic at the time.


Officer Joseph S. Lee
Officer Joseph S. Lee
End of Watch: March 19, 1921
San Diego Police Department

Officer Lee was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a speeding motorist. As Officer Lee entered an intersection an oil truck pulled out in front of him. The impact caused Officer Lee to be thrown from the motorcycle into a light pole, killing him instantly. Lee had been with the San Diego Police Department for four years.


Detective Charles R. Harris
Detective Charles R. Harris
End of Watch: April 3, 1927
San Diego Police Department

Detective Harris was killed when he and his partner were ambushed by a hidden gunman. Detective Harris returned fire as the suspect ran away but did not hit him. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


Officer Robert Lee Powers
Officer Robert Lee Powers
End of Watch: June 16, 1928
San Diego Police Department

Officer Powers was killed when his police motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road. The impact of the accident caused Officer Powers to be thrown over his handlebars and through the vehicle’s windshield. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


Patrolman Robert B. McPherson
Patrolman Robert B. McPherson
End of Watch: September 19, 1929
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman McPherson was killed after being assaulted while on jail duty. He was attempting to break up a fight between two inmates. As he entered the cell one of the inmates grabbed Patrolman McPherson’s nightstick and began beating him over the head with it. Other officers were able to subdue the prisoner. Patrolman McPherson was transported to a local hospital with serious head injuries. The next day he left the hospital without permission but was later found walking around dazed and confused. He was returned to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.


Patrolman Edward J. Moore
Patrolman Edward J. Moore
End of Watch: January 15, 1933
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Edward J. Moore Jr. was shot and killed on Jan. 15, while arresting a robbery suspect. He had just gotten off duty and was still in uniform when he spotted the suspect. He patted him down and confiscated a .32 caliber handgun. As he was handcuffing the man, the suspect grabbed the gun and shot him in the chest several times. Moore was able to chase the suspect for about a block before collapsing. Other officers responding to the scene arrested the suspect. Moore was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries eight days later after contracting pneumonia.


Patrolman Thomas A. Keays
Patrolman Thomas A. Keays
End of Watch: November 20, 1937
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Keays died of exhaustion shortly after pulling a mangled body from underneath a streetcar in the downtown area. He had been with San Diego Police Department for 16 years.


Officer Henry J. Goodrich
End of Watch: September 7, 1940
San Diego Police Department

Officer Goodrich was killed instantly when his police motorcycle struck a vehicle making an illegal U-turn.


Patrolman Robert F. Bowers
End of Watch: December 12, 1955
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Bowers was killed in an automobile accident while in a high-speed pursuit of a motorcycle. Upon entering an intersection his cruiser struck a pickup truck and was spun around, ejecting him.


Sergeant Harry Kay Jr.
Sergeant Harry Kay Jr.
End of Watch: March 11, 1957
San Diego Police Department

Sergeant Kay was killed when he was involved in an accident while pursuing another vehicle. Sergeant Kay’s patrol car flipped several times, killing him instantly.


Patrolman Michael J. Bushman
End of Watch: November 25, 1963
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Michael Bushman was killed in a single vehicle crash when his cruiser rolled over several times. It is not known what caused the accident.


Sergeant Robert L. Everitt
Sergeant Robert L. Everitt
End of Watch: December 7, 1964
San Diego Police Department

Sergeant Everitt was killed when he was struck by an out-of-control pickup truck while he was directing traffic at the scene of a minor accident.


Patrolman James P. Lewis
End of Watch: December 29, 1970
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Lewis was shot and killed while off duty. He and two other officers had gone to a bar when they noticed several individuals giving the doorman a hard time. Patrolman Lewis identified himself as an officer and escorted the men to their car to get identification. Instead, one of the men produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Lewis.


Sergeant Freddie Joel Edwards
End of Watch: October 7, 1971
San Diego Police Department

Sergeant Edwards was shot and killed when he approached a suspicious man behind a convenience store. The man had just committed an armed robbery of the store moments before.


Patrolman Denis W. Allen
Patrolman Denis W. Allen
End of Watch: April 2, 1977
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Allen was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a disturbance call. When they arrived they discovered a man was attempting to flood his apartment by clogging up the sinks and he was stabbing a block of ice with a knife. When the man saw the officers he advanced towards them with the knife, but dropped it when both officers drew their weapons. As Patrolman Allen approached the suspect he suddenly pulled out a concealed handgun and shot him in the chest. Both officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Patrolman Allen succumbed to his injuries within minutes. The suspect had been released from jail that morning after serving time for attempted murder of a police officer.


Patrolman Archie C. Buggs
End of Watch: November 4, 1978
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Buggs was shot and killed after he made a traffic stop on two gang members.


Patrolman Michael T. Anaya
End of Watch: April 11, 1979
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Anaya was shot and killed after a man high on PCP gained control of his weapon. Patrolman Anaya had responded to a call of a man attacking his family with a knife. During a struggle the suspect gained control of Patrolman Anaya’s weapon and shot him. He then shot and killed himself. Patrolman Anaya was paralyzed from the neck down until he succumbed to his injuries three weeks later.


Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales
End of Watch: June 25, 1979
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Gonzales was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while making a traffic stop on a freeway.


Patrolman Harry Keith Tiffany
Patrolman Harry Keith Tiffany
End of Watch: June 6, 1981
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Tiffany and Patrolman Ronald Ebeltoft were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush. During the dispute one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect’s home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing both officers.


Patrolman Ronald R. Ebeltoft
Patrolman Ronald R. Ebeltoft
End of Watch: June 6, 1981
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Tiffany and Patrolman Ebeltoft were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush. During the dispute one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect’s home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing both officers.


Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson
Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson
End of Watch: February 20, 1983
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Johnson was shot and killed by a 17-year-old boy who had stolen his father’s sheriff’s uniform and marked patrol car. When Patrolman Johnson pulled up to next to what he thought was a uniformed deputy the suspect opened fire, killing him. The case remained unsolved for over a month before a witness came forward and identified the suspect. The suspect was subsequently convicted of second degree murder.


Patrolman Timothy J. Ruopp
End of Watch: September 16, 1984
San Diego Police Department

Officer Ruopp and Officer Kimberly Tonahill were shot and killed by an armed suspect at the Grape Street Park.


Officer Kimberly Sue Tonahill
End of Watch: September 14, 1984
San Diego Police Department

Officer Ruopp and Officer Kimberly Tonahill were shot and killed by an armed suspect at the Grape Street Park.


Agent Thomas E. Riggs
End of Watch: March 31, 1985
San Diego Police Department

Agent Riggs was shot and killed by a combative suspect who had gained control of another officer’s handgun. The suspect shot and paralyzed the other officer before shooting Agent Riggs in the stomach, severing an artery. He then shot a civilian ride along before stealing one of the police cars and running over the second officer.


Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless
Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless
End of Watch: January 31, 1988
San Diego Police Department

Patrolman Hartless was shot and killed while in a foot pursuit of a gang member. His partner found him face down in the street and he was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for 22 days. The gunman in the shooting was never identified and the case remains unsolved.

Patrolman Hartless had been with the agency only nine months.


Officer Ronald Wayne Davis
Officer Ronald Wayne Davis
End of Watch: September 17, 1991
San Diego Police Department

Officer Davis was shot and killed when he and his partner were responding to a domestic violence call. As Officer Davis exited his cruiser the suspect exited his car and shot at him over the roof of the vehicle, striking him in the upper torso several times.


Griffin

Officer Gerald Griffin Jr.
End of Watch: April 15, 2003
San Diego Police Department

Officer Griffin died of injuries he received ten days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle, while conducting a radar speed check on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. Officer Griffin had been with the San Diego Police Department for 17 years, and was assigned to the Traffic Division. He is survived by his daughter, parents, and two sisters.


Officer Terry William Bennett
Officer Terry William Bennett
End of Watch: June 26, 2003
San Diego Police Department

Officer Terry Bennett was killed when his police motorcycle was intentionally rammed during a vehicle pursuit. Officer Bennett had been employed with the San Diego Police Department for 13 years, and is survived by his wife and two young children.


Wilson

Christopher A. Wilson
End of Watch: October 28, 2010
San Diego Police Department

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 ofOctober 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 gun shot 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 gun shot 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.


 

HenwoodOfficer Jeremy Henwood
End of Watch: August 7, 2011
San Diego Police Department

San Diego Police Officer Killed in Unprovoked Shooting

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


 

Deputy Andrew Kriss
End of Watch: May 25, 1864
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Kriss was shot and killed by horse thieves. The suspects were never apprehended.


Deputy Will Ward
End of Watch: November 27, 1899
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Ward succumbed to wounds sustained when he was beaten by a prisoner he was transporting to San Quentin on the Steamship Santa Rosa.


Deputy Thomas A. Fay
End of Watch: May 17, 1919
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Fay was shot and killed while arresting a neighbor who had been arguing with his wife. The man went in to retrieve his hat and came out with a gun.


Deputy Donn G. Witt
Deputy Donn G. Witt
End of Watch: September 25, 1983
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Witt died from Hepatitis he contracted from a prisoner.


Deputy Kelly Ann Bazer
Deputy Kelly Ann Bazer
End of Watch: January 13, 1986
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Bazer was in the beginning of her training at the acedemy when shot and killed during a robbery attempt on her way home.


Deputy Lonny Gene Brewer
Deputy Lonny Gene Brewer
End of Watch: December 5, 1987
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Brewer was shot and killed by a suspect who was barricaded in his home after firing shots into his neighborhood. Deputy Brewer, who was a member of the SWAT team, was shot in the arm in-between the panels of his vest with an AK-47. The suspect was later shot and killed by SWAT team members.


Deputy Theodore L. Beckmann Jr.
Deputy Theodore L. Beckmann Jr.
End of Watch: February 8, 1989
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Beckmann was killed after his patrol car was struck during an accident.


Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle
Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle
End of Watch: February 16, 1997
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Deputy succumbed to injuries from a helicopter crash.

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