The Glendale Police Officers’ Association stands with our brothers and sisters in blue. Our fallen comrades will never be forgotten. You are true heroes. Godspeed friends!
Sergeant Steve Owen
Sergeant Steve Owen was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress call in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7 in Lancaster, California on October 5, 2016.
He was checking the rear of the apartment building when the subject emerged and shot him. The other deputy on scene heard the shooting and ran to the rear of the building, where he found Sergeant Owen wounded. As he rendered aid the suspect attempted to steal Sergeant Owen’s patrol car, but but crashed into a second patrol car as the second deputy attempted to stop him.
The man then fled into a nearby home where he took two teenagers hostage for several hours. As a SWAT team entered the apartment the man fled but was quickly apprehended.
Sergeant Owen had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Donations for Steve’s family can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/steveowen
Palm Springs Police Department
Police Officer Lesley Zerebny and Police Officer Gil Vega were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 2700 block of Cypress Road shortly after noon on October 8, 2016.
A family member from the home had gone to a neighbor’s house and and stated that his son was armed and wanted to shoot police officers. Responding officers, including Officer Vega and Officer Zerebny, arrived at the scene several minutes later. The man inside the home opened fire on them as they approached the front door, killing Officer Vega and Officer Zerebny and wounding a third officer.
The man then barricaded himself inside the home for approximately 12 hours. He was taken into custody by members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. The subject was an admitted gang member.
Officer Zerebny had served with the Palm Springs Police Department for 18 months. She was survived by her husband, who also serves in law enforcement, and 4-month-old child.
Officer Vega had served with the Palm Springs Police Department for 35 years and was scheduled to retire only two months after his murder. He was working an overtime shift on the day he was murdered. He is survived by his wife and eight children.
Donations for the families of these officers can be made here: http://www.palmspringspoa.com/donate
Deputy Sheriff Jack Hopkins
Deputy Sheriff Jack Hopkins, 31, was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call near the intersection of County Road 115 and County Road 170 at approximately 10:30 am on October 19, 2016.
Other responding officers took the subject into custody approximately 30 minutes later.
Deputy Hopkins had served with the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office for approximately one year and had previously served with the Alturas Police Department.
Sergeant Al Lopez
Sergeant Al Lopez suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to assist other deputies who were involved in a high speed pursuit in Compton at approximately 5:20 am on October 24, 2016.
Shortly after he responded from the station a citizen came into the lobby and advised deputies that a patrol car had crashed at the intersection of Myrrh Street and Willowbrook Avenue and the driver was unresponsive. Deputies responded to location and began performing CPR on on Sergeant Lopez. He was transported St. Francis Medical Center where he passed away.
It is believed that Sergeant Lopez suffered a fatal heart attack prior to his vehicle colliding with a fence at low speeds. The pursuit he was responding to was terminated shortly after it began due to the dangerously high speeds of the fleeing vehicle.
Sergeant Lopez had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 26 years and was assigned to the Compton Station. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Donations for the families of these officers can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/sgt-alfonso-lopez-memorial-fund-2vtmby4
Police Officer Jonathan M. DeGuzman
Police Officer JD DeGuzman was shot and killed as he and his partner conducted a subject stop near the intersection of Acacia Grove Way and 38th Street at approximately 11:00 pm on July 28, 2016.
Officer DeGuzman and his partner observed two men walking in the area, but the men split up when they observed the patrol car. Officer DeGuzman’s partner exited the patrol car and approached one of the man. As he asked the man if he lived in the neighborhood the subject suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire without saying anything.
The subject shot Officer DeGuzman’s partner once in the neck before shooting Officer DeGuzman five times as he was still sitting in the police car. Officer DeGuzman’s partner was able to return fire and wounded the subject as he fled on foot. The man was found hiding in a nearby ravine a short time later and taken into custody. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Officer DeGuzman had served with the San Diego Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Baton Rouge Police Department/ East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s
Corporal Montrell Jackson, Police Officer Matthew Gerald, and Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed by a subject outside of a convenience store at 9611 Airline Highway shortly before 9:00 am on July 17, 2016.
Officers had received reports of a subject walking along the roadway carrying a rifle. As responding officers arrived in the area they were ambushed by the subject. Deputy Garafola, Corporal Jackson, and Officer Gerald were killed and three other officers were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.
The subject was shot and killed by other responding officers.
Corporal Montrell Jackson
Corporal Jackson had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and infant son.
Police Officer Matthew Gerald
Officer Gerald was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for less than one year.
Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola
Deputy Garafola had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Dallas Police Department/Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department:
Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, of the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas, July 7, 2016.
As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.
The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.
Officer Brent Thompson
Officer Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, six children, one granddaughter, and three grandchildren. His wife also serves as an officer with the DART Police.
Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Officer Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and stepson
Officer Michael Krol
Officer Krol had served with the Dallas Police Department for nine years and had previously served with the Wayne County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Office for four years.
Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens
Corporal Ahrens had served with the Dallas Police Department for 14 years and had previously served with the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. His wife also serves with the Dallas Police Department
Sergeant Michael Smith
Sergeant Smith was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.