Police Officer Greggory Casillas

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Police Officer Greggory Casillas

Pomona Police Department, California End of Watch: Friday, March 9, 2018

Biographical Info

  • Age: 30
  • Tour: 6 months
  • Badge: #16
  • Incident Details

    • Cause Gunfire
    • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
    • Offender Charged with murder
    Police Officer Gregg Casillas was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street following a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle fled after officers attempted to stop it for reckless driving. The driver crashed into another vehicle before fleeing on foot and entering an apartment. As Officer Casillas and another officer attempted to make contact with the man he fired through the apartment door, striking both officers. The officers were both transported to a local hospital where Officer Casillas succumbed to his wounds. The man surrendered after remaining barricaded inside his home for more than 15 hours. He was charged with Officer Casillas’ murder as well as several counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. Officer Casillas had served with the Pomona Police Department for six months and was still in field training at the time of the incident. He had been employed as a civilian with the agency for three years before entering the police academy. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger

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Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Biographical Info Age: 52 Tour: 7 years Badge: # Incident Details Cause Gunfire Incident Date Saturday, December 10, 1994 Weapon Handgun Offender Committed suicide Deputy Sheriff Steve Belanger succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 10th, 1994, when he was ambushed while conducting a traffic stop in the 18400 block of La Guardia Street in Rowland Heights. He had recognized the driver of the vehicle as being wanted for a previous assault. As he searched the two occupants of the car, one of the man’s friends rode up behind Deputy Belanger on a skateboard and shot him in the back of the head. The man fled the scene and committed suicide about one hour later. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from Deputy Belanger’s brain. He remained under constant medical care and confined to a wheelchair until passing away on February 6th, 2018. Deputy Belanger had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Sergeant Alfonso Lopez

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Sergeant Alfonso Lopez

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

End of Watch: Thursday, October 24, 2016

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Biographical Info
Age: 47
Tour: 26 years
Badge: #

Incident Details
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 10/25/2016

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.

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.

Officer Lesley Zerebny

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Officer Lesley Zerebny

Palm Springs Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, October 8, 2016

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Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour: 1 year, 6 months
Badge: # P524

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 10/8/2016
Weapon: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect: In custody

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.

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 Jose Gilbert ‘Gil’ Vega

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Officer Jose ‘Gil’ Vega

Palm Springs Police Department

End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Biographical Info
Age: 62
Tour: 35 years
Badge: # P538

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 10/8/2016
Weapon: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect: Apprehended

Police Officer Gil Vega and Police Officer Lesley Zerebny were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 2700 block of Cypress Road shortly after noon.

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 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.

Sergeant Steve Owen

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Sergeant Steve Owen

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Biographical Info
Age: 53
Tour: 29 years
Badge: #

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 10/5/2016
Weapon: Handgun
Suspect: Apprehended

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.

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.

Officer Jonathan ‘JD’ DeGuzman

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Police Jonathan ‘JD’ DeGuzman

San Diego Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour: 15 years, 9 months
Badge: # 3836

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 7/28/2016
Weapon: Handgun
Suspect: Shot and wounded

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.

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.

Detective Jeremiah MacKay

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Detective Jeremiah MacKay

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Biographical Information
Age: 35
Tour: 15 years
Badge # Not available

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 2/12/2013
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Committed suicide

Detective Jeremiah MacKay was shot and killed as he and other deputies attempted to apprehend the suspect wanted for murdering Police Officer Michael Crain, of the Riverside Police Department, and Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence, of the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety.

After murdering Officer Crain, the subject fled to the Big Bear area of San Bernardino County, where he remained at large for several days. On February 12th, the subject broke into a cabin and tied the occupants up before stealing their truck. The victims were able to free themselves and called 911 to report the incident.

A short time later, game wardens with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the truck near the intersection of Glass Road and Highway 38. After a vehicle-to-vehicle shootout, the subject fled into the woods and barricaded himself inside a cabin, which was immediately surrounded by law enforcement officers, as the SWAT team responded to the area. Hundreds of rounds were exchanged during a prolonged shootout, in which Detective MacKay and another deputy were both wounded. Both deputies were flown to Loma Linda University Hospital where Detective MacKay succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Michael Crain

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Police Officer Michael Crain

Riverside Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 1226
Military veteran

Incident Details
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 2/7/2013
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Committed suicide

Police Officer Michael Crain was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed as they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue at about 1:30 am. A subject opened fire on their patrol car, fatally wounding Officer Crain and severely wounding his partner.

The officers were ambushed by an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer who had been fired in 2008. Several days earlier, the subject had murdered Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence, of the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, and his fiancee. His fiancee was the daughter of an LAPD captain, who had been involved in the personnel review that led to his firing. It is believed that the subject had researched Officer Lawrence’s background as a law enforcement officer prior to ambushing and murdering them. The subject then posted an online manifesto, admitting to the murders and stated he would seek revenge on other officials involved with his personnel review and dismissal from the department.

Shortly before Officer Crain and his partner were shot, the subject shot and wounded an LAPD officer in Corona, who was on a protective detail, as a result of the threats made by the subject.

On Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, the subject was located in San Bernardino County by game wardens with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. After a shootout, the subject fled to a nearby cabin and became engaged in a prolonged shootout with members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Detective Jeremiah MacKay was fatally wounded and another was seriously wounded.

Police Officer Andrew Garton

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Police Officer Andrew Garton

Hawthorne Police Department

Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 7 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 333


Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: May 26, 2011

Police Officer Andrew Garton was killed in a motorcycle accident, while providing a funeral escort through Torrance, California.

Several agencies were involved with escorting the funeral of a Manhattan Beach police officer. Officer Garton’s motorcycle collided with an El Segundo Police Department motor unit at the intersection of 227th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. The collision threw Officer Garton into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The El Segundo police officer was also seriously injured. Both officers were transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where Officer Garton succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Garton had served with the Hawthorne Police Department for 7½ years. He is survived by his wife and two children.