SAN DIEGO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

In the Line of Duty




San Diego Police Department

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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