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Patrolman Michael T. Anaya | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Michael T. Anaya

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 11, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/21/1979

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Michael 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 Anaya had served with the agency for nine months. He was survived by his wife.

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I responded to this heartrending call in East San Diego that day. The Medevac EMS system was in it's first 3-months of service and we found Officer Anaya on the front lawn of the residence with a terrible gunshot wound to his neck.

We did everything in our power to save this fine police officer, and I will never forget shaking hands with his young wife at the funeral, which proudly drew law enforcement; fire & EMS staff from all over the country.

Michael Anaya is not the only officer I have treated in the line of duty. But he was the first, and I will never, ever forget his sacrifice.

Paramedic Supervisor Patrick McDonald
Medevac, Inc
July 29, 2016


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