Bio & Incident Details
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: Sentenced to life
Officer Thomas Tarantino was shot and killed after encountering the driver of a disabled vehicle in the median of Highway 4.
When Officer Tarantino attempted to arrest the driver for having a concealed .22 caliber pistol, the suspect resisted, gained control of his service revolver, and shot him four times.
Officer Tarantino had just finished the day shift and was returning to the station when the incident occurred.
The suspect, a convicted felon recently paroled for a 1965 manslaughter conviction, was captured a short time later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life April 1, 1974.