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Police Officer Thomas George Tarantino | Martinez Police Department, California Martinez Police Department, California

Police Officer

Thomas George Tarantino

Martinez Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, April 21, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Officer Tarantino,
I want you to know I was a young man at the time of your death and less then eight years later I became a fellow officer. You touched my life even though we never met.
I will never forget your name and how much it tore me apart hearing of your death. Even after 36 years as a fellow officer I sadly reflect on your ultimate sacrifice and its impact all of us. God bless you sir and those who cherish you.

Isaias Menchaca
Concord Police/CCCDA'S Office
March 30, 2017


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