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Police Officer Philip N. Trust | Riverside Police Department, California Riverside Police Department, California

Police Officer

Philip N. Trust

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, May 13, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Philip Trust and Officer Dennis Doty were shot and killed while serving a warrant at a home. They were attempting to arrest a handicapped man who was sitting naked on a bed. As they helped him get dressed, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot both officers. The suspect had been sitting on the gun. Officer Trust was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the hand.

The round remained in the suspect's hand and was a crucial piece of evidence in the ensuing trial. The suspect, who had been paralyzed from the waist down two years earlier in a shootout with Riverside police officer, was found guilty of their murders and sentenced to death. It is believed that the motive of the shooting was revenge over the previous shooting.

In 2005 a judge overturned the suspect's death sentence on claims by the defense that the suspect suffered from schizophrenic. He was retried and again sentenced to death January 28, 2010.

Officer Trust had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and four children. Officer Trust was a Vietnam War Veteran.

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Police Officer Dennis Charles Doty
Riverside Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, May 13, 1982
Cause: Gunfire

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Thoughts and prayers to Phil's family this day and always. Never forgotten.

Gayle
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May 14, 2016

 

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