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Officer Ronald Tsugio Tsukamoto | Berkeley Police Department, California Berkeley Police Department, California

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Ronald Tsugio Tsukamoto

Berkeley Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, August 20, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 9 months

Badge # 41

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not charged by district attorney

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Officer Ronald Tsukamoto was shot and killed while talking with a motorist he had stopped on University Avenue.

The officer had decided not to issue a citation to the motorist and while he continued talking to him, another male walked up and joined the conversation. Without provocation, the second man pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Tsukamoto in the eye. The shooter then fled to a waiting automobile and escaped.

On May 25, 2004, a suspect in Officer Tsukamoto's murder was arrested, but was released after the Alameda County District Attorney decided there was not enough evidence to charge him.

Officer Tsukamoto had served with the Berkeley Police Department for nine months.

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Ron,

We were fifteen minutes away from coffee and I never had a chance to show you that 1848 dime I found in Bandy City, I still have it and hope to show it to you when I see you again.
Love to your family.

Randy Lantz, Sergeant
University of California Police, Berkeley
June 16, 2016

 

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