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Police Officer II Mario Navidad, Jr. | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer II

Mario Navidad, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 22, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 31588

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/22/1996

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer Mario Navidad was shot and killed after he and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The two officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them while they were still in their patrol car, striking Officer Navidad.

His partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer Navidad had served with the agency for 1 year. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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When my Academy class first hit the streets, this was the

first officer to be killed. It showed us how dangerous and

tricky the job could be. Someone would kill a cop in order

to steal twelve cans of beer and get away.

We should all

remember this when we approach any suspect for any

crime. Civilians should also note that this happens. They

might be more thoughtful when they criticize an officer

if they remember what happened to Ofcr. Navidad, coming

three days before the holiday of good will that bears his


Rest in peace, partner. We remember you.

P-2 ( Retired) Lawrence "Frank" Hickey
December 17, 2013


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