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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

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: 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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I was sitting at home compiling photographs of my time with The Los Angeles Police Honor Guard when I came across one photograph someone took of me while honoring Police Officer II Mario Navidad Jr on my 1st trip to the National Police Officer Memorial Ceremony in Washington D.C. in 1997. Mrs Navidad had been holding the baby throughout the entire ceremony. After the ceremony, her daughter was now fast asleep and I took the opportunity to give Mrs. Navidad a well deserved break. So being a father of 2 daughters myself, I offered the carry her while she slept and until we all were ready to depart the location. I know she is full grown now and it is my hope all are doing well!

P- III (Retired) Anthony Ellis
LAPD Honor Guard
July 11, 2015

 

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