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Officer James John Rapozo | Visalia Police Department, California Visalia Police Department, California

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James John Rapozo

Visalia Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, January 9, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 93

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Killed in shootout

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Officer James Rapozo died in surgery at 1750 hours from a gunshot wound he suffered during a SWAT raid. The shootout also left one suspect dead and another man injured.

Officer Rapozo, a member of the SWAT team, was the first Visalia officer to die in the line of fire since 1946. He was wearing a bulletproof vest but the bullet hit his body in the underarm area and entered his chest. He was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect who was killed was wanted in a shooting that left five people injured on Christmas Eve.

Officer Rapozo is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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I went to the COS Academy with Jimmy. He always worked hard to be #1 and was a born leader. Always one who you could talked to and be friendly with even when we were both trying to be first. As I was at the Tulare County Sheriff and Jimmy was at Visalia we would see each other on the street once in a while. Remember those days we would say. I lived down the street from where the shooting happened and will never forget as I saw the Coroner van pull up and was told that Jimmy had passed. So long brother, miss you each day, your family is doing fine, don't worry so much.

Sgt. Dennis McElhaney
Tulare County Sheriff's Office
February 24, 2015

 

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