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Police Officer Vilho O. Ahola | Petaluma Police Department, California Petaluma Police Department, California

Police Officer

Vilho O. Ahola

Petaluma Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 1, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 70

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/7/1969

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Convicted of assault

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Officer Vilho O. Ahola succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on November 7, 1969, when he was shot in the neck and rendered a quadriplegic.

He had responded to a domestic disturbance and was standing by as the female party removed items from the residence. A short time later, the male suspect produced a small handgun and ordered Officer Ahola to hand over his service weapon. A struggle ensued for the suspect's weapon and Officer Ahola was shot in the neck.

After Officer Ahola passed away the Sonoma County Coroner's Office ruled his death a result of complications of quadriplegia due to a gunshot wound to the neck.

Officer Ahola had served with the Petaluma Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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You are remembered old friend. No one forgets a legend. Rest in peace. You are missed

Retired Police Officer Robert Burcina
Petaluma Police Dept
January 6, 2014


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