Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 1
Incident Date: 11/7/1969
Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber
Offender: Convicted of assault
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.