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Police Officer David Frank Mobilio | Red Bluff Police Department, California Red Bluff Police Department, California

Police Officer

David Frank Mobilio

Red Bluff Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 7

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer David Mobilio was shot and killed from ambush when he stopped at the department's fueling station between 1:30 am and 2:00 am.

He was shot two times by a suspect as he got out of his patrol car. Fellow officers began looking for Officer Mobilio when he failed to answer radio calls. They located his body next to his patrol car with his gun nearby. It is believed he drew his weapon when the confrontation started with the suspect.

The suspect was apprehended in Concord, New Hampshire, on November 27, 2002, after authorities learned his location. An email was posted on the internet claiming responsibility for the act, and the identity of the poster was uncovered. The suspect admitted to murdering Officer Mobilio in an effort to protest his perception of police brutality and corporate irresponsibility.

On April 5, 2005, the suspect was convicted of murdering Officer Mobilio and was sentenced to death.

Officer Mobilio had served with the Red Bluff Police Department for 4 years and served as a patrol and DARE officer. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.

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My daughter and I moved to Red Bluff briefly in 2000-2001. Being in H.S., my daughter chose to go to the Police Dept for the H.S. 'Job Shadowing' day. She was to ride with an Officer for 4 hours, but it ended up being all day.
A couple of years later and a move south, I was at work on break one night, and happened to pick up the paper, in it was a list of all Officers killed in the line of duty that year. There was yours. I broke down sobbing, believing you were the one my daughter had the privilege to ride along with that day - your name was easy to remember.
And to this day, I thank you for your service, dedication, bravery, and your sacrifice.

Carolyn W.
July 24, 2016


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