Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, January 26, 2005

James Phillip Tutino

Deputy James Tutino was killed when a man caused a commuter train to derail when he parked his SUV on the railroad tracks in the train's path.

As the train approached the obstruction the suspect ran from the scene. The train derailed when it struck the vehicle and then struck an oncoming commuter train, causing it to derail as well.

Deputy Tutino, who was en route to the Central Jail, and 10 civilians were killed as a result of the incident. More than 200 other citizens were injured. The suspect was arrested a short time later and charged with arson and 11 counts of homicide, and was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences without parole.

Deputy Tutino had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, five children, five grandchildren, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 2658

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with 11 counts of murder

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Missed is an understatement. I will never stop thinking of you, nor do I ever want to. People always say "Time heals. It get's easier." Well it hasn't and in a weird way, the pain helps me succeed and be the person/officer I am today. I wake up every day thankful for the blessings I have been given. I wear my badge proudly, but I wear my name plate even prouder! Tutino isn't just a name anymore, it's a legacy. I love you. 2658 forever.

Police Officer/ Nick Tutino
SVPD / Son

September 7, 2018

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