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Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

James Phillip Tutino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 2658

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged with 11 counts of murder

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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.

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It is crazy how long a person can be off this earth, yet how close they remain in spirit and in your heart. Not a day goes by you do not cross my mind in same way. Literally every single day I think about you and what it would be like to have you here with us. But then again, that is the selfish way of thinking. I know you are doing just fine up there and are probably coaching God's football team. I want to be able to stop by your house in my patrol car and hear you make fun of me for switching to the blues instead of the tan and green... I love you so much and bleed your values. You taught me well and I cherish that. Keep blessing us from above. I miss you pop. 2658 Forever.

Officer Tutino
SVPD/son
March 14, 2016

 

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