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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I was thinking of the Tutino family today. I am long overdue and always feel that when I read these reflections, I get to know your loved one a little bit more although I never had the pleasure. Nothing more honoring we can do for a family member gone way too soon, than to remember them. To speak of them, to speak to them, to notice the signs they leave us (& there are many), and to show how much LOVE and loss we feel for them. That says everything about the kind of wonderful man he was. Maureen I am humbled that you remember my husband each year as that fateful awful date comes and goes that we share in common. Your son, husband. Know that you are also in my thoughts even when I don't have the energy always put it into words. The holidays are again drawing near...they have never been the same. Then, comes January....sigh. But I have always said I would NEVER change the pain, if it meant I wouldn't have ever had him at all. I have seen also that there is another generation of LEO's with Officer Tutino's son now in LE. My son did the same. I am fearful...but I am PROUD. I know that Officer Tutino is smiling down with pride. May God bless you all this holiday season. Maureen, you left an impact whether you know it or not. It is clear that your son did the same. NEVER FORGOTTEN

Jo'Nee Cochran - Spouse
Sgt/Det Thomas L. Cochran - LPD

November 11, 2017

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