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Officer Edward A. Bertino | Riverside Police Department, California Riverside Police Department, California

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Edward A. Bertino

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, February 3, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Edward Bertino was shot killed when a man ambushed him and his partner outside of a home on Rubidoux Avenue.

The killer's mother had called police from a neighbor's house after arguing with her son. When they arrived he shot them from the bushes after Officer Bertino ordered him to throw down his weapon and come out. Officer Bertino was shot in the stomach and his partner in the hand. Officer Bertino took cover behind their patrol car and then was shot in the head.

The 29-year-old suspect was taken into custody by officers from a neighboring department. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in Folsom Prison.

Officer Bertino had served with the Riverside Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

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The memorial service for the eldest daughter of the murderer of Officer Bertino, namely Vera Maynez-Guerrero Dunn brought to memory the story Ms. Dunn was so ashamed of telling. Her daughter, Linda, minced no words in honoring the memory of Officer Bertino and expressing her warmest feelings toward any family that might still survive him. The perp had been in a fight with his mother, who called for police assistance after her son threw hot grease on her. Unfortunately, the brave officers who responded to the call

What a tragedy. May the sacred memory of Officer Bertino continue to be held in honor by all who derive benefit from those who Protect and Serve. Please know, too, of the deep regret and shame of the offender's family, as they keep the memory of Officer Bertino before them and remember his family in prayer.

Chaplain Royce Bell
Former volunteer, LAPD Devonshire Division
December 19, 2015

 

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