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Sergeant Paul Avery Starzyk | Martinez Police Department, California Martinez Police Department, California


Paul Avery Starzyk

Martinez Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 98

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Paul Starzyk was shot and killed while responding to a shots fired call at a local hair salon.

The salon owner's estranged husband had entered the business with a weapon looking for the woman. As he searched the salon he fired several shots.

As responding officers arrived at the scene, they exchanged shots with the man and Sergeant Starzyk was struck. Sergeant Starzyk was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was killed by gunshots wounds fired by Sergeant Starzyk and a responding canine officer.

Sergeant Starzyk was a 12-year veteran of the Martinez Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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After all these years, I still think of you often. When I am sad, down or feeling alone, I know you are watching over me. I wish I would have got to know you under better circumstances, you saw me at me absolute lowest and still treated me like a worthwhile human being. You saved my life! I know your job must not have been easy, I'm sure it was a continual let down and disappointing to see some of the bad things you had to see regularly... But I know you must have been proud and pleased by my success, because it meant that all the bs you went through was worth it!!! You were the catalyst that got me back on track, you gave me a chance to enjoy life again! Without your compassion expectations and influence, I'm frightened by the image of what could have been in my future. I will ALWAYS be grateful for you Paul Starzyk!!! xo

Elyse W.
December 24, 2015


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