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Deputy Sheriff Joel Brian Wahlenmaier | Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

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Joel Brian Wahlenmaier

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 351

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Deceased

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Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier was shot and killed as he and another deputy assisted officers from the California Fire Marshal's Office serve a warrant on a suspected arsonist in Minkler, California.

As the deputies and officers entered the suspect's mobile home the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Deputy Wahlenmaier and wounding a second deputy.

Police Officer Javier Bejar, of the Reedley Police Department, responded to the report of an officer down. He was shot and critically wounded during a standoff with the suspect. He died from his wounds four days later.

The suspect was found dead inside the home after a standoff that lasted several hours.

Deputy Wahlenmaier had served with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and parents.

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Police Officer Javier Bejar
Reedley Police Department, California
End of Watch: Monday, March 1, 2010
Cause: Gunfire

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I can't believe it's been five years. We miss you brother.

Deputy R Cerda
Fresno County Sheriff
February 25, 2015


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