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Police Officer Ricardo Galvez | Downey Police Department, California Downey Police Department, California

Police Officer

Ricardo Galvez

Downey Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 172

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Police Officer Ricky Galvez was shot and killed from ambush while he sat in his vehicle in the Downey Police Department's parking lot at approximately 11:00 pm.

Officer Galvez was preparing to go off duty when he was approached by three suspects. One of the suspects fired into Officer Galvez's car, fatally wounding him. Another officer who was nearby heard the shots and pursued the subjects into the neighboring city of Montebello, where they bailed out of the their vehicle, fled on foot, and escaped.

The three suspects were apprehended the next day and charged with murder.

Officer Galvez was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Downey Police Department for five years. He is survived by his mother, brother, and sisters.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Ricardo was killed.

To the Galvez family, fellow officers, and all who call Ricardo beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

My son was your brother in green as well as blue, and I thank Ricardo for his service in the Corps and bid him temper fi.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Galvez gave to his community and the citizens of California and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 18, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of Pittsburg fallen officer Larry Laster, how 4/24/05
June 22, 2016


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