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Officer William Blea Grijalva | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

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William Blea Grijalva

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 395

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/15/1993

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer William Grijalva was shot and killed after responding to a call for assistance by animal control officers trying to take a vicious pit bull into custody. The owner was resisting their efforts.

When Officer Grijalva arrived on the scene, he and several other officers tried to take the dog owner into custody but he broke away from them, ran into his house, and fired a shotgun at them. Officer Grijalva was wounded in the chest and leg, despite wearing body armor, and died in surgery that afternoon. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers at the scene.

Officer Grijalva had served with the agency for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, brother and sister.

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I went to high school with Bill at Mt Pleasant H.S. Bill encouraged me to be a cop and join Oakland PD. Instead I joined San Jose PD and had a great career. I will never forget Bill. He was a great friend. I visited the Sacramento Peace Officer Memorial last week and saw Bill's name.
I will always remember Bill as a great man with a powerful friendly smile! What a sad loss. You will never be forgotten.

James Wagner, retired Sgt San Jose PD
friend and SJPD member
July 15, 2014

 

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