Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 22 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Killed during struggle
Sergeant Vernon Vanderpool and Captain Michael Tracy were shot and killed while attending a department staff training seminar in Torrance, California.
The two officers were killed during an attempted robbery when a gunman burst into the room. Sergeant Vanderpool immediately lunged at the gunman and was shot. Captain Tracy was shot when he attempted help Sergeant Vanderpool. The robber, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, choked to death on the vest while being subdued by other officers.
Sergeant Vanderpool had been with the agency for 13 years and had previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department for nine years.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Captain Michael Wayne Tracy