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Sergeant Vernon T. Vanderpool | Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California

Sergeant

Vernon T. Vanderpool

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 14, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Killed during struggle

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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.

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Captain Michael Wayne Tracy
Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California
End of Watch: Monday, February 14, 1994
Cause: Gunfire

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Kathleen, what a loyal, beautiful, moving tribute to your Dad. I honor him and his sergeant. HONOR . . . REVERENCE . . . RESPECT . . NEVER FORGOT ! God has him a special place, and will always watch over and protect him. Thank you for your sincere and dedicated love for, and loyalty to your Dad and your police captain.

ATF Special Agent Jim Crotty (Retired)
Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.
October 20, 2016

 

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