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Officer James Louis Guelff | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

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James Louis Guelff

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, November 14, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 1461

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/13/1994

Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer James Guelff succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot by a carjacking suspect, near the intersection of Pine Street and Franklin Street, at approximately 6:00 pm.

The suspect had carjacked a vehicle in Mountain View and had driven to San Francisco, where he pushed the car's owner out of the vehicle.

The suspect then drove to Pine Street where he double parked the vehicle. The man opened fire on Officer Guelff with a semi-automatic rifle as the officer approached the vehicle. Officer Guelff emptied his service weapon at the suspect, and was reloading when he was shot again.

The suspect was wearing a ballistic helmet, a flak jacket, and carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Members of the San Francisco Police Department's SWAT Team shot and killed the man, but not before another officer, a paramedic, and a civilian were wounded by gunfire. Officers found the man was also in possession of a police scanner, gunpowder, fuses, and three vials of pain-killer.

Officer Guelff had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by two children.

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Dear Jim,

I never had the chance to meet you, but I've spent countless hours and years working with your brother Lee on Body Armor legislation that honors your sacrifice to us all. I had the honor of speaking at your 20th Annual Memorial in SF. I spoke with your son Landon and daughter Laura. You can be very proud of them now as mature adults. Rest assured that your family and your SFPD family will watch over them as long as they live. Till we all meet above.

Officer Kurt Skarjune (retired)
Oak Park (Mich.)PD
November 17, 2014

 

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