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


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

Offender: 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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I had just over two year on the job. I work for an allied agency and just transferred in from los Aneles. I grew up in the Bay Area and was happy to be back home. While working in SF I found the SFPD was the most hospitable agency I ever encountered. One evening I happen to be driving in the area of the shooting when the call went out. Upon my arrival I was surrounded by mourning SFPD officers. Words can't describe the emotions I felt and saw. It was clear they had just lost an officer. I felt an immediate bond and a deep sadness. I didn't know what to say. Til this day almost 22 years later I wish there was something i could have said or done. After being an officer for more than 24 years now i still hold a special place in my heart for the San Francisco Police Dept.

May 19, 2016


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