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

Officer

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.

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

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 flack jacket, and carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Members of the San Francisco Police Department SWAT Team shot and killed the suspect, but not before another officer, a paramedic, and a civilian were wounded by gunfire from the suspect. Officers found the suspect 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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Jim, I was there for you that night, as were so many of your brother and sister officers. We were all at such a loss as there was nothing that we could do for you. This by far was the saddest night of my career. I remember that you always had a smile on your face and kind words for all. RIP Brother...

Off.Bob Glembot
SFPD Retired
April 7, 2014

 

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