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Deputy Frank V. Trejo | Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy

Frank V. Trejo

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 29, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 35 years

Badge # G47

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Frank Trejo was shot and killed investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at a closed business.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Trejo saw an occupied pickup in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Saddlery on Highway 12, west of Santa Rosa. The business was closed so Deputy Trejo stopped to investigate. In the vehicle were a recently paroled inmate from Pelican Bay State Prison with an extensive criminal history, and also a member of the infamous prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood, and a female companion. The two occupants were casing a tavern next to the closed business, intending on committing an armed robbery. As Deputy Trejo was walking toward the suspect vehicle, the paroled inmate pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and confronted him at the rear of the pickup. He shot Deputy Trejo in the face with the shotgun, killing him instantly, then took Deputy Trejo’s gun and fled the area. The two then forced their way into a house a short distance away and took a family hostage.

The Sheriff’s Department was notified of the hostage situation and quickly set up a perimeter around the house with patrol deputies and the S.W.A.T. Team. After several hours, both suspects surrendered to deputies. The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sent to death row at San Quentin State Prison to await execution. The companion was convicted of numerous felony offenses associated with this incident and sentenced to 14 years in State prison.

Deputy Trejo's funeral was attended by more than 2,400 officers and citizens.

Deputy Trejo was a 35-year law enforcement veteran and had served with the agency for 15 years and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Deputy Trejo was awarded a posthumous Gold Medal of Valor for his sacrifice.

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This remarkable film showcased how racism is a disease each of us must not choose to spread. As a people, we must truly realize that there is good and bad people in every race. In addition, the movie carefully displayed that being a nigger is based on a individual's day to day actions and it is not defined by a skin color. I was truly blessed and inspired to love others more, despite their wickedness and take the time to understand that some individuals wickedness stems from hurt deeply rooted within and that they are just looking for an object to vent their pain. Frank Trejos death was truly not in vain as he was a sacrificial lamb to expose the non-sense of hate while uncovering why we are to love each other more despite a person's skin color.

Natalie Robinson
October 28, 2016

 

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