Officer Tommy De La Rosa

Officer Tommy De La Rosa

Fullerton Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 21, 1990

Tommy De La Rosa

Officer De La Rosa was shot and killed after being ambushed by drug suspects in Downey, California. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer De La Rosa was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects. The three remaining suspects were all apprehended and convicted of Officer De La Rosa's murder. All three were sentenced to life without parole.

He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 671

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I met Tommy on two different occasions while he worked narcotics with the Fullerton Police Department. I was assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department narcotics group. I retired in 1999. Tommy was one of a kind. His professional attitude and friendly demeaner made it very easy to listen to him and follow his suggestions in working undercover. Tommy is always on my mind when I see a Fullerton Police Officer patrolling the streets.

May Tommy rest in pease.

Retired Detective 2 Ruperto B Sanchez#
Los Angeles Police Department

May 22, 2018

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