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Officer Tommy De La Rosa | Fullerton Police Department, California Fullerton Police Department, California

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Tommy De La Rosa

Fullerton Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, June 21, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 671

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I quiz each and every Fullerton P.D. recruit about the circumstances of the sacrifice you made so they can pay their respects to a hero and learn from your valor. Godspeed.

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January 25, 2017

 

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