Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 271
Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm
Offender: Sentenced to 40 years
Deputy Sheriff John Bananola was shot and killed during a drug raid on a house in the east side of Tacoma.
Deputy Bananola was the first of a six man team to enter the house. He was confronted by the suspect and identified himself as an officer. The suspect fired at least ten shots with a 9 mm handgun, striking Deputy Bananola nine times. Deputy Bananola was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the groin.
The suspect was found guilty of drug charges but there was a hung jury on the 1st degree murder charges. A second trial found the suspect guilty of 2nd degree murder and he was sentenced to a total of 40 years. During an appeal of the conviction he was found guilty and given an even longer sentence.
Deputy Bananola was a US Air Force veteran and served with the agency for eight years. He is survived by his daughter and stepson.