Deputy Sheriff John Bananola

Deputy Sheriff John Bananola

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Monday, October 16, 1995

John Bananola

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.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 271
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

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