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Deputy Sheriff John Bananola | Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

John Bananola

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Monday, October 16, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 271

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to 40 years

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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.

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