Police Officer John Palacios

Police Officer John Palacios

Huron Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 1976

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John Palacios

Officer John Palacios was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting at the scene of an accident on State Route 198, near State Route 269 in Fresno County. Officer Palacios was struck by the drunk driver while conducting traffic control at the accident scene.

The suspect was taken into custody after being detained by three citizens. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

Officer Palacios had been sworn in as a Huron Police officer only three weeks before the accident after serving as a reserve officer for one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter


  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to one year

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I never knew you John Palacios but I know your sister , Delia, and have had the honor of meeting a being friends to your parents. They think of you often and now you and your family will be honored June 14, 2019 by the new police department being named in your honor. I am honored to know of you and love your family.
Betty Jean Johnsen

Betty Jean Johnsen
Resident Palm Desert, CA

June 9, 2019

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