Police Officer Floyd Harold "Bernie" Swartz

Police Officer Floyd Harold "Bernie" Swartz

Pinole Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1980

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Floyd Harold "Bernie" Swartz

Police Officer Floyd Swartz was shot in the throat and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect.

He and other officers were attempting to coax the suspect from a hiding spot, in dense weeds behind a residential area, when the suspect opened fire. Five hours later the suspect surrendered to officers.

The suspect was wanted for stabbing to death a 19-year-old girl that he and another man abducted from her home four nights earlier. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The man died in prison in December 2020 while on death row.

Officer Swartz had served with the Pinole Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his three children.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to death

murder suspect, warrant service

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James Odle, the man who murdered Officer Swartz (and Rena Aguilar) has died in prison. Our thoughts and prayers be with the friends and family of Officer Floyd Swartz. I hope that this gives them some peace. Many thanks for his service to our country.

John Haseltine
Civilian

December 19, 2020

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