Police Officer Thomas George Tarantino

Police Officer Thomas George Tarantino

Martinez Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 21, 1973

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Thomas George Tarantino

Officer Thomas Tarantino was shot and killed after encountering the driver of a disabled vehicle in the median of Highway 4.

When Officer Tarantino attempted to arrest the driver for having a concealed .22 caliber pistol, the suspect resisted, gained control of his service revolver, and shot him four times.

Officer Tarantino had just finished the day shift and was returning to the station when the incident occurred.

The suspect, a convicted felon recently paroled for a 1965 manslaughter conviction, was captured a short time later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life April 1, 1974.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To the family of Officer Tarantino,
I remember that fateful day very clearly. I was coming on shift in the afternoon when the 11-99 call came out. I and several of my fellow officers rushed to the scene but it was too late to save him but one of our officers was able to arrest the suspect.

I cannot describe the feelings that went through my heart that day and the days following at the church service.

I worked the area of Martinez and knew many of the officers. My memory of Officer Tarantino will not be forgotten.

Officer Jim Dowling
California Highway Patrol (Retired)

March 1, 2020

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