Police Officer II Mario Navidad, Jr.

Police Officer II Mario Navidad, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 1996

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Mario Navidad, Jr.

Officer Mario Navidad was shot and killed after he and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The two officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them while they were still in their patrol car, striking Officer Navidad.

His partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer Navidad had served with the agency for 1 year. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 31588

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGOTTEN!
23 years ago, on Sunday, December 22, 1996, a worthless coward, whose name is irrelevant, took the life of Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. Mario’s life was taken after he and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him, he pulled out a gun and shot at them, striking Officer Navidad. Mario’s partner was able to return fire killing the assailant. The world is a better place for Mario having been here and a lesser place because of losing him. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice. The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but having it happen on Christmas week has been even more painful for Mario’s lovely wife and his two children. Let’s keep Mario’s family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Paul Philipps Chief (Ret.)
Parsippany Police Department

December 22, 2019

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