Police Officer Vilho O. Ahola

Police Officer Vilho O. Ahola

Petaluma Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 1, 1998

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Vilho O. Ahola

Police Officer Vilho O. Ahola succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on November 7th, 1969, when he was shot in the neck and rendered a quadriplegic.

He had responded to a domestic disturbance at 818 I Street and was standing by as the female party removed items from the residence. A short time later, the male subject produced a small handgun and ordered Officer Ahola to hand over his service weapon. A struggle ensued for the suspect's weapon and Officer Ahola was shot in the neck.

After Officer Ahola passed away the Sonoma County Coroner's Office ruled his death a result of complications of quadriplegia due to a gunshot wound to the neck.

Officer Ahola had served with the Petaluma Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 70
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 7, 1969
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of assault


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My husband and I passed your memorial sign in Petaluma. You are remembered today. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, NY (Ret.)

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