Police Officer Isaac Anthony Espinoza

Police Officer Isaac Anthony Espinoza

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 2004

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Isaac Anthony Espinoza

Officer Isaac Espinoza was shot and killed as he and his partner investigated a suspicious person on Newhall Street at approximately 9:30 pm.

The two officers, who were in plainclothes, observed the man acting in a suspicious manner and approached him in their vehicle. When they called out to the man, he turned around and opened fire with an AK-47 and then fled. Officer Espinoza was struck multiple times and killed. His partner was struck once in the leg and was treated at a local hospital.

The killer was apprehended, convicted of second degree murder, attempted murder and an allegation of knowingly murdering a peace officer, and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, one without the possibility of parole.

Officer Espinoza had served with the San Francisco Police Department for eight years, and was assigned to the Bayview Station. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old daughter, parents, and sister.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 64

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to life imprisonment

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I never knew you Isaac, but from the love that every single person who knew you and worked with you in the police force of San Francisco I am sorry I never met you in person. It is with an abiding sense of loss that I read these accounts of who you are to everyone who knew you and worked with you and went to school with you. I am so sorry your light is gone for now, Isaac. I pray for you and all your family, especially your wife and daughter you left behind. Anybody who aspires to the highest elected office in this country had better have a clearer sense of right and wrong than Ms. Harris displayed as the District Attorney who prosecuted the gang member who killed you. I cannot possibly consider Ms. Harris seriously as she runs her campaign for president. It is obvious she lacks understanding of the nature of the evil in parts of the world that threaten our country, our freedom, and the very lives of those we love as the 9/11 attacks made clear to us all. This is the same evil that you, the police, and our military men and woman fight every single day. It is the same evil you risked your own life to fight against and defeat that night you were taken from us. Thank you for the example your life gives to us all Isaac- To persevere in our own lives for what is right, and try to help others like you did. I hope I can meet you in heaven when I die. For now, God bless you, Isaac Anthony Espinoza. "Zac". You are an awesome man.

James Puccio

June 14, 2019

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