Police Officer Tina Frances Zapata-Kerbrat

Police Officer Tina Frances Zapata-Kerbrat

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 11, 1991

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Tina Frances Zapata-Kerbrat

Officer Zapata-Kerbrat was shot and killed after she and her training officer had stopped to talk to a man who they had recognized as a possible criminal. They stopped the patrol car in front of him and he immediately approached from the rear and opened fire while both officers were still in the patrol car. Officer Zapata-Kerbrat was killed before exiting the vehicle.

The suspect, who had been thrown out of a bar the previous week and was planning on shooting the employees, was shot and killed by her training officer.

Officer Zapata-Kerbrat was the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty with the Los Angeles Police Department. She had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for only ten months and was survived by her husband, son and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 27606

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Still not forgotten Tina. You were an amazing person by all accounts by everyone who knew you. I have a friend who had lives there in Sun Valley by the park. After dinner he showed me your sign. I took photos of it. You are a true hero Tina. I pray for Earl Valladares your training officer. He is a legendary Policeman. You will never be forgotten Tina. We never forget our brothers and sisters. God speed!

Deputy Sheriff Louis B Lave

November 12, 2021

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