Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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James Phillip Tutino

Deputy Sheriff James Tutino was killed when a man caused a Metrolink commuter train to derail near the intersection of Los Angeles Street and Magnolia Avenue, in Glendale, after parking his SUV on the railroad tracks in the train's path in an attempt to commit suicide.

As the train approached the obstruction, the subject ran from his vehicle. The train derailed when it struck the vehicle and then struck an oncoming commuter train, causing it to derail as well.

Deputy Tutino, who was en route to the Central Jail, and 10 civilians were killed as a result of the incident. More than 200 other citizens were injured. The subject was arrested a short time later and charged with arson and 11 counts of homicide. He was convicted of the charges and was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences without parole.

Deputy Tutino had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, five children, five grandchildren, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 2658

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with 11 counts of murder

suicide attempt

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Maureen and family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day today. I can't believe it's been 19 years since we lost our heros. It's as if a lifetime has went by until the 26th and then it feels like yesterday all over again. Our families were joined together forever on 1/26/05. Believing we will see them both again in God's glorious kingdom and this life here is only temporary keeps me going every day. I pray you are comforted. Take care and God bless.

Tomya Cochran-Metcalf
Daughter of fallen officer, Sgt. Det. Thomas Cochran, EOW 1/26/05

January 25, 2024

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