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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Good morning,
You are always on my mind but, strongly on my mind the last few days. flashes of your smile, and the kindness in your eyes that always make the family feel safe. Its been quite some time since last wrote to you on here. It is a beautiful fall day out , and memories of you flood my head.
Thank you for all your love and kindness, an thank you for watching all of our family from above. the grandkids Lynn, Kyle An Paige are all so grown now its crazy how the time flys. An little Boston who is 4 years young now. Yepp I started all over again I did, Crazy i know but it has been wonderful. Hes funny, kind sensitive yet strong an independent. reminds me a bit of you. quite the character. Boston says he wants to be a Firefighter police officer, his words exactly. I asked him why, he answers with a great big smile " so i can help an save people". I love it. Lynns little ones are growing fast, hard to believe your a great grandfather. You indeed would be proud. Myla an Kaysen are wonderful an kind. Kaysen definitely has a bit of a wild streak. He got it honest. lol. I sure Miss you! sending lots of love to you. Thank you for being so loving, supportive and understanding. I very much look up to you, an hope I make you proud. Thank you for giving me strength and guidance as I was growing up. You will always be one of my heroes an a great influence on me. Always and forever in our hearts! I Love U Dad.

Michelle Anderson/ Lawrence

November 22, 2022

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