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 James Tutino was killed when a man caused a commuter train to derail when he parked his SUV on the railroad tracks in the train's path.

As the train approached the obstruction the suspect ran from the scene. 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 suspect was arrested a short time later and charged with arson and 11 counts of homicide, 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 Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with 11 counts of murder

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Hello Tutino family. It's that time of year again where Christmas ends and i get that gut wrenching feeling because I know what's coming, the EOW of both of our loved ones. It's so hard to believe it's been 13 years. It feels like yesterday, still. You all are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love to you, Maureen, and all! Take care. Through us, they will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Much love, Tomya

Tomya Cochran-Metcalf
Daughter, Sgt Thomas Cochran, EOW 1/26/05

December 29, 2018

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