Police Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Police Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Police Officer Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on the 400 block of East 52nd Street.

A male subject inside the home opened fire on Officer Gutierrez, fatally wounding him. Other responding officers were able to make entry into the home and pulled Officer Gutierrez from it. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject barricaded himself inside the home and used two young children as human shields for several hours. He was eventually shot and killed by a Pierce County Sheriff's Office SWAT sniper.

Officer Gutierrez had served with the Tacoma Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his fiancee and three daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 44

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Today on National Law Enforcement Day I still honor you in my heart as I have every day since the day you died. RJG44ever; Yours was an absolutely brutal and felonious death. You saved so many that day including your own work partner, a landlord, a tenant, a wife and two children taken. You and died an absolute warrior's death where you were shot 24 times and beaten to death with multiple broken bones and defensive wounds. I cannot believe it's been 5 years since you walked out our front door that fateful day on Nov 30, 2016. Not a day goes by that I don't still miss you hon. .... We both had the same first two initials and in just 4 days' time we would have shared all three initials forever and been married officially after 5 years of living together, 8 years of being friends and a year being officially engaged. Not a day goes by that I don't still think of that and the life that we would have shared as husband and wife. That forever haunts me. You were the BEST person inside and out to me, my children and our friends we both shared. I was 44 when you died... which was your badge number. The day of your procession was my birthday December 9th. I turned 45 that day and so when you were buried, we were both 45. Numbers and dates have meant so much to me and I have seen 44's everywhere as a sign that you are still with me as much in life as in death. You will remain forever in my heart mi amore; Until we meet again in heaven my job is not done here yet. RJG44ever

Rebecca J Humphrey
Fiancé of R Jake Gutierrez /Board member, WA State C.O.P.S

January 9, 2022

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