Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan

Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Toamalama Scanlan

Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on September 3rd, 2016, while responding to an active shooter inside of the lobby of the Main Jail.

A subject had entered the lobby and attempted to cut to the front of the visitation line. When he was told to go to the back of the line, he walked toward a metal detector leading to the jail's secure area. Officer Davila and another officer, who were both unarmed, attempted to get the man to sit down. The man produced a handgun and shot both officers in the head before being subdued by other responding officers.

Officer Scanlan suffered severe wounds during the shootout and remained hospitalized until passing away on October 12th, 2021.

Officer Scanlan had served with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and had previously served with the Fresno County Probation Department. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 692

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 3, 2016
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

active shooter, convicted felon, police station


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On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan
and the extended law enforcement family of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California.

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 16, 2021

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