Officer William Blea Grijalva

Officer William Blea Grijalva

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 15, 1993

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William Blea Grijalva

Officer William Grijalva was shot and killed after responding to a call for assistance by animal control officers trying to take a vicious pit bull into custody. The owner was resisting their efforts.

When Officer Grijalva arrived on the scene, he and several other officers tried to take the dog owner into custody but he broke away from them, ran into his house, and fired a shotgun at them. Officer Grijalva was wounded in the chest and leg, despite wearing body armor, and died in surgery that afternoon. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers at the scene.

Officer Grijalva had served with the agency for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, brother and sister.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 395

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, officer assistance

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RIP Cousin Billy, you are always loved and remembered for your kindness and humor. I remember when we were young and you worked at grocery store by Newberry's by Story and King Rd. My Mom Phoebe (Grijalva) Trujillo used to take us grocery shopping to see you working with your great big smile. You are missed, but never forgotten.

Love you Cuz, Debbie (Trujillo) Perez

June 5, 2020

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