Sergeant Vernon T. Vanderpool

Sergeant Vernon T. Vanderpool

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 1994

Vernon T. Vanderpool

Sergeant Vernon Vanderpool and Captain Michael Tracy were shot and killed while attending a department staff training seminar at the Holiday Inn in Torrance, California.

The two officers were killed during an attempted robbery when a gunman burst into their conference room. Sergeant Vanderpool immediately lunged at the gunman and was shot. Captain Tracy was shot when he attempted help Sergeant Vanderpool. The robber, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, choked to death on the vest while being subdued by other officers.

Sergeant Vanderpool had been with the agency for 13 years and had previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department for nine years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed during struggle

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Sgt. Vanderpool,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Palos Verdes Estates. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 14, 2018

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