Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 1994

Michael Wayne Tracy

Captain Michael Tracy and Sergeant Vernon Vanderpool 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 to help Sergeant Vanderpool. The robber, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, choked to death on the vest while being subdued by other officers.

Captain Tracy had been employed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Capt. Tracy,
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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