Officer Waldron George Karp

Officer Waldron George Karp

Tustin Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1973

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Waldron George Karp

Officer Wally Karp succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier when he was shot while assisting deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department on a call involving a man with a rifle.

The suspect had hidden in the bushes outside of the home at 13322 Diamond Head Drive. Officer Karp was shot by the man shortly after arriving on the scene.

The suspect was also shot and wounded before being taken into custody. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to ten years to life in prison.

Officer Karp was a United States Navy Vietnam veteran who served with the Tustin Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two stepchildren, mother, stepfather, three brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 43
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 6, 1972
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Ten years to life

weapons violation

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Officer Karp,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 7, 2023

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