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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I saw the sign on the 5 as I was transitioning to the 55 and did an online search and thought about how many drivers pass by without seeing the sign in your honor. I do not want anyone to forget about you and the other brave men and women who keep us safe and each day make our lives better.

With todays technology we should search each Highway marker and learn your stories.

Thank you for your service and May God Bless you.

Mike Dunn, Traveller
5 and 55 freeway

October 16, 2023

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