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 Wally “Coach” Karp was an early influence as my coach at Estock school.
Solid man, treated us well and taught me lessons. I regularly stop by the memorial at TPD whenever I’m back in town and keep a picture of it on my phone.
Still thinking of you and your impact on my life.
Continue to Rest in Peace.

Rich Driscoll
He was my coach

February 9, 2023

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