Officer James Louis Guelff

Officer James Louis Guelff

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, November 14, 1994

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James Louis Guelff

Officer James Guelff succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot by a carjacking suspect near the intersection of Pine Street and Franklin Street at approximately 6:00 pm.

The suspect had carjacked a vehicle in Mountain View and had driven to San Francisco, where he pushed the car's owner out of the vehicle.

The suspect then drove to Pine Street, where he double-parked the vehicle. The man opened fire on Officer Guelff with a semi-automatic rifle as the officer approached the vehicle. Officer Guelff emptied his service weapon at the suspect and was reloading when he was shot again.

The suspect was wearing a ballistic helmet, a flak jacket, and carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Members of the San Francisco Police Department's SWAT Team shot and killed the man, but not before another officer, a paramedic, and a civilian were wounded by gunfire. Officers found the man was also in possession of a police scanner, gunpowder, fuses, and three vials of painkillers.

Officer Guelff had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by two children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1461

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 13, 1994
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed

convicted felon, shots fired call

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