Deputy Frank V. Trejo

Deputy Frank V. Trejo

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, March 29, 1995

Frank V. Trejo

Deputy Frank Trejo was shot and killed investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at a closed business.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Trejo saw an occupied pickup in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Saddlery on Highway 12, west of Santa Rosa. The business was closed so Deputy Trejo stopped to investigate. In the vehicle were a recently paroled inmate from Pelican Bay State Prison with an extensive criminal history, and also a member of the infamous prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood, and a female companion. The two occupants were casing a tavern next to the closed business, intending on committing an armed robbery. As Deputy Trejo was walking toward the suspect vehicle, the paroled inmate pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and confronted him at the rear of the pickup. He shot Deputy Trejo in the face with the shotgun, killing him instantly, then took Deputy Trejo’s gun and fled the area. The two then forced their way into a house a short distance away and took a family hostage.

The Sheriff’s Department was notified of the hostage situation and quickly set up a perimeter around the house with patrol deputies and the S.W.A.T. Team. After several hours, both suspects surrendered to deputies. The shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sent to death row at San Quentin State Prison to await execution. The companion was convicted of numerous felony offenses associated with this incident and sentenced to 14 years in State prison.

Deputy Trejo's funeral was attended by more than 2,400 officers and citizens.

Deputy Trejo was a 35-year law enforcement veteran and had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Deputy Trejo was awarded a posthumous Gold Medal of Valor for his sacrifice.

Bio

  • Age 58
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge G47

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

Most Recent Reflection

View all 42 Reflections

It is the Highway 101 and Highway 12 interchange that was renamed the "Frank Trejo Memorial Interchange"

Mark Martin
Son of Spence Martin, a colleague of Deputy Trejo

October 5, 2018

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.