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CHP Officer Killed During Pursuit

CHP Officer Killed During Pursuit

CHP officers investigate the accident scene, where fellow officer Tom Coleman died during a high-speed pursuit Friday morning.

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

June 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES – The California Highway Patrol officer who was killed Friday morning during a pursuit in Redlands was identified as Tom Coleman, an officer in the San Bernardino division of the agency, officials said.

Chp2 Coleman, a seven-year veteran of the department, was killed about 6:30 a.m. during a pursuit that began minutes earlier when he tried to pull over a Ford Focus on Mountain View Drive near the 210 Freeway and the driver wouldn’t stop, said Mario Lopez, a spokesman for the Inland division of the CHP.

Within a few minutes, Coleman crashed into a big rig and the suspect continued on, crashing moments later with another car near the Citrus Plaza shopping center. The four people inside the Ford Focus were arrested.

On Friday morning, a blue and silver CHP helmet lay on the side of the intersection of San Bernardino Avenue and Alabama Street, where Coleman was killed. Part of a mangled motorcycle lay nearby. Coleman’s body was draped in an American flag, which was shrouded by a red tarp.

“It was a very short pursuit," Lopez said. “It happened no more than one or two minutes later.”

CHP Officer Daniel Hesser said Coleman was traveling using lights and sirens. Coleman, a married father of two, was declared dead at the scene.

The fatality was the second serious accident this week involving a CHP motorcycle officer. On Wednesday, a driver who veered onto the shoulder of the 405 Freeway in West L.A. hit an officer who is still hospitalized in critical condition.

“It’s heartbreaking," Lopez said Friday. “A few days ago, we had another officer go down in the L.A. area.”


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    BSPD88

    over 2 years ago

    2206 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother
    Prayers to your family, friends and those who serve with you

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    babsroy1

    over 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    Prayers are being said so rest your weary head, our brother in blue is gone but not forgotten! Amen

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Straightshooter

    almost 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Tom Coleman. My prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Officer Coleman

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    Eilene

    almost 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Tom Coleman and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

    Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

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    milcop

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother Prayers to your family and friends. To th other CHIP, get better you are also inn our prayers

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    MP247

    almost 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Coleman

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Godspeed brother, Rest in peace. The family and CHP are in my thoughts and prayers

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    captainbud

    almost 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    May you rest in peace, brother. May God bless your family and friends.

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    SkoolCop

    almost 4 years ago

    4534 Comments

    REDLANDS – A Thursday memorial service has been scheduled for California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Tom Coleman. He was killed Friday in Redlands while chasing a suspected DUI motorist who was allegedly driving a stolen car.

    CHP spokesman Mario Lopez says Thursday’s 10am service at the Redlands Bowl will be well-attended.

    “We’ve received calls as far away as Texas from troopers who will join the memorial service for Officer Tom Coleman.”

    He was a 7-year highway patrol veteran. Survivors include his wife and two small children. A trust fund will be set up for them. (INT)

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    skascooter007

    almost 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    RIP
    I said a prayer as I passed by that morning.
    I was moved by the scene I witnessed on my way to work that morning, it was a reality check for myself.
    Bump - jakester

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    jortives1969

    almost 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    NCmotorman

    almost 4 years ago

    246 Comments

    RIP fellow Motor Officer

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