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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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    dhw

    about 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    God bless family, friends, fellow officers.
    Chief D. Whiteley, P.B. Mo.

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    Deputy2

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    Gombino

    about 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    sfca1

    about 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    RIP brother

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    jmax

    about 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Coleman

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    God Bless and rest in peace.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Godspeed Brother.

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    sperry83

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Rest in peace my friend. We are all a family when we wear the badge. No matter what part of the world. You will missed.

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    I read about this in my news paper the other day. God bless and rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family.

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    petecoolcattt

    about 4 years ago

    652 Comments

    Be at Peace with God Brave Warrior Brother....

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    jakester

    about 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    IN HONORE CASORUM
    Gone, but not forgotten

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    ERIC4536

    about 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    Rest In Peace. We pray with your family & friends.

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    horizon1015

    about 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother.

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    aussie4

    about 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Blesss Leo Coleman and his family.

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    Inxorte

    about 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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