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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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    ColoradoInvestigator

    almost 4 years ago

    806 Comments

    I hope our brother knew Christ as his Savior. We are praying for his family and colleagues.
    Police Det. M.C. Williams
    Chaplain, www.TheCenturionLawEnforcementMinistry.org

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    almost 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    RIP Brother.

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8026 Comments

    Rest in Peace brother

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    RIP Officer Tom Coleman.May You fly high with The Angels above watching over Your Loved Ones and Fellow Officers doing the job You so Loved.I will light a candle in Your Honor.May God Bless You and Your Family, Always & Forever.

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    Sheepdog_1

    almost 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Rest In Peace our Brother... And God, bless his family with your peace in their hearts, help them thru this time Lord, and in the days to come be an active force in their lives, that these children would grow up understanding their Daddy, and help them to be angry only with the evil in the world that causes these tragedies, and not with the people involved, so they seek no vengeance against individuals, but rather, only justice...

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    sgt_black_cloud241

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    Go with God, Brother..... we'll take it from here.

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    ladycsi

    almost 4 years ago

    602 Comments

    This is just not how it's supposed to be... :(

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    boritico

    almost 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    dominicano_soy

    almost 4 years ago

    848 Comments

    RIP my brother....God bless

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    WACollector

    almost 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    bristp

    almost 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    RIP brother

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    station_100_2003

    almost 4 years ago

    552 Comments

    May you rest in peace Officer Coleman

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    gumby

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    My sorrow is once again pouring from my heart, may the good Lord Bless & your his family comforted during this time of need. RIP my brother on two wheels, the ride will be much easier from here on. Thanks for the job you've done, it will now be handled by others so you can rest in the hands of the Lord forever.

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