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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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    mpd_943

    almost 4 years ago

    2486 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother, we have the watch.

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    buck

    almost 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Bless and rest in peace brother.

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    ckslimus

    almost 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    djlojak

    almost 4 years ago

    200 Comments

    As Sullyman says its been a bad week for Law Enforcement, we are all gonna have to be extra careful out there and look out for each other. RIP my friend.

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42826 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    184retired

    almost 4 years ago

    3804 Comments

    RIP brother

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    a very sad week for law enforcement....Rest in Peace brother

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    SpodaB

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    "Almighty God, on the night before he himself died, Jesus Christ said, 'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.'

    "Be with us, as we honour those who died in your service.

    "To his disciples, Jesus said, 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.'

    "Be with us, as we grieve, and as we seek to support each other in our sorrow.

    "Through the prophet Isaiah we have heard the words, 'Maintain justice and do what is right.'

    "Be with us, as together we commit ourselves to work, so that the values of justice, mutual help, and generosity of spirit, may prevail and give strength to the life of our community.

    Amen.

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    bluebrother

    almost 4 years ago

    768 Comments

    Rest with tje angels Trooper Coleman. May God give your family strength and comfort during this tragic time.

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    brandan86

    almost 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    RIP sir. you will never be forgotten.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace CHP Tom Coleman.

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11344 Comments

    RIP...

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    RPD10

    almost 4 years ago

    210 Comments

    RIP Brother and god speed

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    Lawful_Blue

    almost 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    This is so sad given it's the second motorcycle incident the CHP has had to deal with this week. Rest in Peace!

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    mark27dh

    almost 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    RIP

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