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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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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    AbusyRN2go

    about 4 years ago

    1514 Comments

    AS I mentioned in another POst, I knew Tom, he patrolled in one of the areas I see many patient's. He was a great guy, very kind and very liked. I only wish I could have been there at that moment to help, I passed by this part of the highway late this afternoon and said a prayer for Tom and his family. What a tragic loss. You will be missed but never forgotten.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11224 Comments

    Rest in peace, CHP Officer Coleman. Hard times for C.H.P. lately.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    RIP Officer Coleman, praying for his family and department

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    lilpete971

    about 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    I thought mine was bad ,as a Cleveland,Ohio Motordawg I was involved in one that put me out on disability, I am very fortunate,,,,, May Officer Coleman RIP with all the honors he deserves.

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    comasterchief

    about 4 years ago

    522 Comments

    I am so sorry. R.I.P. Our prayers are with his family.

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP Brother!

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    HEYSARGE

    about 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    Robocop33

    about 4 years ago

    14636 Comments

    To my brother Motorman, RIP. Now charge those four bastards with murder!

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    50956 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Coleman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the CHP.

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    ddailey

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Rowlett PD Motor Officer's thoughts and prayers are with Officer Coleman, his family and the CHP.

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    SERT0629

    about 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    May god be with Officer Coleman's family and friends. Thank you for your excellent service to the community and THANK YOU!!

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    Stgeorgecop

    about 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. Condolences and prayers to your family, friends and collegues.
    Another Angel on our shoulders.

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    BSPD88

    about 4 years ago

    2212 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Coleman, Prayers to your family and the police Community.

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