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The Hunt Is On For CA Officer's Killer; Photo Released

The Hunt Is On For CA Officer's Killer; Photo Released

Riverside Police check cars at a road block at Fairmount Park in Riverside Calif. Monday, Nov 8, 2010. Police have put up roadblocks and are using dogs to search a Southern California park for a big-rig trucker they suspect killed an officer during a chas

Associated Press

November 09, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Bonaminio survived Army basic training, two tours in the Iraq War and a stint in Germany.

But the 27-year-old Riverside police officer was gunned down in a park in his own hometown.

Bonaminio’s department spent Monday simultaneously mourning its first slain officer in nearly nine years and scouring the region for the suspected shooter, a man Bonaminio had pulled over while driving a stolen big-rig cab.

“The big part of this is, how does a young man survive two tours in a war zone and then come home to get murdered?” Chief Sergio Diaz told The Associated Press after walking out of Bonaminio’s family home. “It’s tragic and it’s ironic all at the same time.”


Police think the man pictured here is responsible for shooting and killing Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio.

Dozens of police cars and a helicopter escorted Bonaminio’s body from the coroner to the mortuary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered flags flown at half-staff, and the department was planning a joint military and police funeral for next week.

The four-year department veteran was on patrol Sunday night when he pulled over a truck reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident near a state highway.

The driver fled on foot into nearby Fairmount Park, Bonaminio gave chase, and he was shot. Backup officers found him on the ground, and he was declared dead at a hospital.

Police said the suspect drove away in the truck cab, which was found Monday a few miles from the park. It had been reported stolen from a rental lot.

Authorities released a surveillance photo of the suspect and sought the public’s help in finding him. They said he is in his mid-30s to mid-40s and is just over 6 feet tall with a slender build. They said he had on a light-colored baseball cap and dark clothing and likely was armed with a handgun.

Investigators combed for evidence in the 200-acre park tennis courts, picnic areas and a lake with pedal boats, and searched the area for witnesses.

Members of the Riverside Treasure Hunter’s Club helped them scour the fringe of the park and a nearby riverbed with metal detectors, hoping to find a gun. After a five-hour search, club members said officers found shell casings and they unearthed keys that may have belonged to Bonaminio, but no weapon.


Officer Ryan Bonaminio

Bonaminio was born and raised in Riverside, the suburb of 300,000 people 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

One of three children in his family, he joined the Army after graduating from high school in 2000. He went through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri before serving as a military police officer in Iraq and Kuwait. He also served with a battalion in Hohenfels, Germany.

Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Henry David, who taught Bonaminio during his four years in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Ramona High School, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise Bonaminio was shy and small when he arrived as a freshman, and the M-14 rifle he carried “was about as big as he was.”

But David said he watched Bonaminio grow and develop so much he thought he could have a career as a military officer.

“I tried to talk him into going to one of the academies,” David said. “He just wanted to go into the Army and get out and be a cop.”

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Clip_art_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Officer Bonaminio's family seem like truly genuine, honorable people. His father has been well spoken and gracious during this horrible nightmare their family is going through. He speaks of his son as a genuine hero in life as he certainly was in death. RIP brother and may you rest knowing RPD caught the coward who killed you.

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    almost 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    OO-RAH! The POS is n jail, Good Job Officers.

  • Pd_night_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    My home town...sad to see a fellow brother pass. RIP

  • Cdcr_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Suspect 10-15. May the suspect rot in hell for his actions.

  • Adp_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    IN CUSTODY!! 11/10/10 000hrs CST

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother... May the swift and righteous wings of justice deliver the murderer to his judgement...

  • Images_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I know they will find the guy who killed you. RIP Thank you for your service to our country.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest now brother. You are in my prayers. Watch over us as we hunt for your murderer and always be there to protect us. I will keep your family and department in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Find the murderer and quickly. Officer Ryan Bonaminio RIP. May the killer RIP (Rot In Pieces).

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    almost 4 years ago



  • Taspolcadet1x_jpg_w300h276_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Brother

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Officer Ryan Bonaminio RIP. May the killer RIP (Rot In Pieces).

  • Np_patch_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Brother

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