Police Officer Javier Bejar Reedley Police Department California


Photograph: Police Officer Javier Bejar Patch image: Reedley Police Department, California


Police Officer Javier Bejar
Reedley Police Department

End of Watch: Monday, March 1, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Committed Suicide

Officer Javier Bejar died from a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier when he responded to assist on an officer down call.
Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier, of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the California Fire Marshals Office and several other deputies went to serve a warrant on a suspected arsonist in Minkler, California. When they arrived, the suspect opened fire killing Deputy Wahlenmaier and wounding another deputy.
Officer Bejar responded to the officer down call. Approximately thirty minutes after the initial shooting, the suspect opened fire again with a high-powered rifle, outfitted with a scope. He shot and critically wounded Officer Bejar, who was using his patrol car as cover, from a range of approximately 80 yards.
Officer Bejar was taken to Community Medical Center where he died from his wound days later.
The suspect was found dead inside the home after a standoff that lasted several hours.
Officer Bejar had served with the Reedley Police Department for five years and had served with the department as an Explorer as a teenager. Officer Bejar was also a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife.


Agency Contact Information
Reedley Police Department
843 G Street
Reedley, CA 93654
Phone: (559) 637-4250
Please contact the Reedley Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.



FRESNO, Calif. — After praying four days for a miracle, the family of a California police officer critically wounded in a gunbattle seemed to accept Monday it wasn’t going to happen.

At 5:30 a.m., they allowed doctors to remove the life support that had sustained Reedley police Officer Javier Bejar since he was shot Thursday.

The Reedley Police Department said in a prepared statement it regretted the loss of Bejar.

Now, law enforcement agencies in Fresno County are planning funerals for two decorated veterans who died when a paranoid security guard with an arsenal of weapons who said he preferred death to prison and would take officers with him if necessary.

Julia Mendoza, whose son grew up with Bejar, said the officer was a former U.S. Marine who grew up in Orange Cove, a nearby citrus-growing town. He said Friday that Bejar’s family was waiting for God to perform a miracle.

Bejar, 28, joined the rural department in 2005 and served a tour of duty in Iraq after rising through the ranks as a teenage police Explorer Scout.

Authorities said he was shot with a high-powered rifle from 80 yards away by Rick "Ricky" Ray Liles, 51, as Bejar crouched behind his patrol car to back up sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant on Liles at his mobile home in the village of Minkler.

"This has absolutely traumatized our city and our department," said police Chief Steve Wright, tears welling.

Liles died during the shootout, likely taking his own life with a gunshot to the head, authorities said.

Bejar was the department officer of the year in 2007 and received a lifesaving medal last year.

"He has been just the poster child for our department," Wright said. "Every day he walked in it was a handshake and a hug. He was a fine man, fine husband and a fine officer."

Fresno County sheriff’s detective Joel Wahlenmaier, 49, was killed trying to serve the warrant with a fire investigator and backup from nine other officers. Liles apparently fired the AR-15 rifle through the front door of his trailer when officers tried to serve him with the warrant.

Deputy Mark Harris suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

More than 150 officers, including SWAT teams from three cities, descended on Minkler, a town of 30 on the highway to Kings Canyon National Park. A total of 24 sworn officers from six law enforcement agencies fired as many as 400 shots into the trailer during the standoff.

Investigators counted 535 entry and exit holes after the siege ended.

Memorial services for Wahlenmaier will be held at Peoples Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Clovis Cemetery. Services for the Fresno native are open to the public.

Bejar’s service plans are incomplete, but the funeral could be held as early as Friday.


March 1, 2010. Bejar, who survived a tour of Iraq as a Marine, is the first Reedley officer to die in the line of duty in the department’s 100-year history.

The first officer who passed as a result from this incident not to be forgotten is

Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier
Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, February 25, 2010


Rest in peace brothers.

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