Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio Riverside Police Department California End of Watch: Sunday, November 7, 2010

Photograph: Police Officer Ryan BonaminioPatch image: Riverside Police Department, California

Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio
Riverside Police Department

End of Watch: Sunday, November 7, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 1529

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Officer Ryan Bonaminio was shot and killed while involved in a foot pursuit in Fairmount Park at approximately 9:45 pm.
He had stopped a tractor trailer suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run accident a short time earlier. The driver of the vehicle fled from the vehicle into the park, with Officer Bonaminio in pursuit. A shootout ensued in the park in which Officer Bonaminio was struck at least once. The shooter returned to the truck and fled the scene.
Responding officers heard the shots and located Officer Bonaminio. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
Officer Bonaminio served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army for four years, serving two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had served with the Riverside Police Department for four years and is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

Agency Contact Information
Riverside Police Department
4102 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 826-5700
Please contact the Riverside Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Riverside police have scheduled a 3:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday to discuss the progress of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio.

Bonaminio, 27, was killed Sunday night by an unidentified suspect who remains at large.

The officer, an Iraq war veteran who had been with the police department since 2006, was on routine patrol about 9:45 p.m. when he tried to pull over a stolen semi-truck believed to be involved in an earlier hit-and-run accident near the 60 Freeway, officials said. The driver of the trailer-less cab sped down Market Street before pulling over in front of Riverside’s Fairmount Park and running down a grassy field.

Shortly afterward, Bonaminio pulled up and ran after the suspect. Residents in nearby homes reported hearing gunfire, officials said.

When other officers arrived, they found Bonaminio on the ground with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Assistant Police Chief Chris Vicino said the truck had only a front license plate, so Bonaminio was unable to radio it in. The officer never fired his gun, police said.

On Monday, police released a photo of the suspect, whom they described as a black male in his mid-30s to mid-40s, about 6-foot-1, with a slender build and possible facial hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a light-colored baseball cap, police said.

The photo was taken by a video camera inside the officer’s patrol car, said Police Chief Sergio Diaz. It was taken after the suspect shot the officer and shows him getting back into the cab to return the truck to the rental yard from which it had been stolen, Diaz said.

"We’re putting out the photo in hopes that somebody will see the suspect and do the right thing," Diaz said.

A funeral service for Bonaminio is scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at The Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Dr. in Riverside. Internment will follow at Riverside National Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Officer and Family Assistance Fund via the Riverside Police Officers’ Assn., 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone (951) 784-1034. www.rpoa.org.


Bonaminio, who would have celebrated his 28th birthday Thanksgiving Day, was shot and killed Sunday night next to a dark roadside by an unidentified suspect who remains at large.
"He was a good kid. It’s a big loss to this community, especially when you’re talking about someone who went into harm’s way in a combat zone, then came home to protect your city and gets killed in his own backyard,” said Sgt. Maj. Henry David Jr., his ROTC instructor. "It’s pretty tough to deal with.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday issued a statement offering his condolences to Bonaminio’s family, and he ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

A few miles to the west, family and friends descended on the modest home of the slain officer’s parents, Joseph and Geraldine Bonaminio. The officer’s brother and sister also live in the area. The family, when reached by telephone, declined to comment.

John Enriquez, Bonaminio’s best friend, said the family was taking the news very hard. His mother was doing "terrible, that was her baby,” he said.
Enriquez, an officer with the UC Riverside Police Department, said he met Bonaminio at the police academy in 2006.

"Army man and police officer. That’s all he ever wanted to be," Enriquez said. "He’s just really committed to work and working hard. He loved his family. Everyone is real close. He didn’t have a large extended family, but he was close with his immediate family."

Bonaminio loved his dogs, Enriquez said: Misters and Hank, a pug and a Boston terrier. He also held season tickets for the Anaheim Ducks.
Bonaminio graduated from Ramona High School in 2000. He was a military police officer in the Army, serving in Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq, as well as in Kuwait City and Hohenfels, Germany. When he left the military to join the Riverside Police Department in 2006, he remained in the Army Reserves and was called back to duty in Iraq in 2008-09.

Bonaminio’s neighbors, though shaken by the news, said they knew little about him since the officer moved into the suburban Riverside community known as Orange Terrace about six months ago. His home was empty Monday afternoon, with a pumpkin outside his front door and a newspaper in the driveway. The porch light was still on.

"He was never here. He was working the night shift and was probably sleeping during the day," said Lily Velazquez, 25, who lives next door. "We just saw him enough to say hello and goodbye."
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Det. Ron Sanfilippo at (951) 353-7105 or Det. Greg Rowe at (951) 353-7130.


1 Response to “Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio Riverside Police Department California End of Watch: Sunday, November 7, 2010”

  1. 1 Sue Mazzone November 11, 2010 at 20:14

    This is so sad for his entire family and especially not being able to know his daughter and be the husband he was meant to be. So much lost and for what? I do not understand why God calls home such good people so young,it just doesn’t seem fair. My heart goes out to this strong wonderful family. Time will help is all I can tell you. It will not totally heal,but will help ease the heavy burden your heart bears. Sincerely Sue Mazzone

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