Police Officer Kevin Tonn Galt Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Police Officer Kevin Tonn | Galt Police Department, CaliforniaGalt Police Department, California

Police Officer Kevin Tonn

Galt Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 15, 2013
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Committed suicide

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police William Bowen
Galt Police Department
455 Industrial Drive
Galt, CA 95632
Phone: (209) 366-7000

Police Officer Kevin Tonn was shot and killed after responding to a burglary call in the 200 block of F Street at approximately 11:20 am.
Upon arriving at the scene a witness pointed to a suspect who was nearby. As Officer Tonn approached the man to question him the subject produced a gun and fired a single shot, striking Officer Tonn. The man then fired at other responding officers before committing suicide.
Officer Tonn was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Tonn was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Galt Police Department for three years. He had previously served as a firefighter and medic.


"This is definitely a loss that’s going to be felt by our agency and the community," said Lt. Jim Uptegrove, of the Galt Police Department, in a news conference outside police headquarters.
Tonn was killed by a gunman who went on to turn the weapon on himself. No identifying details have been released on the man responsible, who also died.
The shooting took place in the 200 block of F Street, about 11:45 a.m., according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
But the day’s events started about 25 minutes earlier, when police were notified of a possible burglary in progress in the same neighborhood, Uptegrove said.
Officer Tonn responded, but by the time he arrived to the apartment complex in question, the suspect was gone.
The officer started interviewing witnesses in the area, and one of them pointed to a man walking along some railroad tracks nearby — who matched the description of the burglary suspect.
This was about a block and a half from the reported break-in, according to police.
When Tonn approached the man, a physical fight ensued, Uptegrove said.
The suspect pulled a handgun and shot one round at Tonn — and several more at a second officer who responded to the fight, the sheriff’s department said.
Tonn was struck; the second officer was not hit.
The second officer — his or her identity hasn’t been released — gave chase over the railroad tracks, and later fired at the suspect, witnesses said.
A third officer arrived to the scene a few minutes later, as well.
The gunman died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound, Uptegrove confirmed.
Tonn was pronounced dead at Kaiser South. He spent 3 1/2 years with Galt police. He was hired in 2009 from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Academy.
When Tonn came to Galt, he was first assigned to patrol, before being transitioned to a member of the K-9 program.

"He really had a passion for being a canine officer," said Detective Jarrett Tonn, Kevin’s cousin. "He always wanted to do it his whole life, and was really excited when he got selected to do it."
He typically served with a police dog named Yaro.
"(Tonn) was a lot of fun to work with," Uptegrove said.
The 35-year-old worked as a medic and a firefighter in New York before coming to California, the lieutenant added.
Tonn was an "extremely proactive" officer, Uptegrove said.
Everyone in town knew him, and he knew everyone, police told the media.
Tonn was also described as having "a wealth of information" and being very friendly.

A trust fund has been set up in his name at an Elk Grove bank, Premiere West. It’s located at 9340 E. Stockton Blvd.; account number 82804382.

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3 Responses to “Police Officer Kevin Tonn Galt Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, January 15, 2013”

  1. 1 Joan Parker January 16, 2013 at 15:13

    Rest In Peace Officer Tonn…

  2. 2 Jonathan Rios January 19, 2013 at 07:33

    A Hero of Galt, and a job that can never be finished. You are at a better place, and it only gets better for a Noble Hero like you Officer Kevin Tonn.

  3. 3 Peggy February 12, 2013 at 16:46

    Thank you Officer Tonn for your ultimate sacrifice. May God bless your family and friends with the strength to deal with losing you.

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