Police Officer Michael Crain
Riverside Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 7, 2013
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Sergio Diaz
Riverside Police Department
4102 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 826-5700
Police Officer Michael Crain was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed as they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue at about 1:30 am. A subject opened fire on their patrol car, fatally wounding Officer Crain and severely wounding his partner.
The officers were ambushed by an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer who had been fired in 2008. Several days earlier the subject had murdered the daughter, and her fiance, of an LAPD captain who had been involved in the personnel review that led to his firing. The subject then posted an online manifesto admitting to the murders and stated he would seek revenge on other officials involved with his personnel review and dismissal from the department.
Shortly before Officer Crain and his partner were shot, the subject shot and wounded an LAPD officer in Corona who was on a protective detail as a result of the threats made by the subject.
The subject remains at large.
Officer Crain was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Riverside Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Riverside Police Department Officer Crain, a eleven year veteran of the department and a United States Marine Veteran was ambushed by a suspect while on routine patrol. His partner was also shot during the assault. The incident occurred at approximately 1:35 am on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Officer Michael Crain’s Biography
Born: April 9, 1978
Hired: August 24, 2001
End of Watch: February 7, 2013
Officer Michael Crain was born in Anaheim, California to Stephen and Cindy Crain on April 9, 1978. He was the oldest of three children and had a brother, Jason, and sister, Leslie. He was raised in the Riverside area and graduated from Redlands High School in 1996.
After high school, Mike attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa for a year prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He served two deployment tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. He was a squad leader, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, where he taught Military Operations in Urban Terrain. During his military service, Mike was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star, a Certificate of Commendation, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Mike joined the Riverside Police Department. He graduated from the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy, class #152, and was sworn in as a Riverside Police Officer on August 24, 2001.
Following his graduation from the Field Training Program, he was assigned to Field Operations as a patrol officer. During his 11 year tenure with the Riverside Police Department, Mike served as a patrol officer, and was assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. He had also served as a Helicopter Observer, a Field Training Officer, a Firearms Instructor, and had been assigned to the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET).
Mike had a big heart, and enjoyed spending time with his wife, Regina, son, Ian (age 10), and daughter Kaitlyn (age 4). He loved attending dance recitals with his daughter and coaching his son’s baseball team. He also loved his classic 1970 Chevy Nova, which he spent his spare time restoring. Mike’s family and friends knew his usually straight face hid a huge personality. He made an unforgettable impression on everyone he met.
During the early morning of February 7, 2013, Officer Michael Crain was gunned down in an apparent ambush while he was on patrol and parked at a stoplight with a trainee officer. Mike will be missed by his family, friends, and his community.
The funeral service for RPD Officer Michael Crain is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 10:30 AM, at The Grove Community Church in Riverside. Services will be presided over by Pastor Tom Lance. Acheson and Graham Mortuary organized the funeral arrangements.
Officer Michael Crain will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery (http://www.rncsc.org)
Any police agency wishing to participate in the funeral procession please contact
the following personnel for more information:
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