Fallen Officers

Officer Ronald T. TsukamotoR.Tsukmoto-bpa

Sworn in: October 1, 1969
End of Watch: August 20, 1970

Officer Ronald Tsukamoto was shot and killed while talking with a motorist he had stopped on University Avenue.

The officer had decided not to issue a citation to the motorist and while he continued talking to him, another male walked up and joined the conversation. Without provocation, the second man pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Tsukamoto in the eye. The shooter then fled to a waiting automobile and escaped.

On May 25, 2004, a suspect in Officer Tsukamoto's murder was arrested, but was released after the Alameda County District Attorney decided there was not enough evidence to charge him.

Officer Tsukamoto had served with the Berkeley Police Department for nine months.


Sergeant Jimmie H. RutledgeJ.Rutledge-bpa

Sworn in: November 16, 1950
End of watch: June 16, 1973

Sergeant Rutledge was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a prowler. Officers had responded to the scene but were unable to find the prowler. Sergeant Rutledge remained on the scene and the suspect returned. As he attempted to arrest the man the suspect began to struggle and gained control of Sergeant Rutledge's weapon. After shooting him the suspect took hostages in a nearby home. The suspect killed a four-year-old hostage before being shot and killed by other officers.

Sergeant Rutledge had been with the agency for 23 years.

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