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Honoring Captain Tracy and Sergeant Vanderpool
Captain Michael Wayne Tracy
Sergeant Vernon T. Vanderpool
End of Watch: Monday, February 14, 1994
Captain Tracy and Sergeant Vanderpool were shot and killed while attending a department staff training seminar in Torrance, California. The two officers were killed during an attempted robbery when a gunman burst into the room. Sergeant Vanderpool immediately lunged at the gunman and was shot. Captain Tracy was shot when he attempted to help Sergeant Vanderpool. The robber, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, succumbed to injuries sustained during an altercation with other officers following the shooting.
In honor of their service and sacrifice, the City Council adjourned its February 14th City Council meeting in their memory.
A video of the adjournment can be viewed through this link.