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Feb. 14, 1994
Caucasian Male / 57 yrs. of age
Palos Verdes Estates Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
On The Job:
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Mon. Feb. 14, 1994
Sergeant Vanderpool and Captain Michael Tracy 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 help Sergeant Vanderpool. The robber, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, choked to death on the vest while being subdued by other officers. Sergeant Vanderpool had been with the agency for 13 years and had previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department for nine years.p