Today we pause to remember the life and sacrifice of Vallejo Officer Jeff Azuar. On this day, in 2000, Officer Azuar was murdered in the line of duty. Please take a moment to acknowledge his service and continue to send positive thoughts to his family. As you may have noticed, April is a particularly difficult month for Vallejo police officers.
Officer Jeffrey Azuar was shot and killed after he and another officer attempted to serve a failure to appear warrant on a suspect on April 12, 2000. The officers found the suspect hiding in a garage of the residence. The suspect began physically resisting arrest and then pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Azuar in the head. A third officer who had arrived on scene returned fire and seriously wounded the suspect. Officer Azuar was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been a canine handler since 1993.
Officer Azuar had been employed with the Vallejo Police Department for 21 years, and is survived by his daughter.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on May 7, 2004.