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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SFPD Holds Public Memorial for Officer James Guelff, Who Was Killed by Carjacking Suspect

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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Later tonight, San Francisco cops will gather for a public memorial to remember Officer James Guelff, who was killed in the line of duty on this day 18 years ago at the age of 40.

On Nov. 13, 1994, Guelff was the first officer who responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area of Pine and Franklin streets. As he walked to the suspect's car, Officer Guelff was confronted by the suspect, who opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.

Officer Guelff fired back at the suspect, who was wearing a ballistic helmet, a flak jacket, and was carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to SFPD. As Guelff was reloading his weapon, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Victor Boutwell, shot him again, killing him.

The SWAT team was called in and shot and killed the suspect. Officer Guelff served with the San Francisco Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his two children.

The memorial will begin at 6 p.m. at the corner of Pine and Franklin streets -- the intersection where Guelff was killed

The public is welcome to attend.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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