Officer Killed In Car Crash While Chasing Parolee In Palm Springs


PALM SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was killed when he lost control of his squad car and hit a palm tree as he chased a parolee driving a stolen car in California.

Cathedral City police said in a statement Saturday that 29-year-old Officer Jermaine Gibson’s vehicle caught fire and he was declared dead at the scene Friday night.

Gibson was a Marine Corps veteran who earned a Purple Heart serving in the Iraq War. He had been an officer in Cathedral City for 18 months and had a 4-week-old baby.

Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement praising Gibson’s sacrifice.

Police said that in Palm Springs, two suspects, one of them a parolee, hit another palm tree in a Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen. They were hospitalized with what police called major injuries.

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  1. yo says:

    Sometimes the cops just need to let people go and not chase these idiots next time it can be a child hot or a whole family in the car and these idiots make it worst when they flee. Additional charges….

    1. marlene glenn says:

      It is terrible that criminals still steal cars , they know no rehabilitation, I am becoming a counselor and I will say these people are no good.

      1. Wally Wharton says:

        Uh….what kind of a counselor are you becoming? To who?

    2. joep says:

      Why would the cops let the guy go, for all we know the guy stole the car beause he killed a family, an officers job is to protect and serve, and all cops will do anything to do that, another think i want to say is thank you fallen officers for protecting us , you all will be missed.

  2. the wolf says:

    The Officer who was killed, took a big chance in chasing these monsters. Sometimes these cops just got to give up a chase. Because it will be worse. Sometimes, these chases are not that serious. Police have to slow down,and also think about the citizens and the animals on the road. Your life is more important, than trying to get these bad guys.

    1. BigToe says:

      Yup, your wife and daughter were just savagely sexually assaulted in your home. As an officer arrives in response to a neighbor reporting screams, the bad guys take off in a stolen car. Medical aid and other officers arrive at the same time…. Let’s see what you say the officer should do… waive good-bye to them as their might be a dog crossing the street somewhere because a neighbor wouldn’t comply with the leash law…. Or, suggest they drive to the police station and turn themselves in…. But, please don’t even think that he should attempt to apprehend and identify them as it might involve a chase when the two unknown members of society decide to speed away in the stolen car.

  3. Dereck Andrade says:

    Very sad. RIP to the officer’s family and friends, and to the Cathedral City Police Department. So tragic. Police officers put their lives on the line for all of us on a dialy basis.

  4. John Wayne says:

    Semper Fi brother, you’ll be missed by many. God bless this man’s soul and family, please offer as much support to this Marine combat veteran and fallen officer.
    Stay strong

  5. Milk Toast says:

    Shouldn’t hire men under 40 to work as cops. Young guys lack of life experience, immaturity etc.. contribute to countless unnecessary tragedy.

    Guys that have done combat tours, ESPECIALLY should not be hired to protect and serve. These combat vets have a completely inappropriate mindset for street duty.

    Gung ho cop wrapped himself around a tree for a lousy stolen car and chasing after a guy already well known and in the “system.” What a waste.

    Same thing with the damn SWAT raids violating our Fourth Amendment. our precious 4A rights to be secure in our homes and effects. There is no excuse for eight THOUSAND illegal home invasions. The only time police should ever enter a home is to save hostages. Seeing guys bunch up and move into unfamiliar grounds is plain stupid.

    STOP THE DAMN CAR CHASES & HOME INVASIONS!

  6. Milk Toast says:

    EIGHTY THOUSAND SWAT RAIDS

  7. Ouch says:

    Milk you are a waist of air. I bet your parents were losers also. With out hero ofcrs like this i bet you would be a repeat rape vict. I hope you are a vict of a crime soon and realize how big of a coward you are..

  8. LOU says:

    Security Guard shot dead in victorville few weeks ago,killer still loose, not a word from gov. Brown,no flags half mass, no 10.000 security guards at the funeral.

  9. drozone69 says:

    chalk one up for the robbers!!

  10. Daniel Angie Marrujo says:

    THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG. WE USE OUR JUDGEMENT. PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. HE IS A HERO TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS NEW BABY.

  11. Mr Usual says:

    Terrible to die, especially for a stolen car. Some officers act like they are a super hero and try to do too much.
    I hate crime. I hate ignorant criminals. But I especially HATE most police! They treat Blacks and Minorities bad. I am a Black guy who has been harassed and arrested by the Punk Devils who say they are protecting and serving. Who are they protecting? White people and serving BS to young blacks.
    True we need Police. But a lot of them are stupid scary punks who disrespect and violate blacks constitutional rights.
    Too bad for the officers family & child. But do the family know that there officer relative is evil monster working with evil police organization?

  12. Justice! says:

    Trial by Jury,
    Once found guilty, hang them high!
    There is no longer a deterant to the crimanal when they get better treatment in jail than they do at home. No mre mercy.
    Hang them high!

  13. Steve says:

    Were the criminals charged? I swear, this site has some of the worst journalist reporting I’ve ever read.

  14. MRS CONCERN says:

    MR. USUAL…. IN A WAY U R CORRECT… I AM HISPANIC AND I WILL AGREE WITH U THAT SOME COPS R RACIST.. AND THEY GIVE THOSE GOOD COPS A BAD NAME… BUT FYI.. THIS COP THAT DIED WAS BLACK. MY POINT IS… THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE.. ITS ABOUT DUMB CRIMINALS. MY PERSONAL OPINION.. THROW THEIR BUTTS IN THE SERVICE OR THE DESERT AND LET THEM DAMAGE THEMSELVES. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY

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