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Off-Duty CHP Officer Killed In Nev. Carjacking

August 19, 2013  | 

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed Sunday morning, while attempting to stop a suspect who had stolen his Ford pickup truck.

James Manuel Magdaleno Jr., 33, and Felix Brandon Cruz, 31, were loading their belongings into a 2009 Ford F-150 in the valet area of the Flamingo shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday. Magdaleno, a CHP officer from Visalia, was in Las Vegas for his bachelor party to celebrate his upcoming wedding, reports the Fresno Bee.

While the two men loaded the truck, 29-year-old James Robert Montgomery jumped into the driver's seat and began to drive away.

Magdaleno chased the vehicle on foot, shouting that he was a police officer. He caught up with the truck when it stopped for traffic and jumped into the bed, with Cruz. He continued to yell at Montgomery to stop.

Montgomery blew through several red lights, struck construction cones, and was hit by a Ford Escape near the Flamingo and Valley View intersection. Magdaleno was thrown from the truck and killed. Cruz was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, reports KTNV.

Comments (5)

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chuck @ 8/19/2013 5:14 PM

To the POS who took my brother you will get what's coming to you. Karmas a b****

Chris @ 8/19/2013 8:28 PM

Tragic incident, indeed. But, jumping in the back of a truck? Now, instead of a wedding, his fiancé gets to plan a funeral. A truck is just property. A life is not.

Cush @ 8/20/2013 7:08 AM

Have to agree with Chris, tragic and sad.

Doug @ 8/20/2013 12:33 PM

Might not have been a great move, but let's think about it, a bad guy is taking your property, we are trained to react quickly, what split second action are you going to take? I think I would be dead as well, since I am thinking I would have done the same. RIP brother.

Deputyjjg @ 8/21/2013 9:09 AM

What happened to the POS that took the truck???

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