Pomona, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pomona Police Department Officer Gregory Casillas:
“Anne and I are saddened by the tragic death of Officer Casillas early this morning. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends. His brave sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Officer Casillas, 30, died Saturday morning after he was shot by a suspect who had barricaded himself in an apartment complex following a pursuit and collision late Friday night. A second officer was also injured in the shooting and is receiving treatment in hospital.
Officer Casillas graduated from the San Bernardino Police Academy last year and served as an officer with the Pomona Police Department for less than a year, where he previously worked as a records clerk and jailer.
Officer Casillas is survived by his wife, Claudia Guzman, and two children.
In honor of Officer Casillas, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.