Fallen Officers

DannybessantsmallOfficer Dan Bessant

Date of Birth: October 16, 1981
Date Appointed: July 23, 2003
End of Watch: December 20, 2006




TONY-ZEPPETELLAsmallOfficer Tony W. Zeppetella

Date of Birth: October 2, 1975
Date Appointed: May 13, 2002
End of Watch: June 13, 2003




johnmugansmallMarshal John. E. Mugan

Date of Birth: December 26, 1864
Date Appointed:
End of Watch: September 24, 1916

As the result of the shooting of city Marshal J.E. Mugan of Oceanside, Sunday morning, Sept. 24, which resulted in the officer's death a few minutes later, Patrick Burk, well known as a night watch and deputy sheriff, is in jail in San Diego with a charge of murder in the first degree against him.
The shooting occurred about eight o'clock on the sidewalk in front of Trotter & Hosp's billiard room and took place in the presence of nearly a dozen people.


charleswilsonsmallCity Marshal Charles C. Wilson

Date of Birth:
Date Appointed:
End of Watch: July 4, 1889

On July 4, 1889, at 1 a.m., City Marshal Charlie Wilson and his brother Deputy Marshal Keno Wilson were on patrol when they heard gunshots near a downtown hotel. As they approached to investigate, they saw John Murray on horseback holding a kerosene lamp taken from one of the streetlights. As Charlie Wilson grabbed Murray's horse by the bridle, the outlaw drew his gun and shot him through the heart. The Marshal was dead before he hit the ground. Keno Wilson managed to pull his gun and fire three shots at Murray as he fled into the night.


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