Officer Greggory Casillas was shot and killed following a pursuit and foot chase with a suspect who later barricaded himself in an apartment for more than 15 hours.
Casillas was 30 years-old and leaves behind a wife and two small children.
ABC7 said that dozens of police vehicles, motorcycles and fire engines were parked outside Purpose Church in Pomona, where the service for Greggory Casillas began about 9:30 a.m. Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra were among the many dignitaries in attendance.
On March 9, 2018, at approximately 9:04 P.M. Pomona Police officers responded to a call for service of a person driving recklessly. When officers arrived, they located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the suspect failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspect collided with a parked vehicle. After the traffic collision, the suspect fled on foot and a foot pursuit occurred. The suspect fled to a nearby apartment complex where he barricaded himself in a bedroom in one of the apartments. The officers attempted to contact the suspect, when the suspect began to shoot through the door fatally striking Officer Casillas.
Officer Casillas has been a member of the Pomona Police Department family since March of 2015 when he was hired as a Pomona Police Records Specialist. In November 2015 he transferred to the Pomona City Jail as a Pomona Police Jailer. In March of 2017 he was hired as a Pomona Police Officer Recruit. Gregg graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy in September of 2017 and was sworn in as a Pomona Police Officer. Gregg is survived by his wife Claudia, sons Gregorio (4 years old) and Mariano (5 months old), father Gregory Casillas, mother Marisela Casillas, and brothers Dominick and Shawn.
Checks can be made out to:
Officer Greggory Casillas Memorial Fund 2843 Manlove Road Sacramento, CA 95826