San Francisco police and family
of slain officer issue statement
San Francisco Police Officer Bryan Tuvera, RIP.
Photo courtesy SFPD Public Affairs
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
December 25, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - In a statement released this morning,
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris expressed condolences
to family, friends and colleagues of fallen San Francisco police
officer Bryan Tuvera.
"The death of Bryan has been a tremendous loss and shock
to us all," the statement read by a police official said.
"Bryan was a dedicated and professional police officer, a
loving husband, and a wonderful friend to all of us. The family
requests that our privacy be respected as we try to cope with
this unbelievable and senseless tragedy."
Tuvera was shot Friday night in San Francisco's Sunset District
as he attempted to detain a state prison escapee. The officer
was pronounced dead after being removed from life support early
Saturday at San Francisco General Hospital, according to Mannina.
The man Tuvera was pursuing, 33-year-old Marlon Ruff of San Bruno,
had escaped from a California correctional facility, according
to police Sgt. Steve Mannina.
After Ruff fled from police near 25th Avenue, Tuvera was part
of the effort to track him down, and when he and a partner spotted
Ruff in the area, they pursued him as he fled into a home, Mannina
As they followed Ruff through a broken-down door in the home's
garage, Ruff opened fire, striking Tuvera in the head, according
Mannina's partner returned fire, killing Ruff, Mannina said.
Tuvera, a four-and-a-half year veteran of the San Francisco Police
Department, "served with distinction" at the Southern,
Park and Taraval stations, receiving several reports of commendation
from superiors as well as from private citizens, according to
the statement from police.
His most recent assignment was in the Taraval Station's plain-clothes
street crimes unit, according to police.
"Bryan demonstrated a remarkable dedication to duty reflecting
credit to him and the members of the San Francisco Police Department,"
according to the statement issued by San Francisco police. "The
Department's deepest condolences go out to the family and friends
of Bryan Tuvera. He will be sorely missed."
Police are expected to announce the date of funeral services
for Tuvera later this week, Mannina said.
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