Panhandler Fatally Shot
Trust Funds Established for Police Officer III+1 Randal Simmons and Police Officer III+1 James Veenstra

LAPD Mourns Loss of Veteran SWAT Officer

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Simmonsrandy Shortly, after 9:00 last night, the Los Angeles Police Department's Communications Division received a 911 call from a home in West Valley in the 19000 block of Welby Way.  The caller indicated he had killed 3 of his family members.  West Valley Patrol Units responded to conduct an investigation.

The suspect refused to leave the home and LAPD SWAT was called to the scene.

Swat_014 Around 12:30 this morning, SWAT made entry into the home and an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the suspect occurred.  Two veteran SWAT officers were shot, removed from the home and rushed to Northridge Medical Center.  The incident at the home in West Valley is still ongoing, and for that reason there will be no more tactical information released at this time.

Despite the efforts of the Los Angeles Fire Department and hospital personnel, one of the officers passed away just after one'clock this morning.  The other officer was seriously wounded but will survive.  The names of the officers will not beSwat_016 released until all of their family members have been notified. 

The members of the Los Angeles Police Department are deeply saddened this morning having lost a member of their family.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these two brave officers.  Both have served this city for more than 25-years and have been a part of SWAT for 20 of those years.

Swat_018 The concept of SWAT originated in the late 1960s, and became fully operational in 1971 when personnel were assigned on a full-time basis to Metropolitan Division.  Until this morning, no SWAT officer had been killed in the line of duty despite thousands of incidents this elite unit has responded to in thirty plus years.  The only other SWAT Officer to have died on duty was Officer Lou Villalobos, who died during a training accident in March 2000. 

Lieutenant Ruben De La Torre

Comments

I am a former LAPD Officer who was trained by Randy Simmons in tactics and MFF. A humble man who deeply cares for his fellow officer and his family.

YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!

CWO3 OBONG

As I watched the news today in Los Angeles I was able to see and learn a little bit more about an outstanding LAPD Officer and servant of God. It is a truly wonderful legacy that Officer Simmons has left for his family and friends and for the Los Angeles Police Department. I hope that as his family and friends read these messages they know that we care and that we are so greatful for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving the City of Los Angeles. I pray that Officer Veenstra has a full recovery and for the safety of all of our LAPD Officers.

To our LAPD friends and their families,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and brother officers of Officer Randal Simmons, who lost his life and pray for a speedy recovery for Officer James Veenstra.

Take care and God Bless-41/54

Randy and I were classmates in the academy ...classs of 1-81...worked together at 77th st station in the early eighties. Have not seen Randy in many years but one thing will always be true,he is and always will be a STAND UP GUY....ALLTHEWAY RANDY!!

BillH,

To the family and friends of LAPD Officer Simmons and Veenstra,
I wish to pass on my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Officer Simmons and a speedy recovery for Officer Veenstra. I am Police officer from Newcastle, Australia and unfortunately know full well the sacrifices Police make on a daily basis to keep our families safe. From the notices I have read Officer Simmons was obviously a dedicated honest hard working Officer, whom young Police could certainly look up to. My thoughts are with you mate, rest in peace.

Randy, you're still an awesome "Man of God". I enjoyed your leadership and guidance in the bus ministry at "GCFI". Your spiritual love for saving the souls of our youth will be missed most. Our church, law enforcement, and the community has truly lost a great leader. You will be lovingly missed, forever.

Love always, your christian brother Darrick

My heart goes out to the family of each officer. As a retired Rochester, NY police officer and SWAT officer trained by Ron McCarthy and AL Presiado, and I also knew Officer Lou Villalobos, I pray daily for the families of Officer Simmons and Officer Veenstra. I do know it is a very hard time for the rest of the brother officers of LAPD and it will never disappear. I will continue to pray daily for LAPD and families of Officer Simmons and Officer Veenstra. God Bless

My heart goes out to the family, fellow operators, and fellow officers of Officer Randall Simmons. As a fellow operator, from another State, it is hard to hear when one falls. Officer Simmons paid the ultimate price, for doing a great deed and service to society. I can not begin to imagine how his family, fellow operators, and officers nust feel. The greatest a man can give is to give his all. May he rest in peace. Officer Veenstra, and the rest of the unit, stay strong, heal, recover and Press the Fight. 1*

I've been asked by the wife of Officer Jim Veenstra, Captain Michelle Veenstra, to express the deep sorrow both she and Jim are feeling for the loss of Randy Simmons. As Jim heals, he does so with great sadness. But Michelle knows it is the love and support from family, his fellow SWAT Team members, friends and strangers that will get them through this difficult time. Michelle asked that I extend their heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of inspirational, loving and supportive messages on this blog and the many others, that have been sent to Randy's family and to Jim. Michelle says reading the messages will inspire Jim and help him during the long healing process he has ahead of him.

My husband (retired Chief of Police) and I had the honour of knowing Randy. He was a man of integrity, character and great humility. He always saw the best in people and people were drawn to his inner light. Our thoughts and prayers are with Randy's family during these darkest days. Every day police officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe - and every day, families send their loved ones to work, not knowing if they will return. God bless our police officers and their families and keep them safe and strong.

it is so sad...
i miss randy
he will always be remembered

I am sorry to the family of Officer Simmons. I was lucky to have met Officer Simmons while I was at 77th Street. He was a large man, not just in his size, but in his heart. One could tell, just by meeting him, that Simmons was of a humble nature and willing to help anyone. On behalf of the law enforcement community in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Randall Simmons, the members of D Platoon, and all in the Los Angeles Police Department. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery for Officer Jim Veenstra. The stories of Simmons and Veenstra are why many come to be in law enforcement.


Corporal Andrew Rodriguez
Rio Rancho Police Department

P.O. III LAPD #32493 77Th Street
(AKA Pigeon)

CESAR CHAVEZ AVENUE BURGER KING TO DONATE 100% OF ONE-DAY PROCEEDS TO LAPD OFFICER RANDY SIMMONS’ FAMILY

Local Burger King franchisee, Cimm’s, Inc., located at 700 West Cesar E Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles, is donating 100% of its sales on Wednesday, February 13 to the family of Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Officer Randy Simmons, tragically killed early Thursday morning, February 7 in the line of duty. The Burger King will open for business at 6 a.m. and close at midnight.

Larry and Ralph Cimmarusti, brothers and Cimm’s co-founders, have a long history of supporting and fundraising for the LAPD. They have a personal tie to law enforcement, with a brother-in-law who retired after 40 years as a LAPD officer.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic incident with SWAT Officer Simmons. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family – his wife and his two children,” said Larry Cimmarusti. “We have a deep respect for the law enforcement community and the officers who put their lives on the line every day. We feel it is our responsibility as members of this community to help these families and show our respect and gratitude for all they sacrifice.”

The Cimmarustis’ urge other Los Angeles area businesses to match the money raised at the Burger King on Wednesday. “We encourage everyone in the area to join us throughout the day at our Cesar E. Chavez Avenue Burger King and help us raise money for Officer Simmons’ family,” said Ralph Cimmarusti. “We also hope other corporations in the area will make a matching contribution. Officer Simmons was an outstanding member of our community. Anything we can do for his family, we need to do.”

The Burger King restaurant will have a contributions box inside the store for people who want to make a contribution to Officer Simmons’ family without purchasing food. All checks should be made out to “Blue Ribbon Trust Account-Randy Simmons.”

BURGER KING ONE-DAY SALES FUNDRAISER FOR OFFICER RANDY SIMMONS
Wednesday, February 13
6am – Midnight
700 W. Cesar E. Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(At the corner of Cesar Chavez and Grand)


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Media Information Contact: Steve Jay, Cimm’s, Inc., (818) 636-9419
Mary Grady, LAPD, (213) 485-3205

May God Bless the Simmons family and keep them strong. Me and my family will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

My prayers go out to the family and especially to his wife and children. I lost my father and I know it is not easy but cherish your memories hold onto each other when your feeling down. WEAPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING :) I will be praying for your family .

Randall Simmons gave so much to every life he touched, and to the City of Los Angeles. He is a true hero, in every sense of the word.

My deepest regards to his wife, family, friends and LAPD.

Marion Young, former secretary to
the late Sugar Ray Robinson, Boxer
California City, CA

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE SIMMONS FAMILY. AS I WATCH THE FURNERAL ON TV I COULDN'T HELP BUT TO CRY, TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY SUCH BEAUTIFUL THINGS ABOUT SOMEONE WAS OVERWHELMING FOR ME. YOU HEAR SO MUCH BAD THINGS ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TO HAVE SOMEONE AS GREAT AS RANDY OUT THERE GOING ABOVE THE CALL OF DUTY IS SO WONDERFUL, I JUST WISHED WE COULD HAVE HEARD THIS WHILE HE WAS STILL HEAR ON EARTH. I DON'T KNOW HIM BUT I LOVE HIM AND THE DEDICATION THAT HE HAD TO THE CHILDREN. HOPEFULLY HIS TRADITION CAN GO ON BY HIS FELLOW OFFICERS.
GOD BLESS LAPD AND SWAT!!!

I am sorry about Randy. I'll pray for his family.
Rest In Peace Randy.
Many Greetings from Germany

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