Wall of Honor

Deputy Erik Jon Telen

Biographical Info

  • Age: 26
  • Tour of Duty: 4.5 yr
  • Badge Number: 434

Incident Details

  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: August 21, 2001
  • Weapon Used: Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Suspect Info: Apprehended

Details

Deputy Telen was shot and killed investigating a burglary call at a local residence at approximately 1900 hours. Neighbors of the home had called deputies after they were confronted by a suspicious man who threatened them and then walked towards the house. Contact was made with relatives of the home's owner who stated the owners were out of town. When the deputies arrived they located an open window. They entered the house in an attempt to locate the suspect and as they entered a hallway the heavily armed suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Telen. The second deputy retreated and called for backup. Responding deputies where able to get Deputy Telen out of the home and transport him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was apprehended after a five-hour standoff.

Deputy Telen had been with the agency for 18 months and had also served three years with the Ontario, California, Police Department. He was survived by his expectant wife and two young daughters. Deputy Telen's son was born on October 1, 2001, and named after his father.

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