KINGSBURG, Calif. (CBS13/AP) – The CHP has identified the two officers killed Monday morning in Fresno County.
Officers Juan Gonzalez, 33, of Fresno and Brian Law, 34, of Clovis, died after their car crashed into a pole at around 6 a.m. on Highway 99 and Bethel Avenue near Kingsburg, according to CHP authorities.
CHP Capt. Dave Paris says the officers were driving to the accident on northbound Highway 99 when they swerved to avoid the crash, they lost control of their vehicle and slammed into a guardrail. They died after their vehicle overturned.
Governor Jerry Brown and his wife issued the following statement about the incident:
“Anne and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Officers Law and Gonzalez as they mourn the tragic loss of these dedicated public servants. We join all Californians in honoring these officers for their courage, commitment and service.”
Law’s neighbors in Vacaville said he was a proud homeowner who was always quick to lend a hand.
“Every time he was in the neighborhood, he was out and smiling and always try to help everybody,” said Skylar Moore. “His family, his children, they were always great neighbors to have.”
“There’s plenty of good days, going to have bad days, but to have something so senselessly. She sent him off to work, knew when she kissed him goodbye that he’d be coming home,” said Kathy Moore. “It’s not going to be the same. Our neighborhood lost a really good guy.”
Law and Gonzalez graduated from the Academy in April 2008. Gonzales was assigned to the CHP’s San Jose Area Office and was transferred to the Fresno Area Office in May 2010, according a statement by Gov. Brown’s office. Law was assigned to the CHP’s Oakland Area Office before he transferred to the Fresno Area Office in January 2013.
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