Galt K-9 Officer Shot and Killed Identified

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Ofc. Kevin Tonn with his partner, Yaro. (Galt Police Dept.)


K-9 Officer Kevin Tonn was killed Tuesday morning by a suspected burglar, Galt Police say.

Tonn, 35, had been with the force since 2009. Before that, he was a firefighter and medic. He lived in Galt.

The gunman that shot Tonn is also dead, having turned the gun on himself in a field near F and 2nd streets. Tonn was was investigating reports of a burglary when a witness pointed out a man believed to have been involved.

Police say a conflict ensued, and Tonn was shot.

This is the first time a Galt Police officer has been killed in the line of duty since the force’s beginning in 1946.

Tonn’s canine partner, Yaro, is trained in protection, tracking, searches and narcotic detection, Galt Police say.

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  • rbaran916

    I knew Officer Tonn, or Kevin as I was instructed to call him. He came to my security site when it was always busy and helped me clear the violators and train me and prep me for my law enforcement career. Why did he come to downtown sac? I have no idea but he always enjoyed his free soda from the gas station and listening to my wild service calls and watching me handle people twice my size. I can't believe a mentor, someone I looked up too is now gone. Ima miss you Kevin, I will try my hardest to make it to your day we lay you to rest.

  • inter233

    To the Family, Friends, Galt PD and K9 partner of officer Tonn

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences, you are in our prayers.

  • clm3s

    I knew Kevin in elementary & middle school. I could tell he wanted to be a police office even back when he was in the 4th grade. I lost contact with him after he moved out of the area but I am so happy to see what a wonderful life he lived. Last Saturday, I drove by a spot he and I would hang out at I thought; I ought to contact him to say hi and see how he's doing. Well, I did not get around to contacting him. It really makes me realize we never know how long we have in this world. Even though it’s been more than 20 years since I have seen him, his death has affected me and my prays and thoughts go out to his family and friends.