Stockton, CA – Stockton Police Department (SPD) Officer Jimmy Inn was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance on Tuesday morning.
The incident began at approximately 9:45 a.m., when the Stockton Dispatch Center received a call for help at a home located in the 4400-block of La Cresta Way, SPD Chief Eric Jones said during a press conference later in the day.
The caller said someone was screaming and that they saw a woman with a ripped shirt who was bleeding and looked as if someone had assaulted her, Chief Jones said.
Officer Inn, 30, arrived at the residence at 10:07 a.m. and knocked on the front door, at which point someone inside said “hey – police,” according to KOVR.
The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Lance Lowe, opened the front door and immediately shot Officer Inn repeatedly, police said.
Chief Jones described the attack as “violent, blatant, and very sudden assault.”
SPD Officer Pancho Freer arrived at the home just as the attack occurred, KOVR reported.
He said he heard the gunfire and saw the shooter standing over Officer Inn with a gun in his hand, police said.
Lowe started shooting at Officer Freer, hitting his patrol vehicle, at which point Officer Freer returned fire, KOVR reported.
Lowe then went back into the house and emerged a moment later holding an eight-year-old boy by the neck, police said.
“The suspect began to strangle the child in front of our officer and refused to comply with the officer’s commands,” Chief Jones told reporters. “Indications are that the suspect was attempting to kill the child.”
As Officer Freer approached Lowe, a community member ran up and tackled the suspect to the ground, at which point the officer “discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” the chief said.
Lowe later died from his wounds at a local hospital.
Kaycie McClure said she ran to Officer Inn from her home across the street after the shooting and desperately tried to help him, KOVR reported.
“I don’t know who, but another man helped me flip him over and I tried my hardest. I was looking for holes, I was trying to get his vest off,” McClure tearfully recounted. “I was just begging him to hang on, hang on, hang on, ‘they’re coming.’”
Officer Inn was rushed to a local hospital, where he died from his gunshot wounds, Chief Jones confirmed.
McClure told KOVR that Officer Inn is a true hero.
“It was just an awful situation but the real hero today was Officer Inn,” she said. “He gave his whole entire life coming to try and help somebody else.”
The boy Lowe strangled was examined and cleared by medical personnel, KOVR reported.
Investigators said woman involved in the initial call for service left prior to officers’ arrival and that they are still trying to track her down.
Police said they located a handgun inside Lowe’s residence after the shooting, KOVR reported.
“It is with great sadness that I am here today to inform you that Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn was shot and killed in the line of duty,” Chief Jones said during the press conference. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice…He died protecting those who cannot protect themselves.”
Chief Jones told reporters Officer Inn “came to work every day, putting his life on the line for complete strangers he never met, coming to work to protect members of our community and knowing it is a dangerous job.”
He described Officer Inn as a “positive, optimistic person” who was very well-liked throughout the SPD.
“[He was] the epitome of what a Stockton police officer should be,” Chief Jones said.
The chief said the loss of Officer Inn has been “traumatic” for his fellow officers.
Officer Inn joined the SPD in December of 2015, and was serving in the Field Operations Division at the time of his murder.
He was also a member of the department’s honor guard.
Chief Jones asked the community honor Officer Inn “for laying down his life” to save others.
Officer Inn leaves behind his wife, Tela, who also serves as an SPD officer, Chief Jones said.
He is also survived by his seven-month-old son, 12-year-old stepdaughter, and 14-year-old stepson.
We join the entire community in mourning the loss of @StocktonPolice Officer Jimmy Inn, killed today in the line of duty. Officer Inn and his wife, Officer Tela Inn, graduated from Delta's POST Academy in 2016. Please keep the Inn family close to your heart. 💔 pic.twitter.com/KRs3WIC8ej
— SJ Delta College (@SJDeltaCollege) May 12, 2021
"Jimmy had a heart of gold."
Family of fallen @StocktonPolice officer Jimmy Inn remember him as a compassionate man deeply committed to the safety of his community.
— Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) May 12, 2021
— Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) May 12, 2021
Our hearts are broken for our family in the @StocktonPolice department.
Officer Jimmy Inn, 30-years-old, was assigned to the Field Operations Division and was hired in December 2015. He was also a member of our Honor Guard. pic.twitter.com/KGVLzYEM1x
— Stockton Fire (@stocktonfire) May 12, 2021
The Ports give a moment of silence to Officer Jimmy Inn, who was killed in the line of duty this morning in Stockton. pic.twitter.com/7h2512doHb
— Justin Frommer (@JustinbFrommer) May 12, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Stockton Police Department Officer Jimmy Inn, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Jimmy Inn, your life mattered.