Another officer has made the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of a stranger. Officer Jimmy Inn, 30, lost his life when he responded to a domestic disturbance call yesterday in Stockton, California.
Officer Inn arrived at the 4400 block of La Cresta Way around 10:07 am, 22 minutes after the 911 call was initially made. Inn walked to the front door, knocked on the security screen, and stood off to the side while he waited for an answer. The response “Hey police” was heard from inside before a barrage of bullets made their way through the door, striking the officer multiple times.
A second officer, Pancho Freer, arrived at the scene soon enough to hear the gunshots and witness the suspect, 30-year-old Lance Lowe, standing over Officer Inn with a gun in his hand. Lowe took at least one shot at Officer Freer before ducking back into the home and emerging with his 8-year-old son.
Lowe, in a deranged state, began choking his son. He was unresponsive to the officer’s request to release the child and continued to strangle the boy. Footage from a cell phone reveals the moment a heroic bystander tackled Lowe, causing him to release the child. This gave Officer Freer enough time to neutralize the threat and shoot Lowe.
It is with great sadness that we announce Officer Jimmy Inn was shot & killed in the line of duty while on a DV call this morning. The suspect was also shot & killed by another SPD officer. Officer Inn was hired in 2015 & was a member of our honor guard. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/IGr6RpVvEt
— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) May 12, 2021
Both Officer Inn and the suspect were transported to nearby hospitals, where they both died of their injuries. The 8-year-old boy is doing well and was released from the hospital into his mother’s care.
Stockton Police Chief, Eric Jones, conducted a press conference about the incident. He said of Inn, “He gave the ultimate sacrifice and he came to work every day, putting his life on the line for strangers he’d never met — coming to work to protect members of our community, knowing it’s a dangerous job and knowing that going to disturbance calls are extremely dangerous.”
Inn had been with the department since 2015 and trained at the San Joaquin Delta College Basic Police Academy. He leaves behind a wife, who is also part of the Stockton Police Department, a 14-year-old stepson, a 12-year-old stepdaughter, and a 7-month-old son.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the California State Department of Justice, the San Joaquin County Medical Examiner, and investigators with the Stockton Police Department have joined together to conduct a multi-agency investigation. Authorities are looking for the woman who was part of the initial domestic disturbance call, as she left the scene before they arrived.