Riverside Officer Wounded in Dorner Ambush Identified

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wounded-officer-Tachias-smRIVERSIDE — The Riverside Police Department has released the identity of the surviving police officer who had been ambushed on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

The injured officer is Andrew Tachias. Andrew was born in 1985 in West Covina.

He attended the University of California, Riverside where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. While at UCR, he served as a Community Service Officer.

In September 2009, Andrew was hired by the Inglewood Police Department and later attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy as a Police Officer Trainee.

Andrew graduated from the Academy in February 2010 and was assigned to patrol.

He lateraled to the Riverside Police Department and was sworn in as a police officer on December 21, 2012.  He is assigned to Field Operations, Patrol Division for Field Training.

Officer Tachias is in stable condition at a local hospital recovering from his injuries.

The ambush took the life of his partner, Officer Michael Crain.

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  • Public Servent

    It's by the grace of God that you weren't killed along with your FTO Mike Crain. Hopefully you'll heal up and not have to
    Medically retire when you're just starting your L.E. career. It could have easily been any cop including me . Just
    Remember that as cops we along with firemen are NOT paid for what we do but rather for what we
    Might have to do…unlike most people who go off to work we are not guaranteed to come home after work.
    The bible says blessed are the Peace Keepers. If you didn't know Jesus in a personal way before this tragic
    Event hopefully you will now. Religion is man's attempt to get to God and Christianity is God's attempt to get
    To man thru his son, Jesus Christ. Andrew both you and your family including your police family are in a lot of
    People's prayers including me. Check out peace officers for Christ when you get well, and there's also
    A LEO group at Calvary Chapel Diamond Bar with Pastor Raul Ries that meets regularly. Hugs :)

  • Brandi H

    Officer Andrew Tacias is a close friend of mine, almost like a brother so I am VERY thankful that GOD answered my prayers! Been praying for you ever since I heard brother! Cant wait to visit you! <3

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