On May 11, 2021, Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence dispute.
STOCKTON, Calif. — The family of Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn has spent the past year reflecting on the day he was killed in the line of duty on May 11, 2021.
Tela Inn, Jimmy’s wife, shared what happened that morning when he was killed. She said Jimmy, a six-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, had gone home as he usually did on his break to see her and their seven-month-old son, Jacen.
“I kind of held Jacen at the door and said ‘goodbye’ and watched him get in the car,” Tela said.
Jimmy and his wife Tela met at the police academy and both worked for the Stockton Police Department.
“I left here [home] around 9:50 a.m.,” Tela said. “I took Jacen to the babysitter and was pulling him out of the car and I heard a bunch of gunshots. I was in the Oak Park area and I actually texted him , and I texted him at 10:09.
She said her husband never answered.
Inn was shot and killed on May 11, 2021, while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
“I kept driving to work and I was at a red light and on my screen, on my truck, and the number wasn’t registered but it was like ‘this is the phone call’ “Tela said. “This is going to be the worst phone call of my life.”
She said when she arrived at the hospital she felt he had not survived.
“I think in my heart I knew he was already gone, and then just seeing a bunch of officers outside the hospital, I just knew, you know,” Tela said.
Jimmy’s father, Phaly Inn, was at work.
“A Stockton police officer got shot,” Phaly said. “No specifics other than that. I said ‘OK’ as a father, as a family, my heart was beating right there.
“The nurse came in and said they were doing everything they could, which I also know what that means because I’m a cop,” Tela said. “They let me see him. Just me. I think only because they weren’t sure how the whole situation would play out and the evidence. They wanted to preserve everything they could.
In the days and weeks that followed, the Stockton community and people around the world came out to show their support through prayers, gifts and their presence.
“We all saw the community come together in crazy and unexpected ways where hundreds and thousands of people lined the streets as we drove on the day of the funeral, and so many fundraisers in the months that followed” said Roman Finch, Jimmy’s cousin. . “It never ended. It showed how many people he touched and impacted.
Jimmy’s death was difficult for the Cambodian community that watched him grow up to deal with. His family volunteered at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple.
“I used to see Jimmy there when we volunteered every year,” said Sophaline Mao, a family friend. “He was always smiling. He always had a big camera to take pictures and just a big personality, you know, but he would warm everyone up just such a friendly, outgoing young man, you know. It really had an impact on the Cambodian community. I think we felt a sense of pride that, you know, he served his town and his community here in Stockton so well, and was so well loved.
Jimmy’s impact on the community can still be seen today. Hundreds of people turned out for the Honor Stockton Blue run wearing Jimmy’s memorial shirts in April 2022, nearly a year after his death.
“It was unbelievable but believable because it’s Jimmy and I don’t think he had a single enemy in this world honestly and I think people who knew him or knew him by call knew what kind of person he was. was, so this community came together to support another Stockton member,” Tela said.
Grieving is different for each member of Jimmy’s family. His sister Jessica tries to visit him where he is buried. Although close, she says it’s a tough trip to take.
“I still try to go every month,” Jessica said. “It seems like an easy thing to do, but it’s still hard for me to go into it because it’s another look at reality like, ‘Hey, he’s not here anymore.'”
As they all reflect on a year, they remember Jimmy’s infectious smile, his love for his family, Star Wars, and all the memories they shared over his 30s.
A few days before Jimmy was killed, he hosted a lunch at his house for his family on Mother’s Day.
“That makes it a bit more special,” Jessica said. “Remember the little things and telling him ‘where are you guys’ and trying to get us there because he really wanted to see us and hang out with us. He loved spending time with his family.
The family took a photo on this Mother’s Day. This is the last photo they all have together.
“I think what upsets me is because there are no more memories to be made,” Tela said. “Only memories to remember. »
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