Jefferson Motel Massacre
By James Ross | April 12th, 2019.
On the evening of April 8th, 2019 a deputy was killed in the line of duty at the Jefferson Motel in East Los Santos. Sergeant Isaiah Nephi Tuiasosopo (Also known as Sopo) of the Los Santos County Sheriffs Department was gunned down in a stand off with unknown assailants who barricaded themselves inside the motel. He was actively being deployed under the Special Enforcement Bureau at the time.
A press conference was held by Lieutenant James Adkins, the Acting Captain of the Santa Clara Valley Station. "Tonight, the Department is saddened to announce the passing of Sergeant Isaiah Nephi Tuiasosopo in the line of duty." He announced. "Sergeant Tuiasosopo was killed tonight when working with the Special Enforcement Bureau to handle a barricaded subject situation in the Jefferson community. On April 8th, deputies engaged a vehicle in pursuit and the pursuit led to a motel on Princeton Street in Jefferson. Both subjects in the car, were armed with long guns. The Special Enforcement Bureau was called and they dispatched a special weapons team to the situation." He began to choke up as he spoke to the crowd. "During the tactical operation, Sergeant Tuiasosopo unfortunately was struck by gunfire. Deputies immediately extracted Sergeant Tuiasosopo from the location and the Los Santos Fire Department (LSFD) transported him to All Saints General Hospital. Sergeant Tuiasosopo was declared dead on arrival."
Sergeant Tuiasosopo was active in the community, serving as Bishop to the Fort Carson Stake of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. He also coached a youth rugby team. Isaiah joined the Los Santos County Sheriffs Department (LSSD) from the United States Marshals Service, Utah District where he served on the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team. "He was a great asset to the Special Weapons Team, he was a big guy with an even bigger heart." Said Commander Clinton Ryals. "He will be remembered for his peaceful manner, his family oriented mentality and his positive encouragement to all members of this department. He will be surely missed but if we know anything about Sopo, we know he's in a better place. May he rest in peace." He is survived by his wife of eighteen years and nine children.
The two men involved in the shootout were white males. Both were deceased after the incident but the LSSD are unsure if they died from wounds inflicted by deputies. No more information was given about the suspects, due to a pending autopsy report.
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