Officer Thomas J. Steiner

On April 21, 2004, California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Steiner exited the Pomona Court House towards his car when a 16-year-old “wanna be” 12th Street Gang member pulled up in the parking lot and fired several rounds from a semi-automatic weapon. Los Angeles County’s Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley declared the fatal shooting to be “the ultimate hate crime – the assassination of a law enforcement officer solely based on the victim’s status in the community and a uniform worn.”

No motivation could be found except that Valentino Mitchell Arenas wanted to prove how “macho” he was to the Pomona gang. With his underage barring the death penalty, Arenas was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Thomas J. Steiner moved to Long Beach from Ohio, earning a Bacher’s degree in Business Administration after high school, and subsequently joined the CHP. He was with the force 5 years and, for his dedicated service, was buried in Forest Lawn. Steiner is survived by his wife Heidi,  stepson Justin and youngest Bryan.

Donations to the Steiner family can be made in care of Rancho Bank, Steiner Family Trust, P.O. Box 697, San Dimas, CA 91773.

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  1. […] Officer Thomas J. Steiner, 35, California Highway Patrol, April 24, 2004, was ki*led by Valentino Mitchell Arenas, 16, from Pomona 12th Street barrio, in front of the Pomona South Courthouse, Steiner was to testify in traffic cases. […]

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