Suicide of Ricardo Alfonso Cerna at San Bernardino Police Station

Suicide of Ricardo Alfonso Cerna at San Bernardino Police Station

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Ricardo Alfonso Cerna (c. 1956 – December 19, 2003) was a Guatemalan immigrant to the United States known for committing suicide in 2003 with a gun in an interrogation room in the San Bernadino Sheriff's office in Muscoy, California. A videotape was running and recorded the event. He was 47 years old. Cerna was stopped by Sheriff's Deputy Michael Parham for a traffic violation on December 19, 2003. He attempted to escape in his car and then later on foot. During the pursuit, he shot Parham twice in the abdomen, but the wound was not fatal. Cerna was arrested shortly afterward. The San Bernardino Police, the county sheriff, and the California Highway Patrol were all involved in the chase, but during his apprehension, no one ensured he was properly searched. Sitting alone in an interrogation room, Cerna shot himself in the temple at point-blank range with a .45-caliber handgun he had hidden in the front of his waistband. The event was recorded on the security surveillance camera in the room. Cerna died instantly. The Sheriff's Department showed the security camera footage to the media the next day. To avoid sensationalism, only a limited number of selected reporters were permitted for viewing. Although the police tried to control access, the footage was (LIVE)leaked.
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by SilentlyViolent - 6 months ago
The police force. Ridding the world of criminals one suicide at a time.
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by TheLawyer - 7 months ago
LOOOOLLLLLL HahAhaa
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by pustulance - Aug 17, 2015
He shot a cop and yet no one ever patted this guy down properly for processing. LOL. Nice work, boys in blue! He could have killed others at the police station, they are lucky he only wanted to take himself out. From the rest of the Wikipedia article:
"Cerna, who had previously been convicted of other serious crimes, may have understood that he was about to catch a third strike case via his attempted murder of Deputy Parham, and probably preferred to end his own life rather than die of old age."
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Replied by PuckFussy - Oct 8, 2015
I've seen this video multiple times before but never knew the background of it.. thanks for that