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Cathedral City Police Officer Killed in Crash

A Cathedral City police officer was killed late Friday night when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed while chasing two men in a stolen vehicle, authorities said Saturday.

Officer Jermaine Gibson, 29, of Beaumont, the father of a 4-week-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before midnight Friday. His car burst into flames after striking a palm tree on the east side of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Two fellow officers pulled him from the wreckage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Gibson, a former U.S. Marine who was married about a year ago, had worked in law enforcement for about three years, including 18 months as a Cathedral City police officer. He served two tours of duty in the Iraq War and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Before his death, Gibson was chasing a stolen Ford Mustang that also crashed and caught fire. One of the two men inside was a state parolee.

Authorities said both men were arrested and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for serious injuries. Their names were  not available.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered flags in the Capitol to be lowered to half-staff, and Cathedral City officials set up a memorial fund to help the officer's family. "Officer Gibson's service and sacrifice will not be forgotten," Brown said.

-- Dan Weikel

Comments () | Archives (11)

Rest in piece.

He must be a hero, they dont give Purple Heart for nothing.

This is the same officer Jermaine Gibson who was involved in the Rialto PD scandal with the strippers. I am certain it's him, he used to be Officer Dobbs partner. Although, this is sad.

I am truly saddened for the family of Officer Gibson. As a resident of Cathedral City, it is a great loss to our community. I extend my condolences and prayers to his family, friends, fellow officers and our community. I also offer my appreciation and thanks to the many Police and Public Safety personnel that serve my community.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Thank you for your service to our country, and your city. Another hero is 10-7. RIP Officer Gibson.

This is an outrage.

Rest in peace brother. You truly will be missed by your family, friends and brothers in law enforcement.

This pursuit began several miles away in on the far edge of Cathedral City and went all the way down 111 almost to downtown Palm Springs. The crash happened within walking distance of my home and I heard the cars racing by just prior to the accident.

The suspect was headed at breakneck speed for downtown Palm Springs on a Friday night in the height of tourist season- the potential for disaster is almost impossible to quantify. So we are left with a terrible loss- a young officer with a wife and newborn child. Isn't it time these high speed chases are rethought before other officers or innocent citizens are lost?

Auto theft is a serious horrible crime and seemingly the offense of choice among hardened criminals. Besides a gun nothing else empowers them more. The officer had to chase them. It's disgusting it's so glamorized in video games (such is our world today - are we better for it?) You can draw a diagram of all the felonies committed and people victimized by the trajectory of just one typical stolen car.

May he rest in peace you will be missed dearly. And this is in responce to Roselle get your facts straight before you comment. You have him mistaken. You should feel ashammed of yourself to post something so negative and false during this hard time for the family.

My friend and brother RIP.
Roselle you crack head! take Annes advice, family and his friends like me are reading these postings. He was not involved in that crap at Rialto and may you go to hell! O, wait, your not welcome there either! I have your back GIB!

Officer Gibson was NOT involved in the Rialto PD scandal and shame on you for putting out false information. Gibson was an honorable police officer, husband, father, and friend. He was a true American hero and he will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.


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