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The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .
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[/TD][TD]Sergeant Paul Starzyck
Martinez Police Department
California

End of Watch: Saturday, September 6, 2008
Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, September 6, 2008
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Sergeant Paul Starzyck was shot and killed while responding to a shots fired call at a local hair salon.

The salon owner's estranged husband had entered the business with a weapon looking for the woman. As he searched the salon he fired several shots.

As responding officers arrived at the scene, they exchanged shots with the man and Sergeant Starzyck was struck. Sergeant Starzyck was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Agency Contact Information
Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone: (925) 372-3440

Please contact the Martinez Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
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An accounting from the Chief of Police:

From the Martinez chief

Sent: 9/7/2008 6:00:58 PM
Subject: Sgt. Paul Starzyk-Martinez PD

I wanted to let you all know that I appreciate all of the calls &
e-mails supporting both me & my Department during this difficult time.
In particular the Office of the Sheriff, the California Highway Patrol,
Pleasant Hill PD & Concord PD have all gone far & above anyone's
expectations in rendering assistance to my employees & the citizens of
Martinez.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the correct version of what occurred here on Saturday; as usual, preliminary information is rarely accurate.

MPD Dispatch received a 911 call @1135hrs of an ex-husband (HMA
49yrs) who had arrived at his wife's place of employment on Pacheco Blvd
near Morello Ave. Apparently as the HMA was exiting his vehicle, the
ex-wife locked the front door due to his prior threats; additionally she
had an active TRO against him.

As two (2) MPD officers were en-route, updated info was that the HMA had
shattered the front window of the business & was displaying a handgun.
Moments before the first officer arrived, the majority of the patrons
fled out the back door into a parking lot; the ex-wife hid in a storage
closet while the HMA followed the patrons into the rear parking lot.
While in the parking lot, the HMA's teenaged daughter confronted him &
pleaded with him to leave; the HMA told his daughter he intended to kill
his ex-wife & the rest of his children.

The suspect then ran to an upstairs apartment adjacent to the parking
lot as the first MPD unit (K9-1) arrived, two (2) minutes after the call
was received. As that officer exited his vehicle with his MP-5, he
immediately heard gunshots from the upstairs apartment. Sgt Starzyk
arrived with 30 seconds of the first unit & deployed his AR-15 rifle,
realizing that they had an active shooter situation. Sgt Starzyk & K9-1
approached the upstairs apartment safely as there were no windows facing
their approach; as they neared the apartment they encountered an "L"
shaped intersection with two (2) facing apartment doors. At this time
they heard small children & an adult female screaming from inside the
apartment; as they got within ten (10) feet of the front door, the HMA
extended his left arm out & around the front door & fired two (2) rounds
from a .38 handgun, both of which struck Sgt Starzyk in the neck &
shoulder areas above his vest. Both Sgt Starzyk & K9-1 engaged the HMA
with .223 & .40 cal, after which Sgt Starzyk fell to the floor.

A second K9 unit (K9-2) arrived & as he attempted to remove Sgt
Starzyk, the suspect again began firing from behind the partially closed
front door. K9-1 again engaged the HMA, striking him multiple times
through the door. At this point K9-2 sent his K9 into the apartment,
locating the HMA inside the front door; the K9 bit the suspect & began
dragging him out of the apartment. As K9-2 approached to view the HMA,
he saw that the HMA was still armed and waving his handgun at the K9;
K9-2 engaged the suspect with his handgun & ended the confrontation.

Inside the apartment three (3) small children were found hiding in a
closet, along with a hysterical HFA; located in the kitchen was a
deceased HFA & another WFA who was actually under the body of the HFA.
The survivors were removed from the apartment while additional MPD &
CCSO units arrived to assist Sgt Starzyk.

In closing, I wanted all of you to know that Sgt Starzyk's death is a
tragedy but it was not in vain; five (5) people are alive today due his
& his officer's actions. Please share this story with your respective
departments.

Chief Tom J. Simonetti

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA
94553-2394
(925)372-3446
(925)228-3753 FAX
[email protected]
RIP Sergeant Starzyck! You now serve with St Michael to protect the bretrhen. May God provide the comfort that is essential to your family and friends during their grief. Thank you for your dedicated service.

 
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