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February 19, 1994 | DEAN E. MURPHY and JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
David J. Fukuto, the gunman who shot two Palos Verdes Estates police officers to death this week, was so enraptured with the world of guns and law enforcement that he sought to become a Los Angeles police officer shortly after the 1992 riots, according to city personnel records and the account of a close friend. "I think he wanted to try to do some good," said the friend, who shared Fukuto's passion for guns and often went target shooting with him.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1995
Construction has begun on a memorial to two Palos Verdes Estates police officers who were gunned down during a botched robbery attempt in a Torrance hotel last year. Volunteers have begun grading a small area across from City Hall where the memorial will be built. It will honor Capt. Mike Tracy and Sgt. Tom Vanderpool, who were killed at the Holiday Inn on Hawthorne Boulevard on Feb. 14, 1994. So far, private donors have contributed about $75,000 to the memorial, city officials said.
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February 15, 1995
In a ceremony marked by humor and sadness, about 100 people filled the City Council chambers in Palos Verdes Estates on Tuesday to honor two police officers killed on Valentine's Day a year ago. Capt. Michael Tracy, 50, and Sgt. Vernon Thomas Vanderpool, 57, were attending a management seminar at the nearby Torrance Holiday Inn last year when a gunman burst into the meeting room shouting, "This is a robbery!" Tracy and Vanderpool were fatally shot.
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July 28, 1994 | JEFF KASS
Palos Verdes Estates, where two police officers were killed on Valentine's Day, plans to send out invitations Monday for a barbecue honoring more than 150 police officers from surrounding cities. After the Feb. 14 shootings of Sgt. Vernon Thomas Vanderpool, 57, and Capt. Michael Tracy , 50, sent shock waves through the small Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, officers from neighboring agencies stepped in to protect the city. To thank those officers, the city will hold a Sept.
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February 9, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Valentine's Day, the one-year anniversary of the slayings of two police officers, Palos Verdes Estates is planning a small, quiet ceremony in a park across from City Hall. The ceremony will honor Capt. Michael Tracy, 50, and Sgt. Vernon Thomas Vanderpool, 57, who were attending a city management seminar at the Torrance Holiday Inn a year ago when they were shot by a masked gunman who had burst into the 12th-floor meeting room yelling, "This is a robbery."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1994 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti said Thursday that Palos Verdes Estates police officers used justifiable force in subduing a masked gunman who shot and killed two of their colleagues and later died. The gunman, David Fukuto, died of traumatic head injuries and asphyxia after officers wrestled him to the ground to get two guns out of his hands during the Feb. 14 attack at the Torrance Holiday Inn, where police and city officials were holding a motivational training seminar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Morio L. Fukuto, a justice of the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal who was a judge on various benches in California for 25 years until his retirement in 1999, has died. He was 77. A longtime resident of Torrance, Fukuto died at his home Nov. 15 of complications from Parkinson's disease, according to the court's public information office in San Francisco. In a statement released by the court, Administrative Presiding Justice Roger Boren called Fukuto "my most trusted consultant."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1994
I found it ironic that the same day the killing of LAPD Officer Christy Hamilton was on the front page (Feb. 23), The Times carried an advertisement for an interview of Rodney King on CNN. King has become a household name, a celebrity of sorts. But who will remember Christy Hamilton's name one month from now? She does not have the option of being on TV and telling her story because she did not survive her ordeal. Yet where is the mayor and why isn't he calling a press conference to denounce this terrible act?
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August 11, 1994 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Palos Verdes Estates will honor more than 150 officers from surrounding cities who stepped in to protect the city after two of its officers were killed on Valentine's Day. A barbecue, expected to cost several thousand dollars, will be held in September in Palos Verdes Estates. "(The cost) is relatively minor compared to what they did for us," said Bill Yeomans, city finance director. Officers from surrounding cities performed duties ranging from patrols to press conferences after the Feb.
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