Edwin Rivera, 20, is identified as the shooter who called 911 on February 6, 2008 saying, “…come get me,” after killing his father and two older brothers, including 25-year-old Endi Rivera. Los Angeles Police say when officers arrived, the high-school dropout with mental-health issues shot at them, which started an 11-hour standoff and gunfight with LAPD SWAT officers. Rivera shot SWAT officer James Veenstra in the face and jaw, and killed veteran SWAT officer Randal Simmons with a bullet to the neck. In the end, a LAPD sniper shot Rivera in the head.

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Randal Simmons, 51, is the first SWAT officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the elite Special Weapons and Tactics team since it began in 1967. Photo: LAPD/Twitter Feb. 7, 2008.


LAPD SWAT Officer James Veenstra, 51, was shot in the face and jaw by 20-year-old Edwin Rivera at Rivera’s Winnetka home. Photo: LAPD

Simmons’ widow, Lisa Simmons wrote about her husband in the book, 41D Man of Valor: The Story of SWAT Officer Randy Simmons. Major firearm companies Rugers and Smith & Wesson are financing the film about Simmons’ life Man of Valor: The Life, Death and Legacy of LAPD SWAT officer, Randy Simmons.

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