Governor Brown Issues Statement on the Death of Cathedral City Police Department Officer


SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown today issued the following statement regarding the death of Cathedral City Police Department Officer Jermaine Anthony Gibson:

“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the tragic death of Cathedral City Police Department Officer Gibson, a young man with a distinguished record of service to his country and community. Every day, officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe and Officer Gibson’s service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends, family and fellow officers mourning this loss.”

Gibson, 28, died in the line of duty after his patrol car struck a palm tree and caught fire during a pursuit late Friday night. He served with the Cathedral City Police Department for 18 months and had previously served with the Rialto and Desert Hot Springs Police Departments. Gibson was honorably discharged as an infantry squad leader from the U.S. Marine Corps after four years of duty, which included two tours in Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and Pistol/Rifle Expert Badges.

Officer Gibson is survived by his wife, Jessica and one month old son, Jermaine Anthony Gibson of Beaumont, CA; mother, Cheryl Gibson of Vallejo, CA; and brother, Taurean R. Gibson also of Vallejo, CA.

In honor of Officer Gibson, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.