Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in California sadly reports the death of Deputy Antonio Hinostroza.

Deputy “Tony” Hinostroza, 45, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle crash. Hinostroza was responding to assist other deputies who were involved in a vehicle pursuit.

Deputies were initially called to check the welfare of a subject who was passed out or sleeping in his vehicle. As deputies made contact with the subject, he sped away from the officers and led them on a vehicle pursuit.

Dispatch was notified of the pursuit and Hinostroza responded to the area to assist. While he was driving to the area of the pursuit, the deputy lost control of his patrol vehicle. As a result, it left the road and struck a utility pole.

When first responders arrived at the crash scene they provided emergency life support medical assistance to Hinostroza. Sadly, they were not successful in their resuscitation efforts and he died.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

Deputies used spike strips to disable the vehicle being pursued. Once stopped, the suspect fought with officers after attempting to flee his vehicle on foot. The suspect was charged with his fourth DUI offense, evading, resisting arrest as well as being a habitual felon.

Antonio Hinostroza served the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 19 years. He served as a road patrol officer, canine handler, SWAT team member, Gang Squad detective and FTO. Moreover, Hinostroza was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. His adult son survives him.

Deputy Antonio Hinostroza is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Antonio Hinostroza

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