“My Dad stopped to help a guy, that looked like he was having car trouble. Before he had a chance to do anything the guy shot him. My Father fell to the ground, the guy walked over to him, stood over him and shot my father in the head…”. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Oakland California Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.

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(Photo from Miguel Soto Jr. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr.)

Career Oakland California Police Officer Miguel Soto, stopped to help what appeared to be a disabled motorist, who turned out to be a wanted felon. The felon shot Officer Soto once, then when he was down, approached and fired a fatal shot. Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr. his son, tells us about the murder of his Dad. He also discusses the profound effect the murder had on his entire family. Mike shares about the organization, Concerns Of  Police Survivors, that has helped him and his family.

From ODMP.org: Officer Soto was shot and killed after stopping a pedestrian near the intersection of 36th and Market Street. As he approached the man he was shot twice and killed.

A citizen found Officer Soto’s body behind his patrol car and used the patrol car’s radio to call for assistance.

The suspect was later arrested in San Diego. He was convicted of Officer Soto’s murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Soto had served with the agency for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and three sons.

(Photo by Lance Iversen – The Chronicle. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr.)

From Camememporial.org: Soto, who was wearing a protective vest and whose gun was still in its holster, had been shot at least twice. He died at Highland Hospital at 2:53 a.m.

Because of the way Soto’s car was parked, it was “consistent with a walking stop as opposed to a vehicle stop.” Normally, officers notify communication dispatchers when they make such stops, but, perhaps because the shooting happened instantaneously, he did not radio in.

(Photo from Miguel Soto Jr. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr.)

Soto received the Medal of Valor, the department’s highest bravery commendation, for his actions June 4, 1987, while he was off-duty and unarmed. He saw a teenager snatch a woman’s purse and started chasing the robber. The robber fired several shots at Soto, who, with the help of a citizen, was able to capture and disarm the suspect.

Soto was born in Oakland and graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1969. He became a police officer in 1972 and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from California State University at Hayward in 1989.

(Photo from Miguel Soto Jr. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr.)

Fellow officers described him as an extremely knowledgeable cop who dedicated his life to the Oakland Police Department. “It seemed like he lived here sometimes,” said Sgt. Patrick Haw, a police academy coordinator. “He was a real go-getter who just ate up anything that was physically demanding.”

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(Photo from Miguel Soto Jr, and Lance Iversen, The Chronicle, compiled by LET staff. Profiles In Courage – The Brutal Murder Of Police Officer Miguel Soto – Miguel “Mike” Soto Jr.)

Please join us in a moment of silence to remember Police Officer Miguel Soto, the entire Soto family and the Oakland California Police Department.


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