Jarrett Tonn

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Service Record

Galt California Police Department

Rank Officer, Detective[1]
Dates of Service 2007-2014[2]
Salary $94,605 (2014)[3]

Vallejo California Police Department

Rank Officer, Detective
Badge Number 673
Dates of Service 2014[4] - October 3, 2022.[5]
Reinstated August 18, 2023[6]
Salary $261,822 (2019)[7]
Last Known Status Terminated[5]

Incident Reports

2015 Shooting of Gerald Brown

VPD Case 15-02436 BWC

On February 22, 2015, Brown led officers on a vehicle pursuit through residential neighborhoods. Tonn and other officers shot and wounded Brown after he allegedly rammed into a police vehicle.[8][9][10][11]

Response Timeline

On December 21, 2015, a department investigation determined that Tonn's actions were "an appropriate reaction within [department] policy".[10]

2017 Arrest of Robert Strong

On April 19, 2017, Strong was pulled over by Tonn for a traffic stop. Strong filmed part of the incident, which shows Tonn pulling him out of the vehicle and taking him to the ground.[8]

Response Timeline

On May 5, 2018, Strong filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging violations of his Fourth Amendment rights and other charges.[12]

On September 1, 2020, the lawsuit was settled for $52,500.[13]

2017 Shooting of Kevin DeCarlo

On May 31, 2017, Tonn and another officer attempted to arrest DeCarlo on a felony warrant. DeCarlo used his vehicle to hit a police vehicle in an attempt to flee. Tonn and other officers fired at the vehicle.[14][15]

Response Timeline

In January 2018, DeCarlo filed a lawsuit, claiming the use of excessive force.[16]

On May 9, 2018, a department investigation determined that Tonn's actions were with policy, that the tactics were "sound and within the accepted practices".[15]

DeCarlo agreed to a plea deal in the charges against him. As part of the settlement, he agreed to the facts of his arrest as detailed by the law enforcement reports.[17]

The lawsuit was settled. ‎

2017 Arrest of Victor Hurtado

On July 8, 2017, Tonn chased Hurtado, who he believed was involved in an armed carjacking. As shown by his body-worn camera, Tonn fired at Hurtado, but missed.[8][18][19]

Response Timeline

On February 21, 2018, a department investigation determined that Tonn's actions were within policy, that the tactics were "sound and within the accepted practices".[19]. Tonn was not disciplined by the department.[18]

2018 Arrest of Jose Villalobos

On November 4, 2018, Tonn and other plainclothes officers arrested Villalobos, who they believed matched the description of a sexual predator.[20]

Response Timeline

In December 2019, a lawsuit was filed.[20]

In October 2021, the lawsuit was settled.[20]

2019 Illegal Search

In 2019, Tonn and another officer searched a man and his car.[18]

Response Timeline

The man claimed the searches were illegal.[18]

The city paid $6,000 to settle the lawsuit.[18]

2020 Death of Sean Monterrosa

Response Timeline

On July 27, 2020, it was reported that Tonn had returned to duty.[21]

On August 6, 2020, Monterrosa's family filed a lawsuit against Tonn and the city of Vallejo, accusing the Vallejo Police Department of tampering with evidence and acting negligently by not reprimanding or re-training Tonn after prior incidents.[22][23]

On June 1, 2021, an independent investigator found the shooting to "not be objectively reasonable" and that it was based on bad tactics. The report also stated that Tonn violated department policy.[24][25]

On June 17, 2021, Tonn was placed on administrative leave.[26]

On December 1, 2021, the department notified Tonn of their intent to fire him based on several violations of department policies, including use of force.[27]

On May 10, 2022, a report was issued from an internal pre-disciplinary "Skelly" hearing. The officer in charge of the review determined that Tonn had acted "based on a generalized fear", but had not violated the department's use of force policy and should not be fired.[26]

On October 3, 2022, Tonn was fired for using unreasonable force.[5]

On October 4, 2023, Tonn appealed his termination.[26]

On August 18, 2023, an arbitrator found the shooting to be "reasonable under the circumstances", overturned Tonn's termination, and reinstated Tonn to duty.[6][26]

On December 19, 2023, the California Attorney General declared that there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal conviction against Tonn.[28]


  1. Ron Jones, Galt Officer’s Cousin One Of First To Respond To His Shooting, CBS 13, 2013-01-15
  2. City Manager's Bi-Weekly Report, City of Vallejo, 2014-08-15
  3. Jarrett Tonn Police Officer Galt, govSalaries
  4. City Manager's Bi-Weekly Report, City of Vallejo, 2014-08-15
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Erik Ortiz, Police in Vallejo, Calif., fire officer in 2020 shooting death of Sean Monterrosa, NBC News, 2022-10-05
  6. 6.0 6.1 Melanie Woodrow, Vallejo officer who shot, killed Sean Monterrosa reinstated with back pay and benefits: I-Team, ABC 7, 2023-08-28
  7. Jarrett Tonn M Police Officer Vallejo, govSalaries
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 John Glidden, Vallejo pays $52,500 to settle excessive lawsuit brought by man filming traffic stop, Vallejo Sun, 2021-02-01
  9. Dianne De Guzman, Police: Man fatally shot by Vallejo officer left note, Mercury News, 2015-03-23
  10. 10.0 10.1 Crime Report, Vallejo Police Department, 2015-02-22
  11. VPD Case 15-02436 Body-Worn Camera, Vallejo Police Department
  12. Strong v. City of Vallejo Complaint, U.S. District Court, 2018-05-15
  13. Strong v. City of Vallejo Release, U.S. District Court, 2020-09-01
  14. John Glidden, City of Vallejo settling excessive force lawsuit, Vallejo Sun, 2021-07-20
  15. 15.0 15.1 Investigation Documents, Vallejo Police Department, 2017-06-01
  16. John Glidden, City of Vallejo settling excessive force lawsuit, JohnGlidden.com, 2021-07-20
  17. DeCarlo v City of Vallejo Order, U.S. District Court, 2021-03-23
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Scott Morris, New body camera video shows Vallejo officer who killed Sean Monterrosa shoot at man’s back in 2017, Vallejo Sun, 2021-05-14
  19. 19.0 19.1 Report of Investigation, Vallejo Police Department, 2018-02-21
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 John Glidden, Vallejo tentatively settles excessive force lawsuit over alleged police assault in church, Vallejo Sun, 2021-10-05
  21. Richard Freedman, Officer in shooting returns as windshield scrutiny continues in Vallejo, Times Herald, 2020-07-27
  22. Jodi Hernandez, Civil Rights Suit Filed by Family of Man Killed by Vallejo Police, NBC Bay Area, 2020-08-06
  23. Monterrosa v City of Vallejo Complaint], 'U.S. District Court, 2020-08-06
  24. Vallejo cop who fatally shot Sean Monterrosa violated policy, investigation concludes, KTVU, 2021-12-02
  25. Administrative Investigative Report, OIR Group, 2021-06-01
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Opinion and Award, Arbitrator, 2023-08-18
  27. Notice of Intent to Discline, Vallejo Police Department, 2021-12-01
  28. Vicente Vera, Vallejo police officer cleared of criminal charges in Sean Monterrosa killing, ABC 10, 2023-12-20