Trevor Sterling

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Service Record

San Diego California Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2012.[1]
Salary $149,221 (2019)[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[3]

Incident Reports

2016 Death of Thongsoune Vilaysane

A news source reports that an officer with the same name and years of service was one of several officers who fatally shot Vilaysane when he turned a stolen car towards the officers in May 2016.[4]

2021 Assault Charges

On July 31, 2021, police responded to a call of a man creating a disturbance and displaying a firearm in a threatening manner outside of a bar. Police determined that Sterling, an off-duty police officer who had been drinking, had brandished his personal firearm at another man.[1]

Response Timeline

Sterling was suspended without pay and stripped of his police powers, which required him to surrender his badge and department-issued firearm.[1][4]

On July 31, 2021, Sterling was arrested.[1]

On August 9, 2021, a one-year gun violence restraining order was filed against Sterling, which prohibits him from possessing or buying guns, ammunition, or magazines.[5][6]

On September 13, 2021, Sterling pleaded not guilty.[4]

Sterling resigned.[3]

On November 29, 2021, Sterling was ordered to stand trial on charges including a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm.[1]

In March 2022, Sterling pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. The charge of branding a firearm was dropped and the District Attorney agreed to send the case to the Veterans Treatment Court, which can allow convicted veterans to seek treatment instead of serving jail time.[3]

On October 27, 2023, the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) suspended Sterling's certification for being a convicted felon.[7]


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