Rialto police officer Sergio Carrera Jr. (29) was shot and killed on the morning of October 18th during a raid for illegal drugs. The incident began about 7 a.m. when SWAT teams from the Colton and Rialto police departments, along with agents from the U.S. DEA and ATF, raided four homes on West Cascade Drive simultaneously.
Officer Carrera, a four-year veteran of the force and a member of the SWAT team, was shot in the chest while he and other officers struggled with a man inside one of the targeted homes. He was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Jaranard Thomas, 32, of Rialto was arrested on suspicion of murder of a police officer.
Officer Carrera is survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and year-old daughter.