LOMPOC, Calif. - Lompoc police are mourning the sudden death of one of their own. Officer Miguel Grijalva died early Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide.
The Lompoc Police Department released the following statement:
Officer Grijalva, a three-year Lompoc Police Department veteran, was off-duty and outside of Lompoc city limits when he died. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is handling the death investigation case, and the preliminary investigation indicates that the death was a suicide.
The Lompoc Police Department asks the community to keep Miguel and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Our Lompoc Police Department employees are devastated by this news and are grieving, as well. Prior to joining the Lompoc Police Department, Miguel served in the United States Marine Corps.
Lompoc police Chief Pat Walsh is grateful to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office which has taken over patrol functions in Lompoc for today and tonight so that Lompoc police staff can spend time with family and friends as they grieve their loss. In addition, counseling is available for police staff.
The Lompoc Police Department urges anyone considering suicide, or who knows anyone who might be contemplating suicide, to seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at: 1-800-273-8255. More suicide prevention resources can be accessed here: https://www.countyofsb.org/behavioral-wellness/suicide.sbc.
No further details on this incident were immediately known.