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Dublin: Memorial honors fallen deputy on somber anniversary

John Monego killed by armed robbers at Outback Steakhouse on Dec. 12, 1998

Dublin Police Services has paid tribute this holiday season to an Alameda County Sheriff's Office deputy who while responding to a robbery in progress in Dublin 21 years ago.

A Christmas tree and wreath in the lobby of department headquarters, both adorned in blue, during December served as a memorial to Deputy John Paul Monego, who was the first law enforcement officer slain in the line of duty in the city's history.

"Twenty-one years ago today, Dublin Police Deputy John Paul Monego was killed mercilessly in the line of duty. Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice that he made, and the young family he left behind, while serving our community," DPS said in a post on Twitter on Dec. 12, the anniversary of Monego's death.

Monego, a 13-year sheriff's office deputy assigned to DPS, responded to a 9-1-1 hangup at the Outback Steakhouse on Regional Street near Interstate 580 late at night on Dec. 11, 1998 -- but unbeknownst to Monego, the hangup call had actually come during a strong-arm robbery with hostages in progress.

Monego was the second deputy to arrive on scene; the first deputy had gone inside the restaurant to investigate but she was overpowered by three robbers, who then took her gun, according to the "Officer Down Memorial Page," which honors law enforcement personnel killed on duty nationwide and retells their stories.

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As Monego approached the front door, an armed robber opened fire through a glass window, striking the deputy in the chest just above his protective vest. As Monego fell, the shooter walked outside and shot the deputy five more times at close range.

The robbers all fled the scene. Monego was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on Dec. 12, 1998.

The culprits were later arrested after a short pursuit. Each would be convicted of various counts at trial.

Monego was 33 years old and lived in Brentwood with his wife Tammy and 18-month-old son Dominic at the time of his death, according to city officials. The longtime deputy had been assigned to DPS -- as part of the city's police contract with the sheriff's office -- for just under a year when he was killed, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time.

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Dublin: Memorial honors fallen deputy on somber anniversary

John Monego killed by armed robbers at Outback Steakhouse on Dec. 12, 1998

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Dublin Police Services has paid tribute this holiday season to an Alameda County Sheriff's Office deputy who while responding to a robbery in progress in Dublin 21 years ago.

A Christmas tree and wreath in the lobby of department headquarters, both adorned in blue, during December served as a memorial to Deputy John Paul Monego, who was the first law enforcement officer slain in the line of duty in the city's history.

"Twenty-one years ago today, Dublin Police Deputy John Paul Monego was killed mercilessly in the line of duty. Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice that he made, and the young family he left behind, while serving our community," DPS said in a post on Twitter on Dec. 12, the anniversary of Monego's death.

Monego, a 13-year sheriff's office deputy assigned to DPS, responded to a 9-1-1 hangup at the Outback Steakhouse on Regional Street near Interstate 580 late at night on Dec. 11, 1998 -- but unbeknownst to Monego, the hangup call had actually come during a strong-arm robbery with hostages in progress.

Monego was the second deputy to arrive on scene; the first deputy had gone inside the restaurant to investigate but she was overpowered by three robbers, who then took her gun, according to the "Officer Down Memorial Page," which honors law enforcement personnel killed on duty nationwide and retells their stories.

As Monego approached the front door, an armed robber opened fire through a glass window, striking the deputy in the chest just above his protective vest. As Monego fell, the shooter walked outside and shot the deputy five more times at close range.

The robbers all fled the scene. Monego was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on Dec. 12, 1998.

The culprits were later arrested after a short pursuit. Each would be convicted of various counts at trial.

Monego was 33 years old and lived in Brentwood with his wife Tammy and 18-month-old son Dominic at the time of his death, according to city officials. The longtime deputy had been assigned to DPS -- as part of the city's police contract with the sheriff's office -- for just under a year when he was killed, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time.

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Killer being released from prison?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Killer being released from prison?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2020 at 2:19 pm
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Town Hall Web Link is reporting that Gavin Newsom is preparing to release this violent police officer killer, Ruben Eliceo Vasquez, from prison by commuting his sentence.

It seems as if every cop killer is given a 'get out of jail' free card by the Democrats. Can the Pleasanton Weekly follow up on Newsom's outrageous and appalling plan to determine if this is true or not? No wonder Californians are no longer safe.


Angela Schwab tragedy
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2020 at 11:16 am
Angela Schwab tragedy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2020 at 11:16 am
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The entire situation is tragic. And the fact that Democrats are commuting sentences of criminals who have killed police officers is outrageous.

Angela Schwab, the Dublin police officer who was taken hostage by these 3 criminals at the Outback Steakhouse, was married to Mark Dunakin, the police officer who was also killed in the line of duty when he was an Oakland police officer. She was driving home from Chico State just 8 weeks ago after delivering her son cookies and was hit by a truck on Highway 99. She died as well.

So her three kids are left behind. They lost their father to a cop killer in Oakland (3 other police officers were also killed) in a traffic stop and now their mother has passed away.


Rob
another community
on Jan 6, 2020 at 10:02 am
Rob, another community
on Jan 6, 2020 at 10:02 am
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Killer being released from prison?

Wrong. The guy applied for commutation, which means nothing about the governor releasing him. It's not any different than other inmates applying for commutation. If nothing happens and his application is denied move on.


resident
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm
resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm
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I wouldn't be surprised at all if Newsom commutes or pardons the killers. After all, isn't that what he has done over and over since he became governor? A letter writing campaign has started to prevent the governor from doing this. See below for more information:

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