President Trump, VP Pence Meet Son, Daughter of Fallen Fresno Officer

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met the children of fallen Fresno officer Sgt. Rod Lucas at a memorial for fallen officers at the U.S. Capitol.

The Lucas children–Elijah and Gianna–were in DC for a ceremony on National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

The Fresno Bee reports that Lucas was among “118 officers who died in the line of duty [in 2016].” Lucas’s name “is now engraved in the granite wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”

Lucas died an accidental death at the hands of one of his law enforcement colleagues on October 31, 2016. They were shifting guns around, talking about different ways to carry a second gun, when a gun was accidentally discharged, and a bullet struck Lucas in the chest. Investigators determined no foul play was involved. Rather, Lucas, a 20-year-veteran of the force, was “having a conversation with a nine-year veteran detective about the various ways to carry backup weapons when the shot was fired.”

Lucas’s widow, Jami, attended the memorial with Elijah and Gianna. Jami was escorted by Deputy Frankie Barba and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.

Following the memorial for fallen officers, Sheriff Mims tweeted a thank you to President Trump:

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