Police: Deputy DA Commits Suicide During Traffic Stop

Posted on November 13, 2011

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California (Morgan Cook-North County Times) – Deputy District Attorney Christine Trevino shot herself to death Thursday evening during a traffic stop in Oceanside, police said Friday.

Deputy District Attorney Christine Trevino is shown here in 2008.

Trevino, 51, killed herself with a handgun as a Carlsbad police officer was speaking to her through her car window about 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Vista Way and Jefferson Street, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

Escondido police had been looking for Trevino after she threatened to kill herself and then left her Escondido home, Mata said. Escondido officers in unmarked vehicles tracked her cellphone and found her driving her car in Carlsbad. They asked Carlsbad police to make a traffic stop.

During her 21 years with the district attorney’s office, Trevino was assigned to various divisions, including narcotics, gangs and child support, according to a statement the office released Friday. She was most recently assigned to the office’s North County branch in Vista.

“Christine was a dedicated prosecutor and valued member of the DA family,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in the statement. “She will be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to be her colleagues for many years. Our hearts go out to Christine’s family, friends and co-workers at what is a very difficult time for all of us.”

The district attorney’s office is providing counseling and peer support to employees, according to the statement.

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