FBI News Release
San Diego Field Office
FBI • 10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway, San Diego, CA 92121 • (858) 320-1800
For Immediate Release
Contact: Emily Yeh, (858) 320 - 8312
Wednesday, August 6,
FBI San Diego Remembers Fallen Agents at
A memorial ceremony will be held on Thursday,
August 7, 2014 at 10 AM, at the FBI’s San Diego office
On August 9,
1979, the FBI San Diego field office experienced tragedy when two
Special Agents were killed while on duty. Special Agents Robert Porter
and Charles Elmore, assigned to the San Diego Division’s El Centro
Resident Agency, were shot and killed when a gunman fired at the two
special agents who were alone in the office. Special Agents Porter and
Elmore returned fire, wounding the gunman, but lost their own lives.
Tragedy is not singular to San Diego. August 9, 1979 marked the first
day in FBI history that three special agents lost their lives due to
adversarial action. Another special agent, Johnnie Oliver, was also
killed in an office thousands of miles away. Special Agent Oliver, from
the FBI’s Cleveland Division, lost his life while pursuing a fugitive
who was wanted for kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery.
Today, FBI San
Diego, FBI Cleveland, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the
FBI remember all three agents, as well as all the other special agents
and professional staff who have lost their lives serving this nation.
Being a special agent and a member of law enforcement, you become a
family, even after retirement. The August 7th memorial ceremony is a
time for reflection for the friends, family, and colleagues of those who
have lost their lives serving to protect others.
As FBI Director
James B. Comey, Jr., states in the Director’s Message on the Wall of
Honor located in every FBI field office, “For these brave men and women,
law enforcement was not merely a job – it was a calling. And they died
as they lived, putting the safety of others before their own…committed
to the FBI’s motto of Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity above all else.”
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, over the
five year period of 2008-2012, a total of 8,587 federal law enforcement
officers were killed or assaulted. During the same time period, within
the Department of Justice (DOJ), there were three deaths, one a FBI
Special Agent. There were also a total of 190 injuries reported for
federal law enforcement within the DOJ. The UCR Program, since 1929, has
provided reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation which the FBI
has been tasked to collect, publish, and archive. The annual UCR
reports include information on the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
Assaulted, as well as other law enforcement reporting statistics. For
more information on the UCR, visit
Service, dedication, and
commitment to the FBI does not end at retirement. Many of the former
special agents and professional staff stay connected and assist others
through the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. The Society’s
mission is to aid families in need, to further youth education, to
recognize the humanitarian efforts of our members, spouses and others,
and to contribute to worthy organizations related to law enforcement.
For more information on the Society visit www.socxfbi.org.
more information on the FBI visit www.fbi.gov.