Jimmy Inn's Wife Pays Touching Tribute to Slain Officer: 'He Changed My Life'

The wife of a California police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call has spoken of her loss.

Stockton Police Department officer Jimmy Inn, 30, died after he was shot a number of times during a police callout at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Police had responded to a call about a disturbance at the property in La Cresta Way in Stockton, where a woman was seen screaming and bleeding in a suspected assault.

Inn was shot by the suspect, named by media outlets as 30-year-old Lance Lowe, in front of the residence just after arriving.

There was an exchange of fire between a second officer and the suspect, who went inside the property and returned with an eight-year-old boy whom he started to strangle.

A neighbor tackled the suspect, who was shot by the second officer. Inn died of his injuries at hospital, as did Lowe.

Inn is survived by his wife Tela Inn, also an officer with the Stockton force, a seven-month old son, a 12-year-old stepdaughter and a 14-year-old stepson. The couple married in 2018.

"I have never met anyone like that and I don't think I ever will," Tela Inna told CBS 13.

"Sometimes, I feel OK and I'm laughing and joking and then I stop and look around and realize he isn't here.

"He was the best man you will ever meet.

"I mean he changed my life."

"I don't know what I'm going to do without him. He was the positive force in my life, he kept me going when I wanted to give up."

She last saw her husband only an hour before he was killed as he stopped by to see his baby boy. "We told each other we loved you and I told him I would see him out there and I never did," she said.

Friends and colleagues of the slain officer both past and present paid their respects at his family home where his father, Phalyl Lee Inn, told KCRA 3: "I'd rather it would've been me and not my son because I'm older, and he had so much ahead of him." Flags at the state capitol in Sacramento were lowered to half mast on Thursday in his honor.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said the incident would be investigated by his police department as well as the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office and the California State Department of Justice.

In a post on Facebook, the police force said that it had received "an enormous amount of support from our community during this difficult time."

"The men and women of the Stockton Police Department truly appreciates everyone's thoughts and well wishes for Officer Jimmy Inn and his family," the post added. This year, nine California police officers have died in the line of duty, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Newsweek has contacted Stockton police for further comment.

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Officer Jimmy Inn was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Stockton, California. His wife Tela Inn described him as "the best man you will ever meet." Stockton Police Department