The fiancée of a Tacoma police officer shot and killed in the line of duty last month says she plans to change her surname to honor her fallen partner.
Rebecca Humphrey will change her last name to Gutierrez to honor Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, who was fatally wounded Nov. 30 while responding to a domestic dispute call in South Tacoma, she told KOMO-TV.
When Humphrey and Gutierrez first fell for each other five years ago, she was worried about dating a police officer, she said.
Then Gutierrez gave her a small, blue wristband.
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“He said, ‘Whenever you have this on, I’ll always be safe. Just know that I’m with you,’ ” Humphrey told KOMO.
She’s kept the bracelet with her since his death.
Humphrey offered concern for the wife and children of Bruce R. Johnson II, the 38-year-old man who shot Gutierrez, and said she had no hard feelings for him.
“I don’t know what they are going through, but it cannot be good,” she said.
A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy killed Johnson after an 11-hour standoff at the East Side home where Gutierrez was shot.