Governor Newsom Statement on Death of Santa Rosa Police Detective

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of Santa Rosa Police Department Detective Marylou Armer:

“Jennifer and I are terribly saddened to learn of Detective Armer’s untimely death. Amid the current fight against COVID-19, Detective Armer selflessly and courageously served her community and the people of California. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and members of the Santa Rosa community as they mourn her loss.”

Detective Armer, 44, had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and died Tuesday from complications from the illness. Her death is the first line of duty death of a police officer in California to be associated with the disease.

Detective Armer was a 20-year veteran of the City of Santa Rosa. She began her career as a Field Evidence Technician and was sworn in as a police officer in May, 2008. She was serving as a member of the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Team at the time of her death. 

Detective Armer is survived by her husband and daughter.

In honor of Detective Armer, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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