The name of a campus security officer who was stabbed to death by an assailant — who was later killed in an officer-involved shooting at Cal Poly Pomona — was released by a Claremont newspaper Wednesday.
The Claremont Courier released the name of Mark Manlapaz, 37, of Victorville and attributed the information to Claremont Police Chief Shelly Vander Veen.
Vander Veen, who said Manlapaz had been a Claremont park ranger for three years, could not be reached for comment.
Manlapaz’s name as well as that of the suspect killed during the incident on June 29 remain on security hold, according to Lt Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
A vigil to honor the memory of Manlapaz is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at Lewis Park, located at 881 Syracuse Drive in Claremont.
The Claremont Courier also reported that Manlapaz, in his capacity as a senior park ranger for the city, worked to implement the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan and oversaw the ranger program.
The stabbing occurred at 4:30 p.m. on June 29 in the 3500 block of West Pomona Boulevard, and the shooting happened about 25 minutes later near University Road and Temple Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A fellow employee found Manlapaz stabbed to death in his truck in a rural part of the campus, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. The victim was a 36-year-old man, said Lt. Dave Smith of the coroner’s office.
A short time later, witnesses called police to report they might have located the suspect near Lyle Center, officials said.
Officers from the Pomona Police Department and California State University Police arrived and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
A knife was recovered, Corina said.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the respective scenes, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.
Their coroner case numbers — in effect the official release of their names — were as placed on security hold at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Smith said.
“That means all information has to go through the policing agency handling the investigation,” he said.
“They (homicide detectives) won’t release it (the names) until they deem it won’t risk damaging the investigation,” added Sgt. Benjamin Grubb of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Pomona Chief of Police Michael Olivieri praised the public for its help. “Calls and people helping is what led us to where the suspect was,” Gribb said.