OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A San Diego County Deputy District Attorney died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during a traffic stop in Oceanside, police said Friday.
Christine Trevino, 51, died about 6:35 p.m. Thursday, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
Escondido police received a information that Trevino made threats to kill herself and left her Escondido residence in her vehicle, Mata said. Police searched for Trevino to conduct a welfare check.
Officers tracked her cell phone, found her driving in Carlsbad and requested assistance from Carlsbad police to conduct a traffic stop, Mata said.
Trevino pulled into the Oceanside Shopping Center in the 2100 block of Vista Way, near Jefferson Street and parked, Mata said. She fatally shot herself as an officer spoke to her through her driver's window, Mata said.
Trevino had worked for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office for 21 years and was assigned to the North County Branch in Vista, according to a statement from the District Attorney's Office. She had been assigned to several divisions during her career including narcotics, child support and gangs.
"It is with great sadness the District Attorney's Office learned of the death of Deputy District Attorney Christine Trevino. Christine was a dedicated prosecutor and valued member of the DA family. She will be missed by those of us who were her fortunate enough to be her colleagues for many years," San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a statement.
"Our hearts go out to Christine's family, friends and co-workers at what is a difficult time for us all," Dumanis said.
Counseling and peer support is being provided for District Attorney employees, the statement said.
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