List of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers killed in the line of duty
The following Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers have all been killed in the line of duty. A total of ninety-four officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) are officially recognized as dying in the line of duty; it does not take into account fallen officers from the Lynwood sheriff's Department, Compton Police Department, and a number of other law enforcement agencies which were merged into the Sheriff's Department, but does recognize those who joined the Department from the existing agencies and subsequently died.
The term "line of duty" means any action which an officer is obligated or authorized to carry out, or for which the officer is compensated by the public agency he or she serves. The term "killed in the line of duty" means a law enforcement officer has died as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty. This includes law enforcement officers who, while in an off-duty capacity, act in response to a law violation, or are driving to or from work.
The fallen officers of the LASD are honored and remembered in a number of ways. Some sheriff stations have memorial walls to remember fallen officers assigned to that particular station, such as the one at Lakewood. There is also a memorial wall at the Memorial Park at the Sheriff's Training Academy and Regional Services Center in Whittier, California. The California Peace Officers’ Memorial is a wood and glass encased book containing the names of all fallen officers in California, and is attached to a wall outside of the Governor of California's office in the state capital Sacramento. In 1988, the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument was dedicacted to the memory of the state's fallen officers. The monument is a 13 feet tall, three-figured bronze monument in California's state capital, Sacramento, representing a county sheriff of the 1880s, a state trooper of the 1930s, and a city patrolman of the 1980s. In the United States capital city Washington D.C., the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was established in 1970, honors law enforcement officials from across the nation who have died in the line of duty.
— denotes information is not available.
shaded rows with "L/D" in the Notes cell denotes the officer died at a later date than the day of the incident.
shaded rows with "O/D" in the Notes cell denotes the officer was killed while off duty.
shaded rows with "O/D-L/D" in the Notes cell denotes the officer was off duty when injured, and died at a later date than the day of the incident.
shaded rows with a corresponding numerical figure in the Notes cell denotes when officers died as a result of the same incident.
shaded rows with a corresponding numerical figure and L/D in the Notes cell denotes when officers died as a result of the same incident, but at a later date.
|Name||Rank||Tenure||Date of death||Age||Cause of death||Notes|
|James R. Barton||Sheriff||—||1857-01-23||—||Gunfire||1|
|Charles T. Daly||Deputy||—||1857-01-23||—||Gunfire||1|
|William H. Little||Constable||—||1857-01-23||—||Gunfire||1|
|Charles C. Baker||Constable||—||1857-01-23||—||Gunfire||1|
|William C. Getman||Constable||1 week||1858-01-07||—||Gunfire|||
|George Lee Wilson||Deputy||6 years||1897-01-08||—||Gunfire||L/D|
|Michael V. Van Vliet||Deputy||—||1918-11-20||—||Gunfire||[A]|
|Harold D. Broadwell||Deputy||—||1919-11-09||—||Motorcycle accident|
|Gordon H. Gliddon||Deputy||—||1920-11-09||—||Motorcycle accident|
|Henry J. Ronsse||Deputy||—||1922-01-02||35||Gunfire||O/D|
|William E. Funkhouser||Deputy||—||1922-05-14||—||Gunfire|
|Robery E. Magee||Deputy||—||1923-11-20||34||Gunfire|
|Frank DeWar||Chief Deputy||—||1932-01-29||—||Airplane accident|
|John Hedge||Deputy||—||1933-09-12||—||Gunfire (accidental)||O/D|
|David Stout Larimer||Deputy||—||1941-12-24||65||Struck by vehicle|
|Fred P. Guiol||Sergeant||20 years||1946-03-10||50||Gunfire||O/D|
|Elbert Jay Hall||Deputy||7 years||1949-11-14||—||Car accident|
|Edwin M. Falkowski||Deputy||5 years, 6 months||1946-03-10||28||Heart attack|
|Vernon J. Corbell||Sergeant||9 years||1957-04-15||40||Airplane accident|
|Harold Stephen Blevins||Deputy||—||1957-10-12||—||Gunfire|
|David Alois Horr||Deputy||3 years||1958-02-09||—||Gunfire||L/D|
|Donald J. Gillis||Lieutenant||20 years||1958-09-20||45||Gunfire|
|Harold A. Reis Jr.||Deputy||2 years||1958-09-23||29||Car accident|
|Lee. E. Sawyer||Reserve Deputy||9 years||1960-10-14||51||Struck by vehicle|
|Manuel A. Ayon||Deputy||2 years||1961-01-18||31||Car accident|
|Timothy J. Harnett||Deputy||—||1961-11-22||—||Heart attack|
|William A. White||Deputy||5 years||1964-03-21||33||Vehicular assault|
|Willard R. Ballard||Sergeant||26 years||1964-05-26||50||Heart attack|
|Lloyd G. Constantine||Reserve Deputy||7 years||1964-06-24||42||Vehicular assault|
|John M. Slobojan||Deputy||5 years||1964-11-07||30||Heart attack|
|Ronald E. Ludlow||Deputy||—||1965-08-13||—||Gunfire|
|Michael V. Wigderson||Reserve Deputy||—||1967-03-20||30||Gunfire (accidental)|
|James W. Waygood||Deputy||—||1967-10-11||—||Car accident|
|Robert K. Schnur||Deputy||14 years||1968-09-30||44||Helicopter accident||2|
|Gary E. McCullah||Deputy||6 years||1968-09-30||29||Helicopter accident||2|
|Charles D. Rea||Deputy||11 months||1969-01-26||35||Drowned|
|Lionel W. Dashley||Reserve Deputy||6 years||1969-09-01||53||Motorcycle accident|
|Gordon D. Erickson||Deputy||—||1970-04-30||25||Fall||L/D|
|Louis Carl Wallace||Deputy||—||1970-12-08||29||Gunfire|
|Gary David Saunders||Deputy||—||1971-05-22||—||Gunfire|
|Barry J. Hoffman||Deputy||2 years||1971-08-30||24||Gunfire||L/D|
|Charles O. Ley||Deputy||—||1972-05-24||31||Car accident|
|Joseph R. Herrera||Deputy||—||1972-10-03||—||Struck by vehicle|
|Donald William Schneider||Detective||—||1973-01-04||40||Gunfire||3|
|Carl Eugene Wilson||Detective||—||1973-01-04||40||Gunfire||3|
|David E. Andrews||Deputy||4 years||1973-12-12||23||Gunfire||O/D|
|James Foote||Deputy||6 years||1974-10-04||33||Car accident|
|Theodor A. Abreu||Deputy||—||1974-10-23||—||Car accident|
|Darden Hollis||Deputy||15 years||1975-01-01||42||Gunfire|
|Edward John Russell||Sergeant||10 years||1977-01-15||33||Car accident|
|Lee Lewis||Deputy||6 years||1977-01-15||35||Car accident|
|Didier M. Hurdle||Deputy||—||1977-11-25||—||Gunfire|
|Gregory L. Low||Deputy||8 years||1977-11-25||29||Car accident||4|
|Charles Plumleigh||Reserve Deputy||—||1978-03-01||—||Car accident||4|
|Arthur E. Pelino||Deputy||21 years||1978-03-19||50||Gunfire|
|Thomas H. Pohlman||Deputy||—||1978-04-18||—||Gunfire|
|Walter W. Hannan Jr.||Deputy||—||1978-05-03||—||Car accident|
|George R. Barthel||Deputy||—||1979-04-19||32||Gunfire|
|Jack Don Williams||Deputy||9 years||1978-05-03||36||Gunfire|
|Constance Ellen Worland||Deputy||4 years||1981-05-02||39||Gunfire (accidental)||[B]|
|Kenneth D. Ell||Deputy||14 years||1982-01-19||36||Gunfire (accidental)|
|Lawrence Lavieri||Deputy||16 years||1983-03-19||38||Gunfire|
|Larrell K. Smith||Sergeant||—||1983-04-16||—||Gunfire|
|James P. Clark||Deputy||3 years||1983-06-16||29||Car accident|
|Lloyd Beauford Brooks||Reserve Captain||19 years||1984-09-01||43||Struck by vehicle|
|David Lance Holguin||Deputy||—||1984-09-05||—||Gunfire||O/D|
|George L. Arthur||Sergeant||—||1985-06-01||—||Gunfire||O/D|
|Raul Adauto||Deputy||17 years||1986-04-05||39||Duty related injury||L/D[C]|
|Charles Robert Anderson||Deputy||11 years||1987-01-24||35||Gunfire||O/D|
|Jack B. Miller||Deputy||12 years||1988-01-09||33||Gunfire||L/D|
|James D. McSweeney||Deputy||12 years||1988-10-24||—||Helicopter accident||5[D]|
|Roy Allen Chester||Deputy||12 years||1988-10-24||—||Helicopter accident||5[D]|
|Rosemary Iris May||Deputy||21 years||1989-09-26||49||Car accident|
|Nelson Henry Yamamoto||Deputy||3 years||1992-03-31||26||Gunfire|
|Richard B. Hammack||Deputy||—||1992-05-11||31||Gunfire|
|Thomas D. Meinke||Deputy||6 years||1995-01-02||28||Gunfire||O/D|
|Stephen Wayne Blair||Deputy||10 years||1995-05-12||31||Gunfire|
|Jimmie Richard Henry||Deputy||18 years||1995-05-12||49||Duty related injury||L/D[E]|
|Antranik Geuvjehizian||Deputy||7 years||1995-07-19||32||Gunfire||O/D|
|Gustavo Wong||Deputy||6 years||1996-07-19||29||Vehicle Accident||O/D|
|Shayne Daniel York||Deputy||2 years||1997-08-16||26||Gunfire||O/D-L/D[F]|
|Michael Lee Hoenig||Deputy||10 years||1997-10-30||32||Gunfire|||
|Brandan Garrett Hinkle||Deputy||11 years||2001-02-14||33||Motorcycle accident|
|Hagop Jake Kuredjian||Deputy||17 years||2001-08-31||40||Gunfire|||
|David William March||Deputy||7 years||2002-04-29||33||Gunfire|||
|David Alan Powell||Deputy||18 years||2002-11-30||42||Gunfire|||
|Stephen Douglas Sorensen||Deputy||12 years||2003-08-02||46||Gunfire|||
|Michael Richard Arruda||Deputy||13 years||2004-06-15||35||Gunfire (accidental)||L/D|
|James Phillip Tutino||Deputy||23 years||2005-01-26||47||Train crash||O/D[G]|
|Jerry Ortiz||Deputy||15 years||2005-06-24||35||Gunfire|
|Pierre Walter Bain||Deputy||14 years||2006-03-21||45||Motorcycle accident|
|Maria Cecilia Rosa||Deputy||6 years||2006-03-28||30||Gunfire||O/D|
|David Stan Piquette||Deputy||10 years||2006-07-07||34||Car accident|
|Raul V. Gama||Deputy||20 years||2007-05-01||43||Struck by vehicle|
|Juan A. Escalante||Deputy||2 years, 6 months||2008-08-02||27||Gunfire||O/D|
|Randy Jay Hamson||Deputy||5 years||2008-10-24||44||Struck by vehicle||L/D[H]|
|Charlene M. Rottler||Deputy||–||2010-01-03||Car accident||L/D[I]|
|David L. Nelson||Deputy||22 years||2011-08-11||55||Car accident||O/D|
- A The suspects who shot and killed Deputy Van Vliet were wanted in connection with the murders of the Chief of Detectives John Rowan, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, and Policeman Luther McMahill, of the Denver Police Department.
- B Deputy Worland was the first female officer from the LASD to be killed.
- C Deputy Aduato died during surgery to a knee injury received while on duty many years prior.
- D Deputies McSweeney and Chester were working a multi-agency narcotics task force. They were in a helicopter and spotted a car in a canyon, and attempted to land but the rotors struck some power lines which caused the helicopter to crash. The accident also took the lives of Sergeant Richard Grijalva Romero of the Imperial County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Mark Steven Tonkin of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Investigator Michael David Davis of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and three California National Guard crew members operating the flight.
- E Deputy Henry developed pulmonary fibrosis, which causes scar tissue to develop in the lungs, after he attempted to rescue a pilot of a crashed military airplane in 1984. He died over ten years later, having recently received a lung transplant.
- F Deputy York was off duty when the hair salon he was in with his fiance, also a sheriff's deputy, was robbed. The salon's customers were ordered to the floor, and one of the suspects collected their wallets and purses. When the robbers found York's badge, he was immediately shot in the back of the head. He died two days later.
- G Deputy Tutino was a passenger on one of the train involved in the Glendale train crash. He was off duty and heading into work.
- H Deputy Hamson fell into a coma and died two years after the accident.
- I Deputy Rottler died on January 3, 2010 from injuries sustained after her police car was struck by a drunk driver in 1972.
- List of Los Angeles Police Department officers killed in the line of duty
- List of American police officers killed in the line of duty
- List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States
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