Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
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Patch of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
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Seal of Stanislaus County, California
Common nameStanislaus County Sheriff
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionStanislaus County, California, California, U.S.
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Map of Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.
General nature
HeadquartersStanislaus County, California
Agency executive

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department (SCSD) is an American law enforcement agency that is charged with law enforcement duties within the boundaries of Stanislaus County, California. As of the 2013 United States Census, the county was inhabited by over 525,491 people.[N 1]


In 2012, Deputy Robert Paris and civilian locksmith Glendon David Engert were shot and killed while attempting an eviction. The shooter, James Ferrario, 45 years old, subsequently shot and killed himself.[1][2]

In April 2012, a member of the sheriff's department stun-gunned and fatally shot an unarmed man suffering from mental illness.[3]

On November 13, 2016, Deputy Dennis Wallace was murdered in Fox Grove Park near the City of Hughson by David Machado. Sheriff Adam Christianson reported the gun used was in contact with Deputy Wallace's head when it was fired. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Machado.

Line of duty deaths[edit]

Since the department's establishment, 6 sworn deputies have died in the line of duty,[4] as well as 2 non-sworn members;1 Crime Scene Technician and 1 Community Service officer.

Sworn Deputies:

Name Rank Date of death Cause
Harold Lee Thorton Deputy Sheriff 23 Aug 1967 Gunfire [5]
Billy Joe Dickens Deputy Sheriff 27 Jan 1970 Gunfire [6]
Robert Lee Paris,Jr. Deputy Sheriff 12 Apr 2012 Gunfire [7]
Dennis Randall Wallace Deputy Sheriff 13 Nov 2016 Gunfire [8]
Jason Allen Garner Deputy Sheriff 13 May 2017 Automobile Accident [9]
Tony Hinostroza,III Deputy Sheriff 25 Nov 2018 Automobile Accident [10]

Non-Sworn members:

Name Rank Date of death Cause
Mary Ann Donahou Crime Scene Investigation Technician 30 Dec 2011 Struck by vehicle [11]
Raschel Johnson Community Service Officer (CSO) 13 May 2017 Automobile Accident [12]


  1. ^ Exact total: 525,491.


  1. ^ Police: Suspect in fatal shooting of California deputy died from self-inflicted gunshot wound
  2. ^ "Police Still Gathering Details in Deadly Modesto Shooting". 16 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  3. ^ Brian Hickey (16 April 2012). "Man Stun Gunned, Shot To Death By Deputy; Family Speaks". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Harold Lee Thornton". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Dickens". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Robert Lee Paris, Jr". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Dennis Randall Wallace". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Jason Allen Garner". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Tony Hinostroza, III". ODMP. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Memories, tears shared as Stanislaus County crime scene tech laid to rest". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  12. ^ "2 Stanislaus County Sheriffs killed in traffic accident". Fox 2 KTVU. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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