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Deputy Sheriff Clifford E. Sanchez | San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Clifford E. Sanchez

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, April 6, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Found guilty of murder

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Deputy Clifford Sanchez was shot and killed by a robbery suspect in the parking lot of a cocktail lounge.

Deputy Sanchez was with a friend when two men robbed him. They shot him when they opened his wallet and saw his badge, then stole his gun.

The suspects fled but were later apprehended. They were both tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder.

Deputy Sanchez had served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for 4 years and had previously served with the United States Navy during the early to mid-1970's aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He is survived by his three sons and his parents.

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My name is Susan & I'm the Mother of 2 of Deputy Sanchez. I came across this just this afternoon. Cliff was on my mind all day as always on the Anniversary of his death yesterday. It's hard to believe that it's already 31 years that he was taken from us when the 2 Assailants decided to play Judge, Jury & Executioner therefore sentencing my son's & their half brother to Life without their Father. My older son was only just over 4 months old, & my youngest son was born later the same year that Cliff was murdered. I'll never understand why Senseless Murderers think it's OK to play God in deciding a Person's Fate. The only thing that I'm sure many others will agree with, is that 2 of Societies worst will never be able to put their feet back on Freedom Soil. My love for you Cliff has never ended when your life did. I know I'll see you in Heaven one sweet day. I hope you're right in the front holding the door open for me.

Mother of 2 of Deputy Sanchez's Son's
April 7, 2016


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