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Deputy Sheriff David Ralph Sanchez | Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

David Ralph Sanchez

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Saturday, December 1, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Sheriff David Sanchez died after being shot 17 times, 10 in the back as he lay dying, by a man he arrested during a disturbance at a high school dance in Paisley. His body was located on the highway south of town.

After a plea-bargain arrangement, the suspect was convicted of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled after serving less than five years.

Deputy Sanchez had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for six months and had previously served with the Fresno County, California, Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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On this day so many years later you are not forgotten and you never will be. Thank you for serving brother..your death was a blow to all on the thin blue line.

Tina Swanno (retired police officer)
Nassau County, NY
December 3, 2016


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