Deputy Sheriff Louis Carl Wallace

Deputy Sheriff Louis Carl Wallace

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 8, 1970

Louis Carl Wallace

Deputy Louis Wallace was shot and killed after he and his partner made a stop of a suspicious person. As they were patting the suspect down over the hood of their cruiser the man suddenly produced a .32 caliber handgun from the crotch-area of his pants and opened fire, striking Deputy Wallace, and his partner in the knee.

Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Wallace was able to return fire and kill the suspect. He told responding deputies to transport his wounded partner to the hospital first. Deputy Wallace died while en route to the hospital.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

Most Recent Reflection

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This last July 3rd, 2018, is my partner, Compa, ESD Sgt. and Air Rescue 5 Crew Chief's B-Day. I was on my way to plant the Stars and Stripes and a Marine Corps Flag at his marker and share a brewskie with him, along with our old SEB Lt. Mike Sparks (Army) who's marker is only a couple of hundred yards away. Walking up to Sparks' marker, I was scanning the other markers and I stepped on a Wallace. Several thoughts blew through my mind at the same time, I had worked with a Lou Wallace at IRC in '66/'67, who was KIA at Firestone in 1970. The name Louis and our LASD Star jumped out at me. The DOD was 1970. Comprehension dawned as I looked up to Mike Sparks marker just twenty feet away. I'm pretty sure Mike and Lou hadn't known each other, but they should be laughing together at me thinking that I now need more flags and a couple more brewskies each time I visit. Lou was the first of about ten deputies I knew , including friends and two partners that fell in the line. I was working SEB in Dec 1970, and I think we took over The Stone for a few hours so all the FPK personnel could attend Lou's funeral. RIP old partner, next time, I'll have a flag for you, too.

Retired ESD Deputy Mike Kennard

July 7, 2018

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