Deputy Sheriff Peter John Aguirre, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Peter John Aguirre, Jr.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, July 17, 1996

Peter John Aguirre, Jr.

Deputy Aguirre was shot and killed while investigating a family disturbance with three other deputies. After the wife exited the house, Deputy Aguirre entered to talk to the husband.

The suspect shot and killed Deputy Aguirre inside the home and then ran outside naked with two guns and engaged the other three deputies in a shootout. The man was wounded by the return fire and taken to a local hospital.

Deputy Aguirre, who did not even have time to draw his weapon, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the body and head. In March 1998, the suspect in Deputy Aguirre's murder was found guilty. On April 27, 1998, he was sentenced to death.

Deputy Aguirre had served with the agency for 2 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

Most Recent Reflection

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Pete you are not forgotten, the day of this horrible incident my sister called me and told me about it. We grew up in that community that you protected. We were heart broken when we learned what happened. I used to do ride alongs at the Ojai sub station with hopes to become a Deputy myself and I knew a lot of the Deputies. Crazy thing is I moved to North Carolina and became a Deputy here and have been now for almost 17 years.

Thank you for your service to our community and country, you rest my friend.

Master Deputy H. Andrade
Union County Sheriff's Office NC

January 13, 2017

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