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Deputy Sheriff Michael Lee Hoenig | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Michael Lee Hoenig

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, October 30, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Hoenig was shot and killed at approximately 0115 hours. Deputy Hoenig had been following the suspect, who was on a bicycle. The suspect opened fire on Deputy Hoenig as he was about to question him. Deputy Hoenig was sitting in his patrol car when the suspect fired through the window of the rear passenger door. A round struck Deputy Hoenig, who then attempted to exit his patrol car. The suspect then came around the back of the patrol car and fired at least six more shots.

Deputy Hoenig was wearing a bullet proof vest, but the fatal bullet struck him in the neck. He was found laying outside of his patrol car with his gun next to him. He never had a chance to return fire or to call for help. The suspect was found guilty and sentenced to death in December of 1998.

Deputy Hoenig's parents were present in the courtroom when the sentence was read.

Deputy Hoenig had been with the department for three years and had been with another agency for seven years before it was merged the sheriff's department. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and his sister.

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I came on to the department a few years after your passing. I remember reading about that night and meeting some of those who know you and worked on the investigation. I often thought about that night when I eventually made it to patrol. I always use your sacrifice as a teaching tool for my trainees when I made TO.....my way of making sure you are not forgotten. In a way, its like you still look over us after your EOW. God bless.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
October 31, 2015

 

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