Deputy George R. Barthel

Deputy George R. Barthel

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 19, 1979

George R. Barthel

Deputy Barthel was shot while investigating a group of suspicious males. He and his partner were assigned to the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau and were assigned to patrol a housing project.

Deputy Barthel and his partner were walking up to a group of males when they threw drug paraphernalia into the bushes. As Deputy Barthel's partner went to pick up the drugs, the shooter opened fire from across the street with a rifle, striking both Deputy Barthel and his partner in face and the torso. Both deputies were wearing bulletproof vests, but the bullets entered through the gaps in the sides.

Deputy Barthel's partner used his own body to shield Deputy Barthel as they retreated to their patrol car taking fire from the suspects. Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where Deputy Barthel died later that day.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended

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George and I began at LASD the same day in 1968 and worked off the street together until we entered different academy classes. I always valued having known George. He survived Vietnam only to be gunned down here at home. I miss him. I left LASD in1976 to move to northern California. (ELA, Sgt., Detective). I hope someday to partner up with him again.

Chief Investigator, Retired
Butte County District Attorney

June 24, 2015

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