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Deputy Sheriff David William March | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

David William March

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, April 29, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life imprisonment

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Deputy David March was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle in Irwindale, California, at approximately 10:40 am.

The suspect had stated to friends that he wanted to kill a police officer during a traffic stop. The suspect intentionally got stopped and waited for Deputy March to get in front of his patrol car so he could open fire, as Deputy March would have no place to take cover. Deputy March was shot several times in the head and chest.

The suspect, who was identified shortly after the shooting, fled to Mexico where he remained for 4 years. On February 23, 2006, the suspect was arrested in Mexico by US Marshals and Mexican federal agents following a joint investigation. He was extradited back to California and on March 2nd, 2007, he plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy March had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and stepdaughter.

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This is long overdue.

I remember David from when I was a brand new deputy, working with him at PDC North. New deputies were not immediately accepted, and I would spend most of my first shifts following orders and trying to make myself scarce. I ended up working in a module with David one day. I was initially nervous, since he was a veteran deputy, I wanted to make sure I did not do or say anything that would appear "salty" and definitely didn't want to screw anything up. But David set me at ease quickly and we were able to have a great conversation. He told me about his family and how he was looking forward to patrol. I told him about my time in the academy and where I hoped to go in my career. He made me feel like we were equals. That had never happened to me before.

David left PDC North shortly after that day. A year or so later I left for another department in Northern California. But I still remember that conversation and how it was one of the first times I felt at ease in my law enforcement career.

I did not know David well, but in my mind he was truly one of the good guys. He will not be forgotten.

Sergeant Brian Kleiber
Modesto PD
December 31, 2016

 

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