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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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My name is David Ross. I first heard of Dave March through a close friend of mine who went through the Academy with Deputy March. His name is Deputy Kozilchik. After hearing the story of Deputy March and his death, I was deeply moved because of the impact I knew it had on my friend and the impact it has on all the men & women, and their families, who are in service to protect us all.

About 9 yrs ago, I was driving back home from a day of hunting.
It was late in the evening, about 9 pm. I pulled into a restaurant to get something to eat. As I walked into the lobby I was met by a woman who was crying. It was Deputy March's wife! She had seen the EOW sticker in the window of my truck as I pulled in the lot. She said it meant so much to her because at times it can feel like everyone has forgotten. We talked for a while and I met her daughter and her new husband. We had never met before and it was an honor for me to meet her and her family!! I tell that story because it meant so much to me and because I want each family of a fallen Deputy or officer to know, we haven't forgotten!!!

We will never forget!!! To all those who are affected by these tragic events, especially the families, I thank you for your sacrifice! I honor you and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and I promise to never forget!!

Civilian, David Ross, Glendale
February 3, 2015


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