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Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

David Alan Powell

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, November 30, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy David Powell was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to reports of gunshots near 166th Street and Elaine Avenue in Artesia at 1030 hours.

When the officers arrived, they observed a man run into a home and take a woman hostage. As Deputy Powell attempted to kick the door open, the man fired two shots from inside. One of the rounds struck Deputy Powell in the right arm, passed through the opening in his vest, and entered his chest. Deputy Powell's partner returned fire and dragged Deputy Powell to his patrol car. He then drove Deputy Powell one block away where he was met by paramedics.

Deputy Powell was transported to St. Francis Medical Center where he succumbed to his wound 90 minutes after the shooting. The suspect was shot and killed by responding officers.

Deputy Powell had been employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 18 years, and is survived by his wife, four daughters, parents, brother, and seven grandchildren.

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I was searching for my Dad's page on here, and in the list of Powells I saw your name...my name...my name is also David Powell. My Dad's name was Bobby Powell. God's will was that you both be taken in pretty close to the same circumstances. Both killed serving your community while protecting others. I think about my Dad daily, still, even though it has been 35 years since his death. I will think of you now and pray for your family, as I know what they have gone through and continue to go through. Thank you my brother, and thanks to your family who I know are so proud of you and miss you every day. My heart hurts for them too. God bless each of them.

Nuclear Security Specialist David Powell
May 13, 2015


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