Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell

Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, November 30, 2002

David Alan Powell

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.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

Most Recent Reflection

View all 142 Reflections

I was just thinking of that day back in 2002, I was working LBPD helicopter fox and I was dispatched to relieve LASD helicopter that was running low on fuel. The sick feeling I felt that day as I circled 500 ft above you and could do nothing for you. I often wondered why they drove you 12miles to St Francis hospital. You would have been proud as my partner and I flew 500 ft above you your brothers below were clearing every on ramp to the freeway, stopping cars in your way, doing everything they could to help you. I tried not to remember that day but for some reason today I thought of you. Rip brother I never met you but we are all very proud of you.

Ofc D.W. Mayfield

June 13, 2018

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.