Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Michael Richard Arruda

Deputy Sheriff Michael Arruda died of a gunshot wound he received six days earlier when he was accidentally shot by another deputy.

Deputy Arruda and three deputies responded to a motel in Hacienda Heights on June 9, 2004, after receiving a call that someone was firing shots and threatening people. When the deputies arrived, they went to the unit where the suspect was reported to be staying. As they walked toward the unit, the suspect exited carrying a pellet pistol that closely resembled a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun. The suspect began firing at the deputies. The deputies returned fire, killing the suspect. One of the rounds fired by the deputies struck Deputy Arruda in the neck, seriously wounding him.

Deputy Arruda was removed to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he remained until his death six days later.

Deputy Arruda had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 13 years. He is survived by his son, daughter, fiancée, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 3478
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 9, 2004

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Mike, I think about you often and always with fond memories.
I am sure you are watching your family from up in Heaven.
I hope your soul is at peace. You will always be remembered Mira!

Ken Emmanuelli
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October 8, 2018

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