Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 24, 2005

Jerry Ortiz

Deputy Jerry Ortiz was shot and killed after knocking on a door during an investigation.

Deputy Ortiz had gone to an apartment complex in the city of Hawaiian Gardens to question a woman about a shooting that had taken place the previous day. As he spoke to the woman at the door of the apartment, the suspect in the previous day's shooting appeared and shot him in the head. The man then fled into an apartment three doors away. Deputies found him hiding in a bathtub three hours later.

The suspect, who was on parole and had prior arrests for convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, burglary, as well as for gun and drug crimes, was charged with first degree murder and faces the death penalty.

In April 2007 the suspect was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death.

Six months prior to this incident, Deputy Ortiz's brother-in-law, Corrections Officer Manuel A. Gonzalez, of the California Department of Corrections, was stabbed to death by a gang member inmate at California Institution for Men in Chino.

Deputy Ortiz had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 15 years and was assigned to the Anti-Gang Unit. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and mother. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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First and foremost, my heartfelt condolences to the Ortiz family. I am currently a recruit at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Class 429. I am proud to say that I live near the Jerry Ortiz memorial boxing gym in the city of El Monte. As I read Deputy Ortiz's information I felt an instant connection and admiration towards him, I can tell he was liked and respected by many. I only hope to one day reach Deputy Ortiz's position and make a lasting and positive impression on the community like he has accomplished. He was taken way too soon but his memory and spirit will never be forgotten, I will do my best to carry on his legacy and use it as a motivator when times get difficult. May you rest in peace and in paradise, Sir.

Recruit Bugarin
LASD Class 429
February 25, 2018

Recruit Bugarin
LASD Class 429

February 26, 2018

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