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Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

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Jerry Ortiz

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, June 24, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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Corrections Officer Manuel Ariza Gonzalez, Jr.
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End of Watch: Monday, January 10, 2005
Cause: Stabbed

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Dear Deputy Ortiz and Family,

I am currently a Recruit in Class 425 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. You were the first Deputy that we learned about in our class, but I knew who you were before. When my father was on the Department he took me to the boxing events when I was younger and that's where I first learned your name. I never had the pleasure to meet you or see you fight but I've heard plenty of stories of your success and love for the ring. I've also heard more stories about your drive, passion and love that you had for this Department. I respect and admire you and could only hope to be like you. My condolences to your family. Your name will live forever in this Department and I will carry it with me through my journey.

A Hero Remembered, Never Dies.

Sincerely,

Recruit Rodgers
Class 425 LASD
September 17, 2017

 

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