Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 24, 2005

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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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Every day upon entering our recruit classroom, I see Deputy Jerry Ortiz's picture on the wall with his end of watch. Wondering what had happened to Deputy Ortiz on that fateful day, and learning of how quickly things can go from being calm at one moment and to being shot at the next is a rude awakening.

Reflecting on what happened to Deputy Ortiz has given me a new understanding of how lucky I am to be in the position I am in now. How I am able to go home every night and talk with my loved ones about the day. Seeing how everything can be taken away in an instant gives me the initiative to train hard like my life depends on it and to appreciate everything instead of taking the little things for granted. I appreciate Deputy Ortiz's service and he will always be remembered by the LASD family as well as his own.

DST Recruit Matthew J Hernandez
los angeles county sheriff's department

April 5, 2019

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