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 Sheriff Jerry Ortiz was shot and killed after knocking on a door during an investigation in the 12200 block of 223rd Street in Hawaiian Gardens.

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

investigation, parolee, gang member

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Jerry Ortiz I meet you when I was 15 years old and you were at century station in Lynwood my family had a restaurant there you were very friendly and got along great with my father you would bring us pizza and my dad cigars your were one nicest professional person always treated every one with respect ur were my dad’s favorite deputy and he meet many of them having a business we were very saddened of ur loss I know you and my dad are now angels looking over us may god rest ur soul deputy Ortiz gone but never forgotten

Noel Padilla
Friend La Playita Restuarant

September 25, 2023

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