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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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Jerry, I worked with you at CJ, and later in the field. During our custody careers, I'll always remember how kind, and how you would do anything for your Deputies. I also remember what a hell of an athlete you were, knocking out Marines and LAPD Cops in the ring for fun, lol. You were and are an absolute amazing individual and Cop. A Cops Cop! I still remember when you and your partner were flagged down by a carjacking victim in the city of Lakewood. You boys were able to locate the vehicle. During the traffic stop, a shooting occurred, where you dumped the gang banger, for your 4th kill in the field. Atta boy, Jerry! I miss the shit out you, Sir. I love you to death,


Detective Darrell McConnell
LASD Brother
June 25, 2017


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