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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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I am a new recruit currently undergoing training with Class 413 with the L.A.S.D. and after reading about your loved one Deputy Ortiz I want to wish you my warmest condolences. I just want you to understand that that for me it is a reminder to enjoy everyday with those that I love and to understand that situations like these are real and I need to be vigilant in my duties as I go forward in this career. His life will not go unforgotten and thank you for your sacrifice.

Recruit Guerrero
April 18, 2016


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