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Deputy Sheriff Ian Michael Deutch | Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff

Ian Michael Deutch

Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch: Monday, April 26, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # K9-3

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Ian Deutch was shot and killed as he and another deputy responded to a shooting call at a casino in Pahrump, Nevada.

A woman had called 911 and then fled to the casino during a domestic disturbance in which a man had fired a rifle at her. As Deputy Deutch and his partner exited their vehicle the man, who had followed her to the casino, opened fire on them with an SKS rifle.

Deputy Deutch was struck three times in the abdomen, with the rounds penetrating his vest. A third responding deputy returned fire and killed the suspect.

Deputy Deutch was a member of the Nevada Army National Guard and was on his second day back on duty after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. He had served with the Nye County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

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I only ever got to meet Ian once. I was fresh out of academy and in my first week of field training. As I came on duty one day I passed by him in the parking lot. He stopped me to welcome me. He knew several of my family members, mainly by arresting them.

We stood in the parking lot talking for about a half an hour just talking and laughing. After speaking with him my nerves about field training were at ease and I felt like one of the guys. He went off duty after that, and I just started my shift.

I never got to work with him. The next day my FTO called me and told me 2 hours before shift began and told to get ready now, we had an emergency. As I called on duty and learned what happened, we were all shocked. To hear of his passing later that night hit everyone hard.

As I reflect on just one brief moment of my life that I got to know Ian, it leaves an imprint in my mind about how welcomed he made me feel. I can only imagine that everyone that knows him feels the same way. His professionalism was an example to me. Thank you.

Deputy Mark Murphy
January 18, 2016


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