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Police Officer II Roberto C. Sanchez | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer II

Roberto C. Sanchez

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 39618

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 5/3/2014

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Charged with murder

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Police Officer Roberto Sanchez was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by a vehicle while attempting to make a traffic stop.

Officer Sanchez and his partner were in the Harbor City section of the city and were following a vehicle on Anaheim Street, attempting to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle they were attempting to stop made a sudden U-turn at President Avenue. As the patrol car also made the U-turn a SUV that had been following the patrol car rammed it at a high rate of speed. The two occupants of the SUV fled on foot.

Both officers were trapped in the vehicle and Officer Sanchez's partner was unable to reach his radio to call for assistance. He then utilized his mobile phone and called 911. Both officers were removed from the vehicle by responding emergency units. They were taken to a local hospital where Officer Sanchez died from his injuries.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene on foot but was apprehended a short time later and charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, assault on a peace officer and leaving the scene of the accident.

Officer Sanchez had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.

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Robert was my partner for about two months. I can honestly say that I loved working with him every second. He had an amazing sense of humor and was the type of guy that made everything funny. I don't ever remember being annoyed or bummed out about anything when I worked with him. I looked forward to it every day. He was the type of guy that found everything funny and his contagious laugh meant that most of the shift was spent laughing so hard I could barely breathe.

He didn't have the mentality that is common with so many of us (cops). He was so light hearted and good natured that everything just rolled off his back. He frequently talked about his wife and how happy he was.

Rob was one of the coolest, nicest guys I've ever met, let alone worked with. I miss you brother. The pleasure was all mine.

Police Officer II Michael Switzer
June 18, 2014


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