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Patrolman Archie Calvin Buggs | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California

Patrolman

Archie Calvin Buggs

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, November 4, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/4/1978

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Two sentenced to life

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Patrolman Archie Buggs was shot and killed after he made a traffic stop on two gang members for speeding. As he walked to the rear of the car one of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot him six times. A fellow officer located Patrolman Buggs laying in the street with his ticket book nearby. Both suspects were apprehended three hours later by San Diego Police.

Two suspects, ages 17 and 18, were convicted of Patrolman Buggs' murder and sentenced to life. The gunman was denied parole in 2010.

Patrolman Buggs had served with the agency for four years. He was survived by his mother and siblings. He was a Vietnam Veteran.

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I had the privilege of having Archie in my squad. He was a kind, respectful person who treated people he came into contact with in a professional and helpful way.
Approving reports at the end of shift was the bane of the late P-2 sergeant. Whenever Archie came in and saw me at the desk his face would light up in a big smile. He would say...Sgt. Millar I need some spelling help. And he did.
I don't know about the parole hearing, all I know is that a talented young man's life was cut short when had so much to contribute to stopping the gang mentality. Archie was killed across the street from my high school which impacted me greatly. Morse was the a new high school which integrated students from Lincoln High and the kids from the white suburbs. It was a big step then.
I want to believe in redemption but I don't believe that our prison system supports that.
I honor and miss Archie, J.P. Lewis, Dennis Allen and Freddie Edwards and those well after us.

Walter Millar, Sgt.
San Diego P.D., Colleague
July 15, 2014

 

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