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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

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: 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 and again in 2014.

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 was aware of SDPD Officer Archie Calvin Buggs while I was still in the training phase of the POST academy in San Diego.(91st academy)
I came on the day of the PSA Plane crash 9-25-78 and I worked with some fine officers, but this was not the first assassination of a Police officer and as I am writing this another Police Officer was killed while he was pumping fuel by a lone male who shot him in the Head and emptied his semiautomatic into the officer's dead body.(14 rounds)
I am reminded of the sacrifices WE all may pay while in law enforcement and yet, some of the murderers are getting out of prison when it is a Death Penalty case.
I remember other officers who were killed on duty at the hands of another and safety procedures were changed.
We all take a chance each day and every traffic stop, so we all have to be aware of the previous "mistakes" if any and stay aware of our surroundings.
Another SDPD officer was killed while sitting in his Police cruiser in Ocean Beach and that case is still open. So many cases.....Another case of a Cop murder has just happened in Texas.
I pray that the friends and families of police officers and agents killed in the line of duty are comforted in some way.
Things are a lot different, but it seems worse nowadays.
Drive fast, shoot straight and be safe !!!

Patrol Officer
San Diego Police Department
August 31, 2015

 

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