Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 11/4/1978
Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect: Two sentenced to life
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.