Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Coleman

Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Coleman

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 25, 1982

Michael Arthur Coleman

Deputy Michael Coleman was shot and killed while serving a narcotics search warrant. He was shot by the suspect who opened fire from inside the house through the open front door. Deputy Coleman was wearing a vest but the round entered through his arm.

Deputy Coleman's father, who worked as the department's range master, suffered a fatal heart attack while being rushed to the hospital to see his son. He died in a hospital bed next to his son in the emergency room.

The suspect, a 31 year-old woman, was convicted of Deputy Coleman's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Coleman's uncle and two cousins also served as deputies with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Dear Mike, I think about you and your Dad often. What a terrible loss for everyone. You were a good Deputy and friend. I am saddened when I think about that day. I am saddened when I think about the day you were laid to rest to rest with your Dad; the hundreds of officers standing in the rain, hiding tears, hiding the stunned expression of disbelief, hiding the anguish of how this could happen. The Coleman's will always be in my heart. I hope these many years have helped the pain, I know they will never help the loss.

Lorrie White (Hrdlicka) former Deputy
San Jouquin County SO

December 27, 2014

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