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Deputy Sheriff David Lance Holguin | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

David Lance Holguin

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 5, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years

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Deputy Sheriff David Holguin was shot and killed while assisting a young child who was alone at a bus stop at 3:00 am.

Deputy Holguin had just finished his shift and was heading home when he saw the boy by himself at the intersection of Florence and Vinevale Avenues in Bell City. He stopped and called the Bell Police Department, identified himself as an officer, and waited with the boy until local police arrived.

As he waited for responding officers, the boy's father arrived and Deputy Holguin began to admonish him. A passerby saw the argument and approached the two men, not realizing that Deputy Holguin was a law enforcement officer because he was in plainclothes and not displaying a badge. When the passerby attempted to intervene in the argument he saw Deputy Holguin's firearm and opened fire, fatally wounding him.

The citizen who shot Deputy Hoguin was arrested, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 15 years.

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Such a sad set of circumstances, too young to die, then reading the reflection of the other Deputy David Holguin just made tears stream down my face. Wishing you, David #2 a happy retirement and thank you for your service, and Rest well in Paradise David #1.

LET Florence Hobson
Los Angeles County Sheriff, Lancaster Station
October 19, 2016

 

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