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Deputy Didier M. Hurdle | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

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Didier M. Hurdle

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 25, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/25/1977

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Apprehended

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Deputy Didier Hurdle was shot and killed after stopping suspected gang members. When Deputy Hurdle and a cadet trainee stopped the suspect’s car, the suspect exited and opened fire. The Cadet was wounded in the leg, but was able to return fire. Deputy Hurdle was shot and killed. During the gun battle, the deputies were able to wound one of the suspects. Responding deputies were able to follow the suspects' blood trail. The suspects were apprehended and charged with murder of a police officer and possession of PCP.

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I had the honor and privilege to work with Dee as patrol deputies in East Los Angeles in 1972 & 1973. Additionally, we became best of friends, and enjoyed vacationing with both our families at the Colorado River. He taught two of my kids to water-ski. I still recall the moment when a mutual deputy friend called me at home the night during the Thanksgiving Weekend. My first reaction, and spontaneous comment when I recognized the voice was "Who got it?" When he responded, "Dee!" It felt like a mule had kicked me in the pit of my stomach.

Dee Hurdle was the consummate partner and friend. Always a gentleman, family man, and a hell-of-a good street cop. There is never a day that goes by when boating, skiing, or family vacations become a topic of conversation, that Dee Hurdle is not remembered. The Good Lord must have needed another great cop to patrol the streets of Heaven when He took Dee from us.

Lt. David Martinez (retired)
LASD
September 18, 2014

 

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