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Deputy Sheriff Andrew Kriss | San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Andrew Kriss

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 25, 1864

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Deputy Andrew Kriss was shot and killed by a group of bandits involved in the theft of horses and live stock he had followed toward Mexico.

He and a county constable had gone to a ranch in Rancho de las Viejas to round up the horses after they had been deserted. As the two drove the horses back towards town several Californios ran most of the horses off.

The two lawmen tracked the thieves towards Mexico and overtook two of them who had fallen behind. As they continued towards the rest of the thieves a shootout ensued and Deputy Kriss was shot in the head and killed.

Although they had been identified, the suspects were never apprehended.

Deputy Kriss had served with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for only a few years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 25, 2015


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