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Deputy Sheriff James E. Machado | Placer County Sheriff's Department, California Placer County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

James E. Machado

Placer County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 13, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 19

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff James Machado was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a mental patient.

The subject was located a short time later walking along Highway 80. As other officers approached him he attempted to shoot them with Deputy Machado's weapon. The officers shot and killed the suspect.

Deputy Machado had served with the Placer County Sheriff's Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Jim, you were my friend, my mentor and like an older brother to me. It was because of you that I became a cop. You provided guidance, encouragement and support when needed. You helped quiz me for upcoming oral interviews I was scheduled to take with various law enforcement agencies. I spent many hours with Nancy and the kids waiting to hear that you were okay one day when there was an armed and barricaded subject in Kings Beach. You almost delivered my youngest son, Matthew.
I will never forget the day I received the telephone call advising me you were killed. It was like getting a punch to the gut; I couldn’t breathe. I’d just lost the closest thing I had to a real brother. I didn’t get the chance to tell you and Nancy I was going to be starting the academy in the fall. I arrived at your home in Auburn a couple days later and cried with Nancy. Two years later I again visited with Nancy and showed her the ID I now held from my “new department”, Placer County Sheriff’s. It brought tears to her eyes and I promised Nancy I would do my best to honor your memory.
This morning I watched the overhead lights on patrol cars flash as they passed by honoring the first of two more deputies who lost their lives in the line of duty. I thought of you. Tomorrow Michael Davis Jr., the first Placer County Deputy shot and killed in the line of duty since you were killed, will be laid to rest. I am no longer a cop, but will always feel the pain with the loss of another brother or sister who wore the badge. Thank you Jim, for helping me to have had the honor of wearing that badge.

Linda Brown, Deputy Sheriff retired
Placer County Sheriff's Department
November 3, 2014


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