Sergeant Joseph Sanchez

Sergeant Joseph Sanchez

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, June 6, 1966

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Joseph Sanchez

Sergeant Joseph Sanchez succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two months earlier while arresting a suspect for robbery. The leg wound caused a blood clot to develop, which moved to his heart.

The 38-year-old suspect was apprehended in New Orleans two days later. He was convicted of attempted murder and robbery and sentenced to 30 years. After Sergeant Sanchez died, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Sergeant Sanchez was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War and had been a prisoner in a German POW camp for 20 months. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 16, 1966
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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Sgt. Sanchez
Thanks for our long service in law enforcement, but perhaps just as important were your contributions as a solider to this great nation. You then returned to Korea, after surviving a POW camp in WWII. That says a lot about who you were. Thanks again for your service, and sacrifice and outstanding service to your community and to this great nation.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret) & NVD
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

June 6, 2022

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