Police Officer Samuel Sanchez

Police Officer Samuel Sanchez

Guadalupe Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 13, 1969

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Samuel Sanchez

Officer Sanchez was transporting three prisoners to the jail in Santa Maria when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver. Two of the prisoners, ages 16 and 25, were also killed. The 3rd 20-year-old prisoner and Officer Sanchez's 25-year-old partner who was driving were hospitalized.

The 35-year-old driver of the other car, father of 8 children, was convicted of reckless driving and one count of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Officer Sanchez had served with the Guadalupe Police Department for 4 years. He had four brothers and a sister-in-law who served in law enforcement.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 months

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Officer Sanchez,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Guadalupe. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 13, 2019

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