Deputy Paul Robert Bush

Deputy Paul Robert Bush

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, September 13, 1990

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Paul Robert Bush

Deputy Paul Bush was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Scott Street and Chiechi Avenue, in San Jose, at 11:20 pm.

He was shot five times by the suspect as he was checking his driver's license. Deputy Bush was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Deputy Bush had served with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 409

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, September 12, 1990
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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I talked to you, Paul, when I was working the operations desk at the S/O. You were always so kind and friendly to all of us. You would come in from swing shift and sit at the desk with everyone and just hang around laughing at jokes and bs’ing with us all. I asked you about the religious medal around your neck just a few days before the incident. You told me your lovely wife gave it to you for protection. I know your watching your family and keeping an eye on all of us who were privileged enough to know you.
Rest In Peace, Brother,

LP retired Deputy Sheriff
Santa Clara SO

June 12, 2022

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