Field Supervisor Steven Laurence Armenta

Field Supervisor Steven Laurence Armenta

California Department of Justice, California

End of Watch Friday, December 7, 1973

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Steven Laurence Armenta

Field Supervisor Steven Armenta was shot and killed following an undercover drug purchase in the city of Benicia.

When the officers attempted to arrest the suspect, he opened fire, fatally wounding Supervisor Armenta.

On August 27, 1974, the suspect, 21, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of selling cocaine, and sentenced to four 5 year to life terms to be served concurrently.

Supervisor Armenta was assigned to the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 5, 1973
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, undercover

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Field Supervisor Armenta,
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 the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 7, 2023

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