Reserve Deputy Sheriff Constance Ellen Worland

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Constance Ellen Worland

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 2, 1981

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Constance Ellen Worland

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Constance Worland was accidentally shot and killed by her partner following a call involving a man with a gun in a high-crime area around 4 p.m.

After arriving at the scene, at 6 Ironwood Lane, the deputies were told the suspects had gone to another area of the housing complex. As the deputies got back into their patrol car, the shotgun discharged as it was being placed into the shotgun mount. The blast struck Deputy Worland in the side.

Deputy Worland had served as a volunteer reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for five years.

A plaque honoring her service and sacrifice is in the main lobby of the Sheriff’s Communications Center in East Los Angeles. She was the first female reserve killed in the line of duty in the United States.

A single mother, she was survived by her three daughters; ages 20, 17, and 16 at the time of her death.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, weapons violation

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Connie was killed right before I was about to start the LASD Reserve Academy. I had admired Connie, although I never met her, because she was a full time Dispatcher at the Sheriff's Radio Center and chose to volunteer her time for free as a cop. I didn't even think twice about entering the academy after Connie died. I wanted to serve for free like she did, and always thought about her courage and sacrifice. RIP Reserve Deputy Worland.

Lt. GJG (Retired - Reserve)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

August 1, 2018

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