Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 16, 1997

Shayne Daniel York

Deputy Sheriff Shayne York succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot by a robbery suspect after being identified as a deputy sheriff.

Deputy York and his fiancée, who was also a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, were off duty in a hair salon at 6016 Cerritos Avenue in Buena Park when two suspects entered and ordered everyone to the ground. While one suspect covered the customers the other collected everyone's wallets and purses. The two suspects discovered Deputy York's badge and immediately shot him in the back of the head as he lay on the ground. Deputy York had not resisted and remained calm throughout the entire robbery trying to keep others from getting hurt.

The two suspects were arrested later in the day during a traffic stop by members of the Fullerton Police Department. In August 2000 the suspect who pulled the trigger was found guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances and sentenced to death. The other suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy York had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for two years. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, and brother.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 7635

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 14, 1997
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

off duty, robbery, unarmed

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Shayne, I did not know you but I can never forget the tragic incident that took your life. I have been a Los Angeles Police Officer for over 29 years and I can't help but think about you when I am off duty. Your death has been a touchstone for many in law enforcement and though your sacrifice, you have saved the lives of many fellow cops. You are there to remind us that we should always be vigilant both on and off duty. I pray that your family and friends are comforted and that they will see you again in the Kingdom of Heaven. God bless you and God bless the LASD.

Sergeant R. Alvarez #26529
Los Angeles Police Department

September 18, 2018

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