Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 16, 1997

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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 7921 Western 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.


  • 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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Sir - I was a prior Law Enforcement officer working at Knott's Berry Farm as a Security Officer on mobile (vehicle) patrol that night. I was a block away when we got the call to assist BPPD - learning later I was but a couple of blocks away when the actual incident took place. Although I was not armed, it did not matter, I, along with other KBF Officers assisted in searching our perimeter and parking lots all night -- hoping to find the person or persons responsible. I watched as your ambulance jetted away down LaPalma escorted by squads. I want you, your Department, your then fiancée, and your family to know that I still think about that night. I have visited your plaque in Station 23's lobby. That night, some of us were so close, yet so far away... if only.... Godspeed sir.

John Escobar prior WI Game Warden
Civilian now

December 8, 2021

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