Deputy Sheriff Michael Lee Hoenig

Deputy Sheriff Michael Lee Hoenig

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 30, 1997

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Michael Lee Hoenig

Deputy Hoenig was shot and killed at approximately 0115 hours. Deputy Hoenig had been following the suspect, who was on a bicycle. The suspect opened fire on Deputy Hoenig as he was about to question him. Deputy Hoenig was sitting in his patrol car when the suspect fired through the window of the rear passenger door. A round struck Deputy Hoenig, who then attempted to exit his patrol car. The suspect then came around the back of the patrol car and fired at least six more shots.

Deputy Hoenig was wearing a bullet proof vest, but the fatal bullet struck him in the neck. He was found laying outside of his patrol car with his gun next to him. He never had a chance to return fire or to call for help. The suspect was found guilty and sentenced to death in December of 1998.

Deputy Hoenig's parents were present in the courtroom when the sentence was read.

Deputy Hoenig had been with the department for three years and had been with another agency for seven years before it was merged the sheriff's department. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and his sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Hey Mike
Remembering you today as I do always. Bud I reflect on this day and can’t believe it’s been 23 years. If I haven’t said it before you know I am so sorry you had to go out like this. I thank you for your service. My friend I miss you and those that have gone before you. Please meet up with my hubby and our butthead friend Scovill and go fishing or camping or just hanging out. Watch over us please. Got 40 years in and man it’s tough now. Need you guys, it’s ugly down here. Know I still care and will always remember you. REI fish on! Peace be with us all.

JA L Valdez

October 31, 2020

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