Deputy Sheriff Hagop Jake Kuredjian

Deputy Sheriff Hagop Jake Kuredjian

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 2001

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Hagop Jake Kuredjian

Deputy Sheriff Hagop Jake Kuredjian was shot and killed after responding to backup another deputy and federal agents who were attempting to serve a warrant on a man for impersonating a police officer and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

When officers arrived at the residence in an affluent neighborhood, the man came to the door several times but refused to go outside. As the officers attempted to gain entry through a window the man opened fire with an automatic rifle, striking Deputy Kuredjian in the head.

The suspect then held other officers at bay for several hours before his house caught fire and burned to the ground. The suspect had previously been a police officer.

Deputy Kuredjian had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 17 years.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 4144

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Killed in fire

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Posted on KHTS Aug 31, 2019
Deputy Jake Remembered 18 Years After Fatal Shootout

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are honoring Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian all day Saturday in remembrance of his death 18 years ago after being fatally shot in Stevenson Ranch.

On Aug. 31, 2001, Deputy Kuredjian, 40, was fatally shot after responding to a call of “shots fired” in Stevenson Ranch, where Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were serving a search warrant.

“You never know when something is going to happen — this is a dangerous job when you sign on for it,” said Deputy Gregory Hutt of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, in a previous story. “He was going to help, he got the call and rushed to it. He wanted to help, he wasn’t one to stand back.”

Deputy Kuredjian had served as a deputy with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years, and began working at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in 1995.

“His courage and sacrifice will be forever remembered,” wrote Shirley Miller, spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, in a post Friday.

Deputy Kuredjian had a passion of motorcycle riding and was assigned to a motorcycle position six months before he was killed.

In 1989, Deputy Kuredjian was awarded the Sheriff’s Department’s Gold Meritorious Conduct Medal by former-Sheriff Sherman Block for saving the life of a woman clinging to a small tree branch atop a cliff in Malibu.

“Helping others was something that came naturally to Jake and that was what he was doing at the very moment he was so tragically taken from us all,” said Cpt. Robert Lewis, with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who personally knew Deputy Kuredjian, in a statement. “We mourn his loss along with the many other people in our community whose lives were touched by Jake.”

In honor of Deputy Kuredjian, a memorial plaque dedicated to him was placed at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Poe Parkway. Every year, on the anniversary of his death, deputies conduct a 24-hour watch of the site.

“It serves as a reminder to the community to remember Deputy Kuredjian and the sacrifice he made,” Miller wrote.

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August 31, 2019

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