Deputy Sheriff Walter William Hannan, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Walter William Hannan, Jr.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 3, 1978

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Walter William Hannan, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Walter Hannan was killed while responding to an officer needs assistance call at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Domingues Street, in Carson. He and his partner were responding with their emergency equipment activated to assist another deputy who had requested assistance.

A Chevy Nova pulled in front of Deputy Hannan's patrol car, causing him to take evasive action to prevent hitting the vehicle. The patrol car struck a metal utility pole killing Deputy Hannan instantly. Deputy Hannan's partner was severely injured and was later medically retired.

Deputy Hannan was assigned to the Carson Sheriff Station.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, officer assistance

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I remember it like it was yesterday, old friend. I was working East Compton that night and received a call out of Lynwood Dispatch, reassigning me to work Carson's West Compton area for the rest of the shift. When I responded I had no idea what had happened and I couldn't get anyone to tell me until I finally received communication and realized we'd lost you. Even today, whenever there's a gathering, your name is one of the first remembered. You were one of the good guys and my friend.

Bruce Newman, Deputy III, Retired

May 4, 2018

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