Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell

Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, November 30, 2002

David Alan Powell

Deputy David Powell was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to reports of gunshots near 166th Street and Elaine Avenue in Artesia at 1030 hours.

When the officers arrived, they observed a man run into a home and take a woman hostage. As Deputy Powell attempted to kick the door open, the man fired two shots from inside. One of the rounds struck Deputy Powell in the right arm, passed through the opening in his vest, and entered his chest. Deputy Powell's partner returned fire and dragged Deputy Powell to his patrol car. He then drove Deputy Powell one block away where he was met by paramedics.

Deputy Powell was transported to St. Francis Medical Center where he succumbed to his wound 90 minutes after the shooting. The suspect was shot and killed by responding officers.

Deputy Powell had been employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 18 years, and is survived by his wife, four daughters, parents, brother, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff David Alan Powell,
I never had the opportunity to meet you, but I wished I had. My name is Brian Montes, I am a recruit for the Los Angeles Sheriffs department class #429. The Class was instructed to pick a fallen Deputy or officer and to do research on the fallen officer or deputy. I picked you because in our classroom there was a picture of you and it really caught my attention. Even before this assignment was given you had always caught my attention and I always wanted to do research on you. So I did, and Deputy Powell, you are everything I want to be when I graduate and become a deputy. What you did the day you were killed was something only a real hero and courageous person could do. You are really what I want to be and do when I graduate from my class. That was the most heroic and bravest thing anyone can do; your death will never be forgotten in my heart and in others hearts. You risked your own life to save another innocent person and for that you will never be forgotten in the department. I'm so sorry for your death, but your children, wife, parents, brother, and grandchildren know that you are a hero and you would have done the same thing that very morning regardless of the ending because you knew that this career needs heros, and sir, you are a hero. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. It will never be forgotten and I will do my best to make you proud.

Recruit. Brian Montes Class#429
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

February 25, 2018

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