Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Michael Richard Arruda

Deputy Sheriff Michael Arruda succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained six days earlier when he was accidentally shot by another deputy.

Deputy Arruda and three deputies responded to the Motel 6 at 1154 S 7th Avenue in in Hacienda Heights on June 9th, 2004, after receiving a call that someone was firing shots and threatening people. When the deputies arrived, they went to the unit where the suspect was reported to be staying. As they walked toward the unit, the subject exited carrying a pellet pistol that closely resembled a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and began firing at the deputies. The deputies returned fire, killing the subject.

One of the rounds fired by the deputies struck Deputy Arruda in the neck, seriously wounding him.

Deputy Arruda was transported to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he remained until his death six days later.

Deputy Arruda had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 13 years. He is survived by his son, daughter, fiancée, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 3478
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 9, 2004

crossfire, shots fired call

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18 years ago we laid you to rest on this day. In some ways it feels like an eternity and then in other moments, it seems like yesterday. One thing remains constant though Mike, you are still loved and missed as much as ever. There is that saying that time heals all wounds. The last 18 years have taught me that's not true, but it does help us cope and deal with wounds better. Thoughts of you still bring those tears to my eyes, but now they are more often than not replaced by a smile. A smile brought on by your memory, a smile that you are in a better place, and a smile that through it all, your spirit has led your loved ones and speaks to us all. One day we will meet again and maybe then we'll understand. Until then my friend, rest easy, you will never be forgotten.


June 21, 2022

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