Deputy Sheriff Maria Cecilia Rosa

Deputy Sheriff Maria Cecilia Rosa

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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Maria Cecilia Rosa

Deputy Maria Rosa was shot and killed by two robbery suspects after they identified her as a deputy during the incident.

Deputy Rosa was leaving a friend's home to report for duty when two juveniles approached her on bicycles and attempted to rob her. As they took items from her they discovered her gun and badge and immediately opened fire, fatally wounding her.

Both suspects were apprehended and charged with her murder. On May 8, 2008, the suspect who shot Deputy Rosa was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

Deputy Rosa had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 6 years. She is survived by her sister and two brothers.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Deputy Sheriff Maria Cecilia Rosa,

I am a current recruit in class #437. As I looked at the memorial wall along with the rest of my class, your name stood out to me. After reading your story my heart hurts. You were only a year older than me when your life was robbed from you. I can’t imagine what your family went through.

Although it’s been 13 years since you left this earth, I admire your work and want to thank you for putting your life on the line to make this world a better place. As I strive to become a Deputy Sheriff for Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, I will keep your memory alive and will remember your story. You were strong, courages, hard working and a great leader. If I can speak to you in person, I would tell you that you are a role model to many, including myself, a young Latina. I pray your family is doing well and that you are at peace.

Very respectfully,

Sarah De La Roca.

DST De La Roca

April 5, 2019

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