Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen

Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen

Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Vu Nguyen

Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen was shot while chasing a suspect.

At 2:00 pm, Deputy Nguyen and his partner, both assigned to gang duties, were patrolling in plain clothes when they made an unscheduled stop at a known gang house in the area of 47th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. There, they saw a man who they have never seen before. When they attempted to make contact with the man he fled on foot and led officers on a chase through yards of nearby residences. During the foot pursuit, the suspect opened fire, striking Deputy Nguyen in the neck, killing him.

A 16-year-old suspect was later arrested and charged with the murder of Deputy Nguyen. On April 29th, 2010, the subject was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Deputy Nguyen served with Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1427

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

foot pursuit, gang member, juvenile offender, plainclothes

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I know it’s been quite sometime since Vu has passed but i want to add that he was so sweet and kind. I was friends with his sister in high school, I went to their home a time or two as we lived in the same neighborhood. Sweet sister and mother that I remember. Vu was also a friend of my older brother. I was only a teen the last time I saw Vu but what I remember he was so kind, Like his sister. I’m so sad to hear that he was taken :-( God bless their entire family with love and protection in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN

D Forsse

January 7, 2021

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