Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen

Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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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Deputy Vu Nguyen will never ever be forgotten. Thank YOU for your service to your community your to the State of California. May your soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

September 18, 2018

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