Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger

Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Steven Belanger

Deputy Sheriff Steve Belanger succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 10th, 1994, when he was ambushed while conducting a traffic stop in the 18400 block of La Guardia Street in Rowland Heights.

He had recognized the driver of the vehicle as being wanted for a previous assault. As he searched the two occupants of the car, one of the man's friends rode up behind Deputy Belanger on a skateboard and shot him in the back of the head. The man fled the scene and committed suicide about one hour later.

Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from Deputy Belanger's brain. He remained under constant medical care and confined to a wheelchair until passing away on February 6th, 2018.

Deputy Belanger had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 10, 1994
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, assault, traffic stop


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Jim McDonnell
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
211 West Temple Street
Hall of Justice
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 229-3000

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Deputy Belanger,

I haven't been on this website since I was in the academy. For some reason, this morning I logged on and saw your name. Back in 1994, I was a young Explorer and always thought the world of you. You were such an awesome Deputy, super aggressive, always finding bad guys. You were also such a decent human being. I always enjoyed hearing your stories of your wife, new born daughter and your two pugs. It was clear how much you loved them. To this day, I think of you often. I look for dope in places I've seen you look. I've used some of your funny one liners, on bad guys I FI. I try to be a decent and honorable man like you were. Blue skies Deputy Belanger. You will always be remembered fondly and never forgotten.

David Kang
MPD/US Marshal Violent Offender Task Force

February 21, 2018

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