Deputy Sheriff Joseph Buzzell

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Buzzell

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 28, 1895

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Joseph Buzzell

Deputy Buzzell was shot and killed while attempting to remove a family that was trespassing on a ranch near the San Joaquin River. The father of the family fired at Deputy Buzzell, striking him in the head and chest, killing him.

The suspect was wounded in return fire. He was arrested three weeks later in Merced. He was tried and acquitted.

Deputy Buzzell was survived by his wife and two children. He is buried in Stockton.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted


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Deputy Sheriff Buzzell,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Joaquin County.


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November 28, 2020

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