Detective Monty Lewis Conley

Detective Monty Lewis Conley

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, August 5, 1985

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Monty Lewis Conley

Detective Monty Conley and Detective Joe Landin were killed when their vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle that ran a stop sign on Avenue 120 in Pixley, California.

At 12:40 p.m., the undercover detectives were returning to the sheriff's office headquarters after participating in a narcotics investigation and heading east on Avenue 120. After exiting Highway 99, the driver of a car failed to stop and hit the officers' unmarked patrol car. The force of the impact pushed the patrol car off the road, flinging the car airborne and causing it to roll down the highway embankment. When their vehicle stopped, both Detective Conley and Detective Landin were trapped under their car. They died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that struck them was convicted of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and sentenced to five years.

Detective Conley had served with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and previously served with the Woodlake Police Department. He was survived by his wife, son, and father.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

narcotics, investigation, routine driving, undercover, vehicle crash

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God bless, Monty. We have the watch from here.

Officer Jess Minton
Arlington TX PD

June 13, 2021

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