Lieutenant Donald J. Gillis

Lieutenant Donald J. Gillis

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, September 20, 1958

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Donald J. Gillis

Lieutenant Gillis was shot and killed while off duty while attempting to disarm a drunk a and disorderly man while camping in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area with his wife. The man had come into his campground after becoming separated from his hunting party. Lieutenant Gillis tried to help the man find his party but was unsuccessful. He then told the man to get into his car and sleep it off and that they would try to find the party again in the morning.
The suspect then grabbed a rifle and fired into the air twice. Lieutenant Gillis grabbed the rifle and headed towards his station wagon. When he turned around to the face the man again the suspect grabbed a second rifle and shot him in the chest.

The 65-year-old man was apprehended and sentenced to life. Lieutenant Gillis had been with the agency for 20 years and was assigned to the Firestone Substation.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Lt. Gillis,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 20, 2018

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