Deputy Sheriff David Lance Holguin

Deputy Sheriff David Lance Holguin

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 5, 1984

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David Lance Holguin

Deputy Sheriff David Holguin was shot and killed while assisting a young child who was alone at a bus stop at 3:00 am.

Deputy Holguin had just finished his shift and was heading home when he saw the boy by himself at the intersection of Florence and Vinevale Avenues in Bell City. He stopped and called the Bell Police Department, identified himself as an officer, and waited with the boy until local police arrived.

As he waited for responding officers, the boy's father arrived and Deputy Holguin began to admonish him. A passerby saw the argument and approached the two men, not realizing that Deputy Holguin was a law enforcement officer because he was in plainclothes and not displaying a badge. When the passerby attempted to intervene in the argument he saw Deputy Holguin's firearm and opened fire, fatally wounding him.

The citizen who shot Deputy Hoguin was arrested, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 15 years.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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Worked with Dave 'Boo Boo ' at OCSO before he lateraled to LASO. He was one of those genuinely nice guys we all would have liked to be. Hard to believe it's been 34 years, a lifetime. Lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Kids have grown up, married and many of us have grandchildren. By stopping to help the child that night, he sacrificed all, not getting the chance to see all we have been blessed to see. I think if he was able to be asked right now if he would do it again, he'd answer "YES!!!".

Dave Sossaman CoP retired
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December 24, 2018

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