Deputy Sheriff Darden Hollis

Deputy Sheriff Darden Hollis

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, January 1, 1975

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Darden Hollis

Deputy Sheriff Darden Hollis was shot and killed during a struggle with a man causing a disturbance at 7828 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with murder. He was found guilty of manslaughter and served a short prison service. After being released he continued a life of crime and was sent back to prison for other crimes. In 2004 the suspect died during a struggle with corrections officers in Lancaster, California.

Deputy Hollis had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 15 years and was assigned to the West Hollywood Station. He was a United States Army veteran and was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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I was a young CHP officer assigned to West Hollywood on January 1, 1975. We received radio call of a “999” shots fired on Santa Monica Blvd. and arrived on scene within a minute or two. We were told that that a deputy had been shot and needed immediate transport to a hospital. Deputy Hollis was placed in the back seat of our patrol vehicle and my partner administered limited first aid as I drove him without delay to UCLA Medical Center. The trip was est. 5 minutes or so.
Upon arrival, I assisted emergency personnel at the hospital with moving Deputy Hollis to an emergency room. I was provided with his gun, gunbelt and personal items and allowed to remain with him as he received emergency medical treatment including heart massage. Tragically, he did not survive his injuries.
At the hospital, I provided the personal items to an S.O. deputy and left the scene.
As I was the last officer to be with Deputy Hollis, I felt inclined to share this information. He will not be forgotten by me.

Captain Michael Caeton
California Highway Patrol

April 22, 2024

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