Deputy Sheriff Charles O. Ley

Deputy Sheriff Charles O. Ley

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 24, 1972

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Charles O. Ley

Deputy Sheriff Charles Ley was killed in an automobile crash while on patrol on May 24th, 1972, at 2 am.

When he and his partner were stopped at an intersection, they observed a car run a red light and pursued the car on Valley Boulevard. As they were entering the 605 Freeway southbound, they lost control of their patrol car on the curve. The vehicle went off the road, rolled over twice, and landed upside down against a fence. Deputy Ley was pronounced dead at the scene.

His partner survived with minor injuries. Both deputies had been wearing their seatbelts and helmets.

Deputy Ley had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1505

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

traffic patrol, vehicle crash

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