Deputy Sheriff Steven Douglas Lindblom

Deputy Sheriff Steven Douglas Lindblom

Madera County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 16, 1975

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Steven Douglas Lindblom

Deputy Sheriff Steven Lindblom was shot and killed during a shootout at the scene of a hostage situation in Madera.

The barricade started when a man became angry when his estranged wife came to the home to retrieve belongings.

Deputy Lindblom was shot once in the head by the subject who was barricaded inside of the home. The man was shot and killed after wounding two other deputies.

Deputy Lindblom was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Madera County Sheriff's Office for four years. He was survived by his wife and 4-year-old son. His son passed away from leukemia two years later.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

barricade, domestic

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Steve became a deputy sheriff in 1972 whereas I started my career with the San Bernardino Police Department in 1972. I remember reading about your passing back then and wondered if you were the same Steven Lindblom I knew in Viet Nam. I recently saw saw your picture and now know that it is the same Steven Lindblom I knew at Cam Rahn Bay with the 12th SPS, Sentry Dog section. We didn't know each other very well at the time as I finished my tour in 1969, not long after you arrived.

Roy Izumi, Detective (Ret.), SBPD
Served together in Viet Nam

May 29, 2020

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