Deputy Sheriff Dighton Lewis Little

Deputy Sheriff Dighton Lewis Little

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Friday, October 20, 1989

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Dighton Lewis Little

Deputy Sheriff Dighton Little was shot and killed while serving a narcotics-related warrant as a member of his department's SWAT team.

The SWAT team was assisting deputies from Stanislaus County who had executed a search warrant several days earlier and recovered a weapon.

While outside of the suspect's trailer on Highway 99, in Ripon, he was shot in the head with a high powered rifle fired through a window. The suspect was then shot and killed by other officers. Deputy Little was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.06
  • Offender Shot and killed

narcotics, swat, warrant service

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I happened upon this site and having been raised in Stockton, CA, thought I would look at officers from this area whom had met an untimely passing. To my surprise and dismay I found Officer Little's name. Because of his uncommon first name, I think we may have attended high school at the same time. I graduated from Lincoln high school in 1974 and if I recall correctly, he was two or three years ahead of me and possibly played on the football team. I moved away in 1978 and was unaware of the events happening there. I belatedly offer my most sincere condolences to Officer Little's family and friends and my gratitude that he and other officers willingly put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety of the public.

Classmate(?), Lincoln high school, class of 74

April 14, 2020

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