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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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Little.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 25, 2020

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