Deputy Sheriff Eugene N. Luther

Deputy Sheriff Eugene N. Luther

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, April 25, 1980

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Eugene N. Luther

Deputy Sheriff Eugene Luther was shot and killed while off-duty when a suspect attempted to rob him.

He had just left a restaurant and was approaching his car when the suspect demanded money. As Deputy Luther reached for his off-duty weapon and identified himself he was shot and killed. He was able to return fire and possibly wounded the suspect, who was never identified.

Deputy Luther had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 22 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case never solved

off duty, robbery

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I met Deputy Luther who came to Guest Lecture my high school R.O.P. Admin. of Justice Class,
1974-1975, in Sacramento, CA.

May the Souls of the Faithful Departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace;
May Light Perpetual Shine upon Them.


Fr. Jerry Connors
Chaplain, Federal Bureau of Prisons

February 9, 2019

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