Reserve Officer Sixto Maldonado, Jr.

Reserve Officer Sixto Maldonado, Jr.

Firebaugh Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 19, 1975

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Sixto Maldonado, Jr.

Reserve Officer Sixto Maldonado was shot and killed while working at the front desk of the police station.

The subject entered the station and shot Officer Maldonado with a shotgun without warning. The man then left a note in his car saying "I hate cops" and fled the area on foot. The subject had recently received a citation for drunk driving and had made statements to friends threatening police officers.

The man committed suicide in an abandoned hotel one block from the police station.

Officer Maldonado had served with the Firebaugh Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and 2-month-old child.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, retaliation

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I remember that night well! I was a young Deputy Sheriff in that County! He was a good officer and man! God Bless you Sixto!

Deputy Sheriff, Jim Petrucelli
Fresno County Sheriff’s Department

August 22, 2020

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