Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Michael Lawrence Sparkes, Sr.

Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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Reflections for Captain Michael Lawrence Sparkes, Sr.

Captain Sparkes,

It's so hard to believe 15 years have gone by since your death. My kids still bring you up. I was a young policeman at the time of your death. I worked for the LA County Police Department. I'm proud to have known you. Today, I work patrol out of the Lost Hills Malibu Sheriff's Station. I have not forgotten the good Captain who lost his life, but you did not give up the fight. Even though you were badly wounded by several shots of AK47 rounds in the legs, you took cover, took concealment and stayed in the game., you stayed tactical. You fired back and you had a tight shot group. You examplify what it takes to survive. You had the will to survive and you fought the fight VALIANTLY! Much love and respect to your wife, son Mike Jr, and family. They will be in my prayers. You will never be forgotten! Rest in peace Cap we got it down here, we will continue to fight the good fight!

Louis B. Lave, Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Lost Hills Malibu Sheriff's Station

Louis Lave, Deputy Sheriff
LASD, North Patrol Division, LHS/MAL

May 28, 2019

Okay, that was “weird.”; I was just about to post a photograph of Captain Sparkes on several of my Facebook sites, , when I heard a radio news broadcast which stated that his convicted murderer had been found dead in his prison cell.

Michael B. Parlor

April 24, 2019

April 22 2019 CDCR : Condemned Inmate Miguel Angel Magallon, 35, Dies of Unknown Causes. He was sentenced to death on Oct. 15, 2009, for the 2004 murder of Captain Michael Sparkes, Sr., of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety.

Retired
retired

April 22, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 14th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 10, 2018

You are never forgotten. RIP

Deputy Sheriff LASD
Class 295

August 10, 2016

Wow for an ealry morning bike ride and to be killed by those low life scums of Los Angeles. That guy deserved Life in prison, death penalty is the easy way out. RIP Captain.

Annonymous
Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center

December 6, 2013

I fought hard this past year to preserve the death penalty in California. Although there is much work still to be done, we were successful and your killer still has the death penalty that he deserves.

Thinking of you with respect today and holding your family in my heart's embrace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 4, 2013

Captain Sparkes,

As I sit here and type this I'm in a Deputy Sheriff uniform. Los Angeles County Police Department no longer exists. But you have not been forgotten. zyour Brothers and Sisters have not forgotten one of their own.

I pray for your son and wife. May God Bless them.

I'm thankful the jury on your murder put the suspect where he belongs. He was given the death penalty.

I want to personally thank you for your service to the community and your committment.

I worked the very station and area you began your career.

I saw some very dangerous and perilous moments out there in the South Los Angeles area.

I would do it all over again... and I'm sure you would to.

Without a doubt it takes a special individual to do what we do as Policeman.

Thank you Sir!!!

Louis Lave, Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

February 24, 2012

I worked with Sparks for approximately 2 years and it was a pleasure. He was a kind man always willing to give a young Officer advise and I will always remember you sir. I appreciate your service and sacrifice. To his family I pray your strength.

Police Officer
Barstow Police (formerly with LA County Police

August 25, 2011

Remembering when i first met you when i was a civilian at August F. Hawkins Mental Hospital, if it were not for you i would not have passed the interview to become a La. County Police Officer, i thank you for that opportunity. It still saddens me to no that you are not hear for you Family. My interaction with you was always a positive one and you will be missed by all who shared that experience with you.

Retired Officer Brenda beck
Office of Public Safety

August 24, 2011

Captain Sparkes,

I still remember your smile and the dedication you had in the organization. I just want to let people know that you were a great person and a dedicated leader.

May you continue to rest in peace as you watch us from above.

Still in my mind and heart.

Felix

P.S.- I was a former officer in this organization.

Officer Felix Huezo
Alhambra Police Department

August 15, 2011

On the 6th anniversary of Captain Sparkes' death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Captain Sparkes is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

August 10, 2010

Rest in Peace, Captain Sparkes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Dear Captain Sparkes,

You don't know me and I truly wish I had the pleasure of knowing you because you seemed like an incredible human being who left this life way too soon, but I served on the jury that convicted the coward that took your life of 1st degree murder and attempted robbery along with 2 special circumstances as well as a few allegations. It was a good day when we gave justice to your family and gave him what he deserved....today we made the decision to sentence him to death. I hope this brings some sort of closure to your family and they can finally move on from this horrible nightmare.

Anonymous

August 10, 2009

Hello Capt. Sparkes,

Although very difficult, it was an honor to testify in the penalty phase of your trial. I heard he got a death sentence over the radio while I was driving. I wish that I could of done more ten years ago to convict that coward on my shooting / assault with a deadly weapon arrest. I'm sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers Sir. God Bless You.

Sergeant Tim Milliman
LASD

August 10, 2009

Dear Mrs. Sparkes,
I am one of the jurors on the trial that ended today.
I first of all want to say how wonderful it was to meet you and to be able to hug you after it was all over. Our hearts were with you throughout the entire trial; you were a pillar of strength under enormously difficult circumstances.
We came to feel like we knew Captain Sparkes. I came to think of him as "our Captain Sparkes". What a loss to you, your son and to the community; what an amazing human being. I hope you and your family will be able to find some measure of inner peace now that the trial is over. I will always be grateful for his service and I will forever hold you in my heart and prayers.

Anonymous

August 7, 2009

Hi Mike, I just wanted to stop by and give you the news...the coward who took your life 5 years ago finally saw his day. Today, 12 fine citizens of Los Angeles County spoke on your behalf and found him GUILTY of First Degree Murder along with other special circumstances which were added to his charges....Rest In Peace my friend.

As for Officer Horton, may God bless you and the men and women of my department owe you a debt of gratitude for you were truely a hero on August 10, 2004. If it had not been for you, these cowards would have probably not met their fait. Take care my friend, for you now joined the family of the Los Angeles County Police.

Lieutenant Edward Ramos
Los Angeles County Police

July 24, 2009

Captain Sparkes,

I wanted to take a momment and thank you for all the words of encouragement that you gave me while working with you at Kind/Drew Medical Center to purse a career in law enformcement. After hearing of your passing at a training class I was deeply saddened. You were a strong leader who always gave works of encouragement to others to move forward in life and better overselves. Rest in peace and look over us from above.

Campus Safety Officer Eric Colberg
Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona

October 23, 2008

Captain Sparkes:

Today, Horton and I sat together discussing that fateful morning. I think about that morning everytime I decide which route that I will take while exercising off-duty...

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

September 4, 2008

Discussed Your shooting today. I also learned some new dynamics regarding that fateful day. May those anal pores, be prosecuted to the fullest extent......

Typical of many of us on LAPD - we are harder on ourselves than anyone else. Reading Horton's statements, I must type that he has no reason to feel responsiible. It is amazing how many cops who have been murdered, and for some reason I was close by, only to discover the murders later on the news.

In my opinion, Horton is a hero. What Horton failed to mention - it was his keen observation that many others may have never noticed(bullet holes from Captain Sparks' 9mm), that led to a traffic enforcement vehicle pullover, preventing a murderer and the others he eventually identified, from getting away.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

April 23, 2008

Capt Sparkes, You will be missed i was the ofcr that arrested the driver of the getaway veh while i was on my way to work. I fell partly responsible because you were lying about 50 yrds from were i was stopped for a red light, had i looked to my right i would have seen you laying there on the ground and poss getting you help sooner. I hope by being able to catch the driver and him later confessing and testifying against his partner that it gave your family closer that they were caught and would pay for there actions. God Bless You and your family.

police Officer 2+2 D. Horton
LAPD Arresting ofcr of suspect #1

March 31, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 12, 2007

Captain Sparkes,
Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of your EOW. My thoughts are with your family and friends as they remember you forever. Thank you, sir--you made a difference in the world.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 9, 2007

Captain Sparks,

As we approach another anniversary of your untimely death, I can’t help but to think back to that day in August. I can remember the sorrow and grief I felt for you and your family. I can remember the hatred I felt to those individuals that took you from us. I can also remember feeling a strong sense of pride. The pride came from you fighting back and not allowing them to make you just another victim without trying to stop them. When I was a FTO and now as a Sergeant I would tell your story to my trainees and try to impress upon them the importance of not giving up. As far as I’m concerned you are a HERO. I am sure that I will see you again someday, until then Rest in Peace and keep a watch over your brothers on the streets.

Sergeant Ryan Bodily
Los Angeles County Police

July 24, 2007

Captain Sparkes: Today, I conducted Roll Call training regarding off-duty tactics. Of course, I had to remind the "New Breed," regarding Your tragic event. You were always nothing less than most professional, everytime we met (and I know You had to put up with a lot from some of my officers).......

You did not cower or simply give up. Your tragic death epitomizes what it means to have a "Will To Survive."

It is important that others out there know that the two robbers exited their vehicle, and approached you carrying a rifle. You immediately drew Your service pistol and official identification from Your fanny pack. Even after being shot nine times with a 7.62x39 mm semiautomatic rifle, You were still able to return fire, striking the assailants’ vehicle several times as it sped away (One shot hitting one of the anal pores in the torso). Additionally, You used Your cell phone to summon aid and provide detailed information about the suspects to responding officers.

How tough it had to be, when You were transported to UCLA-Harbor Medical Center where the security staff had to see their commanding officer come in on a gurney .

A sharp LAPD motorcop initiating a traffic enforcement vehicle pullover, noticed Your bullet holes in the anal pores' vehicle.

When FOX-11 News made that live broadcast, I became so angry that You were involved in an unprovoked attack. Yes -I am still mad. I reckon that I deal with much of that anger by not letting Your memory be forgotten. May You Rest-In-Peace, Bro.......

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

April 24, 2007

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