Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Archie Calvin Buggs

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, November 4, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Archie Calvin Buggs

I am proud to send off my letter requesting Gov. Brown overturn the parole of the murderer of Patrolman Buggs. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers during this time of re-opening a wound that will never really heal. I beg God to ensure this murderer never walks the streets free again. Rest in peace brother, you have not been forgotten and we are still carrying the torch in your honor. Thank you for your service to America and to the citizens of San Diego.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

September 15, 2015

Archie served his country in vietnam. served his community as a police officer. he devoted his life to his fellow man, to make the world a better place! he paid the ultimate price. Archie, deserves to never be forgotten! Archie deserves recognition for his sacrafice, such as a school named in his honor. a living memorial that will inspire the youth of today to become the man who was a true american hero.

Russell Watt 23J p2. badge 1120
former San Diego PD

September 1, 2015

I was aware of SDPD Officer Archie Calvin Buggs while I was still in the training phase of the POST academy in San Diego.(91st academy)
I came on the day of the PSA Plane crash 9-25-78 and I worked with some fine officers, but this was not the first assassination of a Police officer and as I am writing this another Police Officer was killed while he was pumping fuel by a lone male who shot him in the Head and emptied his semiautomatic into the officer's dead body.(14 rounds)
I am reminded of the sacrifices WE all may pay while in law enforcement and yet, some of the murderers are getting out of prison when it is a Death Penalty case.
I remember other officers who were killed on duty at the hands of another and safety procedures were changed.
We all take a chance each day and every traffic stop, so we all have to be aware of the previous "mistakes" if any and stay aware of our surroundings.
Another SDPD officer was killed while sitting in his Police cruiser in Ocean Beach and that case is still open. So many cases.....Another case of a Cop murder has just happened in Texas.
I pray that the friends and families of police officers and agents killed in the line of duty are comforted in some way.
Things are a lot different, but it seems worse nowadays.
Drive fast, shoot straight and be safe !!!

Patrol Officer
San Diego Police Department

August 31, 2015

California and San Diego lost a great man when we lost you.

YOU LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. A new generation of officers now push the patrol cars, walk the beats and do the work of keeping the peace. But we will never forget you because you are one of the shining lights, one of our heroes.

To that end, we have sent a letter to Governor Brown asking him he overturn the unthinkable decision of the Parole Board which was to release the individual who murdered Officer Archie Buggs, an American hero.

God bless Archie Buggs and his family.


August 31, 2015

I will send a letter to the Governor demanding he vetoes the parole board's decision. I am not a peace officer, but a concerned civilian who deeply respects what law enforcement provides us.

Chuck Johnson
Ssgt. USA 5th Special Forces Grp. (ret.)

August 31, 2015

I had the privilege of having Archie in my squad. He was a kind, respectful person who treated people he came into contact with in a professional and helpful way.
Approving reports at the end of shift was the bane of the late P-2 sergeant. Whenever Archie came in and saw me at the desk his face would light up in a big smile. He would say...Sgt. Millar I need some spelling help. And he did.
I don't know about the parole hearing, all I know is that a talented young man's life was cut short when had so much to contribute to stopping the gang mentality. Archie was killed across the street from my high school which impacted me greatly. Morse was the a new high school which integrated students from Lincoln High and the kids from the white suburbs. It was a big step then.
I want to believe in redemption but I don't believe that our prison system supports that.
I honor and miss Archie, J.P. Lewis, Dennis Allen and Freddie Edwards and those well after us.

Walter Millar, Sgt.
San Diego P.D., Colleague

July 15, 2014

Officer Archie Buggs was an outstanding police office, U.S. Army Veteran and family man. Our family really misses him.

Myron Curry
Family member

July 7, 2014

Honored to submit a letter to keep your killer in prison. Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten!

Natasha Hubbard
Communications Officer

June 19, 2014

I will mail my letter tomorrow. RIP

Tampa, FL

June 16, 2014

To the Family of Officer Buggs. He certainly is not forgotten. With news today regarding the possible release of his killer, I am moved along with others to speak out about this injustice.
I learned about Patrolman Buggs while in the 15th San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy. His senseless killing was a lesson for many new officers such as myself and many experienced officers too.
I pray God has kept his soul at peace and his family has calm.
We as the law enforcement family will endure whatever may come of th e possible release of his killer, because that is who WE are.
Thank you to Patrolman Buggs for the ultimate sacrifice, and to his dear family who have lived with the pain these many years.

Officer John M. Laser #515
Oceanside Police Dept. (Retired)

June 10, 2014

I just wanted to say losing my cousin Archie was one of the saddest days of my life. He was a outstanding son and brother to his family. I really appreciate the love and support shown here on this site for Archie. His life was unfortunate cut shot while writing a ticket for alcohol. His our family really misses this great guy who love law enforcement. I have much respect for all of you in law enforcement. God bless you,

Myron Curry

March 29, 2014

RIP Patrolman Buggs. 35 years ago today you gave the ultimate sacrifice for the people of California and the United States. You will never be forgotten.


November 4, 2013

We have sent our "NO PAROLE" letters. We hope this monster NEVER gets out of prison!!! You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O

September 23, 2012

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County, NY Police Department

September 18, 2012

A "No Parole" letter for the thug that killed you has been sent. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. They should not have to endure such hardships after their sacrifice.
You will never be forgotten!

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

September 7, 2012

I was working as a Deputy Sheriff in Lemon Grove the night Officer Buggs was murdered. The vision of him being killed in uniform will never leave my memory. Life should mean life when you kill a law enforcement officer.

Deputy Sheriff
San Diego Sheriff Department

September 7, 2012

I had been on National City Police Department six years and was a detective when Officer Buggs was murdered. I have been in his mothers home and there is a huge portrait of Archie on the wall with a memorial.

James Kneebone, retired Sergeant
National City Police Department

September 7, 2012

I had an opportunity to work partners with Archie on numerous occaisions in the years prior to his death. I was impressed with his law enforcement skills but even more impressed with his skills as a human being. He didn't deserve to die the way he did. Please deny this parole request and keep us all safe. Thank you,

Sgt. James G. Moore, Retired
San Diego Police Department

September 5, 2012

Thank You for your service Patrolman Archie Calvin Buggs!
May God Bless you and your family, We had violent times in California during the 70's and My letter will go out today and hopefully the shooter will never be let out of prison.

Retired Police Officer Bob Reed
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

September 4, 2012

As a San Diego police officer, I knew Officer Boggs. He was an excellent officer, very dedicated and professional. His death was one of many for officers of the SDPD during the 1970's and 1980's. All of them showed a disrespect for the rghts of our citizens and many resulted because of an effort to make the Department more citizen oriented. It was finally realized that safety practices were an issue with many of our officers and being a nice guy was not generally respected by many in the community. After
many deaths, the tide changged and the Depasrtment became much more Safety conscious and Training improved, finely turning the tide and deaths decreased.

Archie's derath was cruel and unnecesary, as werre many of the others, which has been shown by the reduction of intentional police deaths over the past 30 years, due to training and diligence.

There is no logical reason why this killer should be put back into society to possibly be a prdator again. A life sentence should be just that, incarceration for the rest of a cop
killer's naturnal life. The safety of our community is imn your hands.

Please do not ever let this man out of prision, nor any other killer of a law enforcement officer.

Please do your job, and deny this parole request to keep us all safe in this great city.

Thank You

Sgt. Charles Kilgore, Retired
San Diego Police Department

September 4, 2012

God Bless


September 4, 2012

I was assigned to traffic division at San Diego PD, in the mid-70's. I would work southeast area with my radar unit and take traffic reports. I knew Archie during this period because he would be backing me at times on traffic stops.

I had been in situations where I had fought suspects after a pursuit, but was unable to get anyone to respond to cover me, so after the last time this happened, I decided it was time for me to leave for another police department. My last night on-duty, I heard the call come out that Archie had been shot. At the end of my shift, I was walking through the dept's garage when I saw his unit, riddled with bullet holes.

Archie was a kind, soft-spoken human being, that was the example of a great cop and person. I have never forgotten him through all my years as a police officer and since retiring on a medical.

Detective Pete Hernandez, retired
Redlands PD

July 1, 2012

Archie was in the same academy as my husband. I remember them studying together and there was always laughter. They'd been out of the academy just 4 years when Archie was shot and killed. It seems like nothing was the same after that horrible night. Of course all of them understood the danger, but after that fateful night, everything changed. i know for my husband, there was a certain "heaviness" that became part of him - the truth was right in their faces - the worse case scenerio was now front and center.
Archie was soft spoken and highly thought of - very much liked by his peers. He is still rememberd and missed.

Carla Stone
Wife of retired SDPD officer

May 14, 2012

I think often of Archie and the others I've known. After serving on your relief squad for three years, I had only recently transferred to Southern Division. That night I was meeting with a Border Pattol Agent when I heard dispatch calling Archie in a "Roll Call" attempt to identify an officer down report called in to dispatch. I told the PA "Archie never misses a call, something is wrong". I later was sent to the scene of one of the suspects' residence where I lay in ice plant on the embankment at the back for an hour, with a shotgun, before it was determined he was not home.

I'm now a Senior Crime Scene Analyst at Las Vegas Metro Police, and one of my duties is to attend autopsies. When I am in the room with one of LVMPD's; The memories of Archie, Kimberly Tonahill, Tim Roup and Tom Riggs are there with me also.

It was my honor to serve with you all. See you someday in Paradise.

Officer Larry R. Morton (SDPD retired)

May 7, 2012

Although I only knew Archie a short time I was working the night he was shot while assigned to the Lemon Grove Office at the SDSO. We used to meet from time to time for info exchanges in the same area where he was killed as my beat ran up to his. He was a soft spoken man who always had a good read on what was happening in his area. A senseless loss and one that we will always remember.

Detective Mike Sindelar
San Juan County (NM) Sheriff - SDSO retired

May 1, 2012

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