Information: Officer Espinoza and his partner investigated a suspicious person. The two officers in plain clothes observed the man acting in a suspicious manner and approached him in their vehicle. When they called out to the man he turned around and opened fire with an AK-47 and fled. Officer Espinoza was struck multiple times and was killed. The suspect was identified as a 21 year old member, was arrested and convicted of second degree murder.
Information: Cuesta, 26, died Sunday, Aug. 9, when he was shot in the head by bullets fired through the rear window of his patrol car. He and his partner, Officer Richard Gabaldon, were outside a party where gang members had shown up. They were waiting for backup units to arrive when the shooting occurred. Catarino Gonzalez Jr., 20, surrendered to authorities Aug. 11 after learning he was wanted for the shooting. He is known for gang activity and has been arrested numerous times since 1994.
Information: Officer Burt was shot and killed in Fullerton, California, while making a traffic stop. Officer Burt was impounding the vehicle after discovering that the driver was driving on a suspended license. As he was searching the trunk he found forged payroll checks and counterfeit traveler's checks. When he went to question the suspect the man produced a 9 mm handgun and shot him six times. As he lay on the ground the suspect stole his weapon and keys and then shot him execution style in the head.
Information: Based on witness statements after the event, Officers Burrell and Mac Donald approached the red truck and the suspect exited the driver's door. Reportedly, both officers were attempting to physically restrain the suspect, each officer was attempting to control the suspect's arms by placing them behind his back. During the struggle the suspect was able to arm himself from his person with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and began shooting at both officers. The information was broadcast over the radio and shortly dozens of patrol units from various agencies converged on the location. An intensive manhunt for the suspect was conducted throughout the night and days following. The suspect a member of a notorious Los Angeles gang known as "Bounty Hunters", was eventually identified.
Information:Brown was the victim of a gang shooting on Sunday, Nov. 29, as he and his partner, Francisco Dominguez, chased two gunmen. The gunmen who had just committed a fatal drive-by shooting in Culver City peppered the squad car with assault-weapon fire. Brown, who didn't have time to get out of his car or draw his weapon, was struck in the head. Brown died at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center shortly after the incident.
Information: Blair, 31, was shot to death May 12, 1995, after he and his partner got out of their patrol car at a park in Lynwood to question suspected gang members, one of who was seen tossing away what later was found to be a loaded pistol. Two days later, one suspect in the shooting surrendered to deputies in Lynwood. He was cleared in the shooting. The day of the funeral, Gov. Pete Wilson announced the addition of $100,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Blair's killer.
Information: While patrolling a "high concentration gang" area in a residential neighborhood in Long Beach on Saturday, April 29, two Long Beach police officers were shot with automatic weapons as a car drove past them. Police Chief Jerome Lance stated, "The officers were not making an arrest, serving a warrant, or answering another call at the time they were hit. They were just driving down the street." Officer Daryle W. Black, 33, was shot twice in the head and died the following day at a nearby hospital. Officer Rick Delfin, 41, was shot once in the head and leg. The shots came from the passenger side as the patrol car was stopped. Neither officer was able to return fire. As the shots were being fired, Delfin, although seriously injured, immediately sped out of the area. The investigation revealed that approximately 15 AK-47 rounds were fired at the officers. A resident of the area, a 45-year-old pregnant woman, was also struck several times by bullets that penetrated the walls of her home. She and her 7-month-old fetus survived. During a gang sweep the previous night, officers were confronted with an armed subject, who was shot and killed. Lance stated that officers Black and Delfin were ambushed and were possibly the victims of a retaliatory attack by gang members. On the morning of the memorial service held for Black, Ramon "Gumby" Sandoval Jr., 18, of Compton, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting. Four other suspects were also charged.
Information: Beyea's career was cut short June 8 by a suspected burglar who wrestled the rookie's revolver away from him. Beyea, 24, died in uniform on the street, a .38 caliber bullet through is head. Beyea's fellow officers killed one suspect in his slaying several hours later. Another suspect was in custody.
Information: Deputy Barthel was shot while investigating a group of suspicious males. He and his partner were assigned to the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau and were assigned to patrol a housing project. Deputy Barthel and his partner were walking up to a group of males when they threw drug paraphernalia into the bushes. As Deputy Barthel's partner went to pick up the drugs, the shooter opened fire from across the street with a rifle, striking both deputies in the face and torso.
Information: Baker, 42, counseled inmates at the Heman G. Stark Youth Training School in Chino. It was there that she was beaten to death on August 9, allegedly by 24-year-old inmate James Ferris. Police allege Ferris killed Baker with a battery pack and dumped her body in a trash bin. Ferris is already serving a life sentence for murder. Baker's body was found August 11.