Friday, June 24, 2005


LASD: Deputy Jerry Ortiz killed

Word just came in through our Command Post that an LASD Deputy working patrol in Hawaiian Gardens was injured a few minutes ago. The news media has reporters on-scene.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot Friday by a man who then barricaded himself inside a home, authorities said.

The gang enforcement deputy was shot in the upper torso and was flown to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

He was among several deputies who were at a home when the shooting occurred at about 3:30 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Buddy Goldman said. One other deputy was injured, sheriff's Sgt. Harry Van said."

I don't know if they even got a chance to return fire," Van said.

The suspect remained inside the house as deputies outside could be seen in televised reports taking several people into custody.

Other deputies could be seen pointing guns at the home.

I'll update this post when they take the shooter into custody.

UPDATE --- 4:49 PM PST: It seems that two Deputies were injured. SWAT and a canine unit have been deployed to the scene.

UPDATE --- 4:51 PM PST: Here's a slideshow of the location in Hawaiian Gardens.

UPDATE --- 6:37 PM PST: Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputy Jerry Ortiz has been pronounced dead by Undersheriff Larry Waldie. CBS has details.

Undersheriff Larry Waldie says the deputy was shot in the head shortly after he knocked on the door of a residence where he was conducting an investigation.

Waldie says doctors told him the deputy probably was "killed instantly."

UPDATE --- 6/25/05 --- 12:25 PM PST: Deputies arrested gang member Jose Luiz Orozco, a parolee who is wanted on attempt murder in another case. Rightfully so, Sheriff Lee Baca called this "an assassination."

UPDATE --- 6/26/05: LAPD Wife has a great letter from members of the LAPD and LAFD.

UPDATE --- 6/27/05: Curt of Flopping Aces, current LASD Deputy, gives an account of what happened to Deputy Ortiz in a way that covers it better than any news media outlet I've read thus far. The mixture of emotion (he was a good friend of Deputy Ortiz) as well as a step-by-step analysis of the events that occurred is well outlined.

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