In Memoriam

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“To those who sacrificed their lives in the performance of their sworn duty to protect the citizens of Los Angeles County.”

Sherman Block, Former Sherrif
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Dedicated May 14, 1986


Fallen Officers

Off. Michael Wall

police-officer-jose-anzoraDetention Services Officer Michael Wall suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after restraining a juvenile offender at the Central Juvenile Hall at 1605 Eastlake Avenue in Los Angeles. Officer Wall was transported to a local hospital where he passed away during emergency surgery. Officer Wall had served with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 14 years. He is survived by his daughter and sisters.

End of Watch: Friday, April 30, 2021

Off. Jose Anzora

police-officer-jose-anzoraPolice Officer Jose Anzora was killed after sustaining injuries February 26th, 2021 when he was struck by a car while directing traffic near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wall Street. Officer Anzora had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the Newton Division. He is survived by his wife and mother.

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Albanese

deputy-sheriff-thomas-albaneseDeputy Sheriff Thomas Albanese was killed in a motorcycle crash when his patrol motorcycle collided with a vehicle in an intersection and he suffered fatal injuries. Deputy Albanese was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

End of Watch: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Off. Juan Jose Diaz

c_juan-jose-diaz-1Police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed shortly after midnight in the area of Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street after taking law enforcement action when he observed several men vandalizing a wall. The man then opened fire on the group as they tried to leave the area, killing Officer Diaz and wounding his girlfriend’s brother. Officer Diaz had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau.

End of Watch: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Off. Toshio Hirai

police-officer-toshio-hirai-1Police Officer Toshio Hirai succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. His police motorcycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Western Avenue and 238th Street, in Harbor City, while he was en route to the police station.

Officer Hirai had served with the Gardena Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son. 

End of Watch: November 15, 2018

Off. Greggory Casillas

police-officer-greggory-cassillasPolice Officer Gregg Casillas was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man following a vehicle pursuit. As Officer Casillas and another officer attempted to make contact with the man he fired through the apartment door, striking both officers. The officers were both transported to a local hospital where Officer Casillas succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Casillas had served with the Pomona Police Department for six months and was still in field training at the time of the incident. He had been employed as a civilian with the agency for three years before entering the police academy. He is survived by his wife and two children. In August 2018, I-10 between North San Antonio and Mountain Avenues was renamed Pomona Officer Greggory Casillas Memorial Highway.

End of Watch: March 9, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger

deputy-sheriff-steve-belangerDeputy Sheriff Steve Belanger succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 10th, 1994, when he was ambushed while conducting a traffic stop. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from Deputy Belanger’s brain. He remained under constant medical care and confined to a wheelchair until passing away on February 6th, 2018.

Deputy Belanger had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

End of Watch: February 6, 2018

Off. Keith Boyer

police-officer-keith-boyer.jpg It is with tremendous sadness that we acknowledge the death of Police Officer Keith Boyer of the Whittier Police Department. Officer Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the department was killed during a traffic stop of a suspected gang member who was released from prison 10 days ago. Officer Boyer’s partner, Patrick Hazel, was also shot and wounded, and is expected to survive. The suspect was shot by at least one of the officers and is in custody.  Officer Boyer leaves two adult sons, Josh and Joey, and several grandchildren.

End of Watch: February 20, 2017

Sgt. Alfonso Lopez

lopezIt is with tremendous sadness that we report the death of yet another Los Angeles County peace officer, Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Al Lopez.  Sgt Lopez was killed while responding to a report of a stolen vehicle.  Although it cannot yet be confirmed, initial reports indicate that Sgt. Lopez leaves a wife and children. Our deepest condolences are extended to Sgt. Lopez’ family, friends, and brothers and sisters in law enforcement.

End of Watch: October 24, 2016

Sgt. Steve Owen

owenIt is with great sadness that we report the death of Sgt. Steve Owen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. This terrible tragedy clearly strengthens our resolve and reinforces our desire to support the victims of these senseless acts.  Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Sgt. Owen’s family, friends and law enforcement brothers and sisters.

End of Watch: October 5, 2016