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Gunman kills L.A. deputy on gang duty

Officer Down: Jerry Ortiz - [El Monte, California]

Biographical Details

Age: 35

Additional Info: Deputy Ortiz was a member of the L.A. County Sheriff's Gang Enforcement team and a 15-year department veteran. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Deputy Ortiz died instantly after being shot point-blank in the face while interviewing a woman about an attempted murder investigation. The suspect, gang member Jose Luis Orozco, appeared and shot the deputy.

Date of Incident: June 24, 2005

Suspect Info: Jose Luis Orozco, 27, was later found hiding in a bathtub of a nearby residence. He could face the death penalty for killing Deputy Ortiz.

Monte Morin and Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writers

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy interviewing a woman and a man outside a Hawaiian Gardens apartment was fatally shot Friday when a gunman burst out of the residence, put a handgun to the officer's face and fired, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies fanned out across Hawaiian Gardens late Friday in search of the gunman, who apparently surprised Deputy Jerry Ortiz, 35, as he spoke to the woman in the doorway of her apartment. Authorities said Ortiz probably died instantly.

"This was an assassination of a deputy," Sheriff Lee Baca said. "It was a sudden attack that gave the deputy no chance."

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