As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
March 28, 2006
Off-Duty deputy is killed
Officer Down: Maria Cecelia Rosa - [Long Beach, California]
Additional Info: Deputy Rosa joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2000. She is survived by three brothers and two sisters.
Cause of Death: Deputy Rosa was found with a gunshot wound to her upper body.
Date of Incident: March 28, 2006
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Long Beach Police Department says Tuesday's fatal shooting of sheriff's Deputy Maria Cecelia Rosa was a homicide, and the motive appears to be robbery.
"A ballistics report on her gun has indicated that the gun had not been fired," says Long Beach police Officer Jackie Bezart.
Sheriff Lee Baca had said earlier that the deputy may have inadvertently discharged her service weapon and shot herself as she was placing equipment in her car before going to work.
Full Story: Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide, Not Accident
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