L.A. deputy on stakeout killed when car hits his vehicle

Raul Gama died on the 20th anniversary of his graduation from the sheriff's academy.

By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles Times
Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Raul V. Gama

LOS ANGELES, Ca. — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was killed Tuesday when a vehicle crashed into his parked minivan during a surveillance assignment in North Hollywood, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

Deputy Raul Gama was parked at Oxnard Street and Rhodes Avenue about 8:55 a.m. when the sport utility vehicle struck his minivan, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Kevin Maiberger. The deputy was alone.

Gama, 43, of Chino, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he was pronounced dead, Maiberger said. The deputy's wife, Sandra, was airlifted by a sheriff's helicopter from the Chino airport to the hospital so that she could be with her husband. The deputy has four children.

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