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    This is a sad day. A deputy was shot and killed today outside his home as he was leaving for work at MCJ.

    R.I.P. Deputy Escalante

    County sheriff's deputy leaving for work shot to death in Cypress Park
    Juan Abel Escalante, a 27-year-old father of three who worked at the Men's Central Jail, is killed in a drive-by shooting in an area that has been troubled by gang feuds.
    By J.P. Renaud and Andrew Blankstein
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

    August 3, 2008

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy leaving his Cypress Park home for work at the Men's Central Jail was killed in a drive-by shooting early this morning, Los Angeles police said.

    Juan Abel Escalante, 27, a father of three, died near his car shortly after the 5:40 a.m. shooting at Aragon Avenue between Maceo Street and Thorpe Avenue, police said.

    Police said a white, four-door vehicle approached the 2 1/2 -year veteran. Numerous gunshots were fired from the vehicle, striking the deputy.

    "Today is a very difficult day," said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was on the scene along with LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. "There are people within our Sheriff's Department that are grieving, as am I."

    Escalante and his family were living at his parents' house, where he grew up, Baca said. He was in the process of buying a home in Pomona.

    Baca called Escalante, who was a U.S. military veteran, "a local success story" and a deputy who was "dedicated and hard-charging in the best sense of the word."

    "He lived up to the dream of serving his country, serving his county and honoring his family," Baca said.

    Police officers wouldn't say whether the deputy was in uniform, or how many shots were fired. Rookie deputies typically work in county jails for their first assignments.

    "We have no information about the suspect," said LAPD Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz. "The best detectives in our Police Department are handling this case."

    A neighbor, Gloria Ruiz, said that her son and Escalante grew up together and had both served in Iraq. She said he had a strict upbringing and his mother "would gleam whenever he had good grades."

    Bratton described the area as a historically troubled one because of a feud between the gangs in the Cypress Park and Glassell Park areas, but said that it had been quiet in recent months after an LAPD raid earlier this year.

    In an incident that occurred just a few blocks away from today's shooting, a 37-year-old man was fatally shot more than a dozen times in February by suspected gang members as he held the hand of a 2-year-old girl, who was picked up by a passerby and carried to safety.

    Police officers later found themselves in a gun battle after they pulled over the suspected gunmen's vehicle and one of the car's occupants began firing an AK-47. None of the officers was injured, but one gunman was killed and another wounded.

    Thousands were forced to stay in their homes during the shootout, and several schools were locked down.

    Today's death was the second in recent years in which a sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while leaving for work.

    In March 2006, Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa was killed in Long Beach shortly before 6 a.m. as she was leaving a friend's house for work at the Inmate Reception Center at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. The shooting was found to be a botched robbery.

    In May, the gunman in the shooting was convicted and sentenced to death, and an accomplice was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying.

  • #2
    God speed brother. My condolences to everyone involved and their family. May Justice be swift.
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    • #3
      I hope they didn't target him because he was a deputy. He was leaving for work, was he in uniform? Did the local gangbangers just target a guy just because of his profession?
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      • #4
        RIP Brother. My prayers go out to you, your family, loved ones and your department.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
          I hope they didn't target him because he was a deputy. He was leaving for work, was he in uniform? Did the local gangbangers just target a guy just because of his profession?
          There has not been very much info released on this yet......unknown if he was targeted, or if it was a random thing.....

          VERY doubtful that he was in uniform.....it gets pounded into you very early to NEVER EVER wear your uniform on the way to/from work......the most you might see someone wearing is the uniform pants and a t-shirt.....even this is highly discouraged.....

          and yes, the gangbangers out here will kill you in a hot second if they think they can get away with it.....on or off duty......this is the second young deputy murdered off duty in the last two years.....and his death makes him the 23rd loss since I started in 1988......
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          • #6
            Rest In Peace Brother.

            Info we were given today was very vague, not much information is surfacing. Our dept along with LASD is putting full effort into help find those responsible for the death of our Brother Officer, we may be a different dept with conflicts at times but every agency in LA county becomes like one when something like this happens.
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            • #7
              rest in peace brother...please, everyone never forget our chosen profession and the dangers associated with it. My prayers to you and your family.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
                There has not been very much info released on this yet......unknown if he was targeted, or if it was a random thing.....

                VERY doubtful that he was in uniform.....it gets pounded into you very early to NEVER EVER wear your uniform on the way to/from work......the most you might see someone wearing is the uniform pants and a t-shirt.....even this is highly discouraged.....

                and yes, the gangbangers out here will kill you in a hot second if they think they can get away with it.....on or off duty......this is the second young deputy murdered off duty in the last two years.....and his death makes him the 23rd loss since I started in 1988......
                They still may have recognized him as a deputy even if he wasn't in uniform. It's terrible that such scumbags who would do such a thing even exist. I don't live in the best neighborhood myself, and you will never see my wearing my uniform on the way into, or out of my house.

                I hope they catch the cowards who did this quickly.
                What is Perseverance?
                -Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
                -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
                -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


                BOP - BPA - ICE

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                • #9
                  Rest in peace Deputy Juan Abel Escalante

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                  • #10
                    R.I.P! God be with his family!

                    Does LASD give you guys take-home cars? MDPD gives us one after our 1year probation. Wonder if he had one?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ERMDPD View Post
                      R.I.P! God be with his family!

                      Does LASD give you guys take-home cars? MDPD gives us one after our 1year probation. Wonder if he had one?
                      NOPE......only a very few units get marked take home rides.....and they must be parked in an off street secure area......most guys would NOT want a marked take home.....I most certainly would not....it would get parked at the nearest station......
                      The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

                      "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

                      "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
                        They still may have recognized him as a deputy even if he wasn't in uniform. It's terrible that such scumbags who would do such a thing even exist. I don't live in the best neighborhood myself, and you will never see my wearing my uniform on the way into, or out of my house.

                        I hope they catch the cowards who did this quickly.
                        He grew up in the area, so the local gang bangers most certainly knew who he was,,,,,,,

                        As was posted on another thread, this MIGHT very well be retaliation for an OIS that LAPD had in that area a few months ago.....
                        The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

                        "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

                        "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
                          He grew up in the area, so the local gang bangers most certainly knew who he was,,,,,,,

                          As was posted on another thread, this MIGHT very well be retaliation for an OIS that LAPD had in that area a few months ago.....
                          Coupled with the fact of jealous low-lifes. This man served his country, for citizens of this country AND these A--hole gang bangers! He then went on to serve his community and is gunned down by a bunch of cowards with no life.

                          I don't think it would be cruel and unusual punishment to round up all gang-bangers and, well, put them in prison, and other things. Gang affiliation would be enough to put them away!

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                          • #14
                            R.I.P. Deputy Escalante. All give some and he gave all. He is a true hero and god bless his family.
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                            • #15
                              R.I.P. Brother

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