Officer Rank: Sergeant

Department: San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff's Department

End of Watch: 05/31/0021

Cause: Gunfire-related

Age: 43

Length of Service: 17 years

Sergeant Vaca was shot and killed during a foot pursuit as he assisted deputies with locating a suspect that fled during traffic enforcement. Sergeant Vaca located the suspect and attempted an arrest. The suspect did not comply and a struggle ensued. The suspect then produced a handgun and shot Sergeant Vaca, and he was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wound. The suspect was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with other responding deputies.




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