Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, four individuals associated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, either currently employed or former staff, were discovered deceased in incidents under investigation as suicides, according to sources within law enforcement.
These tragic deaths, unrelated to one another, have left the department and the local community deeply shaken. The individuals involved have not been publicly identified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, as a mark of respect for their families.
On Monday morning, a captain was found dead at his residence in Saugus. Shortly after, a retired deputy was discovered deceased in the Antelope Valley. On the same day, in the Santa Clarita area, a custody assistant employed at a jail was also found dead.
Early on Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives were alerted to the death of a deputy who had been working at a jail. This individual was found unresponsive at home and subsequently pronounced dead at a hospital in Pomona.
While all these cases are being treated as suicides, the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office has not yet confirmed the specific causes of death.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a statement expressing their profound sadness over these losses. Sheriff Robert Luna added, “We are stunned to learn of these deaths, and it has sent shockwaves of emotions throughout the department as we try and cope with the loss of not just one, but four beloved active and retired members of our department family.”
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If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can seek assistance by calling or texting 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, chatting live at 988lifeline.org, or accessing additional support at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.