Deputy Clifford E. Sanchez was shot and killed Saturday, April 6, 1985, during a robbery in a parking lot behind a cocktail lounge, police said.
Offices were looking for two men in the killing of Sanchez, 28, who was shot three times in the head and the torso. The gunmen escaped with Sanchez’s revolver, Deputy Mario Lupercio said.
“The victim was robbed and shot to death while sitting with a female companion in the victim’s pickup truck,” a sheriff’s statement said.
Sgt. Wayne Smith denied reports that the gunman shot Sanchez after he opened his wallet and realized Sanchez was a law enforcement officer.
“From our interviews, we don’t know if they saw his ID or not,” Smith said. Sanchez had his wallet with him, but it was not found.
The woman was not hurt.
Christopher Caldwell, 18, and Cedric Davis, 21, were arrested and charged in the incident.
Sanchez of Rialto had been with the Sheriff’s Department six years, assigned since October 1981 to the central jail division. He previously worked in the Fontana substation and at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.
Sanchez is survived by his parents, Larry and Joan Sanchez; and sons, Larry and Anthony. Sanchez’s father is an 18-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol.