On Tuesday, March 28, 2006, Deputy Maria Rosa, was shot and killed by two robbery suspects after they identified her as a deputy during the incident.
Deputy Rosa was leaving her home to report for duty when two suspects approached her on bicycles and attempted to rob her. As they took items from her they discovered her gun and badge and immediately opened fire. Rosa was able to pull her weapon and attempted to return fire to defend herself, but was shot multiple times by her assailants.
Deputy Rosa was immediately transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Both suspects were apprehended and charged with her murder. In 2007 the non-shooting suspect was convicted of murder. The trial of the suspect who actually shot Deputy Rosa is in progress now.
Deputy Rosa had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 6 years. She is survived by her sister and two brothers.