Los Angeles County sheriff deputy charged with murder

By Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
November 15, 2012 | 3:00 p.m.

Francisco Gamez, 41, a 17-year veteran deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was booked by the LAPD Wednesday on charges of murder, attempted murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On June 17, Gamez’s 20-year-old son had an altercation with 38-year-old Armando Casillas and the son called his father according to the district attorney’s statement. The deputy allegedly drove to the scene, confronted Casillas and another man and fired two shots. Casillas died and the other man was not hit.

Sheriff Lee Baca made a statement on Wednesday that “The off-duty acts that led to the arrest of Francisco Gamez are deeply disturbing to me and to the entire Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,”

Deputy Gamez had been working out of the West Hollywood sheriff’s station since 2005. He was relieved of duty with pay on July 3 pending the outcome of the investigation, Sheriff Lee Baca said. Gamez is being held on $4 million bail. He was not on duty at the time of his arrest.

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