Deputy Gary Saunders
Deputy Gary Saunders was on patrol training status, assigned to the Sheriff’s Firestone Park Station in the south central Los Angeles, when he chased a suspect near the intersection of Florence and Holmes Avenue. Trindad Iglesias took Saunders’ revolver in their struggle and shot the deputy three times in the chest. The deputy’s watch ended May 22, 1971, prior to the convention of wearing ballistic vests in policing forces.
Iglesias was surrounded in a garage and surrendered, convicted of second degree murder in court. The Florencia 13 gang member served only 4 years in prison before his release with Governor Jerry Brown’s administration’s passing of Senate Bill 42, terminating the prison terms of criminals serving indeterminate sentences.
Deputy Saunders had been with the Sheriff’s Department for two years.