On April 29, 2002, Deputy Sheriff David March, 33, of the Los Angeles County Police Department, was killed by illegal alien Jorge Arroyo Garcia near Irwindale, CA.
Deputy David March was on routine uniformed patrol, driving a black and white patrol vehicle in an unincorporated area of the county. At approximately 10:30 a.m., March apparently initiated a traffic stop, entering the vehicle's license plate on his Mobile Data Terminal (M.D.T.). Less than two minutes after the entry, a passing motorist observed Deputy March lying in the street bleeding and activated the emergency button on the M.D.T. Deputy March was shot several times, at close range, by a single gunman and died from his wounds. March's handgun was still holstered.
The suspect’s car and other evidence connected Garcia to the killing of Deputy March. Garcia, a convicted drug dealer who had been deported twice and who is wanted for two attempted murders, fled to Mexico within hours of killing Deputy March.
Garcia admitted killing Deputy March to a number of acquaintances. He had previously vowed to kill any police officer who tried to arrest him.
Agents of the Mexican Federal Investigation Agency apprehended Armando "Chato" Garcia, aka Jorge Arroyo Garcia, in the city of Tonala, a small town just outside of Guadalajara, in February, 2006, according to an embassy statement. Garcia eventually was held in custody until his Mexican appeals were exhausted and then extradited to Los Angeles in January, 2007.
In a written plea agreement initialed and signed by Garcia, the defendant plead guilty to second-degree murder and admitted that it was an intentional killing of a peace officer performing his duties, and that the defendant used a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol to commit the crime.
Garcia answered, “Yes,” or, “No,” through a Spanish-language interpreter as the judge carefully questioned him on each of the terms that he signed in the plea agreement.
The perpetrator quietly and in English read a short written statement in which he admitted the killing. He then made a lengthy statement in Spanish in which he asked for forgiveness by friends and family of the man he killed.
In March 2007, nearly five years after killing Deputy March, Jorge Arroyo Garcia was sentenced by Pomona Superior Court Judge Charles Horan to life in prison.
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