Deputy David W. March, a 33 year old husband and stepfather, was killed April 29, 2002 during a traffic stop. Deputy March pulled over Jorge Arroyo Garcia, also known as Armando Garcia, an illegal alien, who had stated to friends that he wanted to kill a police officer during a traffic stop. Garcia intentionally got stopped and waited for Deputy March to get in front of his patrol car so he could open fire, as Deputy March would have no place to take cover. Deputy March was fatally shot several times in the head and chest.
Deputy March’s killer fled to Mexico where he remained for 4 years. In February 2006, Garcia was arrested in Mexico by US Marshals and Mexican federal agents following a joint investigation. He was extradited back to California and in March 2007, he plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Deputy March had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 7 years.