Juan Escalante, 27 [Update]
Posted Aug. 2, 2008, 5:44 a.m.
Juan Abel Escalante, 27, a Latino man, also an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was killed in a drive-by shooting near Thorpe and Aragon avenues in Cypress Park about 5:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The deputy was declared dead at the scene.
According to authorities, Escalante was leaving his parents' home for work at the Men's Central Jail when a four-door vehicle approached. Someone from inside the vehicle fired several rounds, striking Escalante, authorities said. At a morning news conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Escalante was in the process of buying a home in Pomona and that he was a U.S. military veteran. He was a father of three children. Escalante had at least two years of service in the department.
More on the Cypress Park shooting.
[Updated December 17, 2012: Suspect in 2008 slaying of sheriff's deputy arrested in Mexico]