News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Suspect in fatal attack on San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce identified and charged with murder.

News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Suspect in fatal attack on San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce identified and charged with murder.

The suspect in the violent attack on San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce was identified and charged with murder on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Alonzo Leron Smith is facing a charge of murder in the death of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce.

Alonzo Leron Smith has a history of arrests on his record, including 2 felony convictions.

According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, Alonzo Leron Smith was convicted of a felony in 2012, described as being a gang member committing street terrorism with use of a gun, that should have kept him in prison for 12 years.

But an appellate court later overturned the case, saying the law applied only if he was in the presence of a second gang member, when he was actually alone at the time of the crime.

During a press conference, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos was angry at changes to the law and court decisions that allowed the suspect to be on the street when he should have been in prison.

This person needs to spend the rest of his life in prison,” said San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce is remembered as an honorable man, who began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1981 as a deputy sheriff.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce started his career working in corrections at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center and the Central Detention Center.

The 36 year veteran worked patrol at Central Station for the past 32 years.

Before joining our department, Lawrence “Larry” Falce served his country in the Army.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce prided himself as being a lifelong public servant, who cared deeply about this profession.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce was loved by his peers and the community members he served.

More importantly, Lawrence “Larry” Falce cared about so many people he called family.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce is survived by his sister, Marjorie, and his girlfriend of many years, Deborah. He also leaves behind many extended loved ones.

ZachNews has learn that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy died after being assaulted while off-duty following a traffic collision in his personal vehicle collision at 10:50 am PT on Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at the intersection of Kendall Drive and University Parkway in San Bernardino, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, December 31st, 2017, Lawrence “Larry” Falce, who was off duty at the time, was involved in a collision in his personal vehicle with another person, and after the 2 drivers made contact with each other, the driver of the other vehicle allegedly struck Lawrence “Larry” Falce, causing severe injuries.

NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that Lawrence “Larry” Falce was trying to avoid dogs in the street, which nearby surveillance camera capture the moments before the vehicle collision.

The suspect involved in the fight fled the scene as Lawrence “Larry” Falce laid on the ground.

Good Samaritan attempted a PIT maneuver on his vehicle to keep him at the scene, but he was still able to flee.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect and arrested Alonzo Leron Smith hours after the incident while he was at his girlfriend’s home.

Lawrence “Larry” Falce was hospitalized, but later died on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

 

A procession to honor the deputy and accompany his body from Loma Linda Hospital to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office was held at 10:00pm PT.

Fellow deputies made a line from the hospital to the coroner’s van and stood solemnly as Lawrence “Larry” Falce’s body was wheeled out in a coffin draped with the American flag.

The procession moved slowly through surface streets to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Employees Benefits Association stated on Facebook that it would pay for Lawrence “Larry” Falce’s funeral.

Alonzo Leron Smith was arraigned Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty. He faces a charge of murder and other charges related to prior felony convictions.

The San Bernardino Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation.

If you have any relevant information regarding this ongoing investigation, you’re urged to contact Detective J. Casto at: 1 (909) 384-5747 or Sgt. Mahan at: 1 (909) 388-4955.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce. **

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