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Slain San Bernardino sheriff’s deputy Larry Falce recognized in state Senate

By in Press Enterprise on January 5, 2018

By Michael Watanabe

California state Sen. Connie M. Leyva on Friday recognized Larry Falce, the San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who officials say was killed by a punch following an off-duty crash.

Leyva, D-Chino, said the Senate stood with Falce’s family and his colleagues as they mourned the deputy.

Special thanks to @SenatorLeyva for the kind words on the senate floor today! The @sbcountysheriff is grateful for the outpouring support!

— Sarkis Ohannessian (@SbcsdOhannessia) January 5, 2018

“I would also like to thank him for his 36 years for keeping us all safe in San Bernardino County,” Leyva, D-Chino, said on the Senate floor.

Falce was rear-ended on the morning of Dec. 31 when he hit his brakes to avoid hitting a dog that crossed his path on Kendall Drive in San Bernardino.

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Falce and the driver of the other vehicle – later identified as Alonzo Leron Smith — got out of their cars. That’s when authorities say Smith punched Falce, knocking the deputy backward onto the cement. He was removed from life support a few minutes before 8 p.m. Tuesday, and he died shortly thereafter.

Smith pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday and denied sentencing enhancements that included committing a felony within five years of being released from prison. He will next be in court Tuesday.

Leyva on Friday said she appreciated the dangers deputies face.

“And let us all just remember that law enforcement puts themselves out there for all of us each and every day and their own personal risk,” she said.

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