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Off-duty San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy, 70, dies after violent attack

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of one of their own.

Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce, 70, a resident of San Bernardino and a 36-year-veteran of the department succumbed to injuries he sustained from a violent New Year’s Eve attack on December 31, 2017.

Falce was driving his own car when he was involved in a minor traffic collision at Kendall Drive and University Avenue in San Bernardino, officials said. According to new details, Falce swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting several dogs in the roadway, crashing into the suspects vehicle. Newly released surveillance video shows an unidentified male approach Falce and punching him one time, knocking him unconscious.

After the fatal punch, the suspect got back into his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. The video shows the driver of a white SUV performed a successful pit maneuver on the suspects vehicle as he tried to flee. The suspect managed to flee the scene but was later arrested by police the following morning.

Falce was rushed to Loma Linda Medical Center where he fought to regain consciousness but succumbed to his injuries two days later. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department held a procession for Falce Tuesday night as his body was moved from the hospital to the coroner’s office.

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. Before joining the department, Larry served his country in the Army and prided himself as being a lifelong public servant, who cared deeply about this profession.

“Larry was a hard-working, dedicated professional, who loved his job as a deputy sheriff,” said SEBA President Sgt. Grant Ward. “I worked with him and I can tell you his commitment to this profession was second to none. He was generous to all those he cared about and gave willingly from the bottom of his heart.”

Larry was loved by his peers and the community members he served. More importantly, he cared about so many people he called family. Larry is survived by his sister, Marjorie, and his girlfriend of many years, Deborah. He also leaves behind many extended loved ones.

The San Bernardino Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation. The sheriff’s department will not be releasing or confirming the identity of the suspect at this time due to the active investigation. Anyone with information or questions related to the criminal investigation should contact the San Bernardino Police Department.

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