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Portion of 91 Freeway named for slain L.A. sheriff's deputy

November 30, 2009 |  8:53 am


A portion of the 91 Freeway will be dedicated today in memory of David Powell, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty on Nov. 30, 2002, in Artesia.

Sheriff Lee Baca will join others for the dedication this morning at Artesia Park.

Powell, of Torrance, was an 18-year department veteran who left behind a wife and four children. He worked out of the Lakewood sheriff's station.

The episode began when sheriff's deputies received a report of gunfire.

When sheriff's patrols arrived at that address, the occupant of a house in the front told them his sister was in the home to the rear and was afraid to leave. Believing that a hostage situation was unfolding, three or four deputies surrounded the house. They saw the suspect peering through a window in the front door and then kicked the door in. Shots came from the house,  one of them striking Powell.

Powell, who was pulled away by deputies, had been hit by a bullet that pierced and exited his right arm and then entered his chest through a side seam in his protective vest. He died at a nearby hospital 90 minutes later.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: L.A. Sheriff

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