36-year-veteran of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s office, Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce, has died after being “violently attacked” following a traffic collision on New Year’s Eve, authorities said.
Falce, 70, succumbed to his injuries Tuesday night, according to a statement.
Falce was driving his vehicle when he was involved in a minor crash on Kendall Drive and University Parkway in San Bernardino about 10:50 a.m. Sunday, police said. After the crash, both drivers stopped and made contact. The other driver then hit the deputy, severely injuring him. Authorities later located the suspect and took him into custody, according to a San Bernardino Police Department news release.
A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department confirmed to KTLA that Falce was taken off life support shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The department issued a statement a short time after, announcing the deputy’s death.
“The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of one of their own tonight. Moments ago, Deputy Lawrence ‘Larry’ Falce succumbed to injuries he sustained from the violent attack on Sunday, December 31, 2017,” the statement read.
Falce is being remembered “as an honorable man,” and a “lifelong public servant who cared deeply about this profession,” according to the statement.
Our thoughts and prayer go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.