San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce accompanying a child during a 2017 SEBA Christmas Shop with a Cop event.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – 09:30 p.m.

A 36-year veteran deputy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has succumbed to injuries sustained from an unprovoked off-duty attack.

Larry Falce, 70, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Monday evening following a valiant struggle to regain consciousness.

The Sunday morning incident occurred at the intersection of University Parkway and Kendall Drive in the city of San Bernardino, following a non-injury traffic collision involving Falce and a second vehicle driven by a yet-to-be identified male suspect, who reportedly struck Falce with a blow to the head and then continued with a subsequent follow-on assault.

The suspect, according to sources, has a certified gang ties.

I first met Larry back in 1988, when I became a citizen volunteer for Central Search and Rescue. Larry was one of the two reserve unit coordinators at that time. One of my first opportunities to ride-along in a sheriff’s patrol car was with Larry on a graveyard shift in the city of Grand Terrace.

He was one of the kindest deputies one could ever know and was 100-percent dedicated to the department during his entire career.

This was a senseless tragedy than never had to happen.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, loved ones and friends.