Sanchez, Richard
Incident Debrief: Inglewood Officer Shot

An Inglewood (CA) Police Department officer was shot during a family disturbance call the day before Thanksgiving. The suspect barricaded himself in a house along with two hostages. Due to several members of Inglewood PD's SWAT team being involved in the initial incident, assistance was requested from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's SWAT and negotiations teams. With LASD taking the lead, both agencies' negotiations teams partnered to handle the incident. Body camera footage of the entire incident, as well as audio portions of the negotiations. will be presented. Discussion will cover the initial radio call for service, integration between two agencies, negotiating with a violent gang member, pressure from command staff, and the final outcome of the incident.

Richard Sanchez - Bio
Detective Richard "Richie" Sanchez has been a peace officer for 29 years. He served 11 years with the Compton Police Department and 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. He has served as a hostage/crisis negotiator since 1995 a total of 23 years. Detective Sanchez is considered to be one of few bilingual negotiators and gang expert assigned to the Los Angeles county Sheriff Department Crisis Negotiation Team.

Sanchez maintains his collateral duty as a crisis negotiator. His current assignment is that of a Gang Investigator assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Operation Safe Streets Bureau and a Federal Task Force Officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigations targeting the "MS-13" Hispanic Gang. As a Gang Investigator, he is responsible for investigating all gang related crimes within the Los Angeles County. Throughout his law enforcement carrier Sanchez held the position of Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, Helicopter Observer, SWAT Officer (Compton PD), and Task Force Officer.

Sanchez is also a 25-year Veteran with the United States Army. He served six years active duty assigned to a special operations unit out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also served 19 years in the Army National Guard. From 2004-2005, he was deployed to Iraq where he sustained a significant injury. For his bravery at the time of the incident, Sanchez was awarded a Bronze Star, Second Combat Infantry Badge, Matrious Presidential Unit Citation, and a Purple Heart. He retired from the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Sanchez is a graduate of the FBI"s National Crisis Negotiation Course; he is also a member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN), California Gang Investigators Association (CGIA). He has been a guest speaker at CGIA, CAHN, and teaches gang sub culture classes at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and other departments throughout the states.