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Orange County Sheriff's Dept. CA Patch
Resided: CA, USA
Born: Nov. 07, 1940  
Fallen: Feb. 04, 2010
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 69 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Orange County Sheriff's Dept. - CA
13502 Musick Honor Farm Road  
Irvine, CA   92618   USA
(949)855-2612
County: Orange
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 98
On The Job: 10 years
Bio: Ira Gabor Essoe, Jr. was born in Hungary on November 7, 1940. He moved with his family to the United States when he was eight years old. He attended the University of California Los Angeles and attained both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Management.

Following a very successful career in systems analysis and programming, Ira joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1972. His first assignment was working in the Men’s Jail. Two years later he promoted to the rank of Deputy II and transferred to patrol.

During his career with the Sheriff’s Department he worked in nearly every division. His expertise in the field of computers and analysis were used throughout his career. He received commendations from then Governor Reagan and Sheriff Musick for saving the life of a swimmer while off duty.

In 1978, Ira was promoted to the rank of Investigator and was assigned to Personnel and eventually the Warrant Detail.

Survived by:
Wife
and three children.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Mall of Orange CA   USA   Thu. Feb. 04, 2010
Summary: Sergeant Ira Essoe succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained on November 6, 1980.

He and his partner, who were both in plain clothes, had gone to the Mall of Orange to collect bail on a warrant. When they arrived at the location, they observed three men breaking into a car in the mall's parking lot.

Sergeant Essoe approached one side of the car as his partner approached the other. One of the subjects was able to disarm Sergeant Essoe's partner at gunpoint, and ordered him to lay on the ground. As Sergeant Essoe attempted to draw his weapon, all three suspects opened fire on him, striking him twice.

Sergeant Essoe remained in poor health and passed away from direct complications of the wounds on February 4, 2010.

Disposition: Ira Essoe remained paralyzed and struggled to survive through hundreds of possibly life-threatening medical problems, all directly linked to the shooting. On February 4, 2010, Retired Sergeant Ira Gabor Essoe succumbed to his injuries. The coroner ruled his death a homicide: “Delayed complications from remote gunshot wounds.”

Two of suspects were apprehended following a high speed pursuit a short time later. The third was later linked to the crime while in federal prison for bank robbery. All three were sentenced to eight to 18 years in prison for the original shooting/attempted murder.

In 2010 The Orange County District Attorney charged the men with murder and all, already in custody, were facing 25 years to life with the subsequent death of the officer. In response to an appeal of a preliminary ruling, the California Court of Appeals ruled that based on the laws governing the crime in 1980, the suspects could not be charged for his murder. They were released from custody after one year.

The shooters were sentenced to no more than seventeen years in prison and were paroled after four years. Ira Essoe’s sentence was twenty-nine years and three months. There was no parole.

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