Falce’s family was moved by the loss, as his sister told reporters “He was one of a kind everybody that ever knew [him], knows that.” His nephew added, “That made me beyond proud that he was one of the oldest deputies I’ve ever known, and I’ve known a lot of them.”
A camera at a nearby business managed to capture a video of the confrontation between Falce and this attacker. In the clip, the assailant punches Falce in the head before returning to his vehicle and trying to drive away. Another witness intervened, ramming the man's van with his own.
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After a brief manhunt, police managed to catch up with the suspect 12 hours later and arrest him. He was later identified as 30-year-old Alonzo Leron Smith and on Wednesday morning, a judge set his bail at $1 million, per a report from KTLA.
In addition to his time on the force, Falce was an Army veteran who reportedly refused to retire.