Edwin Barajas

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Service Record

Los Angeles County California Sheriff's Department

Rank Deputy
Salary $220,858 (2021)[1]
Last Known Status Active

In August 2020, a deputy reported on the existence of gangs inside the LASD. Barajas was reported to be a member of one such gang.[2][3][4]

Incident Reports

2019 Death of Rickie Starks

Response Timeline

On October 28, 2019, Starks' family sued the county in state court, claiming that the deputies were negligent in pursuing and firing on the vehicle during the chase, causing Starks' death.[5]

On February 11, 2021, a judge ruled that the officers were not negligent, as their use of force was reasonable. The judge relied on the theory of transferred intent, not qualified immunity.[5]

On June 25, 2021, the family appealed the judge's ruling in federal court, also claiming that the officers intentionally fired at Starks and the shooting was a rite of initiation for a police gang.[5] Note that the judge in the opinion cites the date as May 25, 2021, which does not match the records retrieved from the court.

On October 28, 2021, the District Attorney determined that the deputies "acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others, and that Starks was not struck by deputy gunfire".[6]

In December 2022, the family's lawsuit was assigned to mediation and the records were sealed.[7]

2020 Arrest of Dalvin Price

Response Timeline

On February 2, 2021, Price filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, the Sheriff's Department, the city of Compton, and several deputies.[8]

On December 9, 2021, Price and the County agreed to a settlement.[9]

2023 Shooting of Mario Bustillos

LEO Ratings


  1. Edwin Barajas, Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County, govSalaries
  2. Ethan Brown, The Man Who Cracked the Code of L.A.’s Notorious Sheriff Gangs, New York, 2022-02-07
  3. Gonzalez Executioners Complaint, County of Los Angeles, 2020-06-23
  4. LASD Gangs, KNOCK LA
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Starks v. Cnty. of L. A. Opinion, U.S. District Court, 2022-01-18
  6. Fatal Officer Involved Shooting of Rickie Starks, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, 2021-10-28
  7. Mary Starks v. County of Los Angeles et al 2:21-cv-05209, U.S. District Court
  8. Price v County of Los Angeles, et al Complaint, Giglio-Bradylist.com, 2021-09
  9. Price v County of Los Angeles, et al Notice of Settlement, U.S. District Court, 2021-12-16

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