‘Devastating Loss': Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Head-On Collision

Deputy Brandon Arce started his career with the sheriff's department in the fall of 2007

An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday night in a head-on collision in Santa Clarita.

The crash involving two vehicles was reported around 9:45 p.m. on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Stator Lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two motorists were injured and transported to a hospital. The off-duty deputy, identified as 31-year-old Brandon Arce, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The female motorist suffered serious injuries was expected to survive, officials said.

Arce started his career with the sheriff's department in the fall of 2007. The Lancaster resident was assigned to Pitchess Detention Center north of Los Angeles and the court services division before moving on to the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Brandon Arce, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. "Law enforcement is a close knit community and when we lose a member of our family the loss is definitely felt by everyone. We have department personnel with his family offering support during this challenging time. As we work through this devastating loss, our thoughts go out to the families and all those affected by this tragedy."

He is the son of a retired Los Angles County Sheriff's deputy who served the department for three decades before retiring in 2012. Deputy Arce is survived by his parents, Gilbert and Maria Arce; two brothers Andrew and Eric; and his fiancé Stefanie Perez.

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