SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Belanger:
“Anne and I were saddened to learn of Deputy Steven Belanger’s passing this week. Deputy Belanger courageously endured for more than two decades after being shot in the line of duty and our deepest condolences are with his family and friends.”
Deputy Belanger, 52, sustained a gunshot wound to the head on December 10, 1994, when he was ambushed while conducting a traffic stop in Rowland Heights. Despite having a bullet lodged in his brain, Belanger lived on with the support of his family until he passed away Tuesday.
Deputy Belanger is survived by his wife Christina and their 23-year-old daughter, Nicole. Belanger is also survived by his sister Kelli Anderson, her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Shannon.
In honor of Deputy Belanger, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.