DEPUTY SUCCUMBS TO WOUND; FAMILY, FIANCEE WERE AT MAN'S BEDSIDE.
Shayne York, an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was shot execution-style during a robbery last week, died Saturday with his family by his side, authorities said.
York, a 26-year-old Valencia resident, had suffered major brain damage in the shooting and had been given no hope of recovery, authorities said.
Sheriff Sherman Block had said earlier that York's family had been prepared for the worst.
``They said they'd rather have him just pass away on his own than to go into all these heroic efforts,'' Block said.
Laura Hennum, a spokeswoman for Western Medical Center/Santa Ana, said York died at 8:12 p.m.
His mother, father, brother and fiancee were at his bedside and approximately 100 off-duty sheriff's deputies, friends and other family members were in waiting rooms and hallways to show support, Hennum said.
She said York's mother and father signed the necessary release form and the mortally wounded deputy was taken off life support at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Jennifer Parrish, York's fiancee and also a sheriff's deputy, concurred with the decision, Hennum said.
Parrish - also a robbery victim - had been with York when he was shot.
Authorities said the shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Thursday, when York and Parrish visited a friend at a hair salon in Buena Park. Both deputies - who worked together at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center in Saugus - were off duty at the time.
While York and Parrish were in the salon, two gunmen barged in and ordered everyone to hand over money and valuables. The deputies and owner of the salon complied, with Parrish even giving up her engagement ring.
``We tell our people to try and be as cooperative as possible if they don't have the opportunity to get the edge in a situation,'' Block said.
``My understanding was not only was he cooperative but the deputy was actually very polite to the robbers, knowing that he didn't want to agitate them with the women in the shop and so forth,'' Block said.
But as the robbers were taking property from the people they discovered York was a sheriff's deputy and shot him in the back of the head.
The robbers, who fled in a white Mustang, held up a pizza parlor a short time later in Yorba Linda, investigators said.
Later, Fullerton police pulled over the Mustang and the two men were arrested and booked for investigation of attempted murder of a police officer and for robbery.
The suspects, who Block said are gang members from Compton, were not identified.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 17, 1997|
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