San Diego Police honor officer shot and killed by gang member

Posted at 6:53 AM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 09:53:39-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego City officials Saturday will rededicate a Skyline-area police substation in honor of a patrolman gunned down nearly four decades ago during a traffic stop two blocks from where the precinct house now stands.

The SDPD Southeastern Division headquarters will be renamed the Archie Buggs Memorial Building during a late-morning ceremony on the 39th anniversary of the slaying. Two of the late lawman's relatives -- his sister, Gwen Buggs, and cousin, Pam Jones -- are scheduled to be present for the event.

Buggs, 30, came under fire in the early morning hours of Nov 4, 1978, after stopping a 1968 Chevrolet driven by 17-year-old gang member Jesus Cecena in the 7100 block of Skyline Drive.

The teen fired five times at Buggs, then paused, walked toward the downed officer and shot him in the head at point-blank range. Buggs died on the street, his hand on his service revolver.

Cecena was convicted of murder and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole in August 1979. Because of his age at the time of the killing, his sentence was reduced to a seven-years-to-life term in 1982.

Three years ago, a change in the law made Cecena eligible for youth offender parole. His release was approved by the state Parole Board in April 2014, but Gov. Jerry Brown overturned the panel's recommendation that September, then did so again two years later and once more four months ago.

Cecena, 56, has received more than 10 violation reports for misconduct while in prison, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Among local leaders slated to take part in this morning's renaming ceremony in the 7200 block of Skyline Drive will be Mayor Kevin Faulconer, police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, City Council President Myrtle Cole and District Attorney Summer Stephan.